The Endangered Archives ProgrammeThis digital archive project was made possible through the support of the Endangered Archives Programme (EAP). The Endangered Archives Programme was set up in 2004. It is funded by Arcadia and administered by the British Library. The EAP’s aim is “to contribute to the preservation of archival material that is in danger of destruction, neglect or physical deterioration world-wide.”


The project was hosted in the Department of Social Sciences of the French Institute of Pondicherry (IFP). The IFP,  UMIFRE 21 CNRS-MAEE, is a financially autonomous institution under the joint supervision of the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Development (MAEDI) and the French National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS).

The project also receives financial support from both the CEIAS, the largest French research center on South Asia (CNRS-EHESS), and JustIndia, a Joint Programme on Justice and Governance in India and South Asia (ANR-CNRS).

A number of scholars have extended their interest, encouragement and supported us whilst we were designing this research project and applying for funding. Without their trust and assistance, this project would not have happened: Justice David Annoussamy, Dr Gilles Tarabout (LESC-CNRS), Dr Daniela Berti (Himalaya-CNRS), Dr Jacques Pouchepadass (CEIAS-CNRS), Dr A. Venkatachalapathy (MIDS).

A number of colleagues have helped us with our queries and doubt, have patiently taught us anthropologists about epigraphy, photography, conservation, archiving, as well as dealing for us with stubborn computers, basically all it takes to implement this project: Dr A Murugaiyan (EPHE), K. Ramesh Kumar (IFP-Indology), N.Ravichandran (IFP-LIAG), D. Balasubramaniam (IFP-LIAG), Dr K. Rajan (Pondicherry University), P.Perumal (Saraswati Mahal Library) and Mathieu Turpin (CSH).

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