UCLA Library Granting Program Announces New Call for Applications

Introducing Modern Endangered Archives ProgramModern Endangered Archives Program

The UCLA Library granting program, Documenting Global Voices, is now the Modern Endangered Archives Program! This name change reflects our commitment to the preservation and dissemination of threatened, modern, archival material. As the UCLA Library moves forward with funding the first round of projects and opens up the call for a second round of applications, we recognize the import of preserving diverse cultural heritage materials and making a range of voices and experiences openly accessible.

Our new name is a public declaration that we see the urgency of this work. Not only for crumbling newspapers, bug-infested archival documents, and manuscripts ripped and frayed by war. But, for nitrate film, rapidly reaching vinegar syndrome, celluloid recordings unable to be played without necessary equipment, and warped audio cassettes. The material cultures of the 20th and 21st centuries demand preservation and the Modern Endangered Archives Program seeks to provide funding that responds to this need.

MEAP Board Recommends First Round of FundingModern Endangered Archives Program

Our first round of applications reflect the breadth of this need. Applications came from across the globe, highlighting the need for immediate funding to prevent the loss of endangered cultural materials: from regional films in India, to photos of everyday life in early 20th Century Afghanistan, to a set of notebooks that document oral traditions and an endangered language in East Timor.

We just wrapped up our inaugural board meeting, bringing together nine historians, literature and media scholars, and librarians to UCLA to evaluate these applications and make funding recommendations. We look forward to announcing all funded projects soon. In the meantime, let me offer a peek into the impact these projects can have. When digitized and made accessible on the UCLA Library website, newly digitized materials will expand any number of contemporary research fields, from film and language, to the legacy of war and slavery. More, these materials will be available not only for scholars, for community members and stakeholders around the world to see, read, hear and explore - maybe for the first time.

Thank you to our inaugural board members who thoughtfully reviewed all applications. Their commitment to preserving modern archival materials that document life around the world is profound. We look forward to working with them throughout the year ahead.

Second Round of Funding Opens Sept. 30

Globally, archival materials are endangered for any number of reasons. MEAP seeks to fund projects to preserve and document collections at risk from environmental conditions, political uncertainty, inherently unsustainable media, inappropriate storage, or communal and social change. We offer two levels of support for projects to organize, collect, convert and describe archival material or existing digital assets. All application details, including eligibility and application guidelines, are available at meap.library.ucla.edu.

The online application portal will open Sept. 30 and preliminary applications are due on Nov. 8, 2019.

Want to learn more? Join us for our first live informational webinar on Thursday, Oct. 24, 2019 at 9 a.m. PST. The webinar will orient new applicants to the Modern Endangered Archives Program and the application process. We will walk through application guidelines and suggest best practices for completing a successful Preliminary Application. There will be ample time for questions. Register online to participate in the live informational webinar. A link will be sent ahead of the webinar to all registered participants.

The Modern Endangered Archives Program is funded by Arcadia - a charitable fund of Lisbet Rausing and Peter Baldwin