British Library: The Endangered Archives


(Monks of Gangtey Monastery, Bhutan; image from

“From Dust to Digital” – this is how aptly the publication, which marks the 10th anniversary of the Endangered Archives Programme, is titled. The Endangered Archives Programme of the British Library digitises and makes available to all a wide range of historical primary resources and research related to them before they turn to dust.

The Endangered Archives Programme preserves historical materials of many parts of the world which are inscribed in languages that are either extinct or are in the process of extinction.  The materials provide us with insights into historical events, personal histories and thus, also linguistic usage, unlocking the secrets into various aspects of the past which we are trying to find out.  As these resources are now available free online, you might not have to travel to the countries of your research interest.



Entries on Vietnam:

EAP219 Assessment and preservation of the old Vietnamese École Française d’Extrême Orient archive in ancient ideographic Nôm script.

EAP531 Preserving the endangered manuscripts of the Cham people in Vietnam.

(*These links were shared by Dr Kirkpatrick, a member of the VSG Forum).



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