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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 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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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 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.

Source Format: 
From Digital
Target Format: 
Digital
Updated: 
Jan 14, 2019 3:17pm

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 (...

Source Format: 
From Digital
Target Format: 
Digital
Updated: 
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.

Source Format: 
Paper
Target Format: 
Microfilm
Updated: 
Mar 22, 2022 11:10pm

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

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...

Source Format: 
Microfilm
Target Format: 
Digital
Updated: 
May 29, 2018 3:57pm

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)

Source Format: 
Paper
Target Format: 
Microfilm
Updated: 
Mar 22, 2022 11:10pm

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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

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.

Source Format: 
Paper
Target Format: 
Microfilm
Updated: 
Dec 18, 2020 10:55am

Naw Bahar

I am suggesting to digitize the Iranian newspaper “Naw Bahar,” a title held across different institutions and in different formats.  

Source Format: 
Microfilm
Target Format: 
Digital
Updated: 
Oct 14, 2020 3:30pm

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

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

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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:...
Source Format: 
Paper
Microfilm
Target Format: 
Digital
Updated: 
Jan 14, 2019 2:57pm

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Palaistinē, a Greek PLO Serial

The PLO worked with its international offices to print serials abroad. This periodical is a monthly run printed in Athens, mainly in Greek, from 1984 to 1986.

Source Format: 
Paper
Target Format: 
Digital
Updated: 
Nov 3, 2021 2:33pm

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...

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

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) ...
Source Format: 
Microfilm
Target Format: 
Digital
Updated: 
Jan 14, 2019 3:19pm

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Rajasthani Publications in the National Bibliography of Indian Literature

This project will continue work begun more than thirty years ago to create preservation copies of all publications included in the National Bibliography of Indian Literature (NBIL). To date, only six of the publications in the Rajasthani section of the NBIL have been preserved (or partially preserved in the case of multi-volume works) under the Microfilming of Indian Publications Project. Half of the 124 Rajasthani publications in the NBIL are proposed for digitization this year. A second proposal will be submitted to SAMP next year to complete preservation of the remaining Rajasthani publications. Consistent with established practices for NBIL preservation copies of microfilm and digitized copies of those microfilms, the resources are proposed for hosting at the Center for...

Source Format: 
Paper
Microfilm
Target Format: 
Digital
Updated: 
Mar 21, 2022 1:30pm

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...

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

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