Monday, May 4, 2015

Endangered Archives Project

The Endangered Archives programme has now helped archives in 78 countries preserve over 4 million records, each of which have been digitised and added to the website.
The British Library's Endangered Archives website states that "Unless action is taken now, much of mankind’s documentary heritage may vanish - discarded as no longer of relevance or left to deteriorate beyond recovery." The website explains what the Endangered Archives Programme is, and how it can help.
Grants can be awarded to individual researchers to identify collections that can be preserved for fruitful use. The original archives and the master digital copies will be transferred to a safe archival home in their country of origin, while copies will be deposited at the British Library for use by scholars worldwide.  There is also an interactive map highlighting where records originated.

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