Endangered Archives

Research Grants Awarded in 2014

Pilot Projects

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Project Ref: EAP472
Title of project: A survey of the libraries of Abéché, former capital of the Sultanate of Waday (Eastern Chad)
Principal investigator: Dr Andrea Brigaglia
Host institution: University of Cape Town
Archival partner: Bibliothèque Nationale du Tchad
Location of archival material: Chad
Award: £6,964
Duration: 3 months
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Project Ref: EAP692
Title of project: Documentation of endangered temple art of Tamil Nadu
Principal investigator: Dr N Murugesan
Host institution: French Institute of Pondicherry
Archival partner: French Institute of Pondicherry
Location of archival material: India
Award: £12,807
Duration: 12 months
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Project Ref: EAP696
Title of project: Minority press in Ottoman Turkish in Bulgaria
Principal investigator: Mr Stoyan Shivarov
Host institution: 'St St Cyril and Methodius' National Library of Bulgaria
Archival partner: Oriental Collections at the Bulgarian National Library
Location of archival material: Bulgaria
Award: £7,690
Duration: 7 months
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Project Ref: EAP699
Title of project: Safeguarding of the intangible Romani heritage in the Republic of Moldova threatened by the volatilisation of the individual unexplored collections
Principal investigator: Dr Ion Duminica
Host institution: Institute of the Cultural Heritage of the Academy of Sciences of Moldova
Archival partner: National Archives of the Republic of Moldova
Location of archival material: Republic of Moldova
Award: £9,400
Duration: 12 months
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Project Ref: EAP700
Title of project: Preservation of the manuscripts of the Jaffna Bishop's House (1850-1930)
Principal investigator: Dr Appasamy Murugaiyan
Host institution: UMR 7528 Mondes iranien et indien, France; Alliance Française de Jaffna.
Archival partner: Oblates of Mary Immaculate Scholasticate, Jaffna
Location of archival material: Sri Lanka
Award: £8,495
Duration: 12 months
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Project Ref: EAP714
Title of project: Safeguarding the country's ecclesiastical archives: survey of Church archives in Malawi
Principal investigator: Dr Hastings Zidana
Host institution: Malawi National Aquaculture Centre
Archival partner: National Archives of Malawi
Location of archival material: Malawi
Award: £14,816
Duration: 4 months
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Project Ref: EAP737
Title of project: Representing Self and Family. Preserving early Tamil studio photography
Principal investigator: Dr Zoé Headley
Host institution: French Institute of Pondicherry
Archival partner: French Institute of Pondicherry
Location of archival material: India
Award: £14,632
Duration: 12 months
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Project Ref: EAP753
Title of project: Rescuing archives from Belém do Pará, Brazil
Principal investigator: Dr Paula Gândara
Host institution: Miami University
Archival partner: Laboratório de História, Universidade Federal do Pará
Location of archival material: Brazil
Award: £9,300
Duration: 3 months
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Project Ref: EAP755
Title of project: A modern gaze on old cultural practices in Argentina: relocation and preservation of the 'Heinrich Sanguinetti Archive' (1930-1956)
Principal investigator: Dr Diana Wechsler
Host institution: Universidad Nacional de Tres de Febrero
Archival partner: Archivo Heinrich Sanguinetti
Location of archival material: Argentina
Award: £10,000
Duration: 12 months
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Project Ref: EAP756
Title of project: Survey and preservation of monastic manuscript collections in villages of Upper Myanmar
Principal investigator: Dr Alexey Kirichenko
Host institution: Independent Researcher
Archival partner: Inya Institute, Yangon
Location of archival material: Myanmar
Award: £9,900
Duration: 12 months
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Project Ref: EAP759
Title of project: Survey of Bengal puthis discovered in Sundarbans, South 24 Parganas, West Bengal
Principal investigator: Dr Satish Kumar
Host institution: Queen's University Belfast
Archival partner: Centre for Studies in Social Sciences Calcutta, Sundarban Ancholik Sangrahasala
Location of archival material: India
Award: £9,180
Duration: 10 months
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Project Ref: EAP764
Title of project: Preserving the memory of the colonial past in Dogon country. A survey of historical collections of the endangered archives of Bandiagara
Principal investigator: Dr Fabrizio Magnani
Host institution: Sapienza - Università degli Studi di Roma
Archival partner: Archives du Cercle de Bandiagara (Mali)
Location of archival material: Mali
Award: £9,004
Duration: 4 months
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Project Ref: EAP766
Title of project: Retrieval, cataloguing and photographic imaging of rare manuscripts, Balochistan-Pakistan
Principal investigator: Dr Kamran Ali
Host institution: University of Texas at Austin
Archival partner: Balochistan Archives
Location of archival material: Pakistan
Award: £12,276
Duration: 8 months
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Project Ref: EAP769
Title of project: Montserrat in written records and photographs: preserving the archive for the nation and the Montserrat diaspora
Principal investigator: Mr Nigel Sadler
Host institution: Montserrat National Trust
Archival partner: Montserrat National Trust
Location of archival material: Montserrat
Award: £12,374
Duration: 3 months

Major Projects

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Project Ref: EAP592
Title of project: The music of Burma on record
Principal investigator: Mr Christopher Miller
Host institution: Radford University
Archival partner: Gitameit Music Centre and Library
Location of archival material: Myanmar
Award: £33,309
Duration: 12 months
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Project Ref: EAP673
Title of project: Preservation and access for rare early Kannada books
Principal investigator: Mr James Nye
Host institution: The University of Chicago
Archival partner: Roja Muthiah Research Library
Location of archival material: India
Award: £44,950
Duration: 24 months
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Project Ref: EAP691
Title of project: Rare manuscripts of great Buddhist thinkers of Laos: digitisation, translation and relocation at the 'Buddhist Archive of Luang Prabang'
Principal investigator: Professor Volker Grabowsky
Host institution: Buddhist Heritage Project, Luang Prabang
Archival partner: Buddhist Archive of Photography
Location of archival material: Laos
Award: £56,787
Duration: 18 months
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Project Ref: EAP693
Title of project: Preservation of Solomon Islands analog recordings
Principal investigator: Dr Nick Thieberger
Host institution: University of Melbourne
Archival partner: Solomon Islands National Museum
Location of archival material: Solomon Islands
Award: £10,704
Duration: 12 months
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Project Ref: EAP698
Title of project: Digitisation of the endangered Cham manuscripts in Vietnam
Principal investigator: Mr Hao Phan
Host institution: Northern Illinois University
Archival partner: University of Social Sciences and Humanities, Ho Chi Minh City
Location of archival material: Vietnam
Award: £48,200
Duration: 12 months
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Project Ref: EAP703
Title of project: Digitising endangered manuscript sources: the notary books of Bahia, Brazil, 1664-1889
Principal investigator: Dr João Reis
Host institution: UFBA - FAPEX
Archival partner: Arquivo Público do Estado da Bahia
Location of archival material: Brazil
Award: £40,766
Duration: 24 months
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Project Ref: EAP704
Title of project: The Melvin Seiden Award: Digitisation of the monastic archives of Marawe Krestos and Däbrä Abbay (Shire region, Tigray Province, Ethiopia)
Principal investigator: Professor Michael Gervers
Host institution: University of Toronto Scarborough
Archival partner: The Ethiopian Liturgical Library
Location of archival material: Ethiopia
Award: £19,544
Duration: 10 months
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Project Ref: EAP722
Title of project: Safeguarding Nzema history. Towards an archive of Chieftaincy in south-west Ghana
Principal investigator: Mr Samuel Nobah
Host institution: Fort Apollonia Museum of Nzema culture and history
Archival partner: Eastern Nzema Traditional Council Archive
Location of archival material: Ghana
Award: £30,976
Duration: 18 months
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Project Ref: EAP726
Title of project: Preserving Peruvian newspapers for a regional approach: key 19th-20th century press in Arequipa
Principal investigator: Dr Eusebio Quiroz Paz-Soldan and Professor Fernando Valle
Host institution: Universidad Católica San Pablo
Archival partner: Seminario de San Jeronimo, Archivo Municipal de Arequipa
Location of archival material: Peru
Award: £33,324
Duration: 12 months
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Project Ref: EAP729
Title of project: Cataloguing, digitisation, and preservation of ancient palm leaf and paper manuscripts archived in Chinmaya International Foundation (CIF)
Principal investigator: Dr Dilip Kumar Rana
Host institution: Chinmaya International Foundation
Archival partner: Chinmaya International Foundation
Location of archival material: India
Award: £13,863
Duration: 12 months
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Project Ref: EAP736
Title of project: Preservation of the music and dance archive at the Music Museum of Nepal (NFMIM)
Principal investigator: Mrs Sibongile Pradhan
Host institution: Independent Researcher
Archival partner: Archive of the Music Museum of Nepal
Location of archival material: Nepal
Award: £25,440
Duration: 12 months
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Project Ref: EAP749
Title of project: The narrative and ritual texts, narrative paintings and other performance related material belonging to the Buchen of Pin Valley, India - major project
Principal investigator: Professor Patrick Sutherland
Host institution: University of the Arts London
Archival partner: Library of Tibetan Works and Archives
Location of archival material: India
Award: £22,207
Duration: 12 months
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Project Ref: EAP760
Title of project: Preservation of historic manuscripts and documents from the Tirthalal Naghabhani Collection, Nepal
Principal investigator: Dr Yogesh Ram Mishra
Host institution: Madan Puraskar Pustakalaya
Archival partner: The Naghabhani Family Collection, Madan Puraskar Pustakalaya
Location of archival material: Nepal
Award: £30,149
Duration: 12 months
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Project Ref: EAP767
Title of project: Locating and preserving audiovisual collections of expressive Andean culture in Peru (Cusco, Lambayeque and La Libertad)
Principal investigator: Dr Raul Romero
Host institution: Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú
Archival partner: Audiovisual Archives of the Institute of Ethnomusicology, Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú
Location of archival material: Peru
Award: £32,233
Duration: 12 months
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Project Ref: EAP781
Title of project: Santipur and its neighbourhood: text and image production history from early modern Bengal through public and private collections. Major project
Principal investigator: Mr Abhijit Bhattacharya
Host institution: Centre for Studies in Social Sciences, Calcutta
Archival partner: Urban History Documentation Archive, CSSSC
Location of archival material: India
Award: £33,890
Duration: 24 months