- By Dan Rude | Posted on January 4, 2010 at 10:27 AM
- For one week in July 2009, six SOIS students and recent graduates had the unique opportunity to help with the recovery effort at the largest European municipal historical archives north of the Alps, in Cologne, Germany. On March 3rd, 2009 the Historischen Archivs der Stadt Köln (Historical Archives of the City of Cologne) collapsed, killing two residents in an adjacent apartment building and damaging historical records. The archives held records dating from 922 AD to the present. Since the collapse there has been a continuous rescue and preservation effort to save the historical materials. Due to the scope of the disaster the group played a big part in getting the archives back on its feet and in the same time learning about important aspects in archival theory.