CAMP Preserves Liberian NewspapersDec 9 2013
CAMP (Cooperative Africana Materials Project) has microfilmed issues of seven Liberian newspaper titles from the holdings of Michigan State University. Michigan State has been regularly acquiring Liberian newspapers for many years, and CAMP has allocated funding on several occasions to preserve holdings from this collection. CAMP efforts have resulted in a collection that is unique in North America and will now be available on microfilm to CAMP and CRL members.
Liberia was plagued with civil war and unrest for most of the 1990s and early 2000s. Charles Taylor, President of Liberia from 1997 to 2003, has since been convicted by the Special Court for Sierra Leone in The Hague of aiding and abetting war crimes. Ellen Johnson Sirleaf became the first elected female head of state in Africa when she was elected President of Liberia in 2005. She was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2011.
The newspapers microfilmed by CAMP (listed below) cover this turbulent period in Liberia from a variety of perspectives: