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Archive of the Archbishopric of Cochabamba (Archivo del Arzobispado de Cochabamba)
Calle Calama, 169
Cochabamba
Telephone: 591 4 4256563/591 4 4256562/591 4 4259209
Email: fundacion.historia@mapfre.com
Website: Archive of the Archbishopric of Cochabamba
Website #2: Archive of the Curia, Archbishop of Cochabamba

There are in the file the duplicates of the baptismal, marital and death certificates, and the original items of confirmations, which irregularly cover most of the parishes of the department and are accessible through the index (1919 to the present). The other books of sacraments are kept in the same parishes of the provinces. The file also has a file of modification of marriage items that contains 67 records (1876-1946); three bundles of rectifications of baptisms with 425 records (1910-1935); and six bundles of lawsuits for nullity of marriage and divorce with 201 files (1851-1929).

Archive of the City of Peace (Archivo de la Ciudad de la Paz)
Avenida 6 de Agosto
2080 La Paz, Dept. of La Paz
Telephone: 591 2 2441416
Email: fundacion.historia@mapfre.com
Website: Archive of the City of Peace
Website #2: Archive of La Paz
Website #3: The La Paz archive and its description instruments

In general, the archives of the city of La Paz contain material on the Aymara communities of the current department of La Paz, which corresponded to the intendancy of the same name during the colonial period. There are some references to other ethnic groups, but the vast majority of the ethnographic information that is found is about the Aymara people. Therefore, in this text, the word "communities" will refer to Aymara and "indigenous" Aymara communities.

Franciscan Archive of Tarija (Archivo Franciscano de Tarija)
Franciscan Convent of Tarija
Calle Colón, 661, esq. Ingavi Tarija
Telephone: 591 4 6644909
Email: fundacion.historia@mapfre.com
Email #2: ced@franciscanosdetarija.com
Website: Franciscan Archive of Tarija
Website #2: Franciscan Archive of Tarija
Website #3: Franciscan Archive of Tarija

The Archive keeps documents produced by the Franciscan missions during the colonial and republican times, of their evangelizing incursions in the lands of the Mataco and Guarani peoples. Among the linguistic documents of the colonial era there are dictionaries and catechisms in the Guaraní and Mataco language, and among the documents of the Republican era it keeps Guarani dictionaries and grammars, as well as works of catechesis and preaching and compilations of tales of the Guaraní peoples, noctenes and tuffs.

Museum of History and Historical Archive of Santa Cruz de la Sierra (Museo de Historia y Archivo Histórico of Universidad Autónoma Gabriel René Moreno)
Calle Junín, 151 between Libertad and Spain
Santa Cruz de la Sierra
Telephone: 00591 - 3 - 336 5533
Email: historia@uagrm.edu.bo
Website: Museum of History and Historical Archive of Santa Cruz de la Sierra

In 1999 the historical archive with colonial documents dating from 1614 to 1910 was opened to the public. The archive has books and manuscripts with the bibliographic collection of Adrián Melgar and Montaño from the 17th century; XVII and XIX. Documents of the Prefectural Fund from 1825 - 1910 are also found.

National Archives and Library of Bolivia (Archivo y Biblioteca Nacionales de Bolivia)
Dalence #4
Sucre
Telephone: 6452246
Email: abnb@entelnet.bo
Website: Archivo y Biblioteca Nacionales de Bolivia
Website #2: National Archives and Library of Bolivia

The library and archive, established in 1836, holds many important documents dating from the time of “Audiencia de Charcas” colonial high court. The oldest document in the collection is a royal provision dating from 1546. Work is currently underway to digitize these important colonial records. The library holds over 1000 titles printed between 1530 and 1804 including works on theology, philosophy and other historical manuscripts. It also holds the most complete collection of Bolivian newspapers published between 1825 – 1907.

Libraries[edit | edit source]

Bicentennial Library of Bolivia (Librería de la Biblioteca del Bicentenario de Bolivia)
C. Belisario Salinas #296
Capitán Ravelo #2445
La Paz
Telephone: 591 2 2142000 Ext 2423
Email: cis.bolivia@gmail.com
Email #2: camg.cis.bolivia@gmail.com
Website: Biblioteca del Bicentenario de Bolivia
Website #2: Biblioteca del Bicentenario de Bolivia

Central Library - Bolivian Catholic University "San Pablo" - La Paz (Biblioteca Central - Universidad Católica Boliviana "San Pablo" - La Paz)
Av. 14 de Septiembre Nº 4807, esq. calle 2
Obrajes La Paz
Telephone: 591 2 2782222
Website: Biblioteca Universidad Católica Boliviana "San Pablo"

Municipal Public Library (Biblioteca Pública Municipal)
Plazuela El Estudiante. Calle Libertad y, Av. Monseñor Rivero, Santa Cruz de la Sierra
Telephone: 591 3 3350811
Email: bibliotecamunicipasc@yahoo.es
Website: Biblioteca Pública Municipal

National Archives and Library of Bolivia (Archivo y Biblioteca Nacionales de Bolivia)
Dalence #4
Sucre
Telephone: 591 6 452246
Email: abnb@entelnet.bo
Website: Archivo y Biblioteca Nacionales de Bolivia
Website #2: National Archives and Library of Bolivia

Tupuraya Library - UCB Cochabamba (Biblioteca Tupuraya - UCB Cochabamba)
Calle M. Márquez S/N
esquina parque Jorge Trigo Andia
Cochabamba
Telephone: 591 4 4293100 ext. 841
Website: Biblioteca UCB Cochabamba

Municipal Libraries of Cochabamba[edit | edit source]

Jesús Lara Library (Biblioteca Jesús Lara)
Heroínas and 25 de Mayo
Cochabamba
Telephone: 4252090
Email: bmunicipaljesuslaracbba@gmail.com
Email #2: casadelaculturacbba@gmail.com
Website: Biblioteca Municipal de Cochabamba "Jesús Lara"
Website #2: System of Municipal Libraries of Cochabamba (Sistema de Bibliotecas Municipales de Cochabamba)

Loreto Library (Biblioteca Loreto)
Website: GAMC Biblioteca Loreto

Simon I. Patiño Library Network (Red de Bibliotecas Simón I. Patiño)[edit | edit source]

Arani Library (Biblioteca de Arani)
Calle 14 de Enero s / n (Half a block from the Plaza)
Telephone: 591 4 4576378
Email: c.pedagogicocultural@fundacionpantino.org
Website: Simon I. Patiño Library Network

Biblioavion
Av. Suecia corner Av. Siglo XX
Telephone: 591 4 44746585
Email: c.pedagogicocultural@fundacionpantino.org
Website: Simon I. Patiño Library Network

Library of Pairumani (Biblioteca Pairumani)
SI Patiño Foundation Sites (Next to the Farm)
Telephone: 591 4 4355186
Email: c.pedagogicocultural@fundacionpantino.org
Website: Simon I. Patiño Library Network

San Benito Library (Biblioteca de San Benito)
José María Linares Street (next to the Educational Unit 27 de Mayo)
Telephone: 591 4 4579335
Email: c.pedagogicocultural@fundacionpantino.org
Website: Simon I. Patiño Library Network

Santivanez Library (Biblioteca de Santivanez)
José María Linares Street (next to the Educational Unit 27 de Mayo)
Telephone: 591 4 4579335
Email: c.pedagogicocultural@fundacionpantino.org
Website: Simon I. Patiño Library Network

Simón I. Patiño Library (Biblioteca Simón I. Patiño)
Calle Potosí
Av América 607
Cochabamba
Telephone: 591 4 489666
Email: bibliotecapedagogico@fundacionpatino.org
Website: Biblioteca Simón I. Patiño

Villa Rivero Library (Biblioteca de Villa Rivero)
main laza (North sidewalk)
Telephone: 591 4 4570658
Email: c.pedagogicocultural@fundacionpantino.org
Website: Simon I. Patiño Library Network

Museums[edit | edit source]

Museo Costumbrista (Folkloric Museum)
Casa Deheza
Calle Fray Jose de San Alberto #156
Sucre
Telephone: 591 4 6421773
Website: Museo Costumbrista (Folkloric Museum)

While Museo Costumbrista features displays of costumes from Sucre’s colonial days, its name is not to be mistaken as meaning costume museum. Costumbrista translates to something more like customs or way of life. Museo Costumbrista therefore is a museum depicting life as it was in Sucre at the end of the 19th and start of the 20th centuries.

Museo Universitario Charcas
Calle Bolivar #698
Sucre
Telephone: 591 4 6453285/6456100
Email: museocolonialcharcas@gmail.com
Website: Museo Universitario Charcas
Website #2: Museo Universitario Colonial Charcas

Museo Universitario Charcas comprises three separate museums: the Anthropological Museum, the Colonial Museum, and the Gallery of Contemporary Art.

Museum of History and Historical Archive of Santa Cruz de la Sierra (Museo de Historia y Archivo Histórico of Universidad Autónoma Gabriel René Moreno)
Calle Junín, 151 between Libertad and Spain
Santa Cruz de la Sierra
Telephone: 591 3 3365533
Email: historia@uagrm.edu.bo
Website: Museum of History and Historical Archive of Santa Cruz de la Sierra

The History Museum offers the public a variety of cultural choices. In its rooms on the top floor have permanent exhibitions, such as archaeological exhibitions, library and archive; while on the ground floor there are temporary exhibitions of photographs, seminars, plays, university exhibitions, conferences and workshops.

National Museum of Archaeology of Bolivia (Museo Nacional de Arqueología de Bolivia)
Tiwanaku 93
La Paz
Telephone: 591 2 2311621
Website: (Museo Nacional de Arqueología
Website #2: National Museum of Archaeology Tiwanacu – La Paz
Website #3: National Museum of Archaeology (Bolivia)

Bronze Inca figures, mummies and a monolith are among the artifacts from the Tiwanaku and Inca cultures housed in this museum.

National Museum of Ethnography and Folklore (Museo Nacional de Etnografía y Folklore)
Calle Ingavi 916
La Paz
Telephone: 591 2 2408640/2406446
Email: musef@ceibo.entelnet.bo
Email #2: musef@musef.org.bo
Website: National Museum of Ethnography and Folklore
Website #2: [http://www.lapazlife.com/places/national-museum-of-ethnography-and-folklore-musef/ National Museum of Ethnography and Folklore (MUSEF)}
Website #3: Museo Nacional de Etnografia y Folklore (MUSEF)

Housed in the 18th-century Marquis de Villa Verde Palace, is a surprisingly modern museum showcasing the regional particularities and unique characteristics of Bolivia’s independent cultures. Small ethnography & folklore museum in an 18th-century building featuring an array of artifacts.