The Filipinas Heritage Library is a special library dedicated to books and other materials authored by Filipinos or about the Philippines, with a focus on Philippine history and culture. Listed below are some of the collections that can be accessed within the Filipinas Heritage Library.
A treasure of over 2,000 volumes of books on the Philippines printed before 1946, including antique books as early as the 18th century. Also includes rare manuscripts and maps that date as far as 1890, and microfiches of over 400 rare print publications.
Main Library Holdings
Over 12,000 volumes of monographs printed from 1946 up to the present, covering an extensive array of subject areas relevant to the Philippines and the Filipino, with a focus on history, culture, art and literature
This treasure trove of over 35,000 photographs depicting images of Philippine life, culture, and history from the 15th century to the early 1970’s are represented in 4”x5” black-and-white photos and may be purchased for research or personal purposes. For this collection, please go to the photo collection site: www.retrato.com.ph
Over 1,000 volumes of rare and contemporary periodical publications such as magazines and journals on Philippine history, literature, art, and culture.
Elpidio Quirino Papers
A collection of significant documents relating to the term of former President Elpidio Quirino, including correspondences, messages, speeches, personal and official documents, photographs, and other mementos of the sixth President of the Philippines. A valuable resource on the Philippine postwar period and its government. To view the collection contents/materials, click here for the listing.
A selection of over 400 audio and video materials in various formats: audio cassettes and CDs, VCDs, DVDs and CD-ROMs, consisting of sound recordings, documentaries, short films, and electronic resources
The Filipiniana’s latest venture is the digitization of over 1,000 phonograph records in various formats: 78rpm, 33 1/3 rpm, and 45rpm, covering a variety of Philippine recording genres from as early as the 1920s. For this collection, please go to www.himig.com.ph.
A rich collection of resources on the life and works of our national hero, Jose Rizal.
Books, articles, and documents on the Liberation of Manila, donated by the Memorare Manila 1945 Foundation, Inc.
Over 400 photography books from the Camera Club of the Philippines and the latest photography magazines from The Alcove Perspective.
Valuable resources on the discipline of museum design, organization, and management. Also referred to as the Araneta Collection, named after its owner, Geraldine Araneta
A collection of non-Filipiniana resources covering a wide range of subjects, including management, information technology, literature, and self-help.
A collection of books on the Filipino diaspora.
The Roderick Hall Collection
Books and novels on Manila and the Philippines during World War II, donated by Mr. Roderick Hall.
For this collection, please go to rodhall.filipinaslibrary.org.ph.
The Filipiniana book collection of former Spanish Ambassador to the Philippines Pedro Ortiz Armengol.
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