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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

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Saving the folkloric archival material preserved in Chişinău, Republic of Moldova

During the Soviet administration, field researchers working in the institutes of the Moldovan branch of the USSR Academy of Sciences created recordings of folkloric beliefs an…

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Eap 1042

Digital Preservation of Mandinka Ajami Materials of Casamance, Senegal

The centuries-old Mandinka Ajami tradition is one of least documented literary practices of Africa. The Ajami manuscripts will enable academics to access, for the first time, …

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Safeguarding the Endangered Court Records of Malawi, 1891-1964

The judicial system in Malawi started during the pre-colonial times and followed procedures of customary law. The records of traditional courts across the country can be used …

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Sanskrit and Malayalam manuscripts from the Thrissur monastic complex

The main Hindu monastic complex of the city of Thrissur is one of the most important religious centres of the Indian state of Kerala. Its collection comprises of palm-leaf man…

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Eap 1034

Preserving Traditional Buryat Book Culture

The Tibetan collections at the Centre of Oriental Manuscripts and Xylographs (Russian Academy of Sciences) and Aga Buddhist monastery are two of the largest in the world. Thes…

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United Congregational Church of Southern Africa (UCCSA) Church Endangered Archives Pilot Project

The United Congregational Church of Southern Africa was born out of the London Missionary Society in the early 1880s. The Church contributed to the socio-economic development …

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Eap 1031

Pre-modern Visions, Modern Frames: Digitization and Conservation of Manuscripts and Books in Bardhaman and Nadia Districts, West Bengal

Private and institutional collections in West Bengal districts hold manuscripts, newspapers, and books that show the traditional, literary, artistic, judicial, political and s…

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Preservation and digitisation of endangered Sundanese manuscripts of Paseban Tri Panca Tunggal Collections, Kuningan Regency, West Java Province, Indonesia

The manuscripts collection of Paseban Tri Panca Tunggal contain the historical records of Prince Madrais Sadewa Alibassa Kusuma Wijayaningrat, a Sundanese leader in the Dutch…

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Beyond the Revolution: Bibliothèque Haïtienne des Frères de l’Instruction Chrétienne Collections, Bringing Nineteenth-Century Haitian History to the World

The Bibliothèque Haïtienne des Frères de l’Instruction Chrétienne in Port-au-Prince holds the only extensive collection of 19th century newspapers in Haiti. These shed light o…

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