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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...
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.
Memoria Abierta 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....
Memorial / Мемориал
CRL/SEEMP has approved a charitable contribution (as defined by article 582 of the Civil Code of the Russian Federation) for the maintenance of Regional Civic Institute Research and Information Center Memorial.
Memory and Cultural Identities: The Newspapers and Historical Documents of Southern Patagonia, Part II
In Southern Patagonia local media, especially newspapers, played a fundamental role in the formation of regional identity. In the early twentieth century the growth of cattle ranching in the south of the country fostered the conditions needed for the growth of an extensive publishing industry particularly in newspapers and periodicals. Local elites founded numerous newspaper outlets whose primary purpose was to defend local interests but also with the intent to define regional identity. Many publications were devoted to the struggle between liberal and conservative ideologies, but ultimately the success of these enterprises depended on how well they were able to represent the interests and needs of the local elite. Local newspapers became a central mechanism in the region for imposing...
Mercurio (Santiago, Chile)
The proposed project aims to fill in the missing microfilm holdings of Mercurio at CRL.
The project would microfilm newspaper holdings from the University of California, Berkeley:Nov. 1 - Dec. 15, 1991 Nov. 1 - Dec. 31, 1997
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 (...
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.
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.
Monographs of Cuban Heritage for Public Access
The George A. Smathers Libraries at the University of Florida, in partnership with the Davis Library at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, request funding to digitize approximately 70,000 pages of Latin American and Caribbean content including approximately 307 titles, including 42 rare Cuban monograph titles held at the Universities of Florida and North Carolina.
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...
Myanma Timber Enterprise Documents
Sets of papers unbound some staples. Most one-sided paper; some two; estimates made for scans. 2013 Valuable insight into late 1990s timber industry in Myanmar.
11 paper stapled paper reports (bound with tape) that are planning documents (400 pages) Tender reports (550 pages): These will provide information on companies working with government for timber harvests.
Conference paper on planning/evaluation Timber Enterprise: (120 pages)
Nanyang shang bao
Microfilming of Chinese language newspaper from Malaysia.
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.
I am suggesting to digitize the Iranian newspaper “Naw Bahar,” a title held across different institutions and in different formats.
Neue Zürcher Zeitung
This project would digitize the Center for Research Libraries’ holdings of a German language newspaper Neue Zürcher Zeitung, which was published in Zurich, Switzerland.
The holdings to be included in this digitization project are from 1882-1925, with some gaps. This material would then be openly accessible through CRL’s online platform.
This project would digitize the Center for Research Libraries’ holdings of a German language newspaper New-Yorker Staats-Zeitung, which was a series of related titles published in New York, NY from the 1830s until at least 1991.
The holdings to be included in this digitization project are from 1891-1921, with some gaps. This material would then be openly accessible through CRL’s online platform.
This semimonthly ceased newspaper was published in the Zaza dialect and focuses on the Zazas Iranian people living in Turkey.
This project would digitize CRL’s holdings of Novyĭ mir ezhenedi︠e︡lʹnai︠a︡ rabochai︠a︡ gazeta for the years:
In print – Sept 1913-1914; Sept 1917-June 1918
In microfilm – Jan-Nov 1917; Jan-Jun 1918; Jan-Jul 1919
Official gazettes from Guatemala
Foreign official gazettes published in Guatemala 1871 - 1972. Includes the title El Guatemalteco. Diario oficial de la Republica de Guatemala. CRL holdings include:Microfilm: Mar. 4, 1841-June 25, 1871 Print: Vol. 80-81 no. 100 May 4-Dec. 23, 1914; Vol. 83-88 May 21, 1915-Sept 6, 1917; Vol. 90-128 Mar. 9, 1918-1930 Microfilm: June 8, 1950-Apr. 4, 1957 Microfilm 1957-1970 Microfilm: 1971-Aug., 1972
Continued by Diario de Centro America. Imprint: Guatemala (pub. Aug., 1972-) CRL holdings include:Microfilm: Aug., 1972-1984 Microfilm: 1971-1976 Microfilm;: 1985-Oct. 29, 1993 (lack 1990: Apr. 12-15, July 14-15, Sept. 1-2; 1992:...
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