Restoration of the Archive

In order to attain the targeted research goals, it is necessary to screen the material, that was taken between 1907 and the 1960’s, in a first step and afterwards restore the negatives accordingly. In the year 1989, a fire damaged the approximately 10,000 glass and gelatin negatives. The pictures were impaired by the arising smoke and ash as well as water and mold due to inappropriate storage. Thanks to the non-monetary cooperation with the Österreichische Nationalbibliothek, a collaboration with the Institute for Paper Restoration in Vienna could be established. After a thorough budgeting and restoration process, the negatives will be digitalized and made accessible to the public via this website.