Initially an offshoot of research conducted under the auspices of the Fulbright Foundation/IIE, the archive is now the result of international collaboration between students, scholars, researchers, visual and performance artists, and  carnival participants with a shared passion in preserving and promoting traditional Caribbean mas.

Functioning under the premise that information on traditional mas is very often left unrecorded, decentralized, or found only in research papers that most people do not have access to, we aim to create a central repository of data on mas research, accessible by the public, for free.