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In 2023, the CRL community has convened to weave together CRL's global collections activities into a holistic program that leverages CRL's unique scale to build community-stewarded global collections in service to CRL members and the research enterprise they support. More information on this initiative and its timeline and deliverables can be found here. 

In 2023, the CRL community is convening, in consultation with the Educopia Institute, to weave CRL's global collections activities together into a holistic strategy that leverages CRL's unique community, scale, and infrastructure to build community-stewarded global collections in service to research, and scholarship. More information on this initiative and its timeline and deliverables can be found here. 

South Asia Open Archives (available at recently published approximately 600 issues of Morning Star.

South Asia Open Archives (SAOA) celebrates 2020 Open Access Week, from October 19-25, 2020.

The South Asia Materials Project (SAMP) and South Asia Open Archives (SAOA) have collaborated to make freely available ninety-seven issues of the Madras Legislative Assembly Debates (from 1938 to 1958).

CRL announces a partnership making collections of historical source materials from the South Asia Open Archives (SAOA) openly available on JSTOR at

SAMP has digitized two rare and valuable Gujarati women's journals: Strī bodh (issues from 1858-1941) and Sundarī subodha (issues from 1904-1923).

SAMP has digitized holdings of the newspaper Svadeśa for the years 1919-1929.  This newspaper was published in Hindi in the city of Gorkhpur.

The South Asia Open Archives (SAOA), administered by the Center for Research Libraries (CRL), has recently begun digitizing the Indian Newspaper Reports containing weekly translations and summaries of local Anglo-Indian and vernacular-language newspapers from the late nineteenth through the early twentieth century, from throughout South Asia.

The South Asia Materials Project (SAMP) has digitized the magazine Nalupu (Black) for the entire run of its publication, April 1989-June 1993.  This is one of the pioneering magazines which brought together discussions of caste and class politics in the Telugu-speaking regions of India.

The South Asia Open Archives (SAOA) is a newly established cooperative effort of nearly 25 libraries from the US and the Subcontinent to make collection of historical research materials on South Asia freely available via the web..

The South Asia Materials Project (SAMP) at CRL has recently launched the SAMP Open Archives initiative to create and maintain a collection of open access materials for the study of South Asia. This major collaborative initiative is aimed at addressing the current scarcity of digital resources pertinent to South Asian studies and at making collections more widely accessible both to North American scholars and to researchers elsewhere in the world.

The Middle East Materials Project (MEMP) and the South Asia Materials Project (SAMP) contributed funds for the preservation of seventeen newspaper and serial titles published in Afghanistan.

LLMC (Law Library Microform Consortium) has digitized a collection of early legal publications from Myanmar (Burma).  The material covers 1872-1955.

CRL’s six Area Materials Projects increasingly embrace digitization as a mechanism for preservation and access.

In recent years, CRL’s Area Studies Microform Projects supported the preservation of more than 300 newspaper titles collected by the Library of Congress overseas offices, ensuring scholarly access to more than 450,000 pages of news from Africa, the Middle East, and South Asia.   

SAMP Preserves D’avat

February 29, 2012

The South Asia Microform Project (SAMP) has microfilmed six years of the newspaper D’avat, which was published in New Delhi, India.

SAMP has acquired 84 microfilm reels containing issues of Ceylon Times from 1924 to 1930.

CRL has completed cataloging of more than 30,000 titles from South and Southeast Asia.

SAMP Meeting April 1, 2011

January 14, 2011

The South Asia Microform Project (SAMP) will hold its annual Business Meeting Friday, April 2, 2011.