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This digital archive was created to preserve the Anglophone periodicals published in nineteenth century Chile. The only known copies of many of these papers are held by the Biblioteca Nacional (National Library) of Chile; the AnglophoneChile project team collaborated with the National Library to preserve these papers for future generations while providing global access for researchers.
How to navigate this site
There are several ways to explore the collections, but this is the quickest route to individual issues:
- Choose the Collections tab at the top of each screen;
- Locate the newspaper or magazine title you're interested in;
- To the right of that title, and directly below its summary, is a link labelled "View the items in [collection title].
- Click that link, which takes you to a list of all the items in that collection.
- Click the thumbnail (picture) of the item to view it;
To open the full PDF reader, click on the resulting image.
From the Collections tab, you may also click on a title to see the collection's metadata, then either browse the individual issues (which are in rough chronological order, with some exceptions) or search by date.
The Index tab also provides a range of search strategies. For more tips, see our FAQ page.
About the Periodicals
For full context, please see our sister site, https://www.anglophonechile.org.
More briefly: these papers provide invaluable evidence of early globalization, embodying the history of travel, migration, and exchange and bearing witness to the longstanding interconnections between the global north and south. The AnglophoneChile project seeks to bridge the divide separating South American from European and North American collections, while contributing these foreign-language Chilean periodicals to the Biblioteca Nacional de Chile's digital archive.
Launched in 2016, the project is currently in its first phase. We have followed best practices in digitising four of the periodicals published by the British colonists in Valparaíso, Chile:
- Valparaiso English Mercury (1843-44)
- Valparaiso and West Coast Mail (1867-74)
- The Star of Chile (1904-06)
- Valparaiso Review (1894-96)
We prioritise titles based on a combination of archival and practical factors: the English Mercury is the earliest newspaper published by the British colony, while the VWCM and the Star had relatively short runs (enabling relatively quick digitisation of the full run) as well as a wide variety of content, increasing their value for researchers as well as general readers.
Meanwhile, the Valparaiso Review is the only magazine in our collection; it, too, had a short run and is of high cultural interest.
In the project's second phase, scheduled to begin in 2023, we hope to digitise the rest of the newspapers produced by the colony (see the Newspaper Timeline, linked beneath the About the Newspapers tab above).
We gratefully acknowledge the support of the Research Society for Victorian Periodicals' Eileen Curran Field Development Grant (2018), which made possible this project's first phase.
Jennifer Hayward, College of Wooster, Ohio, USA
Michelle Prain Brice, Universidad Adolfo Ibáñez and Pontificia Universidad Católica de Valparaíso, Chile
Jessie Reeder, SUNY-Binghampton, New York, USA
Catie Newton, Digital Curation Librarian, College of Wooster
Jacob Heil, Digital Scholarship Librarian and Director of CORE, College of Wooster
Benjamín Hernández Pacheco, Photographer
Tess Henthorne, Georgetown University
Roberto Pérez Castro, Universidad Católica de Valparaíso
Leonor Riesco, Universidad Finis Terrae
Student research assistants
Anna Halgash, College of Wooster '21
Mahi Lal, College of Wooster '22
May Le, College of Wooster '23
Yong Seok Lee, College of Wooster '23
Bang Nguyen, College of Wooster '22
Minh Phan, College of Wooster '24
Tongtong Wu, College of Wooster '21
Bolanle Oladeji, College of Wooster '23
Oriana Galvis Marin, College of Wooster '24
Additional funding for this project has been provided by the following organizations, to which we are deeply grateful:
Ohio Five Mellon Digital Scholarship Grant (2016)
Universidad Autónoma de Chile Research Grant (2017)
Universidad Adolfo Ibáñez Research Grant (2021)