Memoria Chilena

Memoria Chilena

Screenshot of Memoria Chilena on 28 June 2014
Type of site
Educational, cultural
Available in Spanish
Owner Biblioteca Nacional de Chile
Slogan(s) Portal de la cultura de Chile (English: The portal of Chile's culture)
Commercial No
Launched 2001 (2001)
Current status Online
Content license
CC-BY-SA 3.0 (original content)
Other content varies

Memoria Chilena (Spanish for Chilean Memory) is a Chilean cultural website which, according to its own words, "offers investigations and documents related to key topics which make up the Chilean identity, accessible through the areas of history, literature, social sciences, music, and visual arts."[n 1] Memoria Chilena is, also, a virtual library, which preserves material from the Biblioteca Nacional de Chile and other institutions from the Dirección de Bibliotecas, Archivos y Museos (DIBAM).[1]


The original idea of Memoria Chilena was conceived in 2001. The website states that, "until now, our objective has been to spread through the Internet the cultural heritage of Chile, contributing to the recuperation, preservation and strengthening of our historic memory."[n 2][1]


Memoria Chilena organizes its material through topic sites (sitios temáticos), which "approach processes, events, people or relevant works from the Chilean cultural and historic imaginary."[n 3] Topic sites include a general presentation or description, galleries of images, digitized documents, related bibliography, chronology, links to related topic sites or websites, and sound files. Memoria Chilena, as of May 2012, had 2,800 digitized books, 250 maps of Chile (dated between 1768 and 1929), in addition to an "innumerable" quantity of photographs related to the Chilean history.[1]

Memoria Chilena publishes documents and images which belong to collections of the National Library of Chile and other institutions of the DIBAM, which are property of this latter or are otherwise in the public domain. However, digitized materials whose copyright status is active, are used with permission from the copyright owners, for their "exclusive publication in the website." The website also states that "any use of the material published in Memoria Chilena without consent of the copyright owners, is penalized by the Law of Intellectual Property."[n 4]


  1. Original Spanish quote: "ofrece investigaciones y documentos relativos a los temas claves que conforman la identidad de Chile, accesibles a través de las áreas de Historia, Literatura, Ciencias Sociales, Música y Artes Visuales."
  2. Original Spanish quote: "hasta hoy, nuestro objetivo ha sido difundir a través de Internet el patrimonio cultural de Chile, contribuyendo a la recuperación, preservación y fortalecimiento de nuestra memoria histórica."
  3. Original Spanish quote: "abordan los procesos, hechos, personajes u obras relevantes del imaginario cultural e histórico de Chile."
  4. Original Spanish quote: "[c]ualquier uso del material difundido en Memoria Chilena sin la autorización de los titulares de sus derechos, está penado por la Ley sobre Propiedad Intelectual."


  1. 1 2 3 Flores, Jonathan (6 May 2012). ""Memoria Chilena": libros, fotos y documentos online gratuitos que construyen nuestra historia". Radio Bío Bío (in Spanish). Concepción, Chile. Archived from the original on 11 October 2013. Retrieved 11 October 2013.
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