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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.

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: 
Jun 21, 2021 10:36am

Abendpost

This project would digitize the Center for Research Libraries’ holdings of a German language newspaper Abendpost, which was published in Chicago, IL 1889-1950, and in 1950 merged with a Milwaukee paper to become Abendpost und Milwaukee Deutsche Zeitung until publication ceased in 1991.

The holdings to be included in this digitization project are from 1894-1925, with some gaps.  This material would then be openly accessible through CRL’s online platform. 

Source Format: 
Paper
Microfilm
Target Format: 
Digital
Updated: 
Jun 21, 2021 10:17am

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: 
Jun 21, 2021 4:39pm

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

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

Digital Collections for Latin American and U.S. Latino Spanish Language Research Phase 2

This 12 month project will complete the most significant remaining portion of a current LARRP-supported transcription project that was impeded significantly by the events of 2020 and additional challenges with visa and immigration-related issues for a key project team member.

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Audio
Target Format: 
Digital
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Jun 18, 2021 10:27am

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

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
Target Format: 
Digital
Updated: 
Jun 4, 2021 11:06am

Goniec Polski

This project would digitize CRL's holdings of Goniec Polski, a Polish language newspaper published in South Bend, Indiana for the years 1896-1925.

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

Vokrug Svieta digital archive (1861-2021)

Vokrug svi︠e︡ta /Vokrug Sveta is a Russian geography journal that began publishing in 1861. It is one of the longest-running Russian journals that was published initially from December of 1861 through 1917. It was not published from 1869-1884, 1918-1926, and during the years of WWII. This proposal envisions digitization of a complete run of the journal, as confirmed by Mike Peters of East View.

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Paper
Target Format: 
Digital
Updated: 
May 19, 2021 12:54pm

Late Ottoman and Early Republican Diplomatic Treatises and State Publications

NYU has a collection of 31 diplomatic treatises, commission reports and state publications involving the Ottoman and early Republican Turkish states from 1870 to 1924. The project will digitize the treatises and reports and make the available as an OA collection.

The treatises shed light on the diplomatic relations of the Ottoman and the early Republican Turkish states with Iran and several European and Latin American states.

The treatises have been inventories but not cataloged yet.

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Paper
Target Format: 
Digital
Updated: 
Jun 4, 2021 11:05am

African Newspapers 1992-2016 from the Library of Congress Nairobi Office. Part 3

Library of Congress, Nairobi Office proposes for microfilming a collection of 38 African newspaper titles (approximately 6,600 pages) distributed among 10 countries including: Botswana, Cameroon, Congo (DRC), Ethiopia, Lesotho, Mauritius, Mozambique, Reunion, Rwanda and Tanzania. Most of the titles were part of an earlier proposal submitted to CRL during November 2020 meeting

Source Format: 
Paper
Target Format: 
Microfilm
Updated: 
Apr 8, 2021 3:17pm

Garima and Racana

The project aims to digitize specific runs of two Nepali literary magazines "Garima" and "Racana".  A list of volumes and issues along with a brief description of the proposed title is appended. 

The digital copy will be prepared from the original periodicals.  A set of the digital copy will be sent to SAMP and another set kept at Madan Puraskar Pustakalaya (MPP).

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Paper
Target Format: 
Digital
Updated: 
May 17, 2021 3:16pm

Current Southeast Asia Newspapers

Except for Cornell and LC, very few members of SEAM subscribe to newspapers from Southeast Asia and rely mostly on Press Display, Factiva, etc or going directly to the websites of these titles.  This leaves US scholars without a basic historical record from the region.  This proposal will ease our budget, preserve and allow researchers to access newspapers.

 

This two year experiment whereby SEAM will pay and subscribe to newspaper titles from Southeast Asia through the Library of Congress Jakarta that will ship collated issues to CRL for microfilming using SEAM workflow.  All microfilmed copies can be accessed through CRL. 

The titles include:  Indonesia (Jakarta Post, Kompas); Malaysia (New Straits Times, Berita...

Source Format: 
Paper
Target Format: 
Microfilm
Updated: 
Mar 12, 2021 1:19pm

Madras Presidency - Official Publications

The project aims to digitize official publications of Madras Presidency during the pre-Independent era, (1867-1937).

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

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

Indochine hebdomadaire illustre & Thiên-dạo chơn-truyền

The project continues the work of my proposal from last year to digitize important materials from the Bob Jones collection on Indochina.  These materials include some of the larger runs of serials as well as a selection of short runs of Saigon newspapers from the 1960s.

Source Format: 
Paper
Target Format: 
Digital
Updated: 
Jun 8, 2021 10:59am

Liberty - supplemental proposal

Liberty was a national English-language daily (except Sunday) published in Bangkok in September 1945 by Manit Vasuvat who was Chair of the Sri Krung Publishing Company. It was a well-written, conservative paper designed for international readers. The paper reflected the perspectives of British-educated Thais in both domestic and foreign news. It ceased in 1956.

Source Format: 
Paper
Target Format: 
Microfilm
Updated: 
May 17, 2021 3:18pm

Global Press Archive Charter Collection 3 - Independent and Revolutionary Mexican Newspapers

CRL–Global Press Archive Charter Alliance : Open Access Collection 3: Independent and Revolutionary Mexican Newspapers

This collection is approved by the GPA Advisory Committee for Open Access under the CRL/East View GPA Charter Alliance, funded and supported by CRL members and participating non-member institutions.

The size of the collection is suggested to encompass over 1,000 over 1,000 short-run from Mexico’s pre-independence, independence and revolutionary periods (1807-1929). Page count is estimated between 300-450,000 pages.

Content is available at: https://gpa.eastview.com/crl/irmn.

CRL's Charter Alliance offer is available via eDesiderata at:...

Source Format: 
Microfilm
Target Format: 
Digital
Updated: 
Nov 23, 2020 2:56pm

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...

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

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