From The New York Times:
Mr. [Jeff] Roth is the caretaker of The Times’s “morgue,” a vast and eclectic archive that houses the paper’s historical news clippings and photographic prints, along with its large book and periodicals library, microfilm records and other archival material — federal directories, magazine collections and a variety of indexes.
The numbers alone are staggering: Five million to seven million photographic prints are stored here, along with tens of millions of clippings. (The Times’s collection of about 10 million photographic negatives is housed elsewhere, some in the newsroom and some in a separate underground library.)
There’s an inescapable sense of serendipity to wandering through the morgue, a sensation that in many ways would be impossible to replicate with a modern-day, digitized archive.