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The IMSS Iconographic Archive

The IMSS iconographic archive was formed in the early 1980s, to organize and manage in an organic manner the photographic material produced in the Institute's own laboratory.

At present, the archive contains a copious amount of material collected over the years, including nearly 7,000 black-and-white negatives of medium format and approximately 40,000 slides in various formats.

The most important group of images documents the collections of scientific instruments in the Museo di Storia della Scienza, providing testimony of the various arrangements of the exhibits from the date when the Museum was founded up to the present day, documentation of restoration activity, and more.

Another very important part of the archive consists of the images produced by the Scientific Iconography project, which has enriched the archive by nearly 20,000 photographic reproductions of pictures in the 16th- and 17th-century books belonging to the IMSS library.

The Archive also contains documentation of significant events in the life of the Institution, such as the temporary thematic exhibitions presented and/or organized by the Institute and major initiatives for adapting and reconstructing the building which houses the collections, the library and Institute research activities.

It also possesses a small group of antique photographs (approximately 1,300) of various subjects, dating from the late 1880s and the early 1900s.

The Archive is now in an advanced stage of computerization, and all of the photographic material is being digitized.

The Archive loans images, in both traditional and digital mediums, to publishing houses and scholars at their request, but for cultural purposes only.



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