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Archives[edit | edit source]

There are different types of archives in Argentina: national, provincial, municipal or local, and church. Detailed information about archives and libraries in Argentina can be found: Argentina Research Outline (starting on page 4).

National Archives[edit | edit source]

The government in Argentina collects records relating to Argentine history, culture, and people, including the Viceroyalty of Rio de la Plata. These are archived by time periods such as colonial and national periods, and then subdivide by type of records or the office which created the record and collections. Records of genealogical value at national archives include: protocols of scribes (including wills, powers, titles of land, etc.), probate courts, censuses, data and titles of lands, church records, civil records, court records, military records, emigration lists, land records, colonial records, and more.

General Archive of the Nation (Archivo General de la Nación)
Av. Leandro N. Alem 246
Buenos Aires
Telephone: (54 11) 4339-0800 int. 71037
Email: comunicacionagn@mininterior.gob.ar
Website: General Archive of the Nation
Website #2: Archivo General de la Nación Argentina
Website #3: General Archive of the Nation of Argentina

The General Archive of the Nation is the repository of a documentary collection of incalculable value for the quantity and quality of the documents it has. This makes it one of the main repositories in Latin America. Its heritage is made up of written, photographic and audiovisual documents, covering a five-hundred-year time span. In him the public and private histories of those who preceded us coexist.

The National Archive and its branches are open to the public. Copies of materials in the National Archive are also available at other major libraries and archives, including the Family History Library. Some of these archives and libraries allow request for photocopies of materials they hold. To access the National Archive you need a letter of introduction and a passport or other identity document. Helpful guides to the collections of the National Archives and the provincial archives are:

  • Buenos Aires, Argentina: Archivo General de la Nación, 1989. (Family History Library films 1614816–1614819.)
  • Indice del Archivo del Gobierno de Buenos Aires. Corespondiente al año de 1810. (Index to the holdings of the Government Archives of Buenos Aires for the year 1810). Buenos Aires, Argentina: Impreta de La Tribuna, 1860. (Family History Library book 982 A3i)

Provincial Archives[edit | edit source]

In Argentina each province has their own provincial archive and branches separate from those of the national government. Many records of genealogical value are kept by these archives. They serve as repositories for records pertaining to their particular area. Records of genealogical value at provincial archives include: notarial records, colonial records, land records, administrative records, military, census, historical records, church records, and more. For example, the provincial archive of Cordoba has one of the largest collections of the colonial period.

The provincial archives of Argentina are open to the public. However limited access is offered in some of their archives and a letter of recommendation may be required. Addresses for each of the provincial archives is found in Appendix A on page 42 of the Argentina Research Outline.

Municipal Archives and Local Civil Offices[edit | edit source]

The provinces are divided into departments which are divided into municipalities. Each municipality has a civil registry office, one or two notaries, civil and criminal courts, and a municipal government to administer all other matters. Every municipality has jurisdiction over their own archives, separate from the province archives. These offices are comparable to county courthouses in the United States.

In Argentina, civil records created by the local government, including birth, death, and marriage records, are kept in local municipal offices. These records are available to the public. For more information about these offices and their records, see Argentina Civil Registration.

You can get information and copies of the records kept at the local civil offices by writing. For help in compiling a letter in Spanish, see the Letter Writing Guide: Spanish.

Church Archives[edit | edit source]

The dominant religion in Argentina is Catholicism. The Archdiocese of Buenos Aires was the first diocese of the Catholic church in Argentina. Church records of baptisms, marriages, and burial are usually kept by the local parish. The Diocese archives keep records pertaining to their priests and matters of church administration. It is possible to write to the local parish and request brief searches of their records. See Argentina Church Records.

There many Protestant churches in Argentina. These churches usually function independent and keep their only records. There is not usually a central repository for church records in Argentina.

Libraries[edit | edit source]

There are many public, private, and specialized libraries in Argentina. Some of the sources you will want to use are also available in these libraries in Argentina as well as in libraries in the United States and other countries. Contact these libraries and ask about their collection, hours, services, and fees. Always remember that there are many libraries that cover Latin American History and it would be wise to check your local university or public library first to see what their collection has.

Argentina Library Dr. Juan Álvarez (Biblioteca Argentina Dr. Juan Álvarez)
Roca Pte. Julio Argentino 731
Rosario, Santa Fe
Telephone: (54341) 480 2701
Email: bib-novedades@rosario.gov.ar
Website: Argentina Library Dr. Juan Álvarez
Website #2: Biblioteca Argentina Dr. Juan Álvarez

General San Martín Library (Biblioteca General San Martín)
Remedios Escalada de San Martín 1843
Mendoza City
Telephone: (54261) 423 1674
Email: bibliotecapublicasanmartin@gmail.com
Website: General San Martín Library
Website #2: Biblioteca Pública "General San Martín" de Mendoza

Ignacy Domeyko Polish Library (Biblioteca Polaca Ignacio Domeyko)
Jorge Luis Borges 2076
Buenos Aires
Telephone: (5411) 4774 2212
Email: domeyko@bibliotecadomeyko.com.ar
Website: Polish Library Ignacy Domeyko
Website #2: Biblioteca Polaca Ignacio Domeyko
Website #3: Ignacio Domeyko Library

Institute of Argentine and American History (Instituto de Historia Argentina y Americana)
Universidad de Buenos Aires
25 de mayo 221
Buenos Aires, Argentina
Telephone: (54 11) 4342-9710/9718 (int. 116)
Email: ravigna@retina.ar
Website: Instituto de Historia Argentina y Americana
Website #2: Ravignani Institute

Library of the Congress of the Nation (Biblioteca del Congreso de la Nación)
1750 Avenida Hipólito Yrigoyen
Buenos Aires
Telephone: (5411) 4381 0976
Email: informes@bcn.gob.ar
Website: Library of the Congress of the Nation

Library On the Other Side of the Tree (Biblioteca Del otro lado del árbol)
Calle 14 entre 66 y 67
Parque Saavedra (Sector cerrado)
La Plata, Buenos Aires
Telephone: (54 221) 452 7101
Email: delotroladodelarbol@hotmail.com
Website: Library On the Other Side of the Tree
Website #2: Biblioteca Del otro lado del árbol

Miguel Cané Library (Biblioteca Publica Municipal Miguel Cané)
4319 Carlos Calvo
Boedo
Buenos Aires
Telephone: (5411) 4922 0020
Email: biblioteca_cane@buenosaires.gov.ar
Website: Miguel Cané Library
Website #2: Biblioteca Ideal Miguel Cané
Website #3: Borges at the Miguel Cané Public Library

Municipal Public Library José Manuel Estrada (Biblioteca Publica Municipal José Manuel Estrada)
Bayo Servando 799
Rosario, Santa Fe
Telephone: (54341) 480 4678
Email: estrada@rosario.gov.ar
Website: Biblioteca Publica Municipal José Manuel Estrada
Website #2: Biblioteca Estrada

National Library Mariano Moreno (Biblioteca Nacional Argentina)
Agüero 2502
Recoleta
Buenos Aires
Telephone: (5411) 4808 6000
Email: consultas@bn.gov.ar
Website: National Library Mariano Moreno
Website #2: The National Library of Argentina
Website #3: National Library: Tour and History at Recoleta
Website #4: Biblioteca Nacional (National Library)

National Library of Teachers (Biblioteca Nacional Del Maestros)
953 Pizzurno
Barrio Norte
Buenos Aires
Telephone: (5411) 4129 1272
Email: bnmprensa@me.gov.ar
Website: National Library of Teachers

National Military Library (Biblioteca Nacional Militar)
Círculo Militar
Santa Fe 750
Ciudad Autónoma de Buenos Aires
Argentina
Telephone: 4311-1071/79
Email: biblioteca@circulomilitar.org
Website: Biblioteca Nacional Militar
Website #2: Circulo Militar

Popular Library Alberdi (Biblioteca Popular Alberdi)
9 de Julio 2701
Alto Alberdi
Córdoba
Telephone: (54351) 489 9682/489 6214
Email: biblialberdi@yahoo.com.ar
Website: Popular Library Alberdi

Popular Library Alberdi (Biblioteca Popular Alberdi)
9 de Julio de 1816
San Miguel de Tucumán
Telephone: (54381) 422 0429
Email: bipopalberdi100@hotmail.com
Website: Popular Library Alberdi

Popular Library Alberdi (Biblioteca Popular Alberdi)
Acevedo 666
Villa Crespo
Buenos Aires
Telephone: (5411) 4775 3325
Email: bibliotecapopularalberdi@yahoo.com.ar
Website: Alberdi Popular Library
Website #2: Biblioteca Popular Alberdi de Villa Crespo
Website #3: Alberdi Popular Library

Popular Library Alberdi (Biblioteca Popular Alberdi)
Coronel Beltran 70
Remedios De Escalada, Buenos Aires
Telephone: (5411) 4288 2847
Email: balberdiescalada@gmail.com
Website: Popular Library Alberdi
Website #2: Biblioteca Popular Alberdi - Remedios de Escalada SITIO Oficial

Popular Library Alberdi (Biblioteca Popular Alberdi)
Rivadavia 658
San Andres de Giles, Buenos Aires
Telephone: (542325) 440 319
Email (municipality): prensa@sanandresdegiles.gob.ar
Website: Popular Library "Alberdi"

Popular Library Albino Capponi (Biblioteca Popular Albino Capponi)
Rivadavia 36
Lobos, Buenos Aires
Telephone: (542227) 431 139
Email: bibliocapponi@yahoo.com.ar
Website: Popular Library Albino Capponi
Website #2: Biblioteca Popular Albino Capponi

Popular Library Bernardino Rivadavia (Biblioteca Popular Bernardino Rivadavia)
Av. Colón 31
Bahía Blanca, Buenos Aires
Telephone: (54291) 455 4055
Email: bibliotecapopularabr@gmail.com
Website: The Bernardino Rivadavia Association - Popular Library
Website #2: Biblioteca Popular Bernardino Rivadavia

Popular Library Casa del Pueblo (Biblioteca Popular Casa del Pueblo)
El Chaco 74
Alberdi, Córdoba
Email: bibliotecacasadelpueblo@gmail.com
Website: BP Casa Del Pueblo Alberdi
Website #2: Biblioteca Popular Casa del Pueblo Alberdi
Website #3: Biblioteca Popular Casa del Pueblo Alberdi

Popular Library Francisco Romero Delgado (Biblioteca Popular Francisco Romero Delgado)
Calle 49 731 Universidad Popular Alejandro Korn, Centro
La Plata, Buenos Aires
Telephone: (54 221) 483 6606
Email: bibliotecaupak@gmail.com
Website: Romero Delgado Library
Website #2: Biblioteca Popular Francisco Romero Delgado

Popular Library J B Alberdi (Biblioteca Popular J B Alberdi)
Sarmiento 2706
Caseros, Buenos Aires
Telephone: (54 11) 4759 7610
Email: bibliotecajbalberdi@gmail.com
Website: Popular Library Juan B. Alberdi
Website #2: Juan Bautista Alberdi Popular Library

Popular Library Joaquín V. González (Biblioteca Popular Joaquín V. González)
Calle 40 e/ 15 y 16
Barrio La Loma
La Plata, Buenos Aires
Calle 40 1027
Casco Urbano
La Plata, Buenos Aires
Telephone: (54 221) 421 6703
Website: Biblioteca Popular Joaquín V. González - La Plata

Popular Library Joaquín V. González (Biblioteca Popular Joaquín V. González)
Calle 19 789
Gral. Pico, La Pampa
Telephone: (54 2302) 42 5148
Email: biblotecajvg@yahoo.com.ar
Website: Popular Joaquín V. González

Popular Library Joaquín V. González (Biblioteca Popular Joaquín V. González)
Teniente General Perón 1242
Buenos Aires
Telephone: (5411) 382 2585
Website: Popular Joaquín V. González

Popular Library Joaquín V. González (Biblioteca Popular Joaquín V. González)
Joaquín González 250
Chilecito, La Rioja
Telephone: (54 3825) 42 2560
Website: Biblioteca Popular Joaquín V González

Popular Library Juan B. Alberdi (Biblioteca Popular Juan B. Alberdi)
Riobamba 2675
1651 San Andrés
Telephone: (54 11) 4755 9198
Email: bpalberdi@gmail.com
Website: Biblioteca Popular Juan B. Alberdi
Website #2: Popular Library Juan B. Alberdi

Popular Library Juan Bautista Alberdi (Biblioteca Popular Juan Bautista Alberdi)
Avenida Argentina 844
Neuquén
Telephone: (54 299) 442 5674
Email: bibliotecajbalberdi@gmail.com
Website: Biblioteca Popular Juan Bautista Alberdi

Popular Library Juan Bautista Alberdi (Biblioteca Popular Juan Bautista Alberdi)
Zelaya 2089
Rosario, Santa Fe
Telephone: (54 341) 453 0507
Email: jbalberdi.biblioteca@gmail.com
Email #2: bibliotecaalberdi@hotmail.com
Website: Juan Bautista Alberdi Popular Library
Website #2: Juan Bautista Alberdi Popular Library - Rosario
Website #3: Biblioteca JB Alberdi
Website #4: JB Alberdi Popular Library

Popular Library Juan Bautista Alberdi (Biblioteca Popular Juan Bautista Alberdi)
Calle 843 n°2466
San Francisco Solano 1881
Telephone: (54 11) 4271 0135
Email: bibliotecasolano@hotmail.com.ar
Website: Biblioteca Popular Juan Bautista Alberdi
Website #2: Juan Bautista Alberdi de Solano

Popular Library Juan Bautista Alberdi (Biblioteca Popular Juan Bautista Alberdi)
Limay 1234
Gerli, Buenos Aires
Telephone: (54 11) 4204 2651
Website: Biblioteca Popular Juan Bautista Alberdi

Popular Library Juan Bautista Alberdi (Biblioteca Popular Juan Bautista Alberdi)
San Martín 384
Tartagal 4560
Salta
Telephone: (54 387) 421 491
Email: bpjba@yahoo.com.ar
Website: Juan Bautista Alberdi Popular Library

Popular Library Juan Bautista Alberdi (Biblioteca Popular Juan Bautista Alberdi)
24 de Septiembre e Independencia
Embarcación
Telephone: (54 3878) 471 782
Email: luisapisionero@hotmail.com

Popular Library On The Corner (Biblioteca Popular En La Esquina)
5 y 89, Calle 89 Bis
Villa Elvira, Buenos Aires
Calle 6 1048
Tolosa, Buenos Aires
Telephone: (54 221) 536 5780/362 4199
Email: biblioteca.enlaesquina@gmail.com Website: Biblioteca Popular En La Esquina

Popular Library Rafael de Aguiar (Biblioteca Popular Rafael de Aguiar)
Ameghino 399
San Nicolás de Los Arroyos
Buenos Aires
Telephone: (54336) 442 6008
Email: bib.aguiar@intercom.com.ar
Website: Popular Library Rafael de Aguiar
Website #2: Biblioteca Popular "Rafael de Aguiar"

Popular Library Santa Genoveva (Biblioteca Popular Santa Genoveva)
Arroyo Felicaria s / n
San Fernando Islands
Tigre, Buenos Aires
Telephone: (5411) 4728 1735
Email: bibliogenoveva@gmail.com
Website: The Library of the Tiger Delta
Website #2: Santa Genoveva Library
Website #3: Biblioteca Popular Santa Genoveva
Website #4: Trip to the Popular Library Santa Genoveva
Website #5: The library of the Delta Islanders

Popular Library Urbano J Nuñez (Biblioteca Popular Urbano J. Núñez)
Los Molles 8
Aguaribay 843
Potrero de los Funes
San Luis
Telephone: (54266) 449-5082
Email: susydromi@yahoo.com.ar
Website: Biblioteca Urbano J. Núñez

Popular Library William C. Morris (Biblioteca Popular William C. Morris)
Güemes 4621
Palermo
Buenos Aires
Av El Callao 1050
Grand Bourg
Buenos Aires
Telephone: (5411) 4773 6747/(54 2320) 41-1020
Email: bibwcm@yahoo.com.ar
Email #2: bpwilliamcasemorris@hotmail.com
Website: William C. Morris Popular Library
Website #2: Biblioteca popular William C. Morris
Website #3: William C. Morris Popular Library

Popular Municipal Library Alberdi (Biblioteca Popular Municipal Juan Bautista Alberdi)
República del Líbano 418
Luján de Cuyo, Mendoza
Telephone: (54 261) 498 5388/498 3124
Email: bibliopmalberdi@yahoo.com.ar
Website: Municipal Popular Library Juan Bautista Alberdi
Website #2: Biblioteca Popular Municipal Juan Bautista Alberdi

Raúl Frutos Library (Library of the Memory Museum)
Museum of Memory
Cordoba 2019
Telephone: (54351) 480 2060 ext. 203
Email: bibliomemoria@rosario.gob.ar
Website: Raúl Frutos Library

University of Buenos Aires Library (Sistema de Bibliotecas y de Información)
Universidad de Buenos Aires
Av. Corrientes 2052 2º y 3º pisos
Buenos Aires, Argentina
Telephone: (54) (011) 5285-5588
Email: sisbi@sisbi.uba.ar
Website: SISBI

Museums[edit | edit source]

Bernardino Rivadavia Natural Sciences Argentine Museum (Museo Argentino de Ciencias Naturales Bernardino Rivadavia)
Centenario Park
Av. Angel Gallardo 470
Buenos Aires
Telephone: (54 11) 4982 4494/6595
Email: secretaria@macn.gov.ar
Email #2: info@macn.gov.ar
Website: Museo Argentino de Ciencias Naturales Bernardino Rivadavia
Website #2: Bernardino Rivadavia Natural Science Museum
Website #3: Natural Sciences Bernardino Rivadavia Museum
Website #4: Discover the Dinosaurs of Argentina
Website #5: Bernardino Rivadavia Natural Sciences Argentine Museum

The Argentine Natural Science Museum was founded in 1823. It's one of the most complete natural science museums in Latin America and boasts exhibits on some of the many dinosaurs discovered in Argentina. There are exhibition rooms dedicated to geology, sealife, paleontology, mammals, reptiles and amphibians, the planets, the Antarctic, the study of bones, and more, plus a room for temporary exhibitions, an audiovisual room and a cafe.

Francisco Moreno Museum of Patagonia (Museo de la Patagonia Dr. Francisco P. Moreno)
Centro Cívico S/n
R8400 San Carlos de Bariloche
Río Negro
Telephone: (54 294) 442 2309
Email: museodelapatagonia@apn.gob.ar
Website: Museo de la Patagonia Dr. Francisco P. Moreno
Website #2: Francisco P. Moreno Museum of Patagonia
Website #3: Francisco P. Moreno Museum of Patagonia
Website #4: Francisco P. Moreno Museum of Patagonia
Website #5: Francisco Moreno Museum of Patagonia

The Francisco P. Moreno Museum of Patagonia is a natural history and cultural anthropology museum located in the Civic Center of Bariloche. The Museum provides a global vision of the various historical and cultural periods Patagonia went through.

Historical Museum of the National University of Córdoba (Museo Histórico UNC)
Obispo Trejo 242
Barrio Centro
Córdoba
Telephone: (54 351) 433 2075
Email: informacion@museohistorico.unc.edu.ar
Website: Museo Histórico UNC
Website #2: Museo Histórico UNC - Manzana Jesuítica

The UNC Historical Museum is located in the building that originally housed the Colegio Máximo de la Compañía de Jesús and where, from 1613, the University of Córdoba, the oldest in Argentina, was established.

La Plata Museum (Museo de La Plata)
Paseo del Bosque s/n
B1900 La Plata, Buenos Aires
Telephone: (54 221) 425-7744
Email: museo@fcnym.unlp.edu.ar
Website: Museo de La Plata
Website #2: Museum of Natural Sciences of La Plata
Website #3: Museo de La Plata

The Museum of Natural Sciences of La Plata preserves, studies and exhibits important collections related to the natural sciences where Paleontology and fossil remains are highlighted and the rooms dedicated to Zoology , Entomology (insects) and Botany . It is also worth mentioning that other disciplines such as Archeology and Ethnography take place in the museum .

Museum of High Altitude Archaeology (Museo Arqueológico de Alta Montaña)
Plaza 9 de Julio
Bartolomé Mitre 77
A4400 Salta
Telephone: (54 387) 437 0592
Email: comunicacion@maam.org.ar
Website: Museum of High Mountain Archeology (MAAM)
Website #2: Museum of High Altitude Archaeology
Website #3: High-mountain archeological museum (MAAM)
Website #4: Archive for Museum of High Altitude Archaeology

Science and human commitment combine to build an environment of knowledge and emotional respect in the Museum of High Altitude Archaeology of Salta. The museum exhibits historical findings of the Incan culture and especially the archaeological treasure of the “Llullaillaco Children”.

National Historical Museum (Museo Histórico Nacional)
Lezama Park
Defensa 1600
Buenos Aires
Telephone: (54 11) 4300 7540
Email: informes@mhn.gob.ar
Website: National Historical Museum
Website #2: Museo Histórico Nacional (Argentina)
Website #3: Museo Histórico Nacional
Website #4: Museo Histórico Nacional

This museum offers a journey through the worlds of Argentina’s indigenous peoples, the era of Spanish conquest and the establishment of colonial control, the May Revolution and 19th century Porteño society at the time of Argentina’s independence, the liberator San Martín’s crossing of the Andes and other episodes from Argentine history.

National Museum of the Cabildo of Buenos Aires and the May Revolution (Museo Histórico Nacional del Cabildo y la Revolución de Mayo)
Bolívar 65
Buenos Aires
Telephone: (54 11) 4342 6729/4334-1782
Email: consultas@cabildonacional.gob.ar
Website: National Museum of the Cabildo of Buenos Aires and the May Revolution
Website #2: Museum of the Cabildo and the May Revolution
Website #3: Museo Nacional del Cabildo y la Revolucion de Mayo

The National Museum of the Cabildo and the May Revolution tells the story of the Spanish colonial rule in Argentina and the May revolution that ended Spanish supremacy in the country. It is a repository of government and revolutionary exhibits from the 18th century.

National Museum of the Jesuit Stay of Alta Gracia and House of the Viceroy Liniers (Museo Nacional Estancia Jesuítica de Alta Gracia - Casa del Virrey Liniers)
Av. Padre Domingo Viera 41
Alta Gracia
Córdoba
Telephone: (54 03547) 421 303/428 734
Email: info@museoliniers.org.ar
Website: National Museum of the Jesuit Stay of Alta Gracia and House of the Viceroy Liniers
Website #2: The Jesuit Estancia in Alta Gracia
Website #3: Museum of the Jesuit Residence of Alta Gracia and House of Viceroy Liniers

The importance of the museum lies fundamentally in its architectural value that is preserved faithful to the original structure. At present the Museum has seventeen permanent exhibition halls, which have been set according to the ways of life of Cordoba and especially the Serranos during the seventeenth, eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. These rooms are located on the upper floor of the museum, which also houses the Auditorium and the Library.

Rocsen Museum (Museo Polifacetico Rocsen)
Nono, Traslasierra
Córdoba
Telephone: (54 3544) 498 218
Email: museorocsen@hotmail.com
Email #2: museorocsen@gmail.com
Website: Multifaceted Museum Rocsen
Website #2: Rocsen Museum
Website #3: Rocsen Museum
Website #4: Rocsen Museum
Website #5: Museo Polifacético Rocsen

The museum aims to contribute to the cultural and scientific education of the community, emphasizing the increase and dissemination of the tangible and intangible heritage, with a multifaceted characteristic, through the recovery, restoration, and conservation over time of works, valuable elements related to science and / or art and all that culturally important object for the development of human knowledge, and for that through its exhibition and communication to the visitors it is possible to consolidate the cultural identity as a service to the community.

For a list of museums in Argentina go to List of museums in Argentina in Wikipedia.