Library and Archives

The Library

The library houses a vast collection of 3,193 titles of books and 1, 542 volumes of periodicals documenting the varied interest of Mr. Vargas, especially in the areas of history, law, art, philatelic and numismatic. Organized from its specialized collection, the library has the following indices: Vargasiana (bibliography), Quezoniana (MLQ), Philippine art, numismatic, philatelic, ethnographic, and linguistic sources. It is an excellent venue for advanced scholars in a variety of disciplines to pursue their individual or institutional research, including access to manuscripts and rare books.

Filipiniana Archives

The U.P. Vargas Museum, more popularly known for its rich collection of artworks from renowned Filipino artists, is also home to a diverse body of archives and manuscripts that is considered to be a unique and primary source of historical information.

Based on an initial survey, the archives consist of 88 boxes or approximately 300 linear feet of loose documents such as artworks’ receipts, minutes of meetings, and correspondence; 332 volumes of scrapbooks including newspaper clippings, greeting cards, photographs, and events programs; and memorabilia such as trophies and plaques, hotel keys, matchboxes and lighters. Having served in various government positions such as being the Executive Secretary of President Manuel L. Quezon and mayor of Manila during World War II, Jorge B. Vargas’ archival collection is virtually a memory house of the Commonwealth era, American colonization and Japanese occupation. Moreover, the museum’s collection of records provides the appropriate contextual perspective to the artworks and to Vargas as a collector.

Schedule an Appointment

Please take note, appointments are required to gain access to the library and archives. For appointments, you may email Ms. Ma. Cecilia Raynera at vargasmuseum@gmail.com or vargaslibraryarchives@gmail.com; or simply fill out the form below:

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"Transpersonal, instructions" opens tonight at 6pm! Participants include Oreet Ashery, Revital Cohen & Tuur Van Balen, Merlinda Bobis, Patrick D. Flores, Eisa Jocson, The Karrabing Film Collective, Dana Klisanin, Leslie Kulesh, Andy Lacey, Russ Ligtas, Raquel de Loyola, Elizabeth A. Povinelli, Mark Salvatus, Evelyn Toacheng Wang, and César H. Villanueva. Eisa Jocson performs a new work tonight at 7:30pm. "Transpersonal>Postnormal Times" symposium will happen tomorrow. Registration is already closed. Seats will be given to walk-in visitors should online registrants fail to register before 10am.
"Transpersonal, instructions" opens tomorrow, Friday at 6pm. Eisa Jocson performs a new work at 7:30pm. The exhibit reception is open to the public. Vehicle access to the museum will be through the southeast gate near the CAL Building. Please refer to our Facebook page for the map. Registration for the "Symposium: Transpersonal>Postnormal Times" on Saturday is already closed. Seats will be given to walk-in visitors should online registrants fail to register before 10am.
ADVISORY: The museum will be closed tomorrow. Regular operations resume on Tuesday, 11 December 2018.
Advisory for the Closing Event of LAWAS tomorrow, 7 December 2018.
Dr. Elizabeth A. Povinelli of Karrabing Film Collective keynotes “Transpersonal>Postnormal Times” Symposium at the Vargas Museum on 15 December 2018. Registration can be completed online: http://bit.ly/Transpersonal15Dec. The symposium is free and open to the public. Priority seating will be given to those who register early and online. Transpersonal>Postnormal Times is a one-day public symposium to support the exhibition Transpersonal, instructions. The symposium will be held on 15 December from 10am to 5pm and includes public events, lectures, instructions, panel meditations alongside sonic scores in the open exchange of the project. The symposium centers on the changing conditions for artists practising today in Manila and surrounding provinces and those working outside of the Philippines. Dr. Elizabeth A. Povinelli is an esteemed anthropologist and the Franz Boas Professor of Anthropology in Columbia University, New York. Povinelli describes her practice: “My writing has focused on developing a critical theory of late liberalism that would support an anthropology of the otherwise. Informed primarily by the traditions of American pragmatism and continental immanent theory and grounded in the circulation of values, materialities, and socialities. This potential theory has unfolded primarily from within a sustained relationship with Indigenous colleagues in north Australia and across five books, numerous essays, and four films with the Karrabing Film Collective. Geontologies: A Requiem to Late Liberalism was the 2017 recipient of the Lionel Trilling Book Award. Karrabing films were awarded the 2015 Visible Award and the 2015 Cinema Nova Award Best Short Fiction Film, Melbourne International Film Festival and have shown internationally including in the Berlinale Forum Expanded, Sydney Biennale; MIFF, the Tate Modern, documenta-14, and the Contour Biennale.” Her publications include: Geontologies: A Requiem to Late Liberalism; Economies of Abandonment: Social Belonging and Endurance in Late Liberalism; The Empire of Love: Toward a Theory of Intimacy, Genealogy, and Carnality, A Public Planet Book, among others.
The Vargas Permanent Art Collection at the 2F Main Gallery is open for viewing from Tuesday to Saturday, 9am-5pm except holidays. For tours, please e-mail us at vargasmuseum@gmail.com. "Transpersonal, instructions" will open at the 1F and 3F Galleries on 14 December 2018. More information will be posted on the project's Facebook Event Page.

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