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Princeton University (Princeton, NJ 08540-5228)
Anuradha Vedantham (Project Director: July 2021 to December 2021)
Christina Lee (Project Director: December 2021 to February 2022)
Anuradha Vedantham (Project Director: February 2022 to March 2022)
Christina Lee (Project Director: March 2022 to present)
Anuradha Vedantham (Co Project Director: December 2021 to present)
Christina Lee (Co Project Director: February 2022 to March 2022)
A Digital Repatriation of a Lost archive of the Spanish Pacific: The Library of The Convent of San Pablo (Manila, 1762)

A project to digitize a collection of more than 1500 rare manuscripts, maps, and early printed materials that were taken in the 18th century from the Convent of San Pablo in Manila, Philippines, and dispersed throughout the Philippines, United States, and United Kingdom. The UK partner, SOAS University of London, is requesting £230,982 from the Arts and Humanities Research Council.

This project seeks to repatriate books and manuscripts seized from the archives of the Convent of San Pablo during the British occupation of Manila, 1762 to 1764. Using the original index of the archives, and subsequent records related to the sale and dispersal of its contents, the project envisions a virtual reconstruction of the library’s materials, ca. 1762. Beyond the digital reconstitution of the archival corpus, the “return” of the library to its original site, the project reconceptualizes the library’s original systems of knowledge production, modes of access, and use. The project serves as an entry point to the study of Spanish colonialism in the Pacific and the experience of affected communities, especially in the Philippines. Using digital technologies, the regenerated library will include spaces for transcribing, translating and annotating materials. This project envisions creative spaces that produce a more broadly based and participatory scholarly product.

Participating institutions:
Trustees of Princeton University (Princeton, NJ) - Applicant/Recipient
University of London (London, United Kingdom) - Participating Institution

Project fields:
Cultural History

NEH/AHRC New Directions for Digital Scholarship in Cultural Institutions

Digital Humanities

$150,000 (approved)
$147,399 (awarded)

Grant period:
2/1/2022 – 1/31/2025