The Impact of CRL

Stories illustrating CRL’s impact on research, teaching, collection building and preservation.

South Asia Specialist’s Research Enriched by CRL Collections

Wendy Singer, Kenyon College professor, explains how CRL collections supported her original research on South Asian women.

Documenting Ghanaian Social Change through the Music Scene

Alison K. Okuda, New York University postdoctoral teaching fellow and lecturer, explains how CRL’s African newspaper collection proved to be incredibly useful for her dissertation, “Caribbean and African Exchanges: The Post-Colonial Transformation of Ghanaian Music, Identity, and Social Structure.”

Vietnamese Newspapers Shed Light on Failed Nation Building

CRL’s Vietnamese newspaper holdings were an invaluable resource for Professor Geoffrey Stewart’s forthcoming book titled, Vietnam’s Lost Revolution: Ngo Dinh Diem’s Failure to Build an Independent Nation, 1955–1963.

Window Into Lives of Ukrainian Refugees, 1945-1954

In 2015, the Slavic and East European Materials Project at CRL (SEEMP) completed digitization of the Ukrainian Émigré Press Collection, encompassing some 90 titles published between 1945–1954, and now dispersed in collections in Toronto, Cambridge, and New York.

Excavating Attitudes on Opium Prohibition from Colonial Records

British Colonial Office records held by CRL reveal the dynamics of a robust opium trade in Southeast Asia in the late 19th and early 20th century.

Afghan Documentation Spans Tumultuous Century

Daily newspapers and cultural journals collected by LC's Field Office in Islamabad have been preserved through the efforts of MEMP and SAMP.  

Researching the Habsburg Empire

CRL digitized nearly 70 reels of pre-World War I German Foreign Ministry documents for a University of Chicago history professor.

Nation of Islam Paper Featured in Documentary Film

CRL's extensive holdings in African-American newspapers proved useful to a documentary film chronicling heavyweight champion Muhammad Ali's politicization.

Preserving News from Conflict Zones

CRL programs aim to preserve "first drafts of history" from zones of conflict throughout the world.

Teaching Modern History of India With CRL Newspapers

CRL's extensive holdings of Indian newspapers proved highly valuable for University of Iowa history professor's undergraduate course, "Imperialism and Modern India."

Primary Sources Improve Course on Vietnam War Propaganda

A history professor at Grinnell employed CRL's rich collection of Vietnam War-era newspapers and defense studies to enrich student research on propaganda and public opinion.

LAMP Supports Digitizing of Historic Puerto Rican Court Documents

Nearly 5,000 historical Puerto Rican court documents dating from 1844 to 1900 are now available online.

The WNA Expands Sources on African History

WNA's trove of colonial African newspapers gains scholarly attention, as the resource becomes better known on campus.

Provincial Turkish Newspapers and Muslim National Identity

What Turkish provincial newspapers at CRL revealed about the emergence of a Muslim national identity.

Brazilian Human Rights Evidence Preserved in the Nunca Mais project

Evidence of atrocities in 1960s-70s Brazil, housed at CRL for 25 years, are now available online.

Carthage College Students Work with Cold War Primary Resources

How CRL documentation on the Cold War helped Carthage College students "touch history” in their research.

Helping a Scholar Access Cuban Colonial Documents

How CRL helped a Binghamton University scholar access records of slave resistance and violence in colonial Cuba.