Archives around the world can be at risk due to general neglect, poor storage or damaging environmental conditions; they can also be at danger due to wanton destruction. The Endangered Archives Programme (EAP), which was set up in 2004, tries to address these issues. Since 2004 we have supported over 300 projects in 90 countries worldwide, resulting in over 6.5 million images and 25 thousand sound tracks being preserved. In addition to being accessible through local archival partners, this growing archive of endangered material is available freely online through this website for the benefit of researchers everywhere. You will find a wealth of material covering a broad spectrum of different types of archive and subject matter. This at-risk documentary heritage includes: rare printed sources (books, serials, newspapers, ephemera, etc.); manuscripts; visual materials (drawings, paintings, prints, posters, photographs); audiovisual recordings; other objects and artefacts - but normally only where they are found in association within a documentary archive.
Each year the Programme awards grants to researchers to identify and preserve culturally important archives in areas of the world where resources are more limited. As a result, this digital repository is constantly growing and new collections are regularly made accessible. To keep up to date with what is newly online you can see the ‘Featured projects’ at the bottom of this page, alternatively, please follow our blog, or find us on Twitter and Facebook for any EAP-related news.
If you have a story to tell about how you have used the archives on this website, please share it with us. We're interested in knowing how the collections are being used and particularly welcome anyone interested in writing a guest post for our blog. You can send an email, or contact us via social media and let us know what you have used the EAP for, whether it's for publishing a book or article, doing research, tracing your family history, or whatever else it may be. Thanks.
This newly published book, which is also available in free e-book formats, uses the wealth of knowledge and experience gained from EAP projects across the world to provide advice for anyone wishing to carry out similar projects in the future. This unique and valuable knowledge has now been compiled together, with clear guidance about the processes involved in these types of digitisation projects. We hope this guidance will help project teams produce work to a uniformly high standard. More information is available on our publications page.