WNA South Asian Newspapers Released

Wednesday, June 30, 2010
James Simon - simon@crl.edu

CRL announces the release of World Newspaper Archive–South Asian Newspapers, which will provide more than 400,000 fully searchable pages of newspapers published in South Asia dating from the 19th century. Currently accessible to members are issues of the Ceylon Observer (Colombo, Sri Lanka), 1866–79; Kayasare hinda (Bombay, India), 1890; Leader (Allahbad, India), 1920–22; and the Madras Mail (Madras, India), 1805–89. Additional content will be made accessible on a rolling basis.

CRL libraries can access this collection freely through August 9, 2010, at http://infoweb.newsbank.com/?db=WHNPX&d_collections=WHNPASIA1. The 37 Charter Participants investing in WNA: Africa and South Asia will have continued access after this date. Other CRL members can elect to purchase through CRL with preferred pricing, as in previous modules.

South Asian Newspapers is the third collection module of the World Newspaper Archive, created in partnership with Readex, a division of NewsBank. Titles were recommended by WNA Charter Participants, faculty members, and subject experts from the South Asia Microform Project (SAMP). The final material was selected for its breadth of coverage, diversity of viewpoints, and historical significance.

South Asian Newspapers features titles published in India, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka. Languages include English, Bengali, and Gujarati. The titles will be cross-searchable with other modules of the World Newspaper Archive, as well as with other Readex products such as America’s Historical Newspapers.

CRL welcomes thoughts and comments on this release at wna@crl.edu.