Posted by: Christian | March 16, 2011

Afghanistan Digital Library Collections

I just recently check up on an ongoing project directed by Nancy Hatch Dupree that aims to digitize older reports from Afghanistan and make them freely available to the public. I was pleasantly surprised to find that thousands of items (including many in English) had been scanned and were available for download. The project I’m referring to can be visited here. This is what they have to say about themselves:

The University of Arizona Libraries (UAL) and the Afghanistan Centre at Kabul University (ACKU) are collaborating on a digitization project “Preserving and Creating Access to Unique Afghan Records”.

ACKU’s collection is the most extensive in the region covering a time of war and social upheaval in the country, with most of the documents in the principal languages of Pashto and Dari. The collection contains information related to history, social, economic, and cultural heritage of Afghanistan. This project is being funded from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH). 1,850 titles (about 160,000 pages) are currently available. More coming!

The reports and articles they have available for download are great, though mostly skewed towards development reports. This is a sampling of the English sources:

Please note that the website is a little slow today. It was much better yesterday before I sent a link out to a bunch of people. They might be getting hit with a lot of downloads at the moment – and some files are over 100MB. Or maybe I’m just over exaggerating the effect that my emails have.

Note: I don’t anticipate a return to regular blogging anytime soon. I’m handing in a full draft of my dissertation soon and obviously I’m quite busy/panicked with editing the draft and thinking about employment options.


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