Collaborative Digitization

CRL digitization programs pool resources and expertise from CRL libraries to identify, preserve and expand access to critical research materials. These efforts involve members of the CRL community and other partners in efforts to provide sustainable, persistent acess to primary evidence and documentation:

American Periodicals from the Center for Research Libraries

provides electronic access to fragile historic periodicals—including American special interest and general magazines, labor and trade publications, scientific and literary journals,  photographic periodicals, and other historically significant titles—in collaboration with ProQuest.

World Newspaper Archive

CRL preserves and provides access to newspapers from the around the world. CRL is working with NewsBank to digitize and deliver news collections electronically through the World Newspaper Archive.

Undergraduate Research Working Group

The Undergraduate Research Working Group contributes to advanced undergraduate coursework and instruction by identifying small, focused collections of primary source materials for digitization and hosting by CRL.

Brazilian Government Document Digitization Project

With initial funding from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, CRL’s Latin American Microfilm Project (LAMP) worked with the Biblioteca Nacional do Rio de Janeiro to digitize serial documents issued by Brazil’s national government between 1821 and 1993, and by provincial (state) governments up to the end of the Republic in 1930 in this invaluable collection.


The Technical Report Archive & Image Library is an initiative led by the University of Arizona in collaboration with CRL and other interested agencies to identify, digitize, archive, and provide access to federal technical reports issued prior to 1975.

Global Resources Law Partnership

Recognizing the increased use of legal texts for research in a variety of social science and humanities disciplines, CRL and the Law Library Microform Consortium have formed a partnership to identify, preserve, and provide digital access to important at-risk primary source documents in law and government from U.S. and various national jurisdictions.