Digitization of Folklore Archive at Rudaki Institute of Lang. and Lit.

The Rudaki Institute of Language and Literature archive serves as one of very few existing repositories of Tajikistan's expressive culture. This project works to preserve and make widely accessible the institute's collection of print materials documenting Tajik folklore from the 1950s to the 1970s.

This project will result in a survey, inventory and sample digitization of items from the folklore archive of the Rudaki Institute of Language and Literature in Dushanbe, Tajikistan. The archive’s holdings include bound notebooks, notecards, and loose-leaf papers documenting Soviet folklore collecting expeditions in the Tajik SSR and contiguous Persian-speaking regions from the early 1920s until the end of the Soviet period. The project’s immediate goals include conducting a survey and inventory of the materials, training in best practices, and purchasing equipment. The archive’s long-term goals include preservation and digitization of the complete collection.

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Location: Tajikistan, Central Asia, Asia Organiser(s): Modern Endangered Archives Programme (MEAP), George Mason University Project partner(s): George Mason University Folklore Program; Rudaki Institute of Language and Literature (Tajikistan) Funder(s): Arcadia Funding received: $15,000.00 Commencement Date: 07/2022 Project Status: Active
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