“THE PERSIAN MANUSCRIPT INITIATIVE (PMI) IS A COLLABORATIVE VENTURE OF THE ROSHAN INSTITUTE FOR PERSIAN STUDIES AT THE UNIVERSITY OF MARYLAND AND THE SCHOOL OF LIBRARY AND INFORMATION SCIENCE AT KENT STATE UNIVERSITY, DEDICATED TO THE PRESERVATION AND DIGITAL ENHANCEMENT OF PERSIAN MANUSCRIPTS THROUGHOUT THE WORLD”
–Mission Statement, persianmanuscript.org
PMI is an asssembled team of international scholars helmed by Emad Khazraee of Kent State University and Matthew Miller of the University of Maryland. This team set forth to preserve and digitize manuscripts from the National Archive of Afghanistan.
After training the NAA staff on basic preservation and cataloging, we completed a groundbreaking curatorial evaluation of over 7,000 manuscripts found in the archives.
On September 21, 2016, the Persian Manuscript Initiative was honored to be able to present the findings of our work in Afghanistan to Carla Hayden, the librarian of Congress, and Vartan Gregorian, the president of Carnegie Corporation of New York. This was an encouraging step toward familiarizing fellow scholars with the mission of the PMI.