Sunday, March 08, 2009

disaster at the Cologne City Archives

Flickr: The Eingestürtzes Stadtarchiv Köln Pool

DSC00631 - from ARD news TV

Slideshow of images on Flickr

Cologne City Archive Disaster | MetaFilter:
"Cologne City Archive is a six-story building containing 26 kilometers of shelves, 65,000+ documents dating from 922 AD, 104,000 maps, 50,000 posters, 500,000 photographs and 780 estates and collections, including Irmgard Keun, Hans Mayer and Jacques Offenbach.

Considered a state of the art institution when built in 1971 and copied around the world, the building simply collapsed on Tuesday, destroying most everything.

When the building was constructed, a small nuclear-bomb proof chamber was included in the cellar to protect the most precious pieces. But in recent years, the chamber has been used only to store cleaning material."

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