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Vatican project to restore, preserve historic photo archive

December 10, 2010

The Vatican has announced plans to restore more than 8 million photos in its archives and preserve them in digital format.

The Vatican’s photo archives, primarily composed of news photos from the files of L’Osservatore Romano, stretch back to the 1930s and include portraits of seven Pontiffs. But the collection has not been properly organized, and many photos have been damaged. The preservation project, which is expected to take five years, will involve cleaning, scanning, and digitizing the photos, and preserving them in a climate-controlled environment.


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