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Home NEWS Filipiniana Now Online: The Roderick Hall Collection Annotated Bibliography

Now Online: The Roderick Hall Collection Annotated Bibliography

The Filipinas Heritage Library (FHL) is pleased to announce that the Annotated Bibliography of the Roderick Hall Collection is now available online at

This growing collection of over 900 books and papers on World War II in the Philippines is compiled by Roderick Hall, with a focus on personal experiences both civilian and military, within the Philippines, during the Japanese occupation.  The collection also includes books written by Japanese authors thus taking into account both sides of the war.   This collection is housed and available for research at the FHL.

Roderick Hall himself witnessed as well as experienced the horrors of the Japanese occupation since four family members, including his mother and grandmother, were arrested and executed by the Japanese army. His determination to maintain interest and help further research and understanding into the period has resulted in this unique collection.

The titles and descriptions of the books and papers are easily searchable in the web, a unique feature which allows researchers and interested persons to identify books and materials prior to visiting the library.  The annotations in this bibliography are by Prof. Ricardo T. Jose, Ph.D. of the University of the Philippines.



The Roderick Hall Collection was formally turned over to FHL in February 2010 while the annotated bibliography website was launched in March 2014, coinciding with the Ayala Foundation, Inc.’s anniversary month.  Continuous developments for the website are underway, with the vision of becoming a comprehensive digital library on World War II in the Philippines.

Photo (inset): Mr. Roderick Hall during the turnover of his collection to FHL in February 2010