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Library and Archives





Information Sharing with the PCDSPO (Presidential Communications Development and Strategic Planning), Malacañang









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.


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.

LISTEN TO PODCAST INTERVIEW on the Vargas Museum Library & Archive

(starts at 35:17)


Initial Layout by: Alvin Udasco & Levin Matriano

Video clips by: Ayan Tolentino

Texts by: The Librarian


Copyright 2013. All rights reserved.

A. Udasco, L. Matriano, A. Tolentino

and The UP Jorge B. Vargas Museum & Filipinana Research Center.


Maintained/Updated by: Ma. Cecilia Raynera, Librarian.

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