8400.jpgHelp us preserve this global cultural heritage from imminent loss and become part of the great learning adventure of Timbuktu.

In 2012, under threat from fundamentalist rebels, a team of archivists, librarians, and brave couriers evacuated an irreplaceable trove of manuscripts from Timbuktu at great personal risk. The manuscripts have been saved from immediate destruction, but the danger is not over. A massive archival effort is needed to protect this immense global heritage from loss.

Though removed from immediate threat, the manuscripts are still jam packed in footlockers used for their evacuation and the current environment of this precious world heritage is significantly more humid than Timbuktu, and there are already signs of damage and exposure to moisture.

damaged manuscriptsThe purpose of this initiative is to fund the preservation effort required to store the manuscripts in an archival, moisture-resistant manner during their exile from Timbuktu.  If physical harm from the current packing situation continues and if mold and mildew due to increased humidity spread in the corpus, the damage will be unimaginable.

By contributing, you are directly funding the archival materials and labor required to save these works.

This is a legacy that will continue to enrich our world, with the potential to advance the causes of peace and good governance in Africa and the world literally for generations.