Global Press Archive CRL Alliance launches El Caribe Digital Archive

Thursday, November 11, 2021
Samantha Abrams -

Collage of El Caribe mastheads, courtesy of East View Information Services

East View Information Services and the Center for Research Libraries have launched El Caribe Digital Archive, the third in-copyright collection of titles digitized under the Global Press Archive CRL Alliance. El Caribe Digital Archive follows East African Newspapers and Middle Eastern and North African Newspapers, the Alliance’s first two in-copyright collections, and is available to all CRL members and other institutions supporting the Alliance.


Published in Santo Domingo, El Caribe (The Caribbean) is a Spanish-language daily newspaper and one of the Dominican Republic’s most influential and longest-running newspapers. It was founded in 1948 during the regime of Rafael Trujillo and has since documented decades of political uncertainty, economic development, and social change, both in the Dominican Republic and the broader Caribbean region. El Caribe Digital Archive includes more than 440,000 pages of in-copyright material from the mid-1950s to today.


El Caribe Digital Archive is part of the Global Press Archive CRL Alliance, a multiyear flagship collaboration between the Center for Research Libraries and East View Information Services to deliver nine collections of up to 4.5 million pages of content, with 3 million pages available open-access. In addition to East African Newspapers and Middle Eastern and North African Newspapers, both in-copyright collections, four open-access collections are currently available under the auspices of the Alliance: Imperial Russian Newspapers, Independent and Revolutionary Mexican Newspapers, Late Qing and Republican-Era Chinese Newspapers, and Middle Eastern and North African Newspapers.


Fundraising for Phase 2 of the Global Press Archive CRL Alliance is currently underway and continues this successful commercial–academic partnership. Phase 2 highlights the same focus on open-access and contemporary content, supporting research in previously bounded areas and increasing diverse perspectives while making rare, vernacular newspaper content broadly accessible.


A two-year commitment, Phase 2 plans to deliver up to 3 million pages of content, including 2 million pages as open-access content and 1 million pages of in-copyright content available to CRL members and Alliance supporters. For more information, details of the proposed Phase 2 offer, and cost models suggested by CRL, see Global Press Archive Phase 2 in eDesiderata (or email with questions).

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