Digital Filipiniana at SOAS

Digital Filipiniana is a collection of digital, open-access material  from the SOAS Library and Archives. With a 2017 grant from the Philippine Embassy in London and the Office of Senator Loren Legarda, Digital Filipiniana is an on-going project to digitize copyright-free material from  the SOAS Archival Collections, and make them accessible to the public.

Manuscripts and Special Collections

The SOAS manuscript  collection includes around 400 manuscripts from Southeast Asia, one of the largest in the UK. It is an important collection not only because of its size but also because it includes manuscripts in a number of Southeast Asian languages and scripts that are now rare.

On the Philippines, there are a number of early rare printed books on the Philippines only found at the SOAS . There are also a number of vocabularies and grammars  of various Filipino languages dating to the 17th century that were written  by Roman Catholic Friars (part of the William Marsden collection donated to SOAS).

The Ifor Ball Powell Collection on the Philippines includes Correspondence and Philippine reference material dated 1926-86 and collected by Ifor Ball Powell, a historian and Philippine specialist. The 164- box collection holds extensive private correspondence between Mr Powell  and eminent academics  and politicians in the Philippines from the period, including Prof Otley Beyer,  and    former President of the UN General Assembly  and Minister of Foreign Affairs Carlos P Romulo.

It also contains a  number of photographs taken in the 1920’s by  Mr Powell during his trips around the Philippines. In addition to his personal collection, rare photographs of the Kingdom of Sulu in Southern Philippines, dating to the late 19th century  were incorporated  into the IBP Collection when the T. H. Haynes’ (1883-1934) papers and photos were donated to Ifor Ball Powell by Mrs Haynes.  The T.H. Haynes sub-collection also contain correspondence on Sulu and North Borneo between Thomas Henry Haynes and the American Government.


Office of Senator Loren Legarda, Senate of the Philippines Philippines. Department of Foreign Affairs.