[Blueboard] Keepsakes of the Philippine-American Period

Engracia S. Santos esantos at ateneo.edu
Wed Jun 24 11:50:00 PHT 2009

American Historical Collection of the Rizal Library


An exhibit of Mementos from June to October 2009

| Experience history from mementos of the past and                  |
| embrace tidings of antiquity!                                     |
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| This exhibit will show you the vast wealth of items contained     |
| in the American Historical Collection. These include interesting  |
| and poignant materials such as pins, medals, commemorative coins, |
| swords, stamps, envelopes, World War II letters, Santo Tomas      |
| Internment Camp arm band, and Japanese Mickey Mouse money.        |


The American Historical Collection (AHC) which established in 1950,  
consists of about 13,000 books, 18,000 photographs, and other  
materials related to the American experience in the Philippines and to  
the relationship of the two countries. With the possible exception of  
the holdings of the Library of Congress, the AHC is the largest, most  
diverse and most complete in the world.

Ambassador Myron Cowen (1949-1951), who saw the devastation wrought by the war
on many things including the memory of the times preceding it, encouraged the
American community to donate books and other materials pertaining to the first
half of the 20th century. His initiative was responsible for the early
phase of the collection.

The AHC was housed first at the U.S. Embassy, then at the Thomas  
Jefferson Center at Makati. It is now kept at the Rizal Library of the  
Ateneo de Manila
University. The Rizal Library is committed to preserve the collection  
following the high standards it uses when conserving its own holdings.  
Furthermore, it is committed to facilitate the research of scholars.

American Historical Collection
Rizal Library, Ateneo de Manila University

Telefax :(632) 426-6001 ext. 5567
E-mail: ahc at admu.edu.ph
Website: http://rizal.lib.admu.edu.ph/ahc

Library Hours:
     Monday to Friday: 8:00 a.m.- 5:00 p.m.
     Saturday: 8:00 a.m.-12:00 nn.

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