Library Collections

Aside from the library collections of our three participating institutions (University of Hawaii-Manoa, Rizal Library and the University of the Philippines), there are many materials and documents preserved and catalogued in other libraries all over the United States and the world. In this section, we provide valuable links and access not only to our own collections but also to the collections of other libraries.

Frontline Diplomacy: The Foreign Affairs Oral History Collection (U.S. Library of Congress)

Frontline Diplomacy: The Foreign Affairs Oral History Collection (U.S. Library of Congress)

This collection makes available the interview transcripts from the oral history archives of the Association for Diplomatic Studies and Training. Interviews of diplomats who worked in the Philippines during the time of Ferdinand Marcos like Maurice E. Lee, James M. Wilson, Jr., and Frank E. Maestrone are included in this collection.

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George McT. Kahin Papers (Cornell University Library)

George McT. Kahin Papers (Cornell University Library)

The Kahin papers contain documents pertaining to Martial Law and the Marcos years. Sample documents include Marcos correspondence and speeches, and other materials.

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Joseph A. Labadie Collection (University of Michigan Library)

Joseph A. Labadie Collection (University of Michigan Library)

The Joseph A. Labadie Collection in the Special Collection and Archives of the University of Michigan Library contains numerous materials produced by individuals and organizations that opposed Marcos’ Martial Law. Some documents include news articles, statements, and reports written during and immediately after the Marcos administration.

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Legal Papers of the Ferdinand Marcos Human Rights Litigation Case (UH Mānoa School of Law Library)

Legal Papers of the Ferdinand Marcos Human Rights Litigation Case (UH Mānoa School of Law Library)

This collection in the archives of UH Mānoa’s School of Law contains some papers concerning human rights violations committed by the Marcos dictatorship as part of an exhibit on the legal scholarship of John Van Dyke.

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Papers of the underground movement in the Philippines (University of Hawaii at Manoa Library)

Papers of the underground movement in the Philippines (University of Hawaii at Manoa Library)

This collection housed at the Hamilton Library of the University of Hawai’i at Mānoa contains primary sources, documents, news paper clippings, and statements created by various anti-Marcos groups and individuals during the Marcos regime.

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Philippine Martial Law and Other Related Material (California State University-Dominguez Hills Library)

Philippine Martial Law and Other Related Material (California State University-Dominguez Hills Library)

This collection contains documents on the Marcos Regime — mainly statements denouncing human rights violations, abuses, and corruption of Ferdinand Marcos. Most documents were produced by California-based groups opposing Marcos.

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The Bantayog Digital Library

The Bantayog Digital Library

The Bantayog Digital Collection launched on April 2022 showcases various news and press titles from the period. Most of these items are derived from the so-called “Alternative Press” or “Mosquito Press”, with the exception of the “Tempo” and “Balita” tabloids owned by Marcos Crony Hanz Menzi.


A total of 80 news and press titles are provided on the site, each with varying quantities of issues digitized. Majority of theses titles come from the Alternative press. “Tempo” and “Balita” were tabloids which were owned by Marcos Crony Hanz Menzi, which were included in the collection to allow a comparison between the contents of state-affiliated articles and those of the Mosquito Press. The publications with the most available issues for access are “Who” (96), “We Forum” (93), “Ibon” (89), “Mr. and Ms.” (82), “Midweek” (62), “Political Detainees Update” (59), and “Philippine Signs (38)”.



Address: Sen. Jovito R. Salonga Building, Bantayog Center, Quezon Ave, Diliman, 1109 Quezon City, Philippines.

Social Media: https://www.facebook.com/bantayogngmgabayani/

Contact Email: bantayogbayani@gmail.com

Phone Number: +632 8298 2298

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The HRVVMC Library Collection

The HRVVMC Library Collection

The HRVVMC’s library collection includes Historical documents, photographs, and audiovisual materials from the Martial Law period, as well as personal testimonies from activists and primary witnesses. Secondary research materials and Educational Resources are also provided for in the digital catalogue prepared by their Resource and Archives Division.


– Historical Archives such as documents, photographs, and audiovisual materials providing insights into struggles for justice and resilience among individuals and communities.
– Personal Testimonies from activists and primary witnesses
– Research Materials including scholarly articles, papers, and resources delving into issues of human rights violations.
– Educational Resources and materials designed to raise awareness and promote understanding of human rights issues.



Contact Person: Amor C. Martin-Favila (Chief Archivist)
Address: 4th Floor 150 Corporate Center, Panay Ave., Brgy. South Triangle, Quezon City (open Mondays to Fridays, 9AM – 5PM).

Contact Email: records@hrvvmemcom.gov.ph

Phone Number: +632 8289 2429

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The Philippines: U.S. Policy during the Marcos Years, 1965-1986) (Digital National Security Archives)

The Philippines: U.S. Policy during the Marcos Years, 1965-1986) (Digital National Security Archives)

This collection contains documents which provide an overview of some conflicting interests between Marcos and the United States government on key issues like the communist and Muslim insurgency and the assassination of Ninoy Aquino.

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US Intelligence on Asia, 1991-1945 (Cornell University Library)

US Intelligence on Asia, 1991-1945 (Cornell University Library)

This collection contains declassified documents from the American intelligence community during the Cold War years. Several intelligence documents on the Marcos years (1965-1986) can be found in this collection together with sources on other Asian countries like Vietnam, Indonesia, and Korea.

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