Vanuatu Project, April 2014

I would just like to bring to everyone’s attention that the report for the Vanuatu Project performed during the month of April, 2014 is now posted on our Website. You can access the report by going to the “ICAS Project” tag on the home page, or simply, click here.

The project was titled: The Accessioning and Preserving Colonial Records at the Vanuatu National Archives Project. Together with two archives staff, the goal of this project was to:

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

DSCF1932Starfish in Erakor Lagoon, Vanuatu

Overall, the project went very well. The trainees were engaged, and very enthusiastic about the development of new preservation skills. With such a small staff, it may take some time preserve all the historic boxes in the repository. Nevertheless, the foundation is there to apply their knowledge to other records, as well as to train subsequent staff members, or volunteers.

Enjoy the read!

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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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