Endangered archives blog

News about the projects saving vulnerable material from around the world

2 posts from January 2011

25 January 2011

EAP132: Digital Archive of North Indian Classical Music

This week we have started to catalogue the material created as part of EAP132: Digital Archive of North Indian Classical Music. Run by the School of Cultural Texts and Records at Jadavpur University, Kolkata, the project digitised approximately 1,150 hours of north Indian (or Hindustani) classical music held by private collectors and institutions.

Collectors in West Bengal provided most of the material, and one collector was committed enough to transport his material from Venezuela to be digitised. A follow up project - EAP274 (stage two)- is currently underway, which focuses on special collections of relatively rare styles (such as dhrupad singing) and Bengali popular music from 1902 to 1936.

Sound recordings are threatened by the physical decay of their carriers and technological obsolescence, and material was digitised from gramophone discs, vinyl, cassette tapes and CDs in various states of repair. The EAP is working with the British Library Sound Archive to ensure that our digital copies can be accessed in the future.

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The user community of the SCTR digital archive have set up a website featuring audio clips, video footage and biographies of the performers featured in the collections. The site also provides a forum for users to exchange information about the collections and related resources.



14 January 2011

December Accessions

Happy New Year! Today we're having a look at material received by the EAP at the end of 2010:

EAP054: Archiving a Cameroonian photographic studio

EAP054 digitised the collection of studio photographer Jacques Touselle, who has amassed around 20,000 negatives in the course of his career. People went to the studio to be photographed for ID purposes, and for family portraits. The photographs will enable research into changing aesthetics, fashions, photography in Cameroon, and family history.


EAP207: 'Faces drawn in the sand': a rescue project of Native Peoples' photographs stored at the Museum of La Plata, Argentina - major project

The collections stored at La Plata Museum provide a picture of pre-industrial societies across a wide area of South America during the late 19th to early 20th centuries. Building on the work of the pilot project EAP095, this project catalogued 10 collections at the museum, and created microfilm and digital surrogates.



EAP265: The Tifinagh rock inscriptions in the Tadrart Acacus mountains (SW Libya): an unknown endangered heritage

The Tadrart Acacus is a massif averaging 150km long and 50km wide located in the Fazzan region of the south western corner of Libya. Italian archaeological research carried out over the last fifty years has already illuminated the richness of the archaeological and rock art heritage of the area, which has been added to the UNESCO World Heritage list.

This project will identify, locate, catalogue, photograph and document the state of conservation of all the rock inscriptions along the four main passes through the Acacus mountains. Digital images and interactive 3D models are being created, and deposited with the EAP, the Tripoli National Museum, and the University of Rome.