February 1, 1887 cover of The Aligarh Institute Gazette containing the Queen’s speech, in English and Urdu, formally opening Parliament.
The Center for South Asia Libraries (CSAL), whose U.S. home is the Center for Research Libraries, has received a British Library Endangered Archives Programme grant to preserve and make accessible rare and fragile early Urdu periodicals. The two-year "Endangered Urdu Periodicals: Preservation and Access for Vulnerable Scholarly Resources" project will preserve 75 of the most important Urdu periodical titles and make them accessible to the scholarly community through microfilm archives and digital images deposited with the British Library, Center for Research Libraries, and Aligarh Muslim University in Aligarh, India, where the project will be based.
More information about the project is available in the project description at the British Library web site.
More information about CRL and South Asia Microform Project (SAMP) collections and activities is available in the Spring 2005 Focus issue.