Miguel de Benavides Library and Archives






Collection 2 Collegiate Collections


Collection 3 Law Collections


Collection 4 Health Sciences


Collection 5 Filipiniana Materials


Collection 6 Filipiniana Theses & Dissertations


Collection 7 Dominicans and UST


Collection 8 Rare Periodical Publications


Collection 9 Photographs


It contains nine collection categories such as First University Collection, Collegiate, Law, Health Sciences, Filipiniana Materials, Filipiniana Theses and Dissertations, Dominicans and UST, Rare Periodical Publications, and Photographs. These collections were published from 16th century up to 1920 only except for the Rare Periodical Publications which was until 1945.

Current Publications

Current UST Periodical Publication

Current Publications

Collections include Current University Periodicals such as Acta Manilana, Ad Veritatem, Antoninus, Boletín Eclesiástico de Filipinas, Philippiniana Sacra,  Tomas, Unitas, Tomas, etc., and books published recently by the UST Publishing House.


Acta Manilana

The ACTA MANILANA is a peer-reviewed journal published by the University of Santo Tomas for the Research center for the Natural and Applied Sciences.


It was first published on August 19 1965 with 2,000 copies distributed to schools and science organizations in and out of the country. Due to the boundless area of exploration originally laid by the statues of the research center, the early issues of the ACTA MANILANA did not have a specific theme to dwell on. But at the advent of the new orientation, restrictions on the topic published were done. Only contributions that typify the natural sciences were published.


Presently the ACTA MANILANA is regularly published as an annual publication of the Research Center for the Natural Sciences. It features work done in the Center and some guest articles of current interest. The journal is edited by the Director for the Center, who in turn, is assisted by the research staff who doubles as the editorial staff. The printed edition of the ACTA MANILANA is limited to 500 copies, most of which are meant as exchange with similar publication of other local and foreign institutions.


Some supplements of the ACTA MANILANA, have been considered as standard references in certain fields. The supplement on "Phytochemical, Microbiological and Pharmacological Screening of Medicinal Plants" which was published in 1985, has proven to be a useful guide to researchers in natural products. On February 2004, the revised version of the ACTA MANILANA supplement under a new title, "A Guidebook to Plant Screening: Phytochemical and Biological" was launched.


Ad Veritatem

Is published semestrally by the Graduate School of the University of Santo Tomas, Manila, Philippines. It publishes reports of original research in the Arts and Sciences, and invited or solicited reviews and viewpoints on timely topics. All manuscripts are reviewed by at least two qualified referees.


Boletín Eclesiástico de Filipinas

The Boletín Eclesiástico de Filipinas (BEF) is the official interdiocesan bulletin of Catholic Philippines published by the Pontifical and Royal University of Santo Tomás since 1923. It is a bi-monthly publication that contains detailed account of the Papal documents, the decisions and decrees of the Roman Congregations, the pastoral documents of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP), scholarly studies and reflections on the faith of the Church. Its regular sections include the Editorial, Features, Documentation, Canon Law, Liturgy, History and Sunday Homilies. Occasionally, special issues are published on certain topics.


The following are its predecessors in the Philippines: (1) Boletín Eclesiástico del Arzobispado de Manila which started its publication in 1876 by the Archbishop of Manila, Most Rev. Pedro Payo y Piñeiro, OP (1876-1889); and (2) Boletín Oficial de Arzobispado de Manila in 1892 which disappeared when Spanish sovereignty in the Philippines ended. Prior to 1960, the language used in the Boletín was always Spanish, except for the official documents, which are published in English.


Philippiniana Sacra

The Philippiniana Sacra has recently qualified for the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) Accredited Research Journal Category A-2 (CMO No. 23, series of 2014). This is in pursuant to CHED Memorandum Order (CMO) No. 5, Series of 2012, "Revised Guidelines for CHED Accreditation of Research Journals..." The recognition takes effect from December 19, 2014 until December 2016. The classification allows the articles published in the journal to be classified as "international level publication."


The Philippiniana Sacra is the official publication of the University of Santo Tomas Ecclesiastical Faculties which started its publication in 1966. It releases three issues in a year. In 2016, it will celebrated its golden anniversary with a special edition dedicated to the Order of Preachers which will also celebrate its 800th foundation anniversary.



Tomás is the official peer-reviewed literary journal of the UST Center for Creative Writing and Studies. It is published twice a year. It accepts contributions from respected writers, including non-Thomasians and non-Filipinos. This includes fiction (short stories and chapters of novels), poetry, creative nonfiction (essays, memoir, profiles, travel pieces, excerpts of journals or diaries, etc.), one-act plays or film scripts, literary criticism, art criticism, photographic essays, graphic fiction, art works.


Soft copies of submissions may be sent to and the hard copies may be sent to UST Center for Creative Writing and Literary Studies, Ground Floor, Benavides Building, España, Manila.



UNITAS is an international online peer-reviewed open-access journal of advanced research in literature, culture, and society published bi-annually (May and November).


UNITAS is published by the University of Santo Tomas, Manila, Philippines, the oldest university in Asia. It is hosted by the Department of Literature, with its editorial address at the Office of the Scholar-in-Residence under the auspices of the Faculty of Arts and Letters.


On February 20, 2018, UNITAS was launched as an open-access online journal. Please right-click here: to be directed to the UNITAS website.

University Heritage Catalogs

The University Heritge Catalogs contains the priceless collections of the University of Santom Tomas which are unique because of their rarity and contents. They are eloquent witnesses of the role of the University in nurturing the values that have contributed to the birth and growth of the Philippine nation.


Books Printed by the UST Publishing House

It contains books published by the UST Publishing House from 2013 to 2015.


The copyright of the works belong exclusively to the authors. Thus, only the most basic information is uploaded.



This collection is subdivided into seven categories such as:

Libros, Becerros, Folletos, Libros de Matriculas de Segunda Enseñanza, Libros de Matriculas de Facultad, Internment Camp, and Photographs


Collection 1 - Libros

Printed and manuscript works dealing with the life of the University and its professors. This is especially rich with the dealings of the professors with the issues of their day, such as the Chinese rites, visitation, etc. The last volumes in this section are regular publications of the University such as the Discursos de Apertura, yearbooks, and newspapers. 429 volumes. 17th-early 20th centuries


Collection 2 - Becerros

Mostly volumes bound in leather but without a cardboard backing. Various manuscript documents on University matters, essentially student grades but also academic correspondence and writings. 58 volumes. 17th-early 20th centuries.


Collection 3 - Folletos

Though initially intended to comprise printed and manuscript works consisting of only a few pages, such as pamphlets, this section eventually came to include book-length works. The collection represents the wide-ranging influence of the University through its professors and alumni, as well as the universal interests of its academic community. 224 volumes. 17th to early 20th centuries.


Collection 4 - Libros de Matriculas de Segunda Enseñanza

Due to educational reforms instituted by Spain in 1865, the UST was given the responsibility of confirming the grades given to students of all secondary schools in the Philippines. These compilations are arranged in hefty (45 x 63 cm.) enrolment registers called libros de matriculas. Names are grouped by school and arranged alphabetically by first name; there are columns for birthplace, residence, subjects and grades. Secondary schools represented in these libros include: Manila schools such as Letran, Ateneo Municipal, and various private schools; those in the provinces such as Colegio de Vigan, Colegio de Dagupan, Colegio de Nueva Caceres, Colegio de Guinobatan, Colegio de Cebu, Colegio de San Vicente de Jaro, and Colegio de Bacolod. Thus this section of the Archives is of particular relevance to almost all parts of the country. 28 volumes, 1866-1915.


Collection 5 - Libros de Matriculas de Facultad

These are the enrollment registers for those who took further studies in UST after secondary school. The names are grouped according to the faculty, including Theology and Canon Law, Jurisprudence/ Civil Law, Notarial Studies, Medicine, Pharmacy, Philosophy and Letters, and Civil Engineering. Volume 12 includes listings of students of schools who continued to affiliate themselves with the UST after 1898, such as those in Cagayan, Pangasinan, Pampanga, Bulacan, Manila (San Beda), Laguna, Batangas, Quezon, Camarines Sur, Albay, Samar, Cebu, and Iloilo. 13 volumes, 1871-1913.



Collection 6 - Internment Camp

Under the Japanese Occupation of the Philippines (1942-1945), most of the Sampaloc campus of the University of Santo Tomas was converted into an Internment Camp for American and European civilians and their families in the country. Included in this section are various papers and documents relating to life in the Camp, such as menus and letters.

Collection 7 - Photographs

Special visits. Included in this section are photos documenting visits of special personalities to the University.


Collection 8 - Libritos

The Libritos section, together with Becerros, Folletos, and Libros, was one of the four original classifications of the Archivo de la Universidad de Santo Tomas (AUST). The contents of all four sections, along with other others added around 1944, were catalogued in the Índices prepared in this same year by Dominican Fathers Gregorio Arnaiz and Felix Vacas. Under Libritos were initially filed booklets such as novenas and sermons, but large and even thick books were eventually included. Some time after 1944, the various booklets and pamphlets that composed the Libritos volumes were unbound and then rebound individually. Generally, those from the 17th and 18th centuries received a hard gray binding; those from the 19th and early 20th, a softer, pink cover. They were also re-classified according to various topics, such as history (Philippine), history (ecclesiastical), history (civil), sermons, Dominicana, papal documents, etc., and shelved in separate boxes. Thus it became extremely difficult to locate items listed in the 1944 Indice. This is the state in which Fr. Fidel Villarroel received them in 1959.


Around 2011, the various loose materials that were presumed to have formed part of the original Libritos section were “liberated” from their previous classifications and re-grouped according to chronological order. It is this collection of 798 items dating from 1516 to 1944 that comprises the present Catalogue 2. Purposely excluded from this new Libritos section were those materials pertaining to Dominicana, the University of Santo Tomas Press, and smaller categories, which will receive their own catalogue listing in the future.


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