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Endangered Archives Project (British Library)

December 12, 2013 · Leave a Comment

Awhile ago, I wrote about a new digitized collection from the Endangered Archives Project (EAP) at the British Library. EAP has just announced the release of another digital archive, Collecting and preserving parish archives in an Andean diocese. (You can reach the archive’s images here.) The archives contains papers about the history, marriages, deaths, baptisms, and other Church functions in the Huacho diocese of Peru, from the early 17th century until about a decade ago. The archive is not quite completely online yet (especially the more recent years), but it is already an excellent source for material on colonial Latin America, Catholic Church history, indigenous peoples and their relations with the Spaniards, and domestic daily life throughout the centuries.

Also sure to check out the EAP’s other digital archives about the Americas. I especially enjoyed the portraits of the “Rescue of two photographic collections of rapidly changing cultures in rural Guatemala dating from the 1890s through to the 1930s,” and found a tremendous amount of anthropological information in “Preserving endangered ethnographic audiovisual materials of expressive culture in Peru.” I will add the EAP to my research guide in just a second, and I hope you find them to be useful!

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