Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile: The new digital collections are now available in the UC Cultural Heritage catalog

The Cultural Heritage UC offers thousands of digitized records available online and open to the public. In difficult times such as the current ones where access to physical archives is limited, this service further strengthens the public role of the university and its commitment to society by openly providing all its cultural heritage.

To date, the UC Cultural Heritage catalog contains fifteen collections with more than 29,515 documentary records.
Since 2019, UC Libraries through the Information Resources and Archives Subdirectorate has developed a virtual integration work of the valuable heritage material that has been bequeathed or donated to the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile over the years. This is how the Cultural Heritage UC was born .
To date, the catalog contains 15 collections with more than 29,515 documentary records, including posters, letters, plans, slides, documents, photographs, objects, videos and plans, among other formats. The importance of this catalog lies in its mission to make visible the collections and patrimonial and artistic funds of our university in a single search platform, and in the significant service it provides to the national community by making available online various unpublished and valuable documentary funds for the investigation.
“Someone who researches or wants information about the university will find it in its various formats and files, thus responding to our university’s public commitment to society in cultural and artistic terms”- Evelyn Didier, director of UC Libraries
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The Vice-Rector for Communications, Magdalena Amenábar, has transmitted the Rector’s request to disseminate with special attention all the contents of these funds, a request that is part of the UC Development Plan 2020-2025 that, in one of its guidelines, calls the UC community to collaborate in strengthening research in the areas of social sciences and humanities, also emphasizing the digitization process.
With this objective, it is already working with the Directorate of Arts and Culture of the Vice-rectory for Research (DAC-VRI), with the Faculty of Arts to consolidate its patrimonial funds, in the agreement with the Joaquín Gandarillas Foundation , the project for the consolidation of the Historical Archive of the Catholic University, and in the integration of new collections such as the Historical Archive of the UC Vice-Rector’s Office for Communications created in 2018.
Evelyn Didier, director of UC Libraries, highlights the importance of the process of recovering all this information and its collection in a digital repository that allows, among other functions, to carry out integrated searches. “Someone who investigates or wants information about the university will find it in its various formats and files, thus responding to the public commitment of our university to society in cultural and artistic terms.”

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