ABOUT THIS PROJECT

The Anglophone Chile project is dedicated to preserving knowledge about the English-speaking settlers in nineteenth-century Chile, with particular emphasis on British settler communities. Together with our digital archive, this site brings together diverse areas of research into the longstanding cultural, economic, and historical relationships between Britain and Chile.

The Anglo-Chilean relationship provides crucial evidence of the broader history of transnational circulation of ideas that developed across the nineteenth century as global trade increased in tandem with travel, emigration, rapidly developing technologies of travel and of printing; increased distribution networks for print materials; and many other developments. All of these changes collided in the economic and cultural exchange between Britain and Latin America.

 

On this site, you will find contextual information about this time period: politics, commerce, demographics, culture, etc.

On our sister site, news-archive.anglophonechile.org, you will find our digital archive of the English-language newspapers published in Valparaíso, Chile, in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. This site can also be accessed via the “Newspaper Archive” link in the navigation menu at the top of each page.

 

About the Newspaper Archive

Whereas historical American and European newspapers are increasingly available, in digitized form, to a global readership, the English-language periodicals published in South America remain virtually inaccessible to most scholars. At the same time, these newspapers provide invaluable data for researchers in a wide range of fields: they bring to life the strong historical ties between Britain and Latin America and offer insights into early globalization; trade routes and commodities exchanged between the global North and South; the history of travel, migration, and exchange; the development of the foreign-language periodical press; and much more, enabling exploration of 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, the Biblioteca Digital, 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. In collaboration with the Biblioteca Nacional de Chile, the Universidad Católica de Valparaîso and Universidad Adolfo Ibáñez, and the College of Wooster, we have followed current best practices in scanning the original newspapers and editing the resulting images. To date, we have digitized and created limited metadata for approximately 460 total issues of four different newspapers (amounting to 3,953 total pages), spanning the years 1843 to 1906. We 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.

Acknowledgements

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)
    Universidad Adolfo Ibáñez Research Grant (2021)

Research Assistants

  • Oriana Galvis Marin, COW '24

  • Praneel Pranigash, COW '23

  • Bang Nguyen, COW '22

  • Anna Halgash, COW '21

  • Tongtong Wu, COW '21

Project Staff

Site managers:

Jennifer Hayward, Fulbright Scholar, Universidad Autónoma de Chile (2016) and College of Wooster, Ohio, USA

Michelle Prain Brice, Universidad Adolfo Ibáñez and Pontificia Universidad Católica de Valparaíso, Chile

Project contributors:

  • Jessie Reeder, SUNY-Binghampton (Co-P.I., Anglophone Chile Newspaper Digitization Project)

  • Jacob Heil, Digital Scholarship Librarian and Director of CORE, College of Wooster

  • Catie Heil, Digital Curation Librarian, College of Wooster