In 2016, with the launch of the Global Collections Initiative, CRL began emphasizing the digitization of primary source material from Latin America and the Caribbean to support research and teaching for scholars at CRL institutions and partners in Europe, U.K. and Latin America. During the next two years CRL is prioritizing scanning Latin American resources from its collections in response to scholars' requests, and is focusing on the region in its strategic scanning as well.
The recent effort is already generating new digital resources for scholarship, including:
- Newspaper runs requested by scholars from titles such as Prensa Libre (Guatemala), El Mercurio (Chile), and La Nación (Argentina).
- Literary and cultural magazines from Colombia, including the influential early publications El Gŕafico and El Mosaico.
- Diaspora and U.S. ethnic publications, such as the newspapers El Heraldo de Mexico (Los Angeles) and La Prensa (New York).
Latin American materials newly digitized by LLMC in partnership with CRL includes significant runs of legislative series, including:
- Leyes y decretos de la República de Cuba [1909-1925].
- Coleccion Legislativa [1899-1902], containing Spanish language translations of laws issued by the U.S. occupation authorities in Cuba.
- Collecção das leis do Brazil [1808-1889], compiling Brazil’s session laws from the Imperial era.
- Sentencias / República de Costa Rica, Corte de Casación [1888-1940], covering judgements from the Costa Rica's high appellate court.
CRL's 2017 Global Resources Collections Forum will highlight these and other CRL initiatives that are generating new digital resources.