When the University of the Philippines celebrated its 100th year in 2008, one project launched by UP Baguio to commemorate this milestone was the establishment of an Archives.  Through the centennial project called “Understanding Cordillera Culture Through Primary Sources : A Cordillera/Northern Luzon Historical Archives Project,” a historical archives was set up to collect, reproduce, catalog and preserve historical/archival materials in one conducive place – within the UP Baguio campus.


Specifically, the project has the following objectives:

Strengthen historical research in UP Baguio and the Cordillera Region.

Forge linkages with local national and international archives.

Collect and catalog archival materials.

The UP Baguio Cordillera/Northern Luzon Archives is the first regional archives in the Cordillera and Northern Luzon that primarily acquires and makes accessible to scholars historical documents, i.e., mission reports, government records, memoirs, letters and personal papers of individuals of the Cordillera in particular and Northern Luzon in general.

The Archives works closely and receives guidance and advice from the Department of History of the College of Social Sciences, and with this set-up the collection policy has been focused towards the acquisition of primary sources that would enhance knowledge and scholarly work on the Cordillera and its indigenous people.

The Cordillera/Northern Luzon Archives is temporarily housed at the basement of the Main Library building.


A Call for Support

The Establishment of Cordillera/Northern Luzon Archives at the University of the Philippines Baguio

A U.P. Baguio Centennial Project

The Department of History and Philosophy of the College of Social Sciences and the UP Baguio Library is announcing the launching of the UP Baguio Centennial Project – “Understanding Cordillera Cultures Through Primary Sources : A Cordillera/Northern Luzon Historical Archives Project.”

The project aims to establish the Cordillera/Northern Luzon Historical Archives at UP Baguio. Specifically, the project envisions to:

  • Strengthen historical research in UP Baguio and the Cordillera region;
  • Forge linkages with local, national and international archives;
  • Collect and catalog archival materials.

Key Components

Ethnohistorical Research and Publication

Activities under this component include, among others, the gathering of published ethnohistories on the varied ethnic groups (i.e., Apayaos, Ibalois, Ifugaos, Kalingas, Kankanaeys, Tinguians) in the region. It also includes the collection and the documentation of oral traditions and histories.

Cordillera Historical Archives

This includes the establishment of a physical center at the UP Library that will secure the archival collections complete with state-of-the-art equipment/facilities that will protect and preserve the data collected. Also, the archive personnel will undergo sustained training on archival management.


This component includes the training of local historians, the establishment and/or strengthening of local historical committees, as well as the development of training modules and manuals on local historiography.

Language Instruction

This component aims to train local and ethnohistorians on the Cordillera languages, as well as hone proficiency in the Spanish language. Language training will be in coordination with the College of Arts and Communication.

How You Can Help

The project proponents are initiating a “share an archival material” campaign by enjoining you to donate copies of your own collection to the project. We would appreciate any form of assistance on any of the following items:

Books, documents and manuscripts on the Cordillera and Northern Luzon

Copies of rare/archival materials (mission reports, government records, letters and memoirs) on the Cordillera and Northern Luzon

Photos, CD-ROMs, microfilms

Equipment such as microfilms, copiers



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