We are pleased to announce the National Endowment for the Humanities approved funding for a project to assess the records from the Eastern West Indies, held at the Moravian Archives. Due to years of storage under tropical conditions, these records are extremely fragile. This collection of 120 linear feet is an invaluable resource for our understanding of slavery and culture in the Caribbean during the 18th and 19th centuries. Later this year a team of historians and conservators will assess each item in the collection. Based on their assessment we will go back to the NEH and other funding agencies to ask to fund the preservation and digitization of the collection. The “Eastern West Indies Planning Project” is the first step towards the goal of making this unique material fully accessible.
In 2012/13 the Moravian Archives received a grant from the NEH to install movable shelving in the main vault. This is our second successful grant application with the National Endowment for the Humanities.