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Tue October 30, 2012
Tech freeze-dries documents to save them
Michigan Technological University is working to save hundreds of boxes of documents from its archive that got soaked by a sprinkler system during a fire.
Officials say 680 boxes of wet documents from the archive and Copper Country Collections are being sent to a freeze-drying facility with hopes that they can be saved by removing moisture from them.
The cause of Friday's fire in the basement of the school's library hasn't been determined.
Tech officials say the fire itself didn't get to an extensive amount of material, but water from the sprinkler system damaged about 200 square feet of documents.
Some of the damaged documents include records of area mining companies, records from the Steel Workers Union at the White Pine Mine, and photographs. The school's collection of newspapers and blueprints wasn't affected.