Endangered Archives Programme

To establish a grants programme that funds projects to digitize neglected, vulnerable or inaccessible archives relating to pre-industrial societies. The digitized 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.

Since 2004, the Programme has digitised over seven million images and 25 thousand sound tracks. Archive types digitised so far include rare printed sources, manuscripts, visual materials, audio recordings. This continually expanding online collection is available freely through local archival partners, this website and it is discoverable via the British Library catalogue, for research, inspiration and enjoyment.

Project Details

Location: Worldwide Organiser(s): The British Library Funder(s): Arcadia Funding received: $28,960,153 Commencement Date: 01/2004 Project Status: Active
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