If you are attending the American Historical Association conference in Washington, DC, I recommend you stop by the Center for Research Libraries’ booth and learn about their collections and initiatives. In my opinion, we underutilize our CRL membership and should be taking more advantage of their extensive resources. Learn about CRL at http://www.crl.edu/.
The Slavic and East European Materials Project (SEEMP) at the Center for Research Libraries has digitized newsletters, pamphlets, and other documentation created by emigrees who left the Ukraine in the 1930s and 1940s. These publications, spanning 1945-1954, “provide texture and detail about how a group of displaced people carried on with their personal and professional lives in the first decade after the war….”1 The Ukrainian Émigré Press Collection includes holdings currently located at Harvard University, the University of Toronto, and the Ukranian Free Academy of Sciences in New York City. The titles can be accessed through CRL’s catalog and links to the titles are included in the finding aid.
1 “Window Into Lives of Ukranian Refugees, 1945-1954,” Center for Research Libraries, accessed 11/18/2018, http://www.crl.edu/impact/window-lives-ukrainian-refugees-1945-1954.
Another digitized collection from the Center for Research Libraries is Chinese Pamphlets: Political Communication & Mass Education, materials collected by the journalist Edward Hunter. The Hunter Collection consists of “mass education materials published in Hong Kong and in Mainland China, particularly Shanghai, in the years 1947-1954. These include approximately 200 cartoon books, pamphlets, postcards, and magazines, heavily pictorial in content, on such topics as foreign threats to Chinese security, Chinese relations with the Soviet Union, industrial and agricultural production, and marriage reform. The materials were produced by both Kuomintang (Chinese Nationalist) and Communist regimes, and appear to be directed at the general youth and adult populations of China.”1
1 “Chinese Pamphlet Digitization Project.” Accessed October 4, 2017. https://dds.crl.edu/view/about_hunter.
The UC Berkeley Library is a member of the Center for Research Libraries (CRL), a partnership of more than 200 university, college, and independent research libraries. CRL acquires and preserves newspapers, journals, government documents, archives, and other primary source materials from a global network of sources, making them available to researchers through interlibrary loan and digital delivery.
CRL’s deep and diverse holdings support research in the history of science, economics, law and government, immigration and population studies, international diplomacy, and cultural studies.
- Largest collection of circulating newspapers in North America (more than 16,000 titles with strengths in various global areas and historical U.S. ethnic titles)
- Primary legal and government resources, including foreign and U.S. state documents
- Over 800,00 foreign dissertations (mostly from European institutions) dating back to the 1800s
- Area studies materials—major microform and paper collections from Africa, Latin America, Eastern Europe, the Middle East, South Asia, and Southeast Asia
CRL functions as a branch library of extraordinary resources with user-focused services.
- Rapid turnaround of loan requests and project-length loan privileges from CRL’s five million items
- Digitized collections offering over 50 million pages scanned by request or in partnerships
- Document delivery of articles from the Linda Hall Library of Science, Engineering, and Technology
- Demand purchase of new materials in three areas of collection strength: foreign dissertations, newspapers, and microform archives
For more information on CRL collections: CRL’s online catalog (holdings are also listed in WorldCat and in some cases in OskiCat)
For more information about the CRL: please contact Liladhar R. Pendse
(Lpendse (at) library.berkeley.edu), UCB Library coordinator for the CRL.
The Middle East Materials Project (MEMP) at the Center for Research Libraries has digitized two newspapers related to Iraq, from original holdings at UCLA Libraries, that are now available to researchers.
Habzbuz is an illustrated, satirical Arabic-language newspaper published in Baghdad after the 2003 invasion. MEMP has digitized issues from 2003. The newspaper contains a wealth of political cartoons on events and public figures during the U.S. occupation.
Al-Iraq is an Arabic-language newspaper of the Iraqi diaspora community, published in Glendale, California. The issues included in this digitization project are from April 2011 to October 2013.