New York Times dig­i­tiz­ing photo morgue

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e New York Times is us­ing Google Cloud tech­nol­ogy to dig­i­tize an ex­ten­sive col­lec­tion of pho­to­graphs dat­ing back to as early as the late 19th cen­tury, the com­pany said. e process will un­cover some never-be­fore-seen-doc­u­ments, equip Times jour­nal­ists with an eas­ily ac­ces­si­ble his­tor­i­cal ref­er­ence source, and pre­serve e Times’s his­tory, a news re­lease said.

Prior to the dig­i­ti­za­tion, mil­lions of pho­to­graphs, along with tens of mil­lions of his­tor­i­cal news clip­pings, mi­cro lm records and other archival ma­te­ri­als, ex­isted only in a phys­i­cal archive three lev­els be­low ground near e Times head­quar­ters in New York City called “ e New York Times Archival Li­brary,” also known as the “morgue.”

“We’ve al­ways known that we were sit­ting on a trove of his­tor­i­cal pho­tos and now, cloud tech­nol­ogy al­lows us to not only pre­serve this archival source, but eas­ily search and pull pho­tos to pro­vide even more his­tor­i­cal con­text,” said Mon­ica Drake, as­sis­tant manag­ing ed­i­tor, e New York Times. “Ul­ti­mately, this dig­i­tal­iza­tion will equip Times jour­nal­ists with use­ful tools to make it eas­ier to tell even more vis­ual sto­ries.”

e news­room will use the dig­i­tized ar­chives to in­spire sto­ries for Past Tense, a body of cov­er­age ded­i­cated to re­vis­it­ing his­tory.

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