English News on the Cologne Archive Collapse

Summary VI at Salon Jewish Studies (http://board-js.blogspot.com/2009/03/summary-cologne-archives-collapse-vi_13.html)

(UPDATE: Unfortunately, the picture above marks the wrong church of which the steel tipped to one side in 2004. Please follow this link [google maps] to see the correct location of St. Johann Baptist church in Severinstr. 1)

Notes on the rescue process from the new blog Archiv-in-Truemmern.de (AiT), which was launched on 10th of March 2009
Students of the Academy of Art Bern (Department for conservation and restauration), supervised by Sebastian Dobrusskin, support the rescue team at the scene. (AiT March 12th 2009 via Archivalia)
On March 12th 2009, the following material was recovered: 1) medieval handwritings 2) council records 3) files of the Adenauer inventory (902) 4) deeply damaged material from the personal papers collection of the architect Schneider-Wessling. (AiT March 12th 2009 via Archivalia)

Figures from the Digital Cologne Historical Archive
Up to now, 378 documents had been uploaded by 222 Users.

Individual experiences during the rescue process at the scene
(http://twitter.com/SunshineFan via Archivalia)
S. found many modern (20th century) material: typed, construction plans in good condition but partly wet and crinkled and sometimes just snippets. S. did not find any deeds or similar things but many books of private (bequest-)collections, partly tattered and squashed. Many mikrofiches, diapositives and negatives had been found – mostly destroyed, some got cleaned. 3-D-objects such as medals, badges, gifts to the City of Cologne and others (parts of bequests) had also been found.

Consequences of the Cologne Archive’s collapse for research centers, an example (Kuvi – Kultur & Visionen March 13th 2009 via Archivalia)
“The collapse of the Cologne Historical Archive (CHA) also has consequences for the students at Bochumer Ruhr- University. Many students are not able to complete their work because of the loss. Especially, the historians researching and working on Middle Ages are affected very hard. For example, there is a young researcher who has been working for a book on the topic of patrician families in Cologne for the last four years. He is that all the material for his work is submerged. His research is apruptly abandoned. The director of the concerned department at Bochum Ruhr- University wants to help his students and prevent hardship provisions. Until now, he can only wait to see how many documents can be found and restored in the end out of the rubble.“

Selected news on the collapse (in English)
Authorities Uncover Second Victim of Cologne Archive Collapse (DW-World.de March 12th 2009)
While announcing the discovery of a second corpse on Thursday, March 12, a Cologne fire department spokesperson could not confirm whether the body found was that of a 24-year-old who reportedly lived in a building near the archive and has been missing since the archive suddenly collapsed on March 3.
The remains, which were found nine meters (29.5 feet) beneath ground level, had not yet been removed from the rubble and it was impossible to tell [on] Thursday evening if they were from a man or woman, the spokesman added.“
Cologne collapse: no compensation grouting used for archive (Jessica Rowson, Technical reporter for New Civil Engineer on March 12th 2009)
„Cologne’s City archive building had not been underpinned or compensation grouted despite its proximity to the underground works being carried out for the Cologne North-South light railway, a Cologne transit authority Kölner Verkehrs-Betriebe (KVB) spokesman revealed today.“ (Further reports by Jessica Rowson availabe on NCE)

(Picture above: Location of underground structure published onNew Civil Engineer)


2 Gedanken zu „English News on the Cologne Archive Collapse“

  1. Korrektur zum Luftbild Auf dem Luftbild ist irrtümlich St. Georg markiert und als diejenige Kirche bezeichnet (St. Johann Baptist), deren Turm in Schieflage geriet. Vielleicht kann man das korrigieren.

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