From Dust to Digital: Open access publication

Now available from Open Book Publishers:

From Dust to Digital: Ten Years of the Endangered Archives Programme, edited by Maja Kominko.

From Dust to Digital: Ten Years of the Endangered Archives Programme


This volume celebrates the tenth anniversary of the Endangered Archives Programme at the British Library, established to document and publish online formerly inaccessible and neglected archives from across the globe. The volume can be downloaded from the publishers.

From Dust to Digital showcases the historical significance of the collections identified, catalogued and digitised through the Programme, bringing together articles on 19 of the 244 projects supported since its inception. These contributions demonstrate the range of materials documented — including rock inscriptions, manuscripts, archival records, newspapers, photographs and sound archives — and the wide geographical scope of the Programme. Many of the documents are published here for the first time, illustrating the potential these collections have to further our understanding of history.

The Endangered Archives Programme website features over four million images from more than 240 projects. You can follow the projects’ progress on the Endangered Archives blog.

Publication date: February 2015
Number of pages: lxviii + 654
Illustrations: 230 colour illustrations
Embedded media: 28 audio files (MP3)