The Cooperative African Newspapers Project is 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) to enhance the utilization of newspapers as a source of information about Africa. The Cooperative African Newspapers Project explores issues related to the preservation of this inherently ephemeral and fragile publication form and access to contents through both traditional and new technologies.

The first phase of this project has resulted in the development of 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 currently consolidates holdings information for collections in North America, and will later expand to include holdings in Africa, Europe, and elsewhere.

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

Subsequent phases of the project will include initiatives in the areas of preservation, digitizing, and indexing, facilitating research on African political, economic, and cultural events.

Participants include institutions represented by the membership of the ALC and CAMP, in conjunction with CRL.



[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 Zimbabwe Newspapers

The Cooperative African Microform Project microfilmed a set of Zimbabwean newspapers collected by the Library of Congress office in Nairobi, including The Worker, Zimbabwe Standard, Business Tribune, City Observer, and others.