This project will digitise 5,564 photographs and negatives of ethnographic and historical objects, reflecting pre-industrial Bulgarian history and culture. The scholarly Archive of the Institute of Ethnology and Folklore Studies with Ethnographic Museum, Bulgarian Academy of sciences is the oldest storage of data of Bulgarian pre-industrial and early modern traditional culture. The rich and unique Ethnographic Archive consists of several collections with heterogeneous materials: written documents (mainly fieldwork recordings, but also manuscripts, books, printed materials, maps, and periodicals), photographs, sound recordings - rich audio and visual collections.
Thanks to the earlier project EAP103, a significant part of the photographic documentation has already been preserved through digitisation. That project was focused on one particular part of this Archive – the old photographs, negatives and glass plates. In total 3,865 glass plates, 1,911 old photographs and 4,684 negatives were digitised as a result of EAP103.
This project will continue digitising the collections, particularly focusing on three important parts of the Ethnographic Archive:
The records copied by this project have been catalogued as:
The catalogue is available here.