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”. 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
- Boston University
- University of California–Berkeley
- University of California–Los Angeles
- Center for Research Libraries
- Columbia University
- University of Illinois–Urbana-Champaign
- Indiana University
- University of Kansas
- Library of Congress
- Michigan State University
- New York Public Library
- Northwestern University
- Ohio State University
- Ohio University
- Stanford University
- Yale University
 "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.