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  • English

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  • GLP
  • JFC
  • JFCD


  • ART056000
  • SOC002010


  • Z701.3.D54


  • Archives
  • documentary heritage
  • preservation
  • digitisation
  • Endangered Archives Programme
  • cultural heritage
  • British Library
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From Dust to Digital

Ten Years of the Endangered Archives Programme

  • Maja Kominko (editor)
Much of world’s documentary heritage rests in vulnerable, little-known and often inaccessible archives. Many of these archives preserve information that may cast new light on historical phenomena and lead to their reinterpretation. But such rich collections are often at risk of being lost before the history they capture is recorded. This volume celebrates the tenth anniversary of the Endangered Archives Programme at the British Library, established to document and publish online formerly inaccessible and neglected archives from across the globe.

From Dust to Digital showcases the historical significance of the collections identified, catalogued and digitised through the Programme, bringing together articles on 19 of the 244 projects supported since its inception. These contributions demonstrate the range of materials documented — including rock inscriptions, manuscripts, archival records, newspapers, photographs and sound archives — and the wide geographical scope of the Programme. Many of the documents are published here for the first time, illustrating the potential these collections have to further our understanding of history.


Not only is the collection From Dust to Digital: Ten Years of the Endangered Archives Programme a valuable addition to any academic library, it is an important proof of the importance of the funding programme itself. It remains to be hoped that many more collections can be successfully digitised, and that, as envisaged, the images shall be made fully available online.

Eugenia Sokolinski

"Maja Kominko, ed., From Dust to Digital: Ten Years of the Endangered Archives Programme". Comparative Oriental Manuscript Studies Bulletin (2410-0951), vol. 1, no. 2, 2016. doi:10.25592/uhhfdm.425

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1. The “written landscape” of the central Sahara: recording and digitising the Tifinagh inscriptions in the Tadrart Acacus Mountains

(pp. 1–30)
  • Savino di Lernia
  • Ali Ait Kaci
  • Stefano Biagetti

2. Metadata and endangered archives: lessons from the Ahom Manuscripts Project

(pp. 31–66)
  • Stephen Morey

3. Unravelling Lepcha manuscripts

(pp. 67–88)
  • Heleen Plaisier

4. Technological aspects of the monastic manuscript collection at May Wäyni, Ethiopia

(pp. 89–134)
  • Michael Gervers
  • Jacek Tomaszewski

5. Localising Islamic knowledge: acquisition and copying of the Riyadha Mosque manuscript collection in Lamu, Kenya

(pp. 135–172)
  • Anne K. Bang

6. In the shadow of Timbuktu: the manuscripts of Djenné

(pp. 173–188)
  • Sophie Sarin

7. The first Gypsy/Roma organisations, churches and newspapers

(pp. 189–224)
  • Elena Marushiakova
  • Vesselin Popov

8. Sacred boundaries: parishes and the making of space in the colonial Andes

(pp. 225–258)
  • Gabriela Ramos

9. Researching the history of slavery in Colombia and Brazil through ecclesiastical and notarial archives

(pp. 259–292)
  • Jane Landers
  • Pablo Gómez
  • José Polo Acuña
  • Courtney J. Campbell

10. Convict labour in early colonial Northern Nigeria: a preliminary study

(pp. 293–330)
  • Mohammed Bashir Salau

11. Murid Ajami sources of knowledge: the myth and the reality

(pp. 331–376)
  • Fallou Ngom

12. Digitisation of Islamic manuscripts and periodicals in Jerusalem and Acre

(pp. 377–416)
  • Qasem Abu Harb

13. A charlatan’s album: cartes-devisite from Bolivia, Argentina and Paraguay (1860-1880)

(pp. 417–444)
  • Irina Podgorny

14. Hearing images, tasting pictures: making sense of Christian mission photography in the Lushai Hills district, Northeast India (1870-1920)

(pp. 445–486)
  • Kyle Jackson

15. The photographs of Baluev: capturing the “socialist transformation” of the Krasnoyarsk northern frontier, 1938-1939

(pp. 487–530)
  • David G. Anderson
  • Mikhail S. Batashev
  • Craig Campbell

16. Archiving a Cameroonian photographic studio

(pp. 531–546)
  • David Zeitlyn

17. Music for a revolution: the sound archives of Radio Télévision Guinée

(pp. 547–586)
  • Graeme Counsel

18. Conservation of the Iranian Golha radio programmes and the heritage of Persian classical poetry and music

(pp. 587–616)
  • Jane Lewisohn

19. The use of sound archives for the investigation, teaching and safeguarding of endangered languages in Russia

(pp. 617–634)
  • Tjeerd de Graaf
  • Victor Denisov


(pp. xxxvii–xxxviii)
  • Lisbet Rausing
  • Peter Baldwin

Preserving the past: creating the Endangered Archives Programme

(pp. xxxix–xlii)
  • Barry Supple

The Endangered Archives Programme after ten years

(pp. xliii–xlvi)
  • Anthea Case

Crumb trails, threads and traces: Endangered Archives and history

(pp. xlix–lxviii)
  • Maja Kominko


Maja Kominko

Manager of Cultural Grants Portfolio at Arcadia Fund