CRL recently announced a launch of a new digital archive on its Global Press Alliance Archive of El Caribe Newspaper. The site’s self-description is as follows, “El Caribe (“The Caribbean”) is a Spanish-language daily newspaper published in Santo Domingo and is one of the Dominican Republic’s most influential and longest-running newspapers. Founded in 1948 under the repressive Trujillo regime (1930-1961), the newspaper has borne witness to decades of political uncertainty, economic development, and social change. Except for brief interruptions in publication for a month in 1962 and seven months in 1965, El Caribe has been a constant chronicle of national and international news, both for the Dominican Republic and the broader Caribbean region.”
Since the newspaper is still in copyright, UC Berkeley users have to authenticate using their institutional login. For more information see here: https://www.lib.berkeley.edu/using-the-libraries/connect-off-campus
“Colección iberoamericana of Biblioteca Virtual de Prensa Histórica,” represents a treasure trove of open access materials that are hosted by the Virtual Library of Historical Press by Spain’s Ministry of Culture and Sports. The interface is easy to use and has the option to chose from Basque (Euskara), Catalan, Galego, Valencian, and English languages.
Below is a screenshot of the landing page of the Ibero-American collection of the site that might of research value to the users of this blog. At the time creating this blog post, we were having trouble accessing some components of this website. However, these can be fortunately accessed here.
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Below is a screenshot of Diario de la Marina from La Habana.
19th Century Newspapers from Arequipa, Peru
El Republicano (1825-1855) and La Bolsa (1860-1915) have been digitized as a result of collaboration between the Center for Research Libraries and Universidad Católica San Pablo, Peru. These newspapers are available at http://bd.estudiosperuanos.ucsp.edu.pe/ and are also at available through CRL.:
- La Bolsa http://catalog.crl.edu/record=b2911279~S1
- El Republicano http://catalog.crl.edu/record=b2910775~S5
Below is a screenshot of La Bolsa on the page of UCSP. The image is being used for fair academic use only. There are other historical newspapers and images that can be accessed using the digital library of UCSP
The landing page of La Bolsa.
Despite the COVID-19 related constraints, The UC Berkeley Library continues to purchase critically needed interdisciplinary databases that will enhance our ability to provide information and reference service to an extensive faculty and student body. The Social Sciences Division acquired one such database, and it is Border and Migration Studies Online.
The images here are posted for fair academic use only and the copyright for the images belongs to Alexander Street (Proquest).
According to the self-description, the database provides historical context and resources, representing both personal and institutional perspectives, for the growing fields of border(land) studies and migration studies, as well as history, law, politics, diplomacy, area and global studies, anthropology, medicine, the arts, and more. At completion, the collection will include 100,000 pages of text, 175 hours of video, and 1,000 images.
This database is an essential tool to those who provide reference to several area studies related questions. One can find information on what is covered here: https://search.alexanderstreet.com/bord/about
The geographic areas that are covered are in the image below.
JOSÉ MARTÍ – Serie Maestros de América Latina (Fair Academic Use Only, Source: UNIPE, Argentina)
Each nation-state has its own heroes whose actions often contribute to the narrative of mythopoetics of what it means to be a nation. Sometimes, songs are sung in their honor and monuments jut up like totems, arches, and pyramids of the antiquities. While the foundational myths and narratives often remain magical, the real actions of these enlightened individuals lead to the achievement of something larger. José Martí is one such shining example.
The Cuban poet, a revolutionary philosopher, and Latin American intellectual of his times José Martí died one hundred and twenty-five years ago during the Battle of Dos Ríos on May 19, 1895. He led fight against the Spanish. From the Library of Congress hosted narrative, one notes that he lived in New York from 1881 and 1895 and a curious statement summarizes the imperialist tendencies that this nation has existed as follows, “He wrote everything from a magazine for children (Edad de Oro) to poetry (Versos sencillos 1891), to essays on the nature of the United States which he admired for its energy and industry as well as its notable statesmen, particularly the framers of the Constitution. However, he denounced its imperialist attitude toward its southern neighbors.”
Below are some of the electronic books that one can read after authenticating using proxy or VPN.
For works by José Martí at UC Berkeley Library see here.
This is a third episode of Open Access in Latin American and Caribbean Studies Digital Resources. Today, I want to introduce the readers to the Costa Rican Historical Newspapers that have been digitized by SINABI Costa Rica. SINABI (Sistema Nacional De Bibliotecas: Costa Rica) is a system of Costa Rican libraries.
There are over 300 historical newspapers that have been digitized and ready to be used for research. These can be accessed here.
The site allows any user to download these as PDF files. For example, “Actualidades: bisemanario de la vida nacional.” This particular periodical was directed and edited by Francisco Soler and among his collaborators were Mario Sancho, Leonidas Pachecho, and Julián Marchena. It included political information. It began publication on December 4, 1916.
There isn’t evidence that the periodical is OCR’ed and can be cross-searched against the other digitized periodicals and newspapers. Nevertheless, Costa Rica’s 300 historical newspaper titles are available for academic research.
Here is the second episode of the Open Access Digital Resources. We present you with the digital library of Francophone Caribbean, Amazonia, and Guayanas (Bibliotheque Numerique Caraibe Amazonie Plateau Des Guyanes). The self-description can be translated as, “Manioc (Cassava) is a digital library specializing in the Caribbean, the Amazon, the Guyana Plateau and the regions or centers of interest linked to these territories. The site is an open-access collaborative project between the University of Antilles and the University of Guyana.” This digital library provides access to several key digital collections related to the region.
©Spanish.ucam.ae/news/ramadan-kareem (Fair Academic Use Only)
UC Berkeley’s Library welcomes everyone to partake in learning that a typical US public university offers as its core mission of education. In light of the current COVID-19 shelter in place and in light of the beginning of the holy month for Islam: Ramadan or Ramazan, we wanted to highlight some of the e-books from our Latin American Studies and other collections that might be of interest when the shelter in place is eventually eased. Islam’s presence in Latin America remains well-documented. We have focused mostly on the ebooks that one can access using the calnet id. Some books are available in print, and one can read them when the library eventually reopens. We are only indicating a limited number of academic research level books below due to the limitations of a blog post. These books do not reflect any official views of the University Library or UC Berkeley.
Crescent over Another Horizon: Islam in Latin America, the Caribbean, and Latino USA, edited by Narbona, Maria del Mar Logroño, et al., University of Texas Press, 2015. ProQuest Ebook Central, https://ebookcentral.proquest.com/lib/berkeley-ebooks/detail.action?docID=3443793.
DeLong-Bas, Natana J. The Oxford Encyclopedia of Islam and Women. : Oxford University Press, , 2013. Oxford Reference. Date Accessed 24 Apr. 2020 <https://www.oxfordreference.com/view/10.1093/acref:oiso/9780199764464.001.0001/acref-9780199764464>.
Al-Musili, Elias. An Arab’s Journey to Colonial Spanish America : The Travels of Elias Al-Mûsili in the Seventeenth Century, Syracuse University Press, 2011. ProQuest Ebook Central, https://ebookcentral.proquest.com/lib/berkeley-ebooks/detail.action?docID=4649059.
As the librarian for Latin American and the Caribbean collections, I find it important to also carry out some sort of retrospective collection development and contribute to the creation of a holistic collection of journals of importance from the region. One such journal is Artecubano. We have several issues of this title, but we do not have a complete run. I am glad to announce that through my contacts in Cuba, I was able to get all of the issues through 2015. I will be able post the pictures of these issues once they get here. I am so excited for having such a rewarding vocation!