Friday, January 3, 2014

Archives

I am into my archives for this shot of the Records Centre at the Toronto Archives. This large area holds more than 123,000 boxes filled with mostly files but also over 1,000,000 pics and over 5,000 maps along with postcards, diaries, letters, and other papers about the city. The top shelf is 36 feet high and those red machines, called "order pickers", are used to reach all the shelves. The temperature in the room is kept at 21˚C at all times and I assume they have a back-up generator since the archives are in an area that was without power for a few days during our ice storm over the Christmas week.

16 comments:

Lowell said...

Wow! You needed this big a place to store all of your photos...I'm impressed! ;)

Very interesting!

Stay warm!

Birdman said...

Amazing what we want to hold on to in this life.

TexWisGirl said...

impressive!

John @ Sinbad and I on the Loose said...

Makes one wonder what could be "lost and forgotten" among all of those boxes.

Sharon said...

Oh my, what a room. It reminds me of something out of a movie.

Luis Gomez said...

Wow! I am overwhelmed Andy.

Bill Nicholls said...

I'd hate to see the Oxford Uni one

hamilton said...

The Archives needs a museum to display (instead of store) many of these artifacts.

ArtandArchitecture-SF.com said...

WOW!

Randy said...

That is alot of paperwork.

Jack said...

I am glad that there are such things as archives, but I wouldn't want to work there.

Andy said...

I never realize the extent that the city goes to preserve their past. I'm amazed.

llandudnopictures said...

That's how history is maintained, can't afforf to let that particular area get damp!

EG CameraGirl said...

Oh my goodness! I hope nothing gets misplaced there. How would you ever find it again?

Laura. M said...

Saving "treasures" :))

Mike Biles said...

I often deal with archives as part of the day job. Human endeavour never fails to impress!