From Dust to Digital: Ten Years of the Endangered Archives Programme




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This e-book commemorates the tenth anniversary of the Endangered Archives Programme (EAP) through a series of articles illustrating select projects supported by the grant. It can be accessed through the website of the Open Book Publishers, a not-for-profit publisher providing free access to academic books.

EAP is a grant program that provides support to digitize cultural heritage at risk from war, theft, neglect, climate change, or vulnerability of minority groups who possess them. The digital preservation of archives facilitates preservation as well as open access to anyone interested in exploring and understanding heritage relevant to the pre-modern era. This e-book is a compilation of 19 articles that describe the historical significance and preservation methodologies adopted for different types of media in the field. Among the types of media discussed in the book are manuscripts, photographs and sound.

 Some of the contents of the e-book are:

  • Technological aspects of the monastic manuscript collection at May Wäyni, Ethiopia
  • Convict labour in early colonial Northern Nigeria: A preliminary study
  • Archiving a Cameroonian photographic studio