ICAS Awarded FIDA Grant Funding

It is with great pleasure to announce that ICAS, in partnership with the Vanuatu National Archives (VNA), have been awarded funding of 6000Euros (about USD$8000) from the Fund for International Development of Archives (FIDA) for a project at the VNA in Port Vila, Vanuatu.

The Accessioning and Preserving Colonial Records (circa 1906-1980) at the Vanuatu National Archives Project will ensure the preparation of archival records for the new National Library and Archives building that opened in August 2013. The goals of this project is to:

  1. train the Archivist Assistant on preservation procedures and practices;
  2. assist in cleaning and conserving records ; and
  3. aid the National Archivist in accessioning and arranging these records.

The project will, therefore, benefit field workers, researchers, the general ni-Vanuatu public, and the worldwide public interested in Vanuatu and Pacific Islands history.

Natonal Art GalleryThe National Art Gallery within the new Vanuatu National Archives and National Library building

Check back here throughout 2014 for updates concerning this project!

A little about FIDA- the program is supported by the International Council on Archives (ICA), and is specifically designed to meet the needs of archive institutions and professional archivists in what may be very broadly defined as ‘developing countries’. Each year they put out a call for  project applications which then go through a series of review. The Pacific Islands have had some success in recent years, as projects from Palau, Solomon Islands, and Tuvalu were awarded funding.

Thank you, FIDA!

About islandculturearchivalsupport

Island Culture Archival Support (ICAS) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the preservation of records pertaining to the cultural identity of island peoples in Melanesia, Micronesia and Polynesia whose national and public archives, libraries, cultural centers, and business organizations are underprivileged, underfunded, and understaffed. The specific purpose for which this nonprofit corporation was formed is to support the needs of these South Pacific cultural heritage institutions by helping to preserve and make accessible records created for business, accountability or cultural purposes. The organization will endeavor to add value by providing resources or volunteers to advise, train, and work among island residents to support their efforts in building their future and preserving their collective memory through the use of modern archival techniques.
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