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CRL Libraries Support Purchase of 5 New Microform Sets

Apr 11 2011
Contact: Mary Wilke - mwilke [at] crl [dot] edu


Image from Gubernatorial Reports of Russian Imperial Governors 1855-64. IDC Publishers.

With the support of 17 member libraries, CRL will acquire five major microform sets through its 2011 Shared Purchase Program. The total list cost of these acquisitions, which benefit all CRL members, is $85,766.

The Shared Purchase Program, along with the Purchase Proposal Program, are CRL cooperative collection development efforts. Through these programs, CRL members nominate, prioritize, and vote for CRL to acquire highly important but expensive materials. Shared Purchase Program materials are acquired with CRL seed money and funds contributed by interested CRL libraries.

CRL thanks the following libraries for contributing to this year’s Shared Purchase Program:

  • University of British Columbia
  • University of California, Davis
  • University of California, Irvine
  • University of California, Los Angeles
  • University of Chicago
  • University of Colorado
  • Columbia University
  • Cornell University
  • Duke University
  • Harvard University
  • Indiana University
  • University of Iowa
  • University of Minnesota, Twin Cities
  • Northwestern University
  • University of Pennsylvania
  • Princeton University
  • University of South Florida

Generous contributions from these libraries made acquisition of the following new collections possible:

  • Gubernatorial Reports of Russian Imperial Governors 1855-64. IDC Publishers. ($12,113)
    The 19th-century reports of the provincial governors of the Russian Empire dispatched annually to the Ministry of the Interior and ultimately to the Tsar himself are a primary source for research on Russian history. From 1804 until the revolution of 1917, these reports documented economic changes, political events, and popular disturbances as well as the actions of provincial administrations.
  • Lyttelton Times. Christchurch, New Zealand. Bludeau Partners International LLC ($6,000)
    The Lyttelton Times (LT) was one of the principal newspapers of the Canterbury region for 80 years. It was published from 1851 until 1929, when it became the Christchurch Times until publication ceased in 1935. CRL already holds LT from 1902 to 1906 and has a very limited representation of other New Zealand mainstream papers.
  • Sources on Social Welfare Freie Wohlfahrtspflege Harald Fischer Verlag (9,990 euros or $13,725 USD depending on the exchange rate)
    The German social state was to a large extent formed by the field of independent welfare work. Philanthropical and Christian initiatives and organizations spearheaded social work in the 19th century. This series contains important but, until now, little-known sources of German social history from before the 1848 Revolution up to the Second World War. The set is widely held in Germany and German-speaking countries but has been unavailable in North America until now.
  • Xin Wen Bao Microfilm. National Library of China. (263,000 RMB or $38,649 USD depending on exchange rate)
    Originally operated jointly by foreigners and local Chinese and published in Shanghai, Xin Wen Bao was once the most widely distributed newspaper in China. This set covers the late Qing and the entire Minguo Republican eras, and will make the current CRL holdings of the newspaper's back files complete.
  • Zhongguo jin dai Zhong yi yao qi kan hui bian Shanghai Zhong yi yao da xue bian ji Shanghai ci shu chu ban she 2010-06-01. CIBTC China Intl Book Trading Corp. (RMB 100,000 or $15,279 USD depending on the exchange rate)
    This five-part series includes a total of 200 volumes of reprints of modern (19th- and early 20th-century) periodicals on Chinese traditional medicine, an emerging field of Chinese history for historians of science and practitioners.

CRL is accepting nominations for the 2012 Purchase Proposal Program from CRL libraries. For more information, please contact Mary Wilke, CRL Member Liaison and Outreach Services Director.

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