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Endangered Archives Programme (EAP)

To establish a grants programme that funds projects to digitise neglected, vulnerable or inaccessible archives from across the world. The digitised materials are available for free online.

The Endangered Archives Programme (EAP) facilitates the digitisation of archives around the world that are in danger of destruction, neglect or physical deterioration. Thanks to generous funding from Arcadia, a charitable fund of Lisbet Rausing and Peter Baldwin, we have provided grants to more than 400 projects in 90 countries worldwide, in over 100 languages and scripts.

Archive types digitised so far include rare printed sources, manuscripts, visual materials, audio recordings. This continually expanding online collection is available freely through the British Library website and local archival partners, for research, inspiration and enjoyment.

Summaries of individual projects funded by EAP can also be found on the Culture in Crisis portal. These summaries were created from EAP project proposals and final reports. They have been edited for consistency but retain the original language of the applicants and project leads.

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Endangered Archives Programme (EAP) Projects

Eap 894

Endangered photographic collections about the participation of pre-industrial Bulgaria in three wars in the beginning of the 20th century

Colonel Darvingov and photographer Aleksandar Bozhinov lived through the Balkan wars and the First World War. During the wars, they collected photographs and illustrations of …

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Preservation of unique and historic newspapers printed in traditional Mongolian script between 1936-1945

The project digitised 943 editions of combined ARDYN ERKH and UNEN newspapers (the only government and national newspapers in Mongolia) covering periods from January 1936 to D…

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Eap 888

Preservation and digitisation of the manuscripts of the Avesta written with Persian alphabets

This project aimed to digitise and preserve a number of old unique manuscripts of the Persian Khorda Avesta (the Book of Common Prayers) held by private owners in Iran, includ…

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Eap 886

Digitisation of Sanskrit Manuscripts and Books in the State of Jammu and Kashmir

This project digitised two collections of manuscripts and books in the state of Jammu and Kashmir, India. The team carried out work in both the Kashmir Research Institute, Sri…

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Eap 880

Fragments of Sikkim: preserving and presenting the palace archives of a Himalayan Kingdom, 1875-1975

This project preserved, digitised and made available to academic enquiry the hitherto neglected royal archives of the former Himalayan Buddhist kingdom of Sikkim, which merged…

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Eap 879

Continued digitisation and preservation of the Arabic manuscripts of Djenné and surrounding villages

The city of Djenné, Mali, shares the same glorious past as a centre of learning and commerce with its more famous ‘twin sister’ Timbuktu. Held in private collections in Djenné…

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Preserving a unique archive of diaspora and disease in the Indian Ocean from 1867 to 1930: a test case from Mauritius

The Bois Marchand Cemetery in Mauritius was the largest cemetery in the Indian Ocean. The records held in its archive are a unique repository of demographic and disease data, …

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EAP855 Opening Event Team

Anti-colonialism and religious independence in the Philippines around 1900: preserving the archival records of the early history of the Iglesia Filipina Independente

Documenting the religious self-assertion of the Filipino elite around 1900, the records of the Iglesia Filipina Independente not only represent the negotiations between a loca…

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EAP853 Pub006

Creating a digital archive of eighteenth- and nineteenth-century criminal and notarial records in Mamanguape, São João do Cariri, and João Pessoa, Paraíba, Brazil

Notarial and criminal sources are fundamental to the study of everyday, lived experiences in imperial and republican Brazil. However, the documents are kept in disorganised ar…

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