Tuesday was the first day the Michigan Tech archives have been fully reopened to Tech staff, students, and the community after a fire caused extensive damage to the archives.
On October 26, 2012, a small fire blazed through the basement doing minimal damage. A majority of the damage came from the sprinkler system, which soaked more than 680 boxes of archived materials.
The boxes were sent to a facility in Philadelphia to be dried and cleared of mold.
The archives are now fully opened to visitors, however, about one-third of the boxes have not yet been returned. University archivist Erik Nordberg said the closings have been inconvenient to researchers and is happy the archives are open again.
â??We've also got graduate students who are hoping to graduate in May, and so they're trying to finish projects that utilize our collections,â?? said Nordberg. â??So, we've been really working hard to get them the things that they need, but when we were only open three afternoons a week, it's really hard to squeeze them in.â??
The archives are now open Monday through Friday from 1 to 5 p.m.