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Participating librarians and scholars provide information here about collections, archives and data sets of interest to area and international studies (AIS) research, propose preservation 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.

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Archives of Professor Samik Bandyopadhyay

The four hundred files in this collection contain newspaper and periodical clippings; reviews of plays, performances, exhibitions and films; the collector’s own notes from lectures and seminars attended over six decades or more; notes from lectures delivered by him and research projects he has been part of; correspondence with authors, filmmakers, theatre directors, playwrights, painters and scholars whose works Prof. Bandyopadhyay has reviewed, critiqued, introduced or translated, as well as those whom he has interviewed for publication or broadcast/telecast; documents and correspondence related to Bandyopadhyay’s engagements in various official and advisory capacities with governmental and institutional bodies like the central Sangeet...

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Jul 21, 2021 10:15am

Arquivos Femininos de CPDOC

Proposal of Partnership between Fundação Getulio Vargas and the Center for Research Libraries to digitize CPDOC’s feminine collection under the Global Collections Initiative.

The debate on women’s role in the public life is becoming ever more relevant. Recent studies have registered the impact of women’s votes in the 2018 election in Brazil, specially showing that, for the first time in Brazilian history, men and women have different voting intentions. The feminist agenda has spread and it has been a crucial part of thinking about the country’s current situation, with the popularization of feminism and the realization that it is impossible to go back on women’s rights that have already been gained.

The increasing political participation...

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Dec 1, 2020 11:35am

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Baja California Human Rights Commission Archives Case Digitization

After a successful pilot during the summer of 2017, the University of San Diego (USD) - Copley Library will digitize the case backlog on the Fall 2020/Spring 2021 destruction schedule.  Cases go as far back as the 1990s before there was a Comisión Estatal de los Derechos Humanos de Baja California (CEDH).  These cases hold information on the types of abuses that were filed during that time along the Baja California/California border.  The data in these cases, many of which were terminated, closed or dismissed before full investigations were completed, will provide a snapshot of the region for border scholars and historians alike.  The goal of this project is to eventually make all of these older cases available for research and data mining online via DigitalUSD, USD...

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Jun 11, 2020 3:15pm

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Caribbean Archives from Institute of Commonwealth Studies

Caribbean archives and special collections from the University of London's Institute of Commonwealth Studies library: strong holdings on West Indian plantation life and more modern organizational archives such as that of the Caribbean Banana Exporters’ Association (ICS 148).

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Jan 14, 2019 3:01pm

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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Mar 1, 2019 10:33am

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Delʹfis: nezavisimyĭ rerikhovskiĭ zhurnal / Del'fis: Kul’turno Prosvetitel’nyi Zhurnal

This project would microfilm UC Berkeley Library’s holdings for 2015-2019 issues of Delʹfis : nezavisimyĭ rerikhovskiĭ zhurnal. Del’fis is a Russian language quarterly that is held by UC Berkeley Library (https://search.library.berkeley.edu/permalink/01UCS_BER/17oqkkj/alma991038405579706532).

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Nov 2, 2021 3:26pm

Digital Preservation of Nepalī Traimāsika and Pūrva Ṭāimsa: Two important sources for scholars of XX-century Nepal

The project aims to digitize the Nepali-language periodicals titled “Nepalī Traimāsika” (Trimonthly) and “Pūrva Ṭāimsa” (Weekly). A list of volumes and issues along with brief descriptions of the proposed titles are appended. The digital copy will be prepared from the original periodicals. Digital copies of each will be sent to SAMP and kept at Madan Puraskar Pustakalaya (MPP). (This is a continuation of a project to digitize Nepali newspapers and periodicals collected and filmed by the MPP under the supervision of LC consultants.)

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Feb 25, 2022 2:25pm

Digitization of the East African Herbarium (EA) Card Index for Public Access

To make freely accessible all the index cards of local names of the plants of East Africa and beyond preserved at East African Herbarium (EA) library.

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Feb 2, 2022 4:24pm

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FAPECFT Documentation (Phase 2)

The Latin American Collections at the University of New Mexico (UNM), in partnership with the Fideicomiso Archivo Plutarco Elías Calles and Fernando Torreblanca (FAPECFT), request $15,000 to support the first year of an expansion (Phase II) of an international bilingual digitization/open access and discovery project which makes physical documents held at the FAPECFT available in a publically accessible platform. These documents are also discoverable in Spanish and English through any public search engine.

If awarded, LARRP funding will enable the first annual acquisition of 52,000 (toward a total of 156,000) digitized surrogates with Spanish metadata. That information will be enhanced with English language descriptions and uploaded into an openly accessible UNM platform,...

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Dec 18, 2020 10:51am

Fondo Real de Cholula

The project will digitize and describe 25 boxes, comprising approximately 27,000 pages, from the Fondo Real de Cholula, a one-of-a-kind collection of documents providing insight into how indigenous residents of Cholula navigated colonial judicial structures over the span of four centuries.  The project partners with the Archivo Judicial del Estado de Puebla, and employs three local historians to digitize and describe the collection.  Logistical and technical support, as well as long-term preservation and access infrastructure, will be provided by LLILAS Benson Latin American Studies and Collections (LLILAS Benson), in collaboration with the University of Texas Libraries (UT Libraries).

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Jul 10, 2019 3:02pm

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General statement and excerpt of speech of party leaders of National League for Democracy Party of Myanmar 1997-2003

Sets of papers speeches and statement from NLD in Burma during important period of 1990s democracy movement. Numerous stapled reports some of which are titled. Some are undated, but from mid 2000’s.

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Mar 22, 2022 11:10pm

Government publications and documents regarding Kashmir

This proposal is for 15 individual titles related to the Kashmir situation, primarily during the late 1950s and 1960s. Included are two Secret Reports by government entities related to potential terrorist activity. Indiana University is the only known holder of these two reports, which were gifted to the institution in 2005. The additional titles are other related government documents from this time period, also scarcely held in WorldCat. Most of these are published by entities within or related to the Pakistani government, as the Indian government publications that are both relevant and held at IU are more widely held.

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Apr 13, 2020 12:56pm

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al-Haram al-Sharif documents

Several years ago I had the al-Haram al-Sharif microfilm reels digitized. I propose that CRL host these digitized materials to provide wider access.

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Oct 28, 2020 1:56pm

La historia de las luchas contra la desaparición de personas a través del archivo de la Federación Latinoamericana de Asociaciones de Familiares de Detenidos Desaparecidos

Este proyecto pretende facilitar la comprensión de los efectos de los pasados violentos en América Latina durante las décadas de 1970 y 1980, en especial en lo referente a la desaparición forzada, así como las luchas encabezadas por las organizaciones de familiares de víctimas para visibilizar, juzgar y prevenir este crimen, a través de los documentos de la Federación Latinoamericana de Asociaciones de Familiares de Detenidos Desaparecidos (FEDEFAM). Memoria Abierta fue convocada por FEDEFAM para trasladar su archivo institucional desde la que fuera su sede institucional en Caracas, Venezuela, a Buenos Aires para luego clasificar, ordenar, describir, preservar físicamente, digitalizar y disponer para el acceso en línea el acervo documental de la Federación. Hemos...

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May 18, 2022 9:34am

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Illuminating the Lloyd Best Archive in Trinidad and Tobago

The Lloyd Best Institute of the West Indies in Trinidad and Tobago is partnering with Trinity College in Hartford to digitize the Lloyd Best Archive, preserve it according to OAIS standards, and make it accessible. The collection consists of newspapers, research papers, correspondence (personal and professional), hand-written notes in copybooks, speeches, flyers, pamphlets, consultancy reports.

Lloyd Best was a Caribbean man and an economist by training. Best spent his life trying to understand, develop, and integrate the Caribbean. His thinking, writing, teaching, publishing, organising, and political activity were all devoted to these ends. This project seeks to make his work available to a wider audience while preserving his rich contributions to Caribbean history, thought...

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Sep 11, 2019 3:42pm

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Latin American Pamphlets from Senate House Library

The Senate House Library of the University of London holds 680 pamphlets that "are under an exclusive licence to an online publisher until 2022" but an additional 3,000 or so covering the whole continent, mainly from the 1970s but extending from the 60s to the early 80s, all political/radical or relating to protest movements. 

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Sep 24, 2018 11:40am

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Malian Arabic Manuscript Microfilming Project: Enhancing Access to CRL Digital Reproductions

In 2002, CRL digitized all 16 microfilm reels composing an important repository of West African primary sources: the Malian Arabic Manuscript Microfilm Project (MAMMP). These reels were first microfilmed in the late 1970s with the support of the National Endowment for Humanities (RC-*0771-78, 1977-1980). These documents were collected in state repositories in France (Bibliothèque National de France), Senegal (Archives nationales), and especially in private collections in Mali. Yet, despite the significance of the materials, after 40 years the MAMMP manuscripts are still underutilized. Only David Robinson’s classic The Holy War of ‘Umar Tall...

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Microfilm
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Digital
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Nov 23, 2020 11:15am

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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Nov 12, 2018 3:07pm

Miscellaneous documents of Theophilus Bela and the Indonesian Committee on Religions for Peace

Sets of papers provided by Christian activist, Theophilus Bela, who was the leader of the Committee: Most of these are the Indonesian Committee on Religions for Peace. Most of from the mid-2000’s. 

Numerous stapled reports some of which are titled. Some are undated, but from mid-2000’s.

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Microfilm
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Mar 22, 2022 11:10pm

Municipal and Parochial Archives of the States of Coahuila and Nuevo Leon, Mexico, 1599-1972

Digitization of 4,375 microfilm rolls of archival material from the municipal and parochial archives of the Mexican states of Coahuila and Nuevo Leon held in the collection of Trinity University. 

The original documents of the date from 1599 through 1972, and are contained on 4,375 microfilm reels (totalling over 6.5 million pages of primary research material) preserved from one archival collection in Coahuila and 47 collections in Nuevo Leon. The parochial archives contain documentation of baptisms, confirmations, marriages, burials, and more; whereas the municipal archives contain documents that reflect the many functions of the municipal government (including correspondence, financial account informtion, property records, civil registers, birth/death and...

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Microfilm
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Digital
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May 29, 2018 3:57pm

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