Special Collections

The special library of the center has a wide assortment of research materials, including rare materials. At present, it has the best collection of Cebuano books in the country, a large serial collection of newspapers and magazines published in Cebu, and a growing photograph collection. The Center’s periodical collection includes bound volumes of Bag-ong Kusog (1915-1941) and Progress (1928-1934). The book collection includes nineteenth-century linguistic and religious works in Spanish and Cebuano, rare literary pamphlets, and others. The Center also carries more recent publications, both scholarly and popular, for readers interested in contemporary Cebu.

Center resources today include, for  printed materials: 1,859 titles/ 9,460 volumes of books; 211 periodical titles; and for non-print: 225 tapes, 251 maps, 242 microfilms, 36 CDs, 6,164 photographs, 600 slides, 84 art objects, 87 manuscript collections; as well as musical scores, transcripts of interviews, souvenir programs and brochures, vertical files, and photocopies of periodical and journal articles.

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