During the year, a total of 22,581 newspaper issues were received and checked in. The office has continued to play a significant role in the preservation of African newspapers. Throughout the year, a total of 577 reels (approximately 577, 000 pages) were collated and shipped to Library of Congress/New Delhi Office for microfilming as compared to 657 reels processed in FY2007. A list of newspapers filmed to date by Library of Congress New Delhi Office [PDF/15.0 KB] may be viewed on this website. In addition, 6,518 issues of newspapers were sent directly to Library of Congress Washington. A major reason for the decline in newspaper filming is due to the loss of our collator for budget reasons and lack of shipping funds.
Another significant achievement for the year dealt with back issues of older African newspapers. Following the success of two Cooperative Africana Microform Project (CAMP) proposals, the Field Director was able to secure additional funding of $64,000 from the Madison Council to film the oldest African newspapers in the backlog. This would not have been possible without the assistance of OvOp, Beacher Wiggins, Deanna Marcum and the Librarian. Some 150, 000 pages were collated, packed and shipped as soon as the funds were made available. We would have sent more, but ran out of shipping funds and lost a collator due to budget cuts.
Last Updated: November 17, 2010