Inventory of the Philippines newspaper collection

Finding aid prepared by Hoover Institution Library and Archives Staff, Simon Ertz, Sarah Cassone
Hoover Institution Library and Archives
© 2019
434 Galvez Mall
Stanford University
Stanford, CA 94305-6003

Title: Philippines newspaper collection
Date (inclusive): 1934-1957
Collection Number: 2019C127
Contributing Institution: Hoover Institution Library and Archives
Language of Material: In Spanish, English and Tagalog
Physical Description: 61 oversize boxes (87.1 Linear Feet)
Abstract: The newspapers in this collection were originally collected by the Hoover Institution Library and transferred to the Archives in 2019. The Philippines newspaper collection (1934-1957) comprises seven different titles of publication, in Spanish, English, and Tagalog. All of the titles within this collection have been further analyzed in Stanford University Libraries catalog.
Physical Location: Hoover Institution Library & Archives


The collection is open for research; materials must be requested in advance via our reservation system. If there are audiovisual or digital media material in the collection, they must be reformatted before providing access.


Due to the assembled nature of this collection, copyright status varies across its scope. Copyright is assumed to be held by the original newspaper publications, which should be contacted wherein public domain has not yet passed. The Hoover Institution can neither grant nor deny permission to publish or reproduce materials from this collection.

Acquisition Information

Materials were acquired by the Hoover Institution Archives in 2019 from the Hoover Institution Library.

Preferred Citation

The following information is suggested along with your citation: [Title/Date of Publication], Philippines newspaper collection [Box no.], Hoover Institution Library & Archives.

Historical Note

The Hoover Institution's collecting history regarding newspapers spans over 80 years. Newspapers became an integral core component of the "Hoover War Collection" soon after it was established in 1919 as a repository of materials on World War I and the states and societies involved in it. The subsequent widening of focus to cover the themes of "War, Revolution, and Peace" caused the collection to grow further in scope and volume into a variety of directions.
As a result, over the course of 80 years, thousands of newspaper titles from close to a hundred different countries were collected. They document major political and historical events, such as military conflicts and wars, the collapse of political systems, states, and empires, the establishment of radical and revolutionary regimes, and the corollaries of all these developments, including economic crises, famines, and migration for political reasons.
In 2000-2001, the Hoover Library's newspaper collection activities came to an almost complete halt. Around that time, the "realignment" of library activities and collections at Stanford saw the transfer of more than 2,000 newspaper titles from specific (mostly non-European) countries from the Hoover Library to other libraries at Stanford. Moreover, prior to the realignment, a significant but unknown volume of paper copies of newspapers (including many Russian/Soviet titles) were discarded after being microfilmed.
In totality, the remaining paper copies of newspapers at Hoover - excluding microfilm holdings - comprise more than 5,000 unique titles, of which at least many hundreds can be considered rare or very rare. These remaining newspaper collections at Hoover contain materials dating from all periods of the 20th century, with some titles reaching back into the 19th century. While the variety and diversity of papers is considerable, most titles fall into one of three groups: 1) general daily and weekly newspapers; 2) party and propaganda newspapers; 3) newspapers addressing national or ethnic minorities, émigré newspapers, veterans' papers, professional and union papers.
The largest number of newspaper runs include copies from the first half of the 20th century. Newspapers from this period illuminate in particular the two world wars and their consequences as well as political, social, and economic developments in Europe and beyond, including the rise of Socialist, right-wing, and Fascist ideologies and movements. Among the late 20th century holdings, a significant number of papers reflect political change in various regions, most prominently the end of Socialist and Communist regimes in Eastern Europe, but also revolutionary or radical political movements in non-European states, e.g. in Latin America.
Very few holdings of individual newspaper titles possess complete or near-complete runs. However, in cases of gaps, supplementation can sometimes be found in the form of microfilm copies available at the Hoover Library or holdings at Stanford University Libraries.

Scope and Contents

The Philippines newspaper collection (1934-1957) consists of seven unique titles, in Spanish, English, and Tagalog. Some titles also exist on microfilm. Further analyzed title information as well as availibility information regarding microfilm can be found in Stanford University Libraries catalog.

Arrangement Statement

The Philippines newspaper collection has been organized into seven (7) series, for each title within the collection. The titles, publication information, and Hoover-held date ranges are: 1. El debate. (Manila , 1935-1936); 2. Guerrilla. (Manila [Philippines]: Win Pub. Co., 1945); 3. Mabuhay. (Maynila: People's Press, 1934-1935, 1941); 4. Manila bulletin. (Manila, 1938-1942, 1948-1951, 1953-1954, 1957); 5. The Manila chronicle. (Manila [Philippines]: Manila Chronicle Pub. Co., 1949-1954); 6. Taliba. (Maynila: Taliba, 1941-1942); and 7. Voz de Manila. (Manila: PSP Publications, 1945).
You will also notice a string of numbers within the series information. These numbers represent the library catalog ID for that particular newspaper title. If input into Stanford's library catalog you will be directed to the full catalog record. We have preserved this information within our finding aid for both the benefit and ease of the researcher, as well as our intention to utilize it via automated linking in the future.
The materials in this collection are part of an Offsite Move Project spanning 2018-2019. The items were acquired from the Hoover Institution Library as "news collections" and were originally housed, unboxed, on shelves via their call number (normally a country) and ordered alphabetically by title. In some cases, newspapers were not assigned a particular country, but instead a language designation.
Upon transfer to the Archives, the collection's materials were housed in archival boxes according to size, and afforded item level descriptive information. Intellectual arrangement was then imposed to each collection both alphabetically by title and chronologically by date. When searching for a title alphabetically it is important to remember that all initial articles, particularly ones used in varying languages, are excluded in alphabetical arrangement, and the title is organized based on the first word (despite the initial article still remaining at the beginning of the title). The formatting of the dates preserves the packet title holdings information, which was the format used by Hoover Library Staff for decades. As a result, some dates may appear out of order by month. In the 1980s, Hoover grew less detailed in their capturing of holdings information, resulting in generalized statements of "many issues missing" or sometimes not recording a missing issue at all.

Subjects and Indexing Terms

Philippine newspapers


El debate. (Manila , 1935-1936) 419118

box 27

El debate (Manila) 1935:Mar 24, 1936:Apr 5

Processing Information

Presumably irrelevant barcode affixed to packet

Guerrilla. (Manila [Philippines]: Win Pub. Co., 1945) 419052

box 26

Guerrilla (Manila) 1945:Oct 2


Mabuhay. (Maynila: People's Press, 1934-1935, 1941) 13283076

box 56

Mabuhay (Manila) 1934:Apr 29, 1935:May 12, 1941:Dec 16


Manila bulletin. (Manila, 1938-1942, 1948-1951, 1953-1954, 1957) 13283043

box 28

Manila bulletin (Manila) 1938:Feb 15-1940:Feb26

box 29

Manila bulletin (Manila) 1941:Oct 15-1942:Jan 2

Scope and Contents

Many Issues Missing
box 1

Manila bulletin (Manila) 1948:Apr 16-Dec 31

Scope and Contents

Many Issues Missing
box 5

Manila bulletin (Manila) 1949:Apr

box 1

Manila bulletin (Manila) 1949:Aug

box 9

Manila bulletin (Manila) 1949:Dec

box 3

Manila bulletin (Manila) 1949:Feb

box 4

Manila bulletin (Manila) 1949:Jan

box 2

Manila bulletin (Manila) 1949:Jul

box 11

Manila bulletin (Manila) 1949:Jun

box 6

Manila bulletin (Manila) 1949:Mar

box 12

Manila bulletin (Manila) 1949:May 2-31

box 10

Manila bulletin (Manila) 1949:Nov

box 7

Manila bulletin (Manila) 1949:Oct

box 8

Manila bulletin (Manila) 1949:Sep

box 23

Manila bulletin (Manila) 1950:Apr 1-25

box 18

Manila bulletin (Manila) 1950:Aug

box 14

Manila bulletin (Manila) 1950:Dec 1-20

box 23

Manila bulletin (Manila) 1950:Feb 14-28

box 22

Manila bulletin (Manila) 1950:Jan 2-Feb 13

box 19

Manila bulletin (Manila) 1950:Jul

box 20

Manila bulletin (Manila) 1950:Jun

box 24

Manila bulletin (Manila) 1950:May

box 16

Manila bulletin (Manila) 1950:Nov

box 17

Manila bulletin (Manila) 1950:Oct 2-31

box 15

Manila bulletin (Manila) 1950:Sep

box 21

Manila bulletin (Manila) 1951:Mar

box 13

Manila bulletin (Manila) 13283043 1953:Mar 30, 1954:Mar 29, 1957:Apr 1


The Manila chronicle. (Manila [Philippines]: Manila Chronicle Pub. Co., 1949-1954) 13283067

box 28

The Manila chronicle (Manila) 1945, 1948

Scope and Contents

Many Issues Missing
box 30

The Manila chronicle (Manila) 1949:Apr

box 36

The Manila chronicle (Manila) 1949:Aug 2-31

box 43

The Manila chronicle (Manila) 1949:Dec

box 35

The Manila chronicle (Manila) 1949:Dec 1-30

box 31

The Manila chronicle (Manila) 1949:Feb

box 31

The Manila chronicle (Manila) 1949:Jan 2-30

box 28

The Manila chronicle (Manila) 1949:Jul

box 30

The Manila chronicle (Manila) 1949:Mar

Scope and Contents

Missing:mar 24
box 29

The Manila chronicle (Manila) 1949:May-Jun

Scope and Contents

Missing:May 23, Jun 13
box 35

The Manila chronicle (Manila) 1949:Nov

box 36

The Manila chronicle (Manila) 1949:Sep

box 33

The Manila chronicle (Manila) 1950:Aug

box 37

The Manila chronicle (Manila) 1950:Jan-Feb

box 34

The Manila chronicle (Manila) 1950:Jul

box 34

The Manila chronicle (Manila) 1950:Jun

box 42

The Manila chronicle (Manila) 1950:Mar-Apr

Scope and Contents

Many Issues Missing
box 33

The Manila chronicle (Manila) 1950:May

box 26

The Manila chronicle (Manila) 1950:Nov-Dec

box 41

The Manila chronicle (Manila) 1950:Nov-Dec

box 27

The Manila chronicle (Manila) 1950:Sep-Oct

box 38

The Manila chronicle (Manila) 1951:Apr-May

box 39

The Manila chronicle (Manila) 1951:Jan 2-Mar 31

box 25

The Manila chronicle (Manila) 1951:Jan 7-Jun 24

box 40

The Manila chronicle (Manila) 1951:Jul-Aug

box 25

The Manila chronicle (Manila) 1951:Jul-Dec

box 43

The Manila chronicle (Manila) 1951:Jun

box 26

The Manila chronicle (Manila) 1951:Jun-Dec

box 44

The Manila chronicle (Manila) 1951:Oct-Dec

box 43

The Manila chronicle (Manila) 1951:Sep

box 54

The Manila chronicle (Manila) 1951:Sep 30

box 54

The Manila chronicle (Manila) 1952:Jan 2-Feb 29

box 57

The Manila chronicle (Manila) 1952:Jul-Aug

box 55

The Manila chronicle (Manila) 1952:Mar -Apr

box 56

The Manila chronicle (Manila) 1952:May-Jun

Scope and Contents

Missing:Jun 13
box 58

The Manila chronicle (Manila) 1952:Nov-Dec

box 47

The Manila chronicle (Manila) 1952:Sep-Oct

Scope and Contents

Missing:Sep 13
box 45

The Manila chronicle (Manila) 1953:Dec

box 52

The Manila chronicle (Manila) 1953:Jan 2-Feb 28

box 60

The Manila chronicle (Manila) 1953:Jul-Aug

box 53

The Manila chronicle (Manila) 1953:Mar-Apr

box 32

The Manila chronicle (Manila) 1953:May-Jun

box 45

The Manila chronicle (Manila) 1953:Nov

box 50

The Manila chronicle (Manila) 1953:Sep-Oct

box 51

The Manila chronicle (Manila) 1954:Apr

box 49

The Manila chronicle (Manila) 1954:Aug

box 46

The Manila chronicle (Manila) 1954:Jan 2-Feb 28

box 48

The Manila chronicle (Manila) 1954:Jul

Scope and Contents

Missing:Jul 19
box 48

The Manila chronicle (Manila) 1954:Jun

box 51

The Manila chronicle (Manila) 1954:Mar 1-30

box 49

The Manila chronicle (Manila) 1954:May

box 61

The Manila chronicle (Manila) 1954:Oct-Nov

box 59

The Manila chronicle (Manila) 1954:Sep


Taliba. (Maynila: Taliba, 1941-1942) 13283038

box 57

Taliba (Manila) 1941:Dec 31, 1942:Jan 1-2, May, Jun, Jul, Nov


Voz de Manila. (Manila: PSP Publications, 1945) 418842

box 26

Voz de Manila (Manila) 1945:Oct 3