May 16, 2022

The British Library’s Endangered Archives Program Releases Another 500,000+ Images Online

More exciting news from the BL! So impressive!

First, some background. What is the Endangered Archives Programme?

In Their Own Words:

The Programme’s aim is to contribute to the preservation of archival material that is in danger of destruction, neglect or physical deterioration world-wide. This is achieved principally through the award of grants in an annual competition. The grants provide funding to enable successful applicants to locate relevant endangered archival collections, to arrange their transfer to a suitable local archival home where possible, to create digital copies of the material and to deposit the copies with local institutions and the British Library.

Now, to today’s news.

From the Endangered Archives Blog:

This month we have had seven new projects go online with over five hundred thousand images. These are EAP164, EAP171, EAP387, EAP505, EAP566, EAP638 and EAP684 and include rural records from the Ukrainian Steppe, parish records from Brazil, endangered Urdu periodicals and the archives from a publishing company in Argentina. This blog will focus on four projects EAP171, EAP387, EAP505 and EAP638. Another blog will feature the final three projects in a couple of weeks.

The blog post continues with details about each new project.

About a month ago the Endangered Archives Program announced that they’re now making more than four million images available online in a variety of collections.

The four million total came about four months after announcing (September 2014) three million images were in the collection

Direct to Search/Access the British Library’s Endangered Archives Projects

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See Also: New Article: “Millions of images from the world’s endangered archives made available online” (via Culture24)

See Also: Full Text Book (Read Online, Free): From Dust to Digital: Ten Years of the Endangered Archives Programme

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