Endangered Archives Programme


Coming in October 2004

In pursuit of their general aim to support fundamental research into
important issues in the humanities and social sciences, the Trustees of the
Lisbet Rausing Charitable Fund have decided to sponsor a Programme focusing
on the preservation and copying of important but vulnerable archives
throughout the world.

The Programme is administered by the British Library and applications will
be considered by an International Panel of historians and archivists.

The Programme will achieve its objectives principally by making a number of
grants to individual researchers to locate relevant collections, wherever
possible to arrange their transfer to a suitable local archival home, and to
deliver copies into the international research domain via the British
Library. Pilot projects may also be funded. Grants will be made each year
and will vary in amount, but a guideline maximum of GBP 50,000 for a full
project, and GBP 10,000 for a pilot project, is envisaged.

It will also make available – to overseas archivists and librarians only –
bursaries for professional attachments at the British Library to foster
better archival standards in cataloguing, preservation, etc., and thereby to
assist the process of safeguarding other such collections locally in the

The aim is to safeguard archival material relating to societies usually at
an early stage of development, i.e. its normal focus will be on the period
of a society’s history before ‘modernisation’ or ‘industrialisation’ had
generated institutional and record-keeping structures for the systematic
preservation of historical records, very broadly defined. The relevant time
period will therefore mostly vary according to the society with which we

The Programme will be completely open as to theme and regional interest,
although it will normally, but not invariably, be concerned with non-western

For the purposes of the Programme, archives will be interpreted widely to
embrace not only rare printed sources (books, serials, newspapers, ephemera,
etc.) and manuscripts in any language, but also visual materials (drawings,
paintings, prints, posters, photographs, etc.), audio or video recordings,
digital data, and even other objects and artefacts – but normally only where
they are found in association with a documentary archive. In all cases, the
validity of archival materials for inclusion in the Programme will be
assessed by their relevance as source materials for the pre-industrial stage
of a society’s history.

The Fund does not offer grants to support the ‘normal’ activities of an
archive, although the Programme may offer support for such items as costs
directly related to the acceptance of relocated material.

Further information about the timetable, criteria, eligibility and
procedures will be announced on the Programme’s website at
http://www.bl.uk/endangeredarchives in October.

Preliminary enquiries or expressions of interest may be addressed now to

Sophie Arp
PA to Graham Shaw
Head, Asia Pacific & Africa Collections
The British Library
96 Euston Road

Source: H-MUSEUM

Open Access Anecdote

A lot of literature on Open Access is published in online-journals only available for subcribers. Would’nt it be a good idea if scholars send requests to the authors for a private copy and asking them to considerate to put the article in an Open Access Archive?

What will happen if you are trying to do so?

* You will receive a copy quickly. That can be called the HAPPY END case.

* The author will ignore requests from scholars unkown to him or by other reasons (I know what I am speaking of …)

* An interesting mail correspondence will begin like the following …

(Reminders by me omitted.)

29 August 2004

Thanks for your request and interest in my article on copyrights in the journal […]. Today being a Sunday, I am checking my mails at home and will be able to send you may paper tomorrow- when I get to my office.

Secondly- how did you get this email Id of mine.

Please send your mails to […] in which I check always. Hotmail account is an old one of mine and I check that only occassionally
Thanks and regards

31 August 2004

I am sorry I could no respond sooner…I go busy…and need to dig the final version of the paper. I will send I across positively tomorrow

6 September 2004

I am so sorry…
I am right now in China for a coference…got busy with my preparatins for the China visit…I will certainly do the necessary thing ( I am pretty sure that Emerald agreement allows for that..let me check) Sorry once again…
I will definitely do it…
In case you do not hear from me till September 17, you can send me anotehr reminder…

28 September 2004

Thanks for reminding. Prelim enquiry reveals that while I am allowed to deposit in my own institutional repository, I may not be allowed to deposit on an external one. Anyways, Emerald is still not sent me a official yes/no response. I am waiting for one.
I will let you know shortly
Thanks and regards

Of course to send a copy to you – there are no issues. I will send you one tomorrow, positively ( I am sorry…about this. My laptap on which I had the copy, had some virus and it is now being cleaned up, hence tomorrow.

To be continued …


Warum lohnt es sich, bei http://www.wikipedia.de mitzuwirken (wie dies mindestens ein anderer Archivar auch tut)?

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Langzeitarchivierung digitaler Dokumente.
(Rezension zu:)
Borghoff, Uwe M. et al: Langzeitarchivierung. Methoden zur Erhaltung digitaler Dokumente.
Heidelberg: dpunkt.verlag 2003. EUR 45,00. ISBN: 3-89864-245-3.
(Rezensiert für IASLonline von Prof. Dr. Günther Görz)


Als Gesamturteil kann festgehalten werden, dass hier eine Monographie vorgelegt wurde, die sicher und kompetent in den Grundlagen verfasst ist, sich zugleich aber auch aufgrund des praktischen Erfahrungshintergrunds der Autoren durch hohe Praxisrelevanz auszeichnet. Dies wird gerade auch dann deutlich, wenn es um die Einbettung technischer Lösungen in das organisatorische Umfeld geht.