ABOUT THIS PROJECT
Anglophone Chile brings together diverse areas of research and recent investigations into the longstanding cultural, economic, and historical relationships between Britain and Chile. We are particularly focused on the British settler communities within Chile. The Anglo-Chilean relationship helps illuminate the important, broader history of cultural exchange between Britain and Latin America. Here on this site you will find contextual information about this time period: politics, commerce, demographics, etc.
Our central contribution to researchers is our digital archive of the English-language newspapers published in Valparaíso, Chile, in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. This can be found by clicking “Newspaper Archive” in the navigation menu above.
Whereas historical American and European newspapers are increasingly available to a global readership, the English-language periodicals published in South America remain virtually inaccessible to most scholars. These newspapers bring to life the strong historical ties between Britain and Latin America and offer researchers invaluable insight into early globalization; the history of travel, migration, and exchange; and the longstanding interconnections between the global north and south. Since the papers were produced by distinct subsets of the Anglophone colony–principally English, Scottish, and American publishers–it is not surprising that both national and regional identities, as well as other intersectional identities including religion, ethnicity, and gender, are consistent themes.
Through our project, we hope to bridge the divide separating South American from European and North American collections, while also contributing to the growing digital collection, Memoria Chilena, created by the Biblioteca Nacional de Chile. Our project thus seeks to connect siloed databases in order to expand research possibilities for both scholars and the general public.
Launched in 2016, the project is currently in its first phase, focused on the newspapers published by the British colonists in Valparaíso, Chile from 1838 and 1906. The College of Wooster’s Digital Collections department has digitized and created limited metadata for approximately 800 issues of Anglophone Chilean newspapers from 12 reels of microfilm. We currently offer 368 individual issues in our archive; we will continue adding to the collection as our resources permit, and it is our goal to continually expand this resource. We hope soon to be able make full, searchable text of the newspapers available alongside the images.
Jennifer Hayward, Fulbright Scholar, Universidad Autónoma de Chile (2016) and Professor, College of Wooster, Ohio, USA
Michelle Prain Brice, Universidad Adolfo Ibáñez and Pontificia Universidad Católica de Valparaíso, Chile
Jessie Reeder, SUNY-Binghampton
Tess Henthorne, Georgetown University
Catie Newton, Digital Curation Librarian, College of Wooster
Jacob Heil, Digital Scholarship Librarian and Director of CORE, College of Wooster
Student Research Assistants
Anna Halgash, Tongtong Wu
Funding for this project has been generously provided by the following organizations:
Ohio Five Mellon Digital Scholarship Grant (2016)
Universidad Autónoma de Chile Research Grant (2017)
Research Society for Victorian Periodicals Eileen Curran Field Development Grant (2018)