The Bhaktivedanta Archives, located in Sandy Ridge, North Carolina, serves as the official repository for the historical records of and about His Divine Grace A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada founder Acarya of the International Society for Krishna Consciousness.
Its primary purpose is to collect, preserve, protect and allow dissemination of his teachings, images and life´s work for his students, scholars, and other interested persons who seek cultural, and spiritual development.
Founded in 1978, the Bhaktivedanta Archives is the official repository for the documents, manuscripts, correspondence, audio recordings, photographs, films, and other memorabilia of His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada, founder-acarya of the International Society for Krishna Consciousness. In the 37 years since it's founding, the Bhaktivedanta Archives continues to be dedicated to the preservation and perpetuation of the teachings and personal life of His Divine Grace though its conservation and preservation work and the publication of over 70 volumes of conversations, lectures, and other works. Not least among these achievements has been the creation of audio ministries for distribution worldwide. The texts of the audio recordings all culminate in the VedaBase TM, a text retrieval computer program for the student and scholar alike.
Perpetuation however is the second part of our creed "to preserve and perpetuate"; it is the conservation and preservation that is taking priority right now to assure the purity and integrity of the entire collection. In order to preserve the artifacts, words, images and teachings of His Divine Grace it takes dedication of time, talent and funds. We are confident we can fulfill the time and talent part, however, we are very much dependent on the generosity of well wishers to complete the preservation (archival) process.
Ekanatha Dasa - Joined ISKCON in Amsterdam, Holland in 1971. He went on to assist in the development of the Bombay Project before joining the Bhaktivedanta Archives in 1978. Ekanatha headed up the transcribing and cataloging of all the recorded material. He continues this service and is currently the project leader for the VedaBase TM. Ekanatha@prabhupada.com
Parama-rupa Dasa - Joined ISKCON in London in 1976 and came to Los Angeles in 1977 were he founded with the help of the Bhaktivedanta Book Trust Press, the Bhaktivedanta Archives. He initially dedicated himself to collecting the audio and written materials of Srila Prabhupada from around the world. He now works in conserving and preserving those items along with producing audio offerings from the Bhaktivedanta Archives.
Nitya-trpta devi dasi - Joined ISKCON in Los Angeles CA in 1975, joining the BBT photo department and later the Bhaktivedanta Archives until 1985. Co-founded Krsna Vision in Italy while working with NE BBT on ISKCON Interactive and the Gita Interactive. Worked as a design consultant for the New Delhi exhibitions. She returned to complete the image collection archival work in 2008.
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