Flooding threatens The New York Times' vast picture archive

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Posted: Oct 12, 2015 7:41 PM

NEW YORK (AP) — The New York Times' vast archive of historical photographs was threatened this weekend when a broken water pipe flooded an area known as the morgue, causing minor damage.

The newspaper says it happened on Saturday in the lower sub-basement level of the former New York Herald Tribune building in Manhattan, next to its headquarters.

Morgue manager Jeff Roth says it's too early to say how many photos were lost. But he says it appears about 90 percent of the affected photos will be salvageable.

The morgue also houses high-resolution micro-films of every New York Times front page and collections of photos of plays, movies and television program artworks used by the culture desk.