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FO: Blair and Robertson

Blair and RobertsonIts official title is The Philippine Islands, 1493-1898, but this 55-volume collection—primarily English translations of books and documents originally written in Spanish—is more popularly known as "Blair and Robertson," after its editors. The entire collection is freely available online at The United States and its Territories: 1870-1925: The Age of Imperialism (USIT), which I have previously dubbed "the best and largest online collection of Filipiniana materials available for free."

To see all the volumes on USIT, you can click here: "Blair and Robertson." But the USIT list can get confusing because, as I noted before in relation to Philippine Journal of Science, "volume 1 is followed by volume 10, 11, 12, etc.; 2 by 20, 21, 22, etc.; 3 by 30, 31, 32, etc." I recommend that you check out Primary Sources in Philippine History, which reproduces the tables of contents of all 55 volumes, and provides links to the different books and documents in each volume on USIT. Here are my notes from a previous post on how to maximize USIT's interface:

The interface isn't the easiest to use, but make sure you explore the site's toolbar at the top. Changing "Format" allows users to view a... page as an image, as text or download it as a pdf file. "Page no." may be used to go directly to "Title Page" or "Table of Contents," which may in turn be used to jump to a specific page... And then, of course, "Page size" and "Search this text" are self-explanatory =)

I've linked to "Blair and Robertson" before in "Filipiniana Online: Links Shared at Rizal Library International Conference," but very few people seem to have seen it. Thanks to Maita's "reference question," I decided that it was time to give "Blair and Robertson" their own post.

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