Document and bibliographiic collection

The collections managed by the Library-Documentation Centre of the Museu Valencià d'Etnologia are of a wide variety. A large bibliographic collection specialised in Anthropology and Ethnology is preserved, organised and disseminated, along with a rich collection of documents. It consists of the Archive of the Museu Valencià d'Etnologia, a large collection of ephemera and personal archives. It is an excellent information resource to achieve a better understanding of traditional Valencian society.


The Bibliographic Collection consists of more than 29,000 volumes of monographs, books on festivals, brochures, reference works and electronic media, along with nearly 500 titles of periodicals specialising in Anthropology and Ethnology. They are available at the Catalogue. The library also provides access to databases and web resources through its website Delicious and produces thematic bibliographies.

The Ephemera Collection gathers documentation with a wide range of graphic representations created for a specific purpose with no intention of outliving the moment it was written. Despite the fact that most of them have a limited lifespan, they end up becoming documents of great interest to researchers and collectors. As its name suggests, the collection has an ephemeral life but, if properly organised and classified, it can give us an idea of what everyday life in society was like at any given time.

In this series, we classify several ephemera, from notices of birth, communion or death, to postcards exchanged by lovers in the forties and fifties, hand-written posters, advertisements, cards or leaflets, among others. Table classifying the Ephemera Collection of the Museu Valencià d’Etnologia.

The Documentary Collection preserves and organises all the archive documentation generated by the Museu Valencià d'Etnologia and the different personal and business archives that have been received by the centre. Currently, our work focuses on the classification, description and inventory of each of the collections we hold, following the ISAD (G) description standard.