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Proposals A-Z

Participating librarians and scholars provide information here about collections, archives and data sets of interest to area and international studies (AIS) research, propose digitization of those collections and the creation of new digital resources from data sets, and vote on the merits of those proposals. Community input provided here informs and guides the building of new AIS resources.

Mexican Intelligence Digital Archives (MIDAS)

Archive of the internal records of the Dirección Federal de Seguridad, 1947–1989, held in the Archivo General de la Nación in México. The materials document surveillance, coersion and other nefarious activities of the agency during the 1950s through 80s, and include handwrittten and typescript reports by agency personnel and informers on surveillance of political activists, labor officials and organizers and others in Mexico during the period.  

DFS preceded the Centro de Investigación y Seguridad Nacional (CISEN), established in 1989, and traced its immediate origins as a government agency to the Departamento de Investigación Política y Social (1942). Its lineage also included the Oficina de Información Política (1938) and the Departamento Confidencial (...

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From Digital
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Digital
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Nov 12, 2018 3:07pm

Latin American serials held by Linda Hall Library and CRL

First announced in 2016, the CRL/LHL Global Resources Partnership in Science, Technology and Engineering targets historical, pre-1950s serial titles identified as being of high value for historical research. The project combines partial runs of titles held by the two organizations, prioritized by subject (as informed by strengths declared in the partnership Collection Management Policies), and clustered around specific themes or subjects.

In the coming year, the list of titles for potential inclusion include serials published in Latin America about a variety of scientific...

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Paper
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Digital
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Nov 10, 2018 10:52am

H-Metro (Harare, Zimbabwe)

This project would microfilm holdings of H-Metro collected by the Library of Congress Field Office in Nairobi, Kenya.  The holdings include September 2009 - July 2015 (approximately 27,000 page).

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Paper
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Microfilm
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Nov 10, 2018 10:22am

Afghan Jihadist Journals

English-language magazines published by Afghan resistance to Soviet occupation of Afghanistan, 1982-1991. Titles include:

The Mujahideen monthly

Mirror of jehad : the voice of Afghan mujahideen

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Paper
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Digital
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Nov 9, 2018 4:37pm

Lesotho Newspapers, primarily from Yale and Northwestern

In this project, Yale University Library and Northwestern University Library propose to arrange for the microfilming through CAMP of an estimated 13,838 pages of Lesotho newspaper titles from 1990 to 2018.  The titles include The African, Family Mirror, Her Heroes 'n Heroines, Informative, Lesotho Monitor, Maddhouse Weekly, Mohlanka, Moitseki, Moqolotsi, Motjoli's Review, Nonyana, Sechaba, Shoeshoe, Spectator, Sunday Express, Varsity Breeze, Voice of Free Democrats, Watchdog, and Weekly Mail.

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Paper
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Microfilm
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Nov 7, 2018 10:12am

Nation (Blantyre, Malawi)

A major daily newspaper based in Blantyre, Malawi, the capital of the country's southern region, as well as Blantyre district.  It is owned by Nation Publications Limited (NPL) which was established by the veteran politician the late Dr. Aleke Banda back in 1993.  The Nation began distribution in July 1993, became a daily in 1994 and an important voice against multi-party rule and the MCP party during the transition to multi-party rule.  Over the years its circulation has increased from the initial 5,000 copies to many thousands of copies.

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Paper
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Microfilm
Updated: 
Nov 7, 2018 9:54am

le Matin (Casablanca, Morocco)

Microfilming of a daily French-language Saudi-owned Moroccan newspaper.  It was founded on 1 November 1971, as a replacement of pro-colonial daily le Petit Marocain, whose publisher Mas Presse was seized and given to the cousin of Hassan II and his minister of communication Moulay Hafid Alaoui.

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Paper
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Microfilm
Updated: 
Nov 6, 2018 1:22pm

A Tarde (Salvador, Brazil)

The primary newspaper in Salvador da Bahia, Brazil. The central library of Bahia has digital access to the archive from the paper’s beginning in 1912 through the early 2000’s.

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From Digital
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Digital
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Nov 6, 2018 12:11pm

al-Bayane

This Moroccan newspaper was established in 1971.  It is the media outlet of the Party of Progress and Socialism.

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Paper
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Microfilm
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Nov 2, 2018 4:47pm

Ḍifāf : siyāsīyah fikrīyah thaqāfīyah tuʻná bi-tarjamat al-maʻrifah al-muʻāṣirah tuṣdar ʻan Dār al-Baʻth bi-al-taʻāwun maʻa Wizārat al-Taʻlīm al-ʻĀlī.

A cultural-political journal published by the Syrian Ba‘th Party. It was published since 2010 (if not earlier) and during the Syrian civil war

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Paper
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Microfilm
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Nov 1, 2018 12:40pm

Spanish Sociolinguistic Research Collection, 1978-1992

The project includes two online digital collections of audio recordings of Spanish sociolinguistic corpora from Santiago, Chile, and Southern California from the late 1970s and the early 1990s. The recordings, which total 156 hours, were created by University of Southern California professor emerita of Spanish, Portuguese, and linguistics Carmen Silva-Corvalán. They were recorded on original audiocassettes—the majority of which are now nearly 40 years old—and include: 1) 93 hours of recordings from 49 Spanish speakers in Santiago, Chile, during 1978 and 1992; 2) 42 hours of Spanish-language recordings from 47 Mexican-American speakers from various age groups in Southern California in 1976; and 3) 21 hours including much code-switching between Spanish and English by 16...

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Audio
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Digital
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Oct 3, 2018 11:06am

Cuban-American Radionovelas in the Louis J. Boeri and Minin Bujones Collection

160 reel-to-reel audio tapes selected from the Louis J. Boeri and Minín Bujones Collection of Cuban Radionovelas housed at the Latin American Library at Tulane University will be converted from analog to digital format.  They will then be hosted on Tulane's Digital Library. These materials are among the more than 9,100 masters of recordings of radio programs produced and broadcasted by America’s Production Inc. out of Miami during the 1960s. They constitute a unique research resource that is currently trapped on aging, unstable audio tapes with moderate to severe condition issues and inaccessible due to a lack of functioning playback equipment.

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Audio
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Digital
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Oct 3, 2018 11:05am

African Newspapers from CRL and the British Library

Selected newspapers published in sub-Saharan Africa between 1800 and 1922, microfilmed and held by the British Library.  

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Microfilm
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Digital
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Oct 2, 2018 4:53pm

Publicaciones Políticas y Culturales Argentinas c. 1900-1950

Publicaciones Políticas y Culturales Argentinas (C. 1900-1950). Microfilmed by LAMP in cooperation with Centro de Documentación e Investigación de la Cultura de Izquierdas en la Argentina (CeDInCI), the collection comprises printed materials issued by the political left and anarchist movements in Argentina from the early to mid-twentieth century, including periodicals, books, pamphlets, flyers, and other publications of communist, socialist, anti-fascist, and other leftist groups.

Materials on the microfilm set (also called Serie 2) are organized into six thematic units: 

Publicaciones del Bureau Sudamericano de la Internacional Comunista (1926-1935) Revistas Político-Culturales orgánicas del Partido Comunista (1933-1938) ...
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Microfilm
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Digital
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Oct 2, 2018 4:50pm

Conde de Montemar Letters (1761-1799)

This project consists of digitizing the first two boxes (roughly 50 letters) and creating a virtual portal containing the original mages, semi-diplomatic transcriptions, comprehensive metadata scheme, and different historical essays that will contextualize the letters in Andean and Spanish American history.

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Paper
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Digital
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Oct 2, 2018 4:03pm

Mexican and Argentine presidential messages, 1821-1993

Proposal to convert and upgrade the digital collection of Mexican and Argentine presidential speeches from the 19th century orginially scanned by the Latin Americanist Research Resources Project (LARRP).

In 2000, LARRP converted over 75,000 frames of microfilmed Spanish-language government documents to digital format. The material was originally microfilmed by the Library of Congress (Argentina) and LAMP (Mexico) on LARRP's behalf. The converted materials were hosted by LANIC at the University of Texas at Austin as GIF files, with larger TIFF files available for downloading.

We propose to harvest the TIFF images from LANIC/Texas (with permission) and to re-process the files to capture full text  (OCR) and related metadata.

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From Digital
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Digital
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Oct 2, 2018 3:51pm

Digital Archive of Latin American and Caribbean Ephemera

The Princeton University Library (PUL) sought support from the Latin Americanist Research Resources Project (LARRP) for digitizing an extensive hidden collection of ephemeral materials from Latin America.  The proposed 3-year pilot project is an essential step in the larger process of making the digitally reformatted ephemera freely and globally available through a discovery interface which will include faceted searching and browsing.  Outcomes of the 3-year project are approximately 12,800 digital objects with accompanying item-level descriptive metadata, deployment of a scalable, sustainable and replicable model for timely online disclosure of similar collections with a robust...

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Paper
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Digital
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Oct 2, 2018 3:44pm

Benson Collection of Serials on Microform

Microfilmed collection of 600 serials from across Latin America, from the Nettie Lee Benson Latin American Collection, including government publications and other serials published primarily between 1821 and 1982. The rare and endangered titles were originally captured on microfilm during the early1980s through a U.S. Department of Education Title II-C grant. The Benson Library created archival-quality master negatives, but was unable make these accessible until print masters and catalog records could be created. The LAMP effort supported the duplication of film, which included a copy to be held at the Center for Research Libraries, and Texas supported the cataloging of the resources. This eight-year effort added approximately 900 reels of microfilm to LAMP’s collection....

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Microfilm
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Digital
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Oct 2, 2018 3:21pm

Diario de Pernambuco

Microfilm holdings of Diario de Pernambuco (Brazil) for years 1825-1923 digitized.

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Microfilm
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Digital
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Oct 2, 2018 3:02pm

Guantanamo Naval Base Newspaper Digitization

Since 2006, The Guantanamo Bay Gazette, the weekly newspaper at the Guantanamo Naval Base (GTMO), Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, has been available as an open access resource via the Digital Library of the Caribbean. Prior to 2006, the base newspaper existed under successive titles only in paper format with the only nearly-complete run held at a small community library located on the Naval Base. The history and chronology of the newspapers was not compiled or explored until 2012 when the Duke Libraries’ Librarian for Latin American, Iberian and Latino Studies...

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Paper
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Digital
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Oct 2, 2018 2:52pm

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