The Endangered Archives Programme offers a number of grants every year to individual researchers world-wide to locate vulnerable archival collections, to arrange their transfer wherever possible to a suitable local archival home, and to deliver digital copies into the international research domain via the British Library.
NB The specific focus of this Programme is upon archives relating to the pre-industrial stages of a society's development, normally located in countries where resources and opportunities to preserve such material are limited.
These grants will be the primary means by which Arcadia will contribute to the urgent task of identifying, preserving and making accessible such archival collections before they are lost to international scholarship forever.
How to Apply
The 2017 call for applications is now open.
The deadline for submitting completed application forms is the 4th November 2016. This year we are introducing an online preliminary application form which can be accessed in the "Further official information" link below this article. Please ensure you have read the full documentation before completing the form.
- Although applications are to be submitted by individuals, each grant will normally be administered and accounted for by the institution (university or archive or similar institution) to which the principal applicant belongs. Applications must therefore be approved by the relevant institution (see Award Conditions), and applicants should be confident of the agreement of an eligible institutional representative before submitting a proposal.
- Applicants may only submit one application in each round of funding.
- Where an established archive is to be involved, either to receive original material or copies, or to allow the copying of material it already possesses, applications must include a representative of the archive. Normally an application will be expected to identify the intended archival home for any particular collection and for an archivist from that institution to be named as joint applicant. The archival institution will be required to state its undertaking to any collection(s) received regarding standards of storage, documentation, access and long term preservation.
- Applications from state institutions requesting support for the preservation of their own holdings should demonstrate some contribution in kind, such as the provision of staff time, training or room hire.
- Where national or state records are being copied then the Programme would need confirmation that the appropriate governmental department had been consulted.
- Where it is intended to remove official records from the country of origin, whether in national, state, corporate or private possession, even temporarily for the purposes of copying or treatment, then explicit written approval for this must be obtained from the highest governmental level.
- For all classes of material to be removed from the country of origin, all local export/import formalities must be observed and proof of compliance provided to the Endangered Archives Programme.
- Where very important material cannot be re-located, or is already in a specialised archive but is vulnerable, arrangements for copying, and the location of the copies, should be agreed beforehand.
- All applications should contain information concerning copying techniques [conforming to standards indicated in the Copying and the Listing Guidelines] and
the proposed location[s] in addition to the British Library in which copies will be deposited.
- Applicants should normally have good reason to suppose that adequate and relevant records actually exist and that owners are likely to co-operate in relocation or copying, although the detection of new material would be an important aspect of most grants. However, the extent, actual location[s], and availability of material may well not be known in every case. In such cases, applications for pilot projects should be made. An equally important prerequisite is that there is good reason to believe that the researcher has the confidence of the owners.
- The Programme will not normally support expenditure to purchase archival material, but some kind of recompense payment may be permitted in exceptional cases. In such cases, the application should include a detailed account of the particular circumstances of the collection in question and the reasons why a payment may be necessary in view of the outstanding importance or rarity, etc. of the material involved. The amount of any such payment envisaged must be specified in the application.
- NB In support of its aim to make digitisation outputs openly accessible and reusable for learning and research, the Programme will not offer grants if unreasonable restrictions are placed on the use of the archives or copies thereof by the owner[s] of material or by the archives to which they are to be transferred. ‘Unreasonable restrictions’ includes any restriction contrary to the uses specified in Conditions 54-59 of the Award Conditions The onus is on the would-be applicant to make all necessary enquiries, to secure the required permissions and to disclose any issues which might prevent access and reuse of the copies before applying
To APPLY click "Further official information" below.