The Cooperative African Newspapers Project was an initiative to enhance the utilization of newspapers as a source of information about Africa. The project explored issues related to the preservation of this ephemeral and fragile form of publication and access to contents through traditional and new technologies.

The core of the Cooperative African Newspapers Project is the African Newspapers Union List (AFRINUL), a centralized electronic database of holdings information for newspapers (all formats and all languages) published in sub-Saharan Africa. AFRINUL consolidated holdings information for collections in North America.  It is a retrospective resource, and cannot accept updated holdings information at this time.

AFRINUL was built on holdings reported in “African Newspapers Currently Received by American Libraries”.[1] Participants of the project gathered information on their own collections and inputted bibliographic and holdings data into the collaborative database through a Web-based administrative input tool.

The Cooperative African Newspapers Project was an initiative of the Africana Librarians Council (ALC) of the African Studies Association (ASA) and the Cooperative Africana Materials Project (CAMP) of the Center for Research Libraries (CRL).

For questions on CRL administration of AFRINUL, contact Marlies Bauhofer

AFRINUL Participants


[1] "African Newspapers Currently Received by American Libraries," first issued as an ALC project in 1975, was compiled by Mette Shayne, Northwestern University. The last edition was published in 1999.

CAMP Preserves Kenyan Newspaper Taifa Leo

CAMP Preserves Kenyan Newspaper Taifa Leo

CAMP has microfilmed issues of Taifa Leo from November 2004 to May 2010. Taifa Leo is the only Kiswahili daily paper published in Kenya.

CAMP Preserves Government Documents from the Plateau State of Nigeria

Documents from the 1970s through the 2000s include annual reports of state agencies, state budgets, government white papers on issues of the day, texts of speeches, and other ephemeral material.