The Center for Research Libraries have entered into an Alliance to develop a special series of collections in the East View Global Press Archive following the specifications of CRL.

Through its Global Press Archive program, East View is producing a diverse series of databases of newspapers from all over the globe. Building on this momentum, the Center for Research Libraries and East View have created the CRL Alliance to steer the development of a series of thematically designed GPA databases to meet the specific needs and priorities of CRL members. The CRL Alliance will result in the creation of nine collections over a period of three years, encompassing hundreds of newspaper titles and totaling over 4.5 million pages.

Each of the GPA collections produced through the CRL Alliance will be released on East View’s customized platform and will present collections of full-image and full-text newspapers. Six of the collections will be released in full Open Access sponsored by CRL; the other three CRL Alliance databases will be accessible to all member institutions of the Center for Research Libraries and participating NERL members. Open Access releases will contain public domain content, and collections created for CRL access will include in-copyright content cleared by East View. All CRL Alliance titles are selected by a CRL advisory committee and CRL members can learn more about the CRL Alliance on CRL’s eDesiderata website (CRL member login required).

The first of these nine collections has already been selected by the CRL Alliance advisory committee and production is underway (see details below). Check back soon for updates on this and other CRL Alliance collections.

CRL Alliance

Collection #1: Late Qing and Republican-Era Chinese Newspapers (Open Access)

The first half of the twentieth century began with the demise of China’s last imperial dynasty, the Great Qing, and ended with the foundation of the People’s Republic of China in October 1949. Following the 1912 establishment of China’s first post-imperial government, the Republic of China, the country experienced both industrial and social revolution, a civil war during which communist and nationalist forces battled to shape the country’s future, and looming external threats during both world wars.

The Late Qing and Republican-Era Chinese Newspapers collection provides invaluable perspective on this critical period. The press of more than twenty cities is represented, spanning the Chinese mainland and the entire half century. The collection provides researchers a richly comprehensive perspective on Chinese life, culture, and politics throughout the collapse of the Qing Dynasty, the years of provisional government and civil war, and the birth of the People’s Republic.

Titles in the Late Qing and Republican-Era Chinese Newspapers collection include:

  • Shi bao (實報), Beijing, 1928-1944
  • Zhong yang ri bao (中央日報), Shanghai, 1928, 1945-1949
  • Shi shi xin bao (時事新報), Shanghai, 1911-1933
  • Xin hua ri bao (新華日報), Hankou, 1938
  • Dong nan ri bao (東南日報), Shanghai, 1947
  • Qun li bao (羣力報), Jiandong, 1947
  • Tie bao (鐵報), Shanghai, 1929-1949
  • Wuhan ri bao (武漢日報), Hankou, 1946-1948
  • Xin shen bao (新申報), Shanghai, 1937-1945
  • Li bao (立報), Shanghai, 1946-1949
  • and more!

Open Access to this collection is made possible through the generous support of the Center for Research Libraries and its member institutions.

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