The Cooperative Africana Materials Project (CAMP) recently completed microfilming sixteen newspaper titles from Cameroon. Most of the issues microfilmed date from the mid1990s, although CAMP has preserved additional date ranges for many of these titles. This project began through a donation of newspapers by Ms. Carly Goodman, a graduate student at Temple University. Dan Reboussin, African Studies Curator at the George A. Smathers Libraries at the University of Florida, provided complementary issues to extend the collection’s scope. As elsewhere in Africa during the 1990s, Cameroon saw the legalization of multiple political parties and began to allow privately held and relatively independent uncensored newspapers. When, inevitably, political disputes arose, this political and civil society liberalization gave voice to many groups and individuals previously suppressed. Cameroon’s newspapers of the time blossomed with articles, editorial opinions, cartoons, and a critical and creative force that hadn’t been seen in independent Cameroon.
The sixteen titles in this project include: Cameroon Post (Apr. 1994-Oct. 1995) Challenge Hebdo (June 1994-Dec. 1995) Challenge Nouveau (Sept.-Oct. 1995) Challenge Sports (Aug 1994-May 1995) Dikalo (Aug. 1994-July 1998) L’Effort Camerounais (Nov. 1994-Oct. 1995) L’Expression (Sept. 1995-Aug. 1997) Galaxie (Aug. 1994-Oct. 1995) Generation (Aug. 1994-June 1998) The Herald (Apr. 1994-Oct. 1995) Le Messager (June 1994-July 2002) Le Messager Popoli (Jan. 1995July 2002) Le Nouvel Independant (July 1994-Oct. 1995) La Nouvelle Expression (July 1994-Aug. 1995) Le Patriote (June 1994-Oct. 1995) Perspectives Hebdo (June 1994-Oct. 1995).
These Cameroon Newspapers and other CAMP material may be borrowed from the Center for Research Libraries (CRL) by faculty and students at CRL and CAMP member libraries. CRL provides extended loan periods to support the research at its member institutions. For details, see: Lending to CRL Members.