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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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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
From Digital
Target Format: 
Digital
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Nov 23, 2020 11:15am

Memory and Cultural Identities: The Newspapers and Historical Documents of Southern Patagonia, Part II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...

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Paper
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Digital
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Jun 4, 2021 11:06am

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
Source Format: 
Paper
Target Format: 
Microfilm
Updated: 
Sep 11, 2019 2:21pm

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
Target Format: 
Digital
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Nov 12, 2018 3:07pm

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.

Source Format: 
Microfilm
Microfiche
Target Format: 
Digital
Updated: 
Jun 4, 2021 11:05am

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Nanyang shang bao

Microfilming of Chinese language newspaper from Malaysia.

Source Format: 
Paper
Target Format: 
Microfilm
Updated: 
May 18, 2020 10:52am

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. 

Source Format: 
Microfilm
Target Format: 
Digital
Updated: 
Aug 11, 2021 11:01am

New-Yorker Staats-Zeitung

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. 

Source Format: 
Paper
Microfilm
Target Format: 
Digital
Updated: 
Aug 11, 2021 11:04am

NewePel

This semimonthly ceased newspaper was published in the Zaza dialect and focuses on the Zazas Iranian people living in Turkey.

Source Format: 
Paper
Target Format: 
Microfilm
Updated: 
Nov 14, 2019 10:19am

Novyi Mir

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

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Paper
Microfilm
Target Format: 
Digital
Updated: 
Jun 18, 2021 10:30am

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Preserving Afro-Brazilian History: Abdias do Nascimento

This project continues the ongoing work, supported by CRL, of organizing and preparing the documents held in the IPEAFRO collection for microfilm and, in partnership with the National Library of Brazil, producing the microfilms. To date, IPEAFRO has delivered a total of 108 films (54 negative and 54 positive) to LAMP through the Library of Congress office at the U.S. Consulate in Rio de Janeiro. Brazil’s National Archive digitized part of the collection, and IPEAFRO has made digitized documents available to the public on its website.

The collection is divided into five sections: Black Experimental Theater Section, Black Arts Museum Section, Abdias Nascimento Political Activity Section, Abdias Nascimento Biography and Intellectual Work Section, and IPEAFRO Section. Two...

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Paper
Target Format: 
Microfilm
Updated: 
Sep 11, 2019 3:41pm

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Rare Odia Serials at the Utkal Sahitya Samaj

This is a proposal to digitize six regional Odia language serials from the early twentieth century, held by the Utkal Sahitya Samaj (USS) in Cuttack: Baikuntha Bhikari, Puribasi, The Ratnakar, Utkal Barta, The Swadesha Lakshmi, and The Light. These titles are not present in Worldcat, and we know of no other holdings. We have received written permission from the USS to digitize their entire archive, and have chosen these rare serial holdings as a pilot project.

The work will be conducted by staff from the Center for Translation and Digital Humanities at Ravenshaw University, under the direction of Urmishree Bedamatta. To support capacity building, and with an eye towards future collaborations in Odisha, we are requesting funds to purchase mobile...

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Paper
Target Format: 
Digital
Updated: 
May 17, 2021 3:17pm

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Suluh, Suara GAPENSI, Gelora 45

Serial publications from 1960’s, Indonesia & Netherlands.

Suluh was produced by Indonesian students in the Netherlands. Suara GAPENSI (“Madjalah  Bulanen Gabungan Pemborong Nasional Seluruh Indonesia”)  periodical.  Powerful organization/association of contractors, this their trade magazine.  Gelora 45   began 1964, ceased in 1965.  Advisor/founder Amir Hamzah Sihombing died 1966.  “Spirit of 45”  The generation dedicated to Indonesian independence, making Indonesia a unified nation.
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Paper
Target Format: 
Microfilm
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May 18, 2020 10:54am

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Ujedinjeno srpstvo = United Serbians

This project would digitize CRL’s holdings for Ujedinjeno srpstvo = United Serbians for the years 1917 – 1922 and make them openly accessible on CRL's platform. It was a Serbian language periodical that was published in Chicago, Illinois from 1906-1948, but only the holdings from 1917-1922 are available at this time for digitization.

Source Format: 
Microfilm
Target Format: 
Digital
Updated: 
Jun 18, 2021 10:30am

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Wichai Sothna Cremation Volume

Digitization of single title.

Source Format: 
Paper
Target Format: 
Microfilm
Updated: 
Aug 17, 2021 2:00pm

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Yeni yaşam / Özgürlükçü demokrasi / Özgür gündem

Three daily related newspapers from Turkey. Özgür gündem started in 1992 and ceased in 2016, then Özgürlükçü demokrasi started in 2016 and ceased in 2018, then lately, the new continuation Yeni yaşam, started from 2018 forward.

Source Format: 
Paper
Target Format: 
Microfilm
Updated: 
Nov 14, 2019 10:19am

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