The office’s role in the preservation of African newspapers cannot be underestimated. A grand total of 22, 902 newspaper issues was received and checked in. Of these, 2, 900 issues were sent directly to LC Washington. During the past five years, the New Delhi Office has produced over 2,600 master negative reels from Nairobi Office newspapers. During the FY2011, about 450, 000 pages of newspapers were collated and shipped to the New Delhi Office for microfilming. The office also received an additional $19,000 from the Madison Council to film older newspapers from Tanzania. In total, over 110, 000 pages of newspapers were processed for filming with the Madison Council funds during the year under review.
The FD made two proposals to the CAMP/CRL group for filming older newspapers, but both proposals were shelved due to lack of funds and interest in pursuing possible digital projects.
Newspapers microfilmed in New Delhi Office
Some 10 reels of microfilm funded by CAMP and filmed by CRL were sent to LOC’s Newspaper and Serial Division. Included were Zimbabwean titles: Daily Mirror, The People’s Voice, The Worker, and Zimbabwe Mirror. Through these collaborative efforts, the Africana newspaper backlog languishing in the office has been greatly reduced. Nonetheless, continued funding sources are essential to keep the backlog under control.
Last Updated: June 5, 2012