The Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History received a $1
million grant from the Arcadia Fund to launch the first two years of a
long-term project to digitize endangered-language materials currently
housed in the museum’s National Anthropological Archives. The materials
found in this archive preserve an unparalleled collection of primary
sources for investigating endangered cultures and languages, indigenous
environmental knowledge and the connections between these subjects.

Through its Recovering Voices Initiative, the museum plans to
digitize its entire collection of ethnographic sound recordings,
estimated at 3,000 hours, and 35,000 pages of manuscript materials,
using techniques that will make these electronic sources readily
available to the public through the Smithsonian’s online and openly
accessible catalog system.

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