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News about the projects saving vulnerable material from around the world

21 April 2011

The Easter Story

Many EAP projects are copying material from religious collections or records that cover religious or spiritual themes and stories. Some of these have been highlighted in previous posts, as we accession material or as projects finish. Because tomorrow is Easter Friday, I thought I would look at some of these projects and the wonderful Christian manuscripts and materials they're copying. There are more than a few to choose from. With difficulty, I have limited myself to three.

EAP040: Securing of the medieval and early modern archival material of Brasov/Kronstadt and the Burzenland Region

One of our very early projects, EAP040 copied records held in the Honterus parish building of Brazov, in Central Romania. This material dates back to the 14th century. The project copied ecclesiastical records and records that touch on life in the parish encompassing topics such as education and marriage, local traditions and music. The original records are now kept in the Lutheran parish house. Details are available on their webpages: http://www.honterus-archiv.ro/

EAP040 lutheran records 

EAP099: Collecting and preserving the records of the Evangelican Lutheran Church of Tanzania in Moshi, Tanzania

Another of our earlier projects, EAP099 targeted records relating to the first missionaries sent by the Leipzig Mission from Germany to the Kilimanjaro region, between the late 1890s and 1930. The project team copied correspondence, mission station diaries, church registers (baptisms, marriages and funerals), parish council minutes, files on education and cash books, and some photographs. The work of this project has carried on and valuable material continues to be identified and preserved.

EAP099 Kid_N.N._1.1_9 

EAP336: Preserving the lay bet andemta: the Ethiopian intellectual legacy on the verge of extinction

A more recent project, EAP336 is copying manuscripts containing biblical and patristic commentaries. Below are some illustrations from a late 16th or early 17th century Gospel text, showing scenes from the Easter story.


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