Local Archives and Libraries

A Collaborative Project of American Overseas Research Centers



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Collaborating entities include participating American Overseas Research Centers and their local partner networks, listed below; the Council of American Overseas Research Center and its Digital Library for International Research, and the Center for Research Libraries.

American Overseas Research Centers participating in the Local Libraries and Archives Project are located in the Mediterranean basin; the Middle East and North Africa; West Africa; South, Southeast, and Inner Asia; and Latin America. CAORC member centers located in Europe are not participating in this project because research resources available in their host countries are already very well documented.

As the project work is initiated in each country, we will add a description of the local project and the names of collaborating local institutions, keyed to the alphabetical list of centers immediately below.

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The section below gives descriptions of the local components of the LALORC project as undertaken by the participating AORC centers and their local partner organizations, alphabetized by country. This information will be updated as new projects are started serially over the first three years of the project. For those interested in finding out more about the individual centers and their programs, the ORC names below are linked to the centers' own websites.


  • AORC: Center for Khmer Studies (CKS), Siem Reap, Cambodia
  • Project: Survey of holdings and selective digitization of materials in the National Library
  • Partner: The National Library of Cambodia, with technical assistance provided by KhmerDev
  • Iraq

  • AORC: The American Academic Research Institute in Iraq (TAARII), currently located in Amman, Jordan
  • Project: Survey of Iraqi-published journals in various scientific fields
  • Israel

  • AORC: W.F. Albright Institute of Archaeological Research (AIAR), Jerusalem, Israel
  • Project: Survey of libraries in Jerusalem
  • Partner: AIAR will correlate its project with the complementary project of the Palestinian American Research Center (PARC)
  • Mexico

  • AORC: Mexico-North Research Network
  • Project: Digitization, with appropriate metadata, of field recordings of Mexico's indigenous languages.
  • Partners: Mexico's National Institute of Indigenous Languages (Instituto Nacional de Lenguas Indigenas, INALI), and the University of Chicago's Center for Latin American Studies
  • Mongolia

  • AORC: American Center for Mongolian Studies
  • Project: Survey, cataloging, and selective preservation and digitization of materials held in collaborating libraries
  • Partners The Mongolian Academy of Sciences (Library, Archives, and Institutes of History and Language); Mongolian National University (various libraries); Ulaanbaatar City Library (various collections); Antoon Mostart Center; International Mongolian Studies Association; Library of Congress
  • Morocco

  • AORC: Tangier American Legation Museum (AIMS-TALM), Tangier, Morocco
  • Project: Survey, cataloging, and selective digitization of materials held in the Hasna Daoud Library of Tatouan
  • Partner: Hasna Daoud Library, Tatouan
  • Pakistan

  • AORC: American Institute of Pakistan Studies
  • Project: AIPS will survey libraries not included in its initial survey program (Private Libraries and Archives Survey Project [PLASP]), primarily libraries belonging to the Directorate-General of Archaeology and Museums, as well as several university libraries
  • Partner: The Center for South Asia Libraries
  • Palestinian Authority

  • AORC: Palestinian American Research Center
  • Project: Survey of archives in Jerusalem, with detailed information on access
  • Partner: PARC will coordinate its project with the complementary project of the Albright Institute (AIAR)
  • South Asia: library and archival materials from the following countries: India, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, and Pakistan

  • AORC: Center for South Asian Libraries
  • Project: The LALORC project coordinator will work with CSAL staff to organize the content of already-completed surveys, and to pave the way for further surveying work to be initiated in future projects.
  • Partner: In Pakistan CSAL will cooperate with the American Institute of Pakistan Studies' Private Libraries and Archives Survey
  • Sri Lanka

  • AORC: American Institute for Sri Lankan Studies (AISLS), Columbo, Sri Lanka
  • Project: Survey, digitization, cataloging, and posting of decorative art collections held by national museums in Sri Lanka
  • Partners: National Museums of Sri Lanka
  • Tunisia

  • AORC: Centre d'Études Maghrébines à Tunis (AIMS-CEMAT), Tunis, Tunisia
  • AORC: Survey of the libraries of the Diocese of Tunis, the long-established Institut de Belles Lettres Arabes (IBLA) and the much newer Bibliothèque de la Medina
  • Partner:
  • Diocese of Tunis

    Turkey: Ankara) and Istanbul

  • AORC: American Research Institute in Turkey (ARIT)
  • Project: Survey of private libraries in Turkey
  • Partner: Vehbi Koc Ankara Research Center (VEKAM)
  • West Africa: Senegal, Burkina Faso, Guinea, Niger, Mali, Côte d'Ivoire, Togo, and Cape Verde.

  • AORC: West African Research Center (WARC)
  • Project: Build up the African Language Materials Archive (ALMA), part of the E-Books section of the Digital Library for International Research.
  • Partner: Digital Library for International Research
  • Yemen

  • AORC: American Institute for Yemeni Studies (AIYS), Sana'a, Yemen
  • Project: Survey, cataloging, and selective digitization of holdings in government research libraries
  • Partner: Yemen Center for Studies and Research
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    The LALORC project is part of the on-line Digital Library for International Research

    Up to date as of February 15, 2007
    Please direct any feedback regarding this website to: lalorc@aiys.org.