ICAS Back in Suva, February 3-13, 2015

A new project has recently begun at the Media Center Archives on the campus of the University of South Pacific (USP). ICAS was brought in to help organize their extensive photograph collection. At the same time, we are providing photograph preservation training to appropriate staff members. Although the digitization process is running at full strength, the photograph collection is not quite ready for scanning. Sorting, appraising, processing and preserving the photographs need to be done first before they are to be scanned.

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 Part of the Photograph Collection

Most of the photograph collection is composed of USP activities, events, student life, and staff during its 46 years existence. There is also a large collection of photographs displaying the culture throughout the Pacific Islands region. Once these are processed, preserved, and scanned, graphic designers and researchers will be able to use the photos for various publications, posters, pamphlets and other uses.

During the second week in Suva, ICAS will be at the Fiji National Archives. Here, we plan to give a workshop on salvaging waterlogged material after a disaster has struck. We will also look at developing a Disaster Management Plan for the archives.

A full report will definitely be available after the project. Stay tuned!

ICAS would like to give a big “Thank you” to all those who contributed to this project. Our projects are truly the heart of our organization. Soon, we will post a list of projects and your monetary support will be, as ever, crucial and much appreciated.

Vinaka vaka levu (Thank you very much)!

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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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