East View and the Center for Research Libraries (CRL) launched the charter phase of the GPA CRL Alliance in 2019 to develop a special series of collections for the East View Global Press Archive (GPA). With a focus on providing global access to a wide selection of newspapers from around the world, the GPA CRL Alliance has successfully released five collections to date – four Open Access, and one CRL-wide – with another four collections coming in 2021-2022, totaling over 4.5 million pages.
All GPA CRL Alliance titles are selected by the CRL membership, coordinated by a CRL advisory committee. Read on below for more information on available collections and the next phase of the GPA CRL Alliance. CRL members can also learn more about the GPA CRL Alliance, available collections, and alliance member benefits on CRL’s eDesiderata website (CRL member login required).
The twentieth and early twenty-first centuries were a time of great change for Africa. In East Africa, this time witnessed the growth of decolonization as independence movements swelled, and local, autonomous self-governance took hold throughout the region. This period was also punctuated by famine, drought, political uprisings, border disputes, and war as countries worked to navigate the post-colonial landscape.
The East African Newspapers collection provides insight into this region during this critical time, featuring key newspapers from the region from the 1940s to the early 2000s. This growing collection currently includes over 475,000 pages total from three titles: Daily Nation (Kenya), The Ethiopian Herald, and The Monitor (Uganda). More titles will be added over time to expand research into this dynamic region.
The collection is available for free to all CRL members institutions. Non-CRL institutions that wish to purchase the East African Newspapers collection should contact us for more information.
With generous support from funding members, the GPA CRL Alliance has successfully released five collections to date, with four more collections to come by mid-2022. These collections span the globe and will ultimately include over 4.5 million pages of content, of which 3 million pages are intended to be Open Access.
Collections include content from Central America, East Asia, Eastern Europe and Eurasia, and the Middle East and North Africa. And coming soon, content from East Africa, Latin America and Southeast Asia. Languages covered include Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Russian, Spanish, and Turkish, with Javanese, Vietnamese, and more coming soon.
GPA content is delivered on a custom-built platform designed specifically for searching and display of full-image/full-text newspaper archives. Taking into account extensive feedback from librarians and researchers, the GPA platform was developed to provide an optimized experience for newspaper content, as well as a robust selection of tools and features, including cross-searching across all GPA platform titles, hit-term highlighting, clipping and text extraction tools, virtual keyboards for Arabic, Russian, and Turkish, crowdsourced text correction, citation generators, and more.
Encouraged by the positive results of the charter phase of the GPA CRL Alliance, fundraising is under way for a second phase of the GPA CRL Alliance. The continuation of this highly successful academic-commercial partnership between CRL and East View will serve our shared values of diversity, equity, and inclusion, and continue to extend access to global newspaper collections to the widest possible audience.
The parameters of a Phase 2 will be similar in scope to the charter phase of the GPA CRL Alliance. The general parameters for Phase 2 include:
East View and CRL held a Coffee Talk Webinar on June 22, 2021 to discuss future GPA plans and Phase 2 of the GPA CRL Alliance. Sign up here to view a recording of this discussion.
The GPA CRL Alliance is a unique opportunity to play a leading role in supporting equal access to critical resources for scholars across the globe.
In addition, GPA CRL Alliance participants enjoy a number of benefits, including:
For the GPA CRL Alliance’s first Open Access collection, CRL advisors selected key newspapers published in China during its tumultuous transition from imperial rule to the establishment of the People’s Republic of China.
Containing over 290 titles and over 460,000 pages of content, the 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.
For the GPA CRL Alliance’s second Open Access collection, CRL advisors have selected a number of newspapers published in the Middle East and North Africa. Researchers will find a wealth of unique content from this dynamic region, much of which has never been digitized or available as open access material.
In addition to Open Access content, East View offers the MENA Premium collection, which includes five in-copyright titles from the region. MENA Premium is available for free to all CRL member institutions.
For the GPA CRL Alliance’s third Open Access collection, CRL advisors have selected a number of newspapers published in Mexico during the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries – a tumultuous time in Mexico’s history.
The Independent and Revolutionary Mexican Newspapers collection currently includes over 800 titles and will ultimately include approximately 1,000 titles from Mexico’s pre-independence, independence and revolutionary periods (1807-1929).
For the GPA CRL Alliance’s fourth Open Access collection, CRL advisors have selected a number of newspapers from Imperial Russia published during the eighteenth, nineteenth and early twentieth centuries – right up until the Bolshevik Revolution.
The Imperial Russian Newspapers collection will include no less than 500,000 pages and feature core titles from Moscow and St. Petersburg, complemented by regional newspapers across the vast Russian Empire.
East View’s Global Press Archive program features a robust custom platform that hosts a number of GPA titles, with new titles continuously being added.
With content spanning from the early 1800s to today, the GPA platform currently includes over 1,500 newspapers, 450,000 issues, and 4.7 million pages of content, with 17 countries and 12 languages represented. This includes millions of pages of Open Access content from China, Mexico, and the Middle East and North Africa. GPA will only continue to grow, with plans to add more than 4 million pages of content to the platform in 2021, including a new Open Access collection of newspapers from imperial Russia.