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Modern Endangered Archives Programme (MEAP)

The Modern Endangered Archives Program (MEAP) is a UCLA Library granting program funded by The Arcadia Fund. We aim to digitize and make accessible endangered archival materials from the 20th and 21st Centuries, including print, photographic, film, audio, ephemeral, and born digital objects.

MEAP is dedicated to:

  • Providing open access to cultural and historical materials from around the world as a challenge to politicized and nationalized historical narratives that minimize or silence multiple voices and perspectives.
  • Enabling digital preservation of at-risk cultural heritage from parts of the world with limited resources for archival preservation.

  • Expanding the capacity for digital preservation around the world and building a culture of open access that can continue after the period of the grant.


Modern Endangered Archives Program was formerly Documenting Global Voices. All funds will be distributed under Modern Endangered Archives Program.

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Modern Endangered Archives Programme (MEAP) Projects

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Fragile Film in an unstable country: a negative mission

In response to Lebanon's economic crisis, the AIF is digitizing their collection of photographic films. The materials represent the range of photography methods practiced in L…

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Assessing and Safeguarding the Documentary Heritage of Dangriga Town

From the late 1970s to the 2000s, the Dangriga Cable Vision Company documented the community heritage of Dangriga Town, Belize. The company’s archival collection represents im…

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Documenting Colonial Era Monastic Collections in Former Principalities of the Shan State

This project with the Inya-Burma Institute will survey written, printed, and photographic materials regarding principalities in Eastern Myanmar (Burma). Their documentation an…

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Political Pamphlets, Photographs and Local Journals: Narrating ideas of indigeneity in Jharkhand, India

Jawaharlal Nehru University will assess and catalog materials documenting indigeneity in modern Jharkhand, India. Published and private print materials document the local poli…

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The Ricardo Montejano Collection: Social movements and Mexican rural and native cultures

From 1970 to the present, Ricardo Montejano collected original field and studio recordings of the voices of various populations in Mexico. The collection illuminates a history…

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Saving, Digitizing and Providing Access for Educational and Research Purposes to Albania’s Photographic and Graphic Art Collections of its Archival Motion Picture Legacy

By digitizing a collection of ephemeral objects and photo negatives, the AQSHF will chronicle the development of the Albanian film industry from 1946 to the 2000's. Items incl…

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Preserving and Creating Access to a Unique Photo Collection on Afghanistan

From the 1950s to early 2000s, Dr Louis Dupree and his wife Ms Nancy Hatch Dupree captured a photographic series depicting Afghanistan's structural and cultural changes over t…

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Our History is Our Force: Protecting Haitian National Patrimony

The Digital Library of the Caribbean (dLOC) has partnered with the Institut de Sauvegarde du Patrimoine National (ISPAN) to protect Haitian national patrimony. dLOC will digit…

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Labor, Livelihood, and Immigration in a Brazilian Plantation: the Archives of Ibicaba Farm (1890-1970)

As of the 1840s, plantations in southwestern Brazil started to experiment with European immigrant labor co-existing with the enslaved black population. The Ibicaba farm was a …

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