Library of Congress Catalogs: Newspapers in Microform, Foreign Countries, 1948-1983 Page: VII
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Contents. This volume is a cumulation of all reports contained in the foreign
countries section of Newspapers in Microform 1948-82, together with reports
received through 1983.
The number of newspapers included here varies widely from country to
country. In many developing nations there is no obvious urgency about reducing
newspapers to microform, and there is no particular reason why the
state library of a central European nation should report its holdings of microfilmed
newspapers to the Library of Congress. From the point of view of
American readers, there is little to be gained from the knowledge that a newspaper
has been filmed in a certain country if there is no way they can obtain
that film or a copy of it.
Because the availability of foreign newspapers in microform is so different
from that of U.S. newspapers and because the information in each instance
generally serves different interests, it seems useful to present reports on foreign
newspapers in this volume and those for domestic papers in a companion
publication, Newspapers in Microform: United States.
What seems to be a rather simple decision is complicated by the varying
degrees of "foreignness" that exist in both political and human relations.
There was considerable incentive to include Canadian newspapers in the
United States volume. Traditional ties between these English-speaking countries
are reflected in the similarity of their microfilming programs. Canadian
papers are filmed on a regular basis in Canada, the microforms are reported
to the Library of Congress, and U.S. citizens can usually obtain these microforms
as easily as they can obtain those made in the United States. To make
an exception for Canada, however, would seem to discriminate against Mexico
and Latin America and would involve a rather arbitrary definition of the
two publications. This bibliography, therefore, includes all foreign countries
and employs the word "foreign" in its basic meaning: situated outside one's
own country-in this case, the territorial limits of the 50 United States as they
existed at the end of the year 1983.
Alhough only those microforms that can be obtained without traveling
abroad have practical interest for most users of this bibliography, foreign
holdings of microforms, which cannot be purchased or borrowed in the
United States are nevertheless reported here, in the hope that knowledge of
such holdings may be useful to institutions that may be planning to film a
This catalog necessarily reflects efforts made in the United States to film
foreign newspapers. The Library of Congress, because of its role as source of
information for Congress and the government generally, has felt a special
obligation to make available in this country as complete a spectrum of foreign
newspapers as it can produce. It is also possible to buy copies of foreign newspapers
in microform from an increasing number of foreign microform publishers.
These range from great government institutions like the British
Museum to small private enterprises which have come on the scene for
commercial purposes but which produce acceptable products that are for sale
to anyone. Some producers send regular reports to the Library of Congress
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