Global Press Archive and the Center for Research Libraries: Advancing digital humanities with broad access to millions of pages of global newspapers

For over 30 years, East View has been unlocking international news content and making it accessible to scholars across the globe. East View’s Global Press Archive® (GPA) initiative continues this legacy by offering deep archives of a diverse range of predominantly non-Western newspaper titles, digitized to exacting standards and made searchable for increased discoverability. Many of these publications are being made available as comprehensive archives for the first time and the effort will collectively present immense new value for scholarly research.

Since 2019, East View has partnered with the Center for Research Libraries (CRL) to accelerate the GPA mission. This partnership is known as the GPA CRL Alliance. Through the Alliance, CRL defines and sponsors the creation of thematic and single-title collections on the GPA platform. The Alliance is structured as a multi-year, planned activity in which CRL confers with its member institutions to define priorities and title lists. CRL also provides financial underwriting to make it possible to convert these large collections (typically more than 500,000 pages each).

Thanks to generous support from funding members, the GPA CRL Alliance has successfully released multiple collections to date, totaling over 6.2 million pages and including over 3.5 million pages of Open Access content.

Not a CRL Alliance member? Discover the benefits of joining.

CRL Alliance Collections

CRL Alliance collections are truly global in scope, with content from Central America, East Asia, Eastern Europe and Eurasia, the Middle East and North Africa, East Africa, Latin America, and South and Southeast Asia. Languages represented within these collections are just as diverse, and include Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Javanese, Russian, Spanish, Turkish, and Vietnamese.

All Alliance collections are available to all CRL members, and some Alliance collections, comprised primarily of public domain content, are presented in full Open Access.

Open Access Collections
CRL-Wide Access Collections
What’s Next for the CRL Alliance?

Encouraged by the positive results thus far, the GPA CRL Alliance continues to develop new collections. The continuation of this highly successful academic-commercial partnership is a testament to CRL and East View’s shared values of diversity, equity, and inclusion, and reinforces the commitment to extend access to global newspaper collections to the widest possible audience. Stay tuned for announcements on future collections!

Why Join the CRL Alliance?

The GPA CRL Alliance is a unique opportunity to play a leading role in supporting equal access to critical resources for scholars across the globe. In addition, CRL Alliance participants enjoy a number of benefits, including:

  • Discounts on commercial GPA products not included in the GPA CRL Alliance. So far, the CRL Alliance has provided members an average savings of 38% – nearly $1 million in savings overall.
  • Discounts on custom digitization projects
  • Access to millions of pages of deposit copies for TDM and other research initiatives
How Do I Join?

CRL member institutions that are interested in joining the Alliance should reach out to [email protected]. General questions about GPA or the Alliance may be directed to [email protected].

CRL Alliance Collections

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