Jose Toribio Medina, Media Mogul

The prolific archivist and media mogul of South American history, Jose Toribio Medina, was born on October 21, 1852, in Santiago, Chile.  At the age of 22, he began his life’s commitment to catalog the manuscripts and histories of his native Chile.  He included challenging and controversial topics, such as the record of the Inquisition in Chile, Peru, and the Philippines, and studies of the aboriginal nations of Chile.  Medina published over 300 books on South American history and culture.  Five years before his death, he presented his personal collection of 2 individual catalogs, 60,000 original forms, 1,668 manuscripts, and 8,659 transcribed documents to the National Library of Chile.