The New Mexico State University Library has received notification of a project award in the amount of $20,255 from the Center for Research Libraries-Latin American Materials Project (LAMP) for microfilming of El Diario de Juárez newspaper issues from 2011 to 2013. The project funding was announced by Molly Molloy, Border & Latin American Studies Librarian, who co-leads the project and represented the Library at the annual meeting of LAMP in June at Princeton University.
El Diario de Juárez is the major daily newspaper tracking news for the border city of Ciudad Juárez, in the northern Mexican state of Chihuahua, which lies directly on the border with El Paso, Texas. The newspaper chronicles the daily life in the bi-national metroplex of the two cities and includes content of social, cultural, and historical significance. The newspaper is not archived in any library or database within the United States. The total page count from the daily and Sunday editions from 2011 to 2013 is over 88,000.
In 2008 at the onset of extraordinary violence relating to drug-trafficking, the NMSU Library began collecting the newspapers in an effort to preserve and provide access. The first phase of this project – papers dating from 2008 to 2010 – was funded by LAMP in 2014 for $18,140 and is currently in progress, with access to the microfilms tentatively to be available at the end of 2015.