CRL Members Vote To Acquire Six New Collections

Dutch-Indonesian Round Table Conference,1949. Indonesian Information Ministry.

Tuesday, December 6, 2016
Mary Wilke -

The Center for Research Libraries will acquire six valuable microform collections through this year’s Purchase Proposal Program, with a list price value of $138,643. Once acquired, the collections will be available through interlibrary loan from CRL.

Many major microform and reprint sets and collections are too costly for individual institutions to purchase, and are not usually available through interlibrary loan. Through the Purchase Proposal Program, CRL libraries nominate microform and hard copy collections for CRL purchase. Participation in this cooperative acquisitions program is one of the benefits of CRL membership.

This year CRL members nominated and voted to acquire the following sets:

al-Waqā'i' al-Miṣriyya (1828-1900)

Microfiche. $40,000 (less a vendor credit). Library of Congress Field Office, Cairo

The official gazette of Egypt and the first newspaper published in the Middle East, this publication provides insights into political, social and cultural life in Egypt and the Middle East in general. The title is proposed as a three-year purchase, acquiring 1828-1900 this year, and the remaining volumes (1901-2016) over the next two years. Funding for subsequent years comes from a separate fund for continuing purchases.

Armenian Diaspora Publications

Microfilm, est. 140 reels. $20,000. Armenian Cultural Foundation

Periodicals from 1878-1991, including the following titles:

  • Amrots’ (Fortress), Paris, 1936-1937, 1 reel
  • Arawot (Morning), Constantinople, 1924, 1 reel
  • Arew (Alexandria), 1908, 1 reel
  • Arewelk’ (East), Constantinople, 1884-1893; 1898-1912, 30 reels
  • Azatamart (Freedom Battle), Constantinople, 1909-1915, 7 reels
  • Azat Bem (Alexandria), 1903-1905, 3 reels
  • Azat Mitk’ (Cairo?), 1936-37, 1 reel
  • Azg (Nation), Boston, 1908-October 1917, est. 7 reels
  • Banber (Bearer of News), Istanbul, 1933, on same reel with Martkots
  • Binwazandion (or Begzadian) (Byzantium), Constantinople, v. 1-19 (1897-19), 26 reels
  • Dzayn Hayreneats’ (Voice of the Homeland), New York, 1899-1907, 3 reels
  • Dzayn Hayreneats’ (Voice of Fatherland), Constantinople, 1908-1910, 1 reel
  • Hayk’ (Armenia), New York, 1891-1893, 1 reel
  • Hayrenik’ (Fatherland), Constantinople?, 1891-1896; 1909-1910, 7 reels
  • Hayreniki Dzayn (Voice of Fatherland), Yerevan, 1981-1991, 4 reels
  • Lusaber (Bearer of Light), Cairo, 1904-1908, 2 reels
  • Marmara, Constantinople, 1924-1925, 2 reels
  • Martkots (Battery), Paris, 1933-1934, 1 reel
  • Masis, Constantinople, 1878-1884; 1896-1898, 8 reels
  • Nayiri (Beirut), 1953-1983, 17 reels
  • Nor Keank’ (New Life), London, 1898-1900, 1 reel
  • Pahak (Guard), Boston, 1915-December 3, 1917, est. 7 reels
  • P’aros (Cairo?), 1901-1902, 1 reel
  • Razmik (Warrior), Bulgaria, 1905-1908, 1 reel
  • Surhandak (Messenger), Constantinople, 1899-1900; 1910, 2 reels
  • Tsaghik (Flower), Constantinople, 1897-1903, 2 reels
  • Vem (Cornerstone), Paris, 1933-1938, 2 reels

The Dutch Political Conflict with the Republic of Indonesia, 1945-1949

2,203 microfiche. $19,973 (depending on exchange rate). Brill

This series covers not only in the pivotal years 1945-1949, but also extends into the early 1960s to cover decolonization of Netherlands New Guinea. It will also reach back into the 1930s and the years of war and occupation (1942-1945). [Information provided by vendor].

This collection includes:

  • Part 1. Documents from the Secret Archives of the General Secretariat of the Netherlands Indies Government and the Cabinet of the Governor General
  • Part 2-1: Papers of A. J. Vleer (1946-1955): Minutes of Federal Conferences/BFO (1948-1949)
  • Part 2-2: Papers of A. J. Vleer (1946-1955): Documents concerning his tenure as Commissioner of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in South-Sumatra, and the economy of Indonesia, 1950-1955
  • Part 2-3: Papers of L.L.A. Maurenbrecher (1934-1954): Java/Celebes/New Guinea
  • Part 2-4: Papers of A.J. Piekaar (1933-1955 [1959]): Sumatra
  • Part 2-5: Papers of J. Zwart (1946-1947): Java/NEFIS (intelligence service)
  • Part 2-6: Papers of J. van Baal (1934-1964): New Guinea, Lombok/Bali
  • Part 3-1: The General-Commission for the Netherlands Indies: Papers of W. Schermerhorn (chairman)
  • Part 3-2: The General-Commission for the Netherlands Indies: Papers of M.J.M. van Poll (member)
  • Part 3-3: The General-Commission for the Netherlands Indies: Papers of P. Sanders (secretary)

Dutch Underground Press, 1940-1945

1,839 microfiche. $18,940. Brill

The founding of the State Institute for War Documentation in Amsterdam in May 1945 was anticipated during the last years of the German occupation of the Netherlands. The Institute’s priority was to collect documents of historical value relating to the occupation, especially those in the possession of private citizens, where preservation might not be certain.  Forming an almost complete collection of the vast number of newspapers circulated clandestinely during the war, this material ranges from primitively handwritten or typed sheets containing simple daily news items to professionally edited and printed papers filled with political articles and views. It provides invaluable data on every conceivable aspect of a West European nation during the Second World War, a rich source for historical and sociological research. [from vendor]

Russian anarchist periodicals of the early 20th century

213 microfiche and 1 reel. $3,350. Brill

This collection documents the eventful history of Russia during the revolutionary era, from the perspective of metropolitan and provincial newspapers and journals published by the most radical political forces. Furthermore, these materials shed new light on the relationship of the anarchists with the Bolsheviks and the Soviet State, and also reveal the impact of anarchist ideas on the literature and art of the period. [From the vendor]

One additional collection was approved for purchase, but acquisition is dependent upon CRL securing the requisite permission for duplication by the Library of Congress:

La Nación (Santiago, Chile), 1939 - January 15, 1993)

Microfilm, 428 reels. $36,380. Library of Congress

La Nación was founded as an independent paper in January, 1917, but in 1927 was taken over by the state. Since then it has remained under government control. Following the 1973 coup that overthrew the government of Salvador Allende, La Nación became a tabloid and briefly changed its name to La Patria. Two years later it changed again, to El Cronista. Since the 1980's the name reverted once again to La Nación. During the 1980s, La Nación became the official voice of the Pinochet government, and included much government propaganda. In 1990 the newspaper changed to a center-left ideology during the period of the Concertación, and in1991 published in full the Rettig Report (the outcome of the Comisión de la Verdad y de la Reconciliación). The report listed killings and disappearances by the security forces and thousands of other human rights abuses.


Total List Price: $138,643

For more information, please visit the Purchase Proposal Program page or contact Mary Wilke, Member Liaison and Outreach Services Director at:

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