Endangered Archives

Research Grants Awarded in 2015

Pilot Projects

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Project Ref: EAP797
Title of project: Preserving Malawi's endangered historical District Notebooks, 1891-1964
Principal investigator: Mr Joel Thaulo
Host institution: National Archives of Malawi
Archival partner: National Archives of Malawi
Location of archival material: Malawi
Award: £10,553
Duration: 4 months
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Project Ref: EAP813
Title of project: Preservation of the disappearing book heritage of Siberian Buddhists
Principal investigator: Dr Nikolay Tsyrempilov
Host institution: Buryat State University
Archival partner: Centre of Oriental Manuscripts and Xylographs, Russian Academy of Sciences
Location of archival material: Russian Federation
Award: £8,200
Duration: 12 months
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Project Ref: EAP820
Title of project: Documenting Slavery and Emancipation in Kita, Western Mali
Principal investigator: Dr Marie Rodet
Host institution: SOAS, University of London
Archival partner: Archives du Cercle de Kita
Location of archival material: Mali
Award: £5,925
Duration: 1 month
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Project Ref: EAP835
Title of project: Jaffna Protestant digital archive project
Principal investigator: Professor Valentine Daniel
Host institution: Columbia University in the City of New York
Archival partner: Noolaham Foundation
Location of archival material: Sri Lanka
Award: £10,012
Duration: 12 months
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Project Ref: EAP843
Title of project: Creating a digital archive of ecclesiastical documents from Santiago de Cuba, Bayamo, Trinidad and Baracoa, Cuba
Principal investigator: Dr David LaFevor
Host institution: The University of Texas at Arlington
Location of archival material: Cuba
Award: £3,731
Duration: 1 month
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Project Ref: EAP844
Title of project: Recovering the Middle Congo archives at Pointe-Noire, Republic of Congo: new steps towards the social history of the Congo
Principal investigator: Professor Alexander Keese
Host institution: Université de Genève
Archival partner: Centre National des Archives et de la Documentation (Republic of Congo)
Location of archival material: Congo
Award: £13,941
Duration: 2 months
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Project Ref: EAP847
Title of project: Protecting the Archive of the Presbyterian Church of East Africa
Principal investigator: Dr Thomas Molony
Host institution: University of Edinburgh
Archival partner: Presbyterian Church of East Africa Archive
Location of archival material: Kenya
Award: £11,037
Duration: 3 months
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Project Ref: EAP872
Title of project: Bulang manuscripts preservation project
Principal investigator: Mr Brian Kirbis
Host institution: Museum of Anthropology, Yunnan University
Archival partner: Museum of Anthropology, Yunnan University
Location of archival material: China
Award: £3,525
Duration: 3 months

Major Projects

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Project Ref: EAP617
Title of project: Preservation of rare medical records at Albert Cook Library, College of Health Sciences, Makerere University
Principal investigator: Dr Alison Kinengyere
Host institution: Makerere University
Archival partner: Albert Cook Medical Library
Location of archival material: Uganda
Award: £17,840
Duration: 12 months
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Project Ref: EAP727
Title of project: Preservation of Tibetan Ngakpa manuscripts in Amdo region (Qinghai and Gansu Provinces, PRC)
Principal investigator: Dr Valentina Punzi
Host institution: Qinghai Province Buddhist Culture Research Center
Archival partner: Qinghai Province Buddhist Culture Research Center
Location of archival material: China
Award: £22,537
Duration: 6 months
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Project Ref: EAP782
Title of project: Preserving nineteenth-century records in the Sierra Leone Public Archives
Principal investigator: Professor Suzanne Schwarz
Host institution: University of Worcester
Archival partner: Sierra Leone Public Archives
Location of archival material: Sierra Leone
Award: £25,586
Duration: 24 months
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Project Ref: EAP783
Title of project: Digitisation, preservation and dissemination of parochial books and matrimonial records prior to the establishment of the Civil Registry in Peru
Principal investigator: Melecio Tineo Morón
Host institution: Bishopric of Huacho
Archival partner: National Archive of Peru
Location of archival material: Peru
Award: £13,039
Duration: 18 months
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Project Ref: EAP790
Title of project: The Melvin Seiden Award: Digital documentation of endangered medieval manuscripts in individual and Vihāra collections from various Newār settlements in the Kathmandu Valley, Nepal
Principal investigator: Dr Shanker Thapa
Host institution: Tribhuvan University
Archival partner: National Archives of Nepal
Location of archival material: Nepal
Award: £23,260
Duration: 12 months
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Project Ref: EAP791
Title of project: Digital library of the Lanten textual heritage
Principal investigator: Professor Dr Josephus Platenkamp
Host institution: Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität Münster
Archival partner: Provincial Museum of Luang Namtha
Location of archival material: Laos
Award: £30,042
Duration: 18 months
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Project Ref: EAP793
Title of project: Safeguarding the country’s ecclesiastical archives: digitisation and relocation of Church archives in Malawi
Principal investigator: Dr Hastings Zidana
Host institution: National Aquaculture Centre
Archival partner: National Archives of Malawi
Location of archival material: Malawi
Award: £23,835
Duration: 13 months
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Project Ref: EAP794
Title of project: Digitising the endangered historic records of Nevis in the Leeward Islands
Principal investigator: Dr Andrew Pearson
Host institution: Independent Researcher
Archival partner: Nevis Island Administration
Location of archival material: Saint Kitts and Nevis
Award: £39,269
Duration: 24 months
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Project Ref: EAP796
Title of project: Collection, preservation, documentation & digitisation of ethnic recordings made in India in the acoustic recording process on shellac 78rpm gramophone records
Principal investigator: Mr Sunny Mathew Kunnelpurayidom
Host institution: Independent Researcher
Archival partner: Roja Muthiah Research Library
Location of archival material: India
Award: £22,000
Duration: 24 months
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Project Ref: EAP810
Title of project: Conservation, documentation and preservation of the knowledge of siddha medicine
Principal investigator: Dr Brigitte Sebastia
Host institution: French Institute of Pondicherry
Archival partner: French Institute of Pondicherry
Location of archival material: India
Award: £41,789
Duration: 24 months
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Project Ref: EAP816
Title of project: Selective digitisation and preservation of the photography archive of the ‘Vasile Parvan’ Institute of Archaeology, Bucharest, Romania
Principal investigator: Mr Cǎtǎlin Nicolae
Host institution: ‘Vasile Parvan’ Institute of Archaeology
Archival partner: ‘Vasile Parvan’ Institute of Archaeology Photographic Archive
Location of archival material: Romania
Award: £25,825
Duration: 12 months
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Project Ref: EAP821
Title of project: Documentary heritage at risk: digitisation and enhancement of the archive of the Monastery of Dominican nuns of Santa Rosa, Santiago, Chile
Principal investigator: Dr Alexandrine de la Taille
Host institution: Universidad de los Andes
Archival partner: Monasterio de Dominicas, Immaculada del Maule
Location of archival material: Chile
Award: £19,069
Duration: 15 months
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Project Ref: EAP823
Title of project: Digitisation and preservation of the manuscript collection at the Monastery of St Saviour in Old Jerusalem
Principal investigator: Professor Ewa Balicka-Witakowska
Host institution: Polish Institute of World Art Studies
Archival partner: Biblioteca della Custodia di Terra Santa in Jerusalem
Location of archival material: Israel
Award: £28,625
Duration: 18 months
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Project Ref: EAP833
Title of project: Safeguarding the fragile collection of the private archive of the Lazic family
Principal investigator: Dr Vasilije Milnovic
Host institution: University Library 'Svetozar Markovic'
Archival partner: Lazic Family Archive and Library
Location of archival material: Serbia
Award: £11,107
Duration: 12 months
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Project Ref: EAP834
Title of project: Living or leaving tradition: textual heritage of the taiga Old Believers' skit
Principal investigator: Professor Elena Dutchak
Host institution: National Research Tomsk State University
Archival partner: Scientific Library of Tomsk StateUniversity
Location of archival material: Russian Federation
Award: £19,350
Duration: 12 months
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Project Ref: EAP838
Title of project: Digitisation of the photographic collection from DirghaMan and GaneshMan Chitrakar Art Foundation
Principal investigator: Mr Kiran Man Chitrakar
Host institution: DirghaMan and GaneshMan Chitrakar Art Foundation
Archival partner: DirghaMan and GaneshMan Chitrakar Art Foundation
Location of archival material: Nepal
Award: £32,169
Duration: 15 months
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Project Ref: EAP839
Title of project: Endangered Urdu periodicals: Further preservation and access for vulnerable scholarly resources
Principal investigator: Mr Nasir Javaid
Host institution: Mushfiq Khwaja Trust for the Advancement of Knowledge and Culture
Archival partner: Sharfabad Bedil Library (Trust), Abdul Majeed Khokhar Yadgar Library
Location of archival material: Pakistan
Award: £36,628
Duration: 24 months
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Project Ref: EAP845
Title of project: Endangered ethnohistories: preserving and digitising the DF Ellenberger ethnohistorical archive
Principal investigator: Dr Rachel King
Host institution: University of Cambridge
Archival partner: Morija Museum and Archives, Lesotho
Location of archival material: Lesotho
Award: £12,850
Duration: 12 months
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Project Ref: EAP848
Title of project: Digitisation of Georgian national heritage materials at the National Scientific Library
Principal investigator: Mr Irakli Garibashvili
Host institution: National Scientific Library of Tbilisi State University
Archival partner: TSU National Scientific Library
Location of archival material: Georgia
Award: £14,400
Duration: 12 months
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Project Ref: EAP853
Title of project: Creating a digital archive of eighteenth- and nineteenth-century criminal and notarial records in Mamanguape, São João do Cariri, and João Pessoa, Paraíba, Brazil
Principal investigator: Professor Marshall Eakin
Host institution: Vanderbilt University
Archival partner: NEABI da Universidade Federal da Paraíba (UFPB)
Location of archival material: Brazil
Award: £39,150
Duration: 24 months
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Project Ref: EAP855
Title of project: Anti-colonialism and religious independence in the Philippines around 1900: Preserving the archival records of the early history of the Iglesia Filipina Independente
Principal investigator: Professor Dr Adrian Hermann
Host institution: University of Hamburg
Archival partner: St Andrew’s Theological Seminary, Aglipay Central Theological Seminary
Location of archival material: Philippines
Award: £22,070
Duration: 12 months
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Project Ref: EAP856
Title of project: Safeguarding the political history of precolonial Madagascar: the archives of Prime Minister Rainilaiarivony (1864-1895)
Principal investigator: Dr Vincent Hiribarren
Host institution: Independent Researcher
Archival partner: Archives Nationales de Madagascar
Location of archival material: Madagascar
Award: £3,527
Duration: 1 month
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Project Ref: EAP863
Title of project: Preserving a unique archive of diaspora and disease in the Indian Ocean from 1868 to 1930: a test case from Mauritius
Principal investigator: Dr Krish Seetah
Host institution: Indpendent Researcher
Archival partner: Aapravasi Ghat Trust Fund
Location of archival material: Mauritius
Award: £29,571
Duration: 8 months
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Project Ref: EAP870
Title of project: The preservation of Gujarati materials from British colonial Zanzibar
Principal investigator: Dr Iqbal Akhtar
Host institution: Florida International University
Archival partner: Zanzibar National Archives
Location of archival material: Zanzibar
Award: £26,150
Duration: 24 months
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Project Ref: EAP879
Title of project: Continued digitisation and preservation of the Arabic manuscripts of Djenné and surrounding villages
Principal investigator: Ms Sophie Sarin
Host institution: Independent Researcher
Archival partner: La Bibliothèque de Manuscrits de Djenné
Location of archival material: Mali
Award: £50,852
Duration: 24 months