Digital Collections

CRL digitizes materials from our collections to support research and teaching. CRL also negotiates favorable terms with publishers for member institutions to acquire major electronic resources locally.



Documents, newspapers, books, and journals are among the items we have scanned in response to scholars’ requests for loan of CRL holdings. We also anticipate research interests by selecting thematic groups of unique materials to digitize. All titles can be accessed from the CRL catalog.


African Newspapers

Part of the World Newspaper Archive, more than 70 newspapers published between 1800 and 1922 in Sub-Saharan Africa offer an unrivaled viewpoint into a time of drastic change. A wide range of colonial era viewpoints is chronicled in titles from Ghana, Kenya, Liberia, Mozambique, Nigeria, South Africa, Zimbabwe and other locales.

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American Periodicals

North American special interest and general magazines, labor and trade publications, scientific and literary journals, and other historically significant titles of the mid-nineteenth to early twentieth centuries, prioritized for preservation. Scanned in color with searchable text. Available from ProQuest; interlibrary loan available for CRL libraries.

Brazilian Government Documents

Executive branch serial documents issued by Brazil’s national government between 1821 and 1993, and by its provincial governments from the earliest available to the end of the first Republic in 1930.

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Chinese Pamphlets: Political Communication & Mass Education

Pamphlets, picture books, and other propaganda issued during the early years of the People’s Republic between 1947 and 1954. This is the “street literature” of the revolution: comic books, leaflets, and other ephemera distributed to the general population of provincial cities and villages.

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Digital South Asia Library (DSAL)

The Digital South Asia Library provides digital materials for reference and research on South Asia, including books and journals, full-text dictionaries, bibliographies, images, maps, and statistical information from the colonial period through the present.

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Dziennik Zwiazkowy

The first ten years (1908–17) of Dziennik Zwiazkowy, founded in Chicago in 1908 by the Polish National Alliance. Representing local, national, and international issues of concern to the Polish community, the paper continues today as the Polish Daily News.

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Latin American Newspapers

Latin American Newspapers, Series 1 & 2—part of CRL's World Newspaper Archive—feature nearly 300 historical Latin American newspapers. Titles from Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Cuba, Guatemala, Mexico, Panama, Peru, Venezuela, and elsewhere offer unprecedented coverage of the people, issues, and events that shaped this vital region between 1805 and 1922.

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Official Gazettes & Civil Society Information

A collection of official gazettes and other key historical government documentation from countries where the integrity of the public record is known to be at risk. CRL is digitizing official gazettes from its extensive collection of print and microfilm, augmented by born-digital gazettes and related data harvested from the web.

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Pamphlets and Periodicals of the French Revolution of 1848

Pamphlets and periodicals from the French Revolution of 1848 held by the Center for Research Libraries.

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Slavery and Manumission Manuscripts of Timbuktu

Arabic nineteenth-century manuscripts relating to slavery and manumission in Timbuktu provide documentation on Africans in slavery in Muslim societies. From the Bibliothèque Commémorative Mama Haidara in Timbuktu, Mali.

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South Asian Newspapers

Part of the World Newspaper Archive, these colonial-era titles were published in India, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka from 1864-1922. Among the key publications: Amrita Bazar Patrika (Calcutta), Bankura Darpana (Bankura), Madras Mail (Madras), Tribune (Lahore) and the Ceylon Observer (Sri Lanka).  Languages include English, Bengali, and Gujarati.  

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The Mexican Intelligence Digital Archives (MIDAS)

MIDAS, the Mexican Intelligence Digital Archives (los Archivos del Autoritarismo Mexicano), is a crowd-sourced, public access digital archive of historical documents from Mexican intelligence agencies. The collection is drawn from Mexico’s two principal security services, the Dirección Federal de Seguridad (DFS) and the Dirección General de Investigaciones Políticas y Sociales (DGIPS) and covers the period c.1940 to c.1985.

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TRAIL – Technical Report Archive & Image Library

Federally funded technical reports issued before 1975.   Space exploration, alternative energy sources, nuclear reactors, mining, and water purification are among the topics in more than 20,000 documents summarizing engineering and regulatory investigations.  Page images with searchable metadata.

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