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About the British Chilean Newspaper Project

The British Chilean Newspaper Project is a digital archive of the English-language newspapers published in Valparaíso, Chile in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. 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 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.

Through our project, we hope to bridge the divide separating South American from European and North American collections, while contributing the foreign-language newspapers published within Chile to the growing digital collection, Memoria Chilena, created by the Biblioteca Nacional de Chile. Our project thus seeks to connect siloed databases 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 Chilean newspapers from 12 reels of microfilm. We currently offer 368 individual issues, chosen from 12 different newspapers, on this site; we will continue adding to the collection through December, 2017. We hope soon to be able make full, searchable text of the newspapers available alongside the images.


Ana María Burdach Rudloff, Universidad Autónoma de Chile and Universidad de Chile

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

Catie Newton, Digital Curation Librarian, College of Wooster

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

Student Research Assistants

Heather Smith, Clare Kreuzwieser, David Hale, Katie Randazzo, Olivia Holland, Maite Knorr-Evans, Scott Gordon, Alyssa Tarrant, Anushka Mishra, Selema Gonzalez


Many thanks to the students from the Universidad de Chile for their excellent contributions to this site's metadata. In particular, we would like to thank Lucía Araya, Cristián Arancibia, Malva Soto, María Ignacia Martinez, Michela Rojas, Jenisse Cárdenas Soto, Constanza Escaida, and Saggia Failla.

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)