The office has continued to play a significant role in the preservation of African newspapers. A grand total of 24,379 newspaper issues was received and checked in. Throughout the year, over 600,000 thousand pages were collated and shipped to LC/New Delhi Office and about 88,000 pages were shipped to CRL for microfilming with CAMP funding. In addition, 4,810 newspaper issues were sent directly to LC Washington for microfilming. A list of newspapers filmed to date by the LC New Delhi Office [PDF/15.0 KB] may be viewed on the office website.
During the fall CAMP meeting, funds totaling $19,626 were approved to film older Cameroonian newspapers. Later, at the spring meeting, another $14,969 was approved to film older Zimbabwean papers. The total CAMP funding this year amounted to $34,595. This substantial support is going a long way to clear out the backlog of African newspapers in the office.
Some 54 reels of microfilm funded by CAMP and filmed by CRL were sent to LOC’s Newspaper and Serials Division. It includes 18 reels of the newspaper Le Potentiel from Congo which is the last title of the CAMP project that filmed newspapers from Congo that were collected by the LC Nairobi office. This also includes the first 36 reels of a project to film newspapers from Zimbabwe that were collected by the LC Nairobi office.
Since coming to this office in 2005, the FD has garnered over $119,000 in supplemental funding from CAMP to film 116 newspaper titles. An additional $114, 000 from the Madison Council has been used to film 42 of the oldest newspapers in the office backlog. Another $30,000 has been awarded by the Madison Council but the papers will not be filmed until the next fiscal year. Through these efforts the Africana newspaper backlog has been reduced by about 530,000 pages. There is still at least another 500,000 pages in the backlog, so continued funding support is essential.
This year the Microfilm Section of the New Delhi Office produced 611 master negative reels from Nairobi office newspapers representing about 22% of their total master negative production of 2,650 reels. Their cooperation in preserving this documentation is most appreciated.
Last Updated: June 5, 2012