The Impact of CRL

Stories illustrating CRL’s impact on research, teaching, collection building and preservation.

South Asia Specialist’s Research Enriched by CRL Collections

Wendy Singer, Kenyon College professor, explains how she has been able to save valuable time on multiple projects utilizing CRL resources.

Documenting Ghanaian Social Change through the Music Scene

Alison K. Okuda, New York University postdoctoral teaching fellow and lecturer, explains how CRL’s African newspaper collection proved to be incredibly useful for her dissertation, “Caribbean and African Exchanges: The Post-Colonial Transformation of Ghanaian Music, Identity, and Social Structure.”

Window Into Lives of Ukrainian Refugees, 1945-1954

In 2015, the Slavic and East European Materials Project at CRL (SEEMP) completed digitization of the Ukrainian Émigré Press Collection, encompassing some 90 titles published between 1945–1954, and now dispersed in collections in Toronto, Cambridge, and New York.

Researching the Habsburg Empire

CRL digitized nearly 70 reels of pre-World War I German Foreign Ministry documents for a University of Chicago history professor.

Nation of Islam Paper Featured in Documentary Film

CRL's extensive holdings in African-American newspapers proved useful to a documentary film chronicling heavyweight champion Muhammad Ali's politicization.

Preserving News from Conflict Zones

CRL programs aim to preserve "first drafts of history" from zones of conflict throughout the world.

Teaching Modern History of India With CRL Newspapers

CRL's extensive holdings of Indian newspapers proved highly valuable for University of Iowa history professor's undergraduate course, "Imperialism and Modern India."

Primary Sources Improve Course on Vietnam War Propaganda

A history professor at Grinnell employed CRL's rich collection of Vietnam War-era newspapers and defense studies to enrich student research on propaganda and public opinion.