A recent video report offered a rare glimpse into The Times’s archive of newspaper clippings and photographs. Jessica Bennett of Tumblr, working in partnership with WNYC, produced the video and an article about the trove, housed deep beneath street level in a cellar adjacent to The Times building.
It’s a valuable look — even insiders rarely visit the physical archive, known as the Morgue. Editors and reporters rely on Jeffrey Roth, the Morgue’s encyclopedic caretaker, to mine 160 years of material for the nuggets they need. “The Lively Morgue,” a series on The Times’s photo blog, Lens, regularly dips into the rich archive and, since February, has shared some of its gems on a Tumblr blog of the same name.
Darcy Eveleigh and Nancy J. Weinstock, photo editors, Mr. Roth and David W. Dunlap, the author of City Room’s Building Blocks feature, appear in the video.