Reasons for consideration:
Middle East Newspapers offers a geographically diverse perspective spanning the decline of colonialism, the collapse of the Ottoman Empire, the Suez Canal, the Cold War, the rise of the petroleum economy, 20th century pan-Arab movements, the First and Second World Wars, the establishment of the state of Israel, the Iran-Iraq War, and the recent Arab Spring. Each represented country has a unique history and reactions to global events and the collection would offer a valuable foundation for new research possibilities.
These core lists, based on holdings assembled by Stanford University and CRL’s centrally-held collection, represents a plan for broad geographic and chronological coverage, leveraging advance diligence on the status of rights and original/surrogate materials for digitization. Rights for in-copyright titles on the list have already been obtained from the publishers. The scope of the “combined” collection is large, with over 1.5MM pp. available for potential inclusion. The Stanford- and CRL-based collection skews more heavily to in-copyright runs and CRL/EVIS are interested in identifying additional Open Access-eligible content to round out the OA portion of the collection.