The Endangered Language Documentation Programme (ELDP) provides grants worldwide to for the linguistic documentation of endangered language and knowledge. Grantees create multimedia collection of endangered languages. These collections are preserved and made freely available through the Endangered Languages Archive (ELAR) housed at the library of SOAS University of London.
This is a collection of tapes made by various people over time and then deposited with the library at the Divine Word University. They represent at least nine languages of PNG and also the German pidgin Unserdeutsch. The tapes are being stored in an environment that is not completely climate controlled and mould has affected some. Other tapes date from the 1960s and are records of local oral tradition. There are few records of most of the 900 or more languages of PNG so it is important to ensure each recording is playable and findable