Library and Archives

Located on the third floor of the Museum, the Vargas library and archives hold a vast body of books, documents, and memorabilia on Jorge B. Vargas and his historical context, including the American colonial period, the Commonwealth era, and the Japanese Occupation. 

The library houses 3,193 book titles and 1,542 volumes of periodicals classified into Vargasiana (published materials on and by Jorge B. Vargas), Quezoniana (works on President Manuel L. Quezon), Rizaliana, Sports, Law books, and various Serials. Manuscripts and rare books numbering among them these titles fall under the areas of Philippine ethnography, history, linguistics, art, philately, and numismatics.


The Museum’s archival collection consists of 88 boxes of around 300 feet of loose documents (receipts, correspondence, and biographical files), 332 volumes of scrapbooks (newspaper clippings, photographs, and greeting cards), and items such as trophies, lighters, and hotel keys. Boy Scouts pins, badges, souvenirs, pictures in action, periodicals, and sports magazines are also found in the Vargas library and archives. All this reveals Mr. Vargas’s broad sympathies. Keeping a close record of his interests and political career during the Commonwealth and World War II, the archives are a window into the Philippines and Asia of Vargas’s time, instructive to any Philippine history, culture, and diplomacy student. 



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For inquiries and to request access to the library and archives of the U.P. Jorge B. Vargas Museum and Filipiniana Research Center, please write a formal request letter and email indicate the topic of interest or purpose of your visit/research and address your letter to the museum curator. Visit the library website for further information.