CAMP Preserves Newspapers from Liberia

Aug. 16, 1995 issue of Monrovia Daily News

Monday, November 17, 2014
Judy Alspach -

CAMP (Cooperative Africana Materials Project) has microfilmed issues of thirteen Liberian newspapers from the holdings of Michigan State University. Michigan State has been regularly acquiring Liberian newspapers for many years, and CAMP has allocated funding on several occasions to preserve the holdings from this collection. CAMP efforts have resulted in a collection that is unique in North America and will now be available on microfilm to CAMP and CRL members.

Liberia was plagued with civil war and unrest for most of the 1990s and early 2000s. Charles Taylor, President of Liberia from 1997 to 2003, has since been convicted by the Special Court for Sierra Leone in The Hague of aiding and abetting war crimes. Ellen Johnson Sirleaf became the first elected female head of state in Africa when she was elected President of Liberia in 2005. She was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2011. Liberia has been hit hard by the Ebola outbreak in 2014.

The newspapers recently microfilmed by CAMP (listed below, with dates microfilmed this year) cover the turbulent history of Liberia from a variety of perspectives. For some of these titles, CAMP had previously microfilmed other date ranges.

The Impact of CRL

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

CRL Supports Research on Biased News Coverage of Emmett Till

Students of Professor Davis Houck at Florida State University consulted CRL resources to examine media bias covering the death of civil-rights icon Emmett Till.

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.