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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Christmas Eve, Emilio G. Santiago, 1942 opens on Tuesday, 10 April, with a public reception on Saturday, 14 April at 4pm. The project follows through the Art History Series that tries to curate works of the Vargas Museum according to art-historical methods. Earlier efforts zeroed in on the thematic, monographic, and diachronic approaches.
Christmas Eve, Emilio G. Santiago, 1942 opens on Tuesday, 10 April, with a public reception on Saturday, 14 April at 4pm. The project follows through the Art History Series that tries to curate works of the Vargas Museum according to art-historical methods. Earlier efforts zeroed in on the thematic, monographic, and diachronic approaches.
UP Vargas Museum, in cooperation with ARCHIVO 1984, presents Vic Delotavo: Posters for Philippine Cinema on 14 April, Saturday, 4pm at the 1F Galleries of the museum. Reception is open to the public. Image: "Paalam… Bukas Na Ang Kasal Ko!" directed and written by Emmanuel “Maning” Barloza, Regal Films, 1986 #SnookySerna #RichardGomez
The 2018 Summer Art Workshops by Fernando B. Sena resume on 10 April. Registration is ongoing. The workshops are for kids (8+), teens, and adults. Schedule: Every Tuesday 9-11:30am (Beginner) 2:30-5pm (Advanced) Each level is a total of eight sessions. For details, please contact Mr. Sena at 376-2196 or 0918-951-9989 or the Vargas (Glenn/Linda) at 928-1927 during office hours.
UP Vargas Museum, in cooperation with @archivo1984, presents Vic Delotavo: Posters for Philippine Cinema on 14 April, Saturday, 4pm at the 1F Galleries of the museum. Event is free and open to the public. Image: "Mga Lihim ng Kalapati" directed by Celso Ad Castillo, FLT Films, 1987
Living Architecture Exhibition is extended and will close on Saturday, 7 April 2018. We thank all visitors, supporters, and Exhibit Encounters participants. This exhibition at the Vargas is part of the 2018 Artkitektura Festival.

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