December Accessions 2009
Looking over the EAP Accession records it appears most of December was spent processing new material into the library. We received discs, microfilm and hard drives from seven projects! Some of these were continuing transfers from on-going projects. Some were the first receipts from new projects.
Material was received from:
This last project is the second undertaken by Dr Feldhaus to copy Marathi manuscripts in India. Her first project, Preserving Marathi manuscripts and making them accessible, was completed in 2007. It successfully microfilmed 300 manuscripts including: works of the Vakari poet-saints from the 13th to the 17th centuries; works of the 'Pandit' poets of the 17th and 18th centuries; notebooks of songs used by performers of kirtans and other types of (mostly Vaishnava) religious performances; manuscripts on yoga, astrology and other kinds of sciences including (interestingly) the science of horses; and manuscripts of the vast literature of the Mahanubhav sect. The project also conducted training for staff in digital preservation and raised awareness of Marathi manuscript collections and their care.
The current major project is continuing to microfilm Marathi manuscripts and training staff. Here is a glimpse of the result: