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Archives of the Chancellery (Archivos de la Cancillería)
Jirón Lampa 535 - Cercado de Lima
Telephone: 511 204 2400/204 2706/204 2707
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Website: Management system of the Archives of the Chancellery

The Ministry of Foreign Relations owns one of the oldest and most important documentary archives in the country. In its different repositories are documents whose value and interest transcends the scope of the diplomatic history of Peru.

General Archive of the Congress of the Republic (Archivo General del Congreso de la Republica)
Congress of the Republic
Plaza Bolívar, Av. Abancay s/n
Telephone: 311-7777
Website: General Archive of the Congress of the Republic

The history of the Archive of the Congress of the Republic of Peru begins with the installation of the "First Constituent Congress of Peru", on September 20, 1822; that draws up the first Political Constitution of 1823. With the Political Constitution of 1828, the Congress of the Republic of Peru is made up of two legislative chambers, the Senate of the Republic and the Chamber of Deputies, this happens in 1829; then existing two Central Archives independent of each other. With the 1993 Constitution, the unicameral nature of the Congress of the Republic of Peru is established, producing the merger of both Central Archives into a General Archive of the Congress of the Republic of Peru. The Archive has been the custodian of the parliamentary documentary heritage since 1822. Being the Act of Installation of the Constituent Congress of 1822, the oldest parliamentary document, the same one that is registered in the Memory Register of the World of the UNESCO Subsidiary Peru.

General Archive of the Ministry of Foreign Relations (Archivo General del Ministerio de Relaciones Exteriores)
Palacio de Torre Tagle
363 Ucayali
Telephone: 511 204 2706/204 2707
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Website: Historical Archive of Limits of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (Peru)

The history of the Historical Archive of Limits (AHL) dates back to the creation of the Geographical Society of Lima, an institution founded in 1888, subject to dependence on the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, whose purpose was to carry out studies on the geography of Peru and neighboring countries. , the design of plans and writings related to their purposes.

Guide to the Navy Historical Archive (Guía del Archivo Historíco de la Marina)
Website: Guía del Archivo Historíco de la Marina

The Historical Archive of Marina (AHM) is organized in the 1960s, with the need to preserve the documentary heritage of the Marina de Guerra of the Peru. Currently it has been relocated to the facilities of the Station of the General Command of the Navy, District of La Perla, Callao.

Historical Archive of the Ministry of Property and Commerce (Archivo Histórico del Ministerio de Hacienda y Comercio)
Palacio de Justicia
Jirón Manuel Cuadros s/n
Cercado de Lima
Lima 1
Telephone: 51-14-40-7120
Website: The Historical Archive of the Ministry of Finance and Trade of Peru

The Historical Archive of the Ministry of Finance and Commerce of Lima is the most recent of the Peruvian archives. It was created as a result of the discovery of a rich collection of colonial books and manuscripts that lay forgotten in a room of the old Government Palace, in which this Ministry operated until its demolition. Most of these books and papers belonged to the Royal Ha Cienda and the Court of the Consulate. Dr. Emilio Romero, professor of Economic Geography and Economic History at the Universidad Mayor de San, Marcos, then Director General of Finance, realizing the importance of this finding, promptly ordered an inventory of the valuable ensemble. Later, the Government provided the archive with its own premises in the large basements of the new Palace of Justice, where it is currently installed.

Municipal Library and Historical Archive of Lima (Archivo de la Municipalidad de Lima)
Jirón Conde de Superunda 141
Cercado de Lima 15001
Telephone: 51 63 21540/51 13151540
Website: Archive of the Provincial Municipality of Lima (Peru)
Website #2: Historical Archive
Website #3: Archive of the Metropolitan Municipality of Lima

The Municipal Historical Archive of Lima is one of the most valuable documentary repositories of the continent, it allows us the knowledge and investigation of the American past, of Peru and of our city, therefore its revaluation and custody is a task of primary importance. Here a large number of original manuscript documents of high historical value are hoarded, the series called: Council Agreements, Opinions, Works Records, Licenses, Patents, Censuses, Treasury Documents, Guilds, Inspections, Shows, have been rescued from oblivion. etc. They contain documentary pieces that help us to understand and reconstruct transcendental historical processes that our nation has faced, such as the independence phase, the War with Chile, the National Reconstruction, the modernization of the city, etc. In addition, administrative, colonial and republican documentation is kept that is framed between the years 1534 and 1980.

Museo Nacional de Arqueologia, Antropologia e Historia del Peru
Plaza Bolivar s / n Pueblo Libre
Telephone: 51 321 5630 - Annex 5262/618-9393 Anexo: 5211
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Website: Library and archive

It has two different series: Historical Archive and Collections. The first preserves documents from the 16th century and the second, personal and career files of the most important researchers in the country.

National Archives of Peru (Archivo General de la Nación)
Palacio de Justicia
Jirón Manuel Cuadros s/n
Casilla No. 3124
Cercado de Lima
Lima 1
Telephone: 511 426 7221
Website: Archivo General de la Nación
Website #2: Archivo General de la Nación - Perú

The National Archives publishes information on its activities and the activities of the Department of Historical Archives in its Revista. It has also published the Catálogo del Archivo General de la Nación (Catalog of the National Archives of Peru). Before you visit or use the records of an archive, you need to study the publications so can use your time more effectively. A guide to the archives and libraries in Peru is Revista del Archivo General de la Nación. (Journal of the General Archive of the Nation). Lima: Imprenta Gil, 1971–. (FHL book 985 B2r.)

Piura Municipal Central Archive (Archivo Histórico de la Municipalidad de Piura)
Jr. Ayacucho 377 - Basement of the Municipality
Telephone: 51 73 355899/73 307775
Website: Archive of the Municipality of Piura
Website #2: Archivo Central Municipalidad De Piura
Website #3: Archive of the Provincial Municipality of Piura (Peru)

Currently the general archive unit remains located in the basement of the municipal building and despite how difficult it is to convince senior management of the importance of the archive considering that it is collapsed due to lack of space, it is about preventing the deterioration and documentary loss.

Regional Archive of Amazonas (Archivo Regional de Amazonas)
Jr. Camaná 125 with Pasaje Piura s / n
Cercado de Lima
Telephone: 041-478112
Website: Regional Archive of Amazonas
Website #2: Address Regional Archive Amazonas
Website #3: Archivo Regional de Amazonas

The Regional Archive of Amazonas has the noble mission of guarding and revaluing the Archival and Cultural Documentary Heritage of our Amazon Region, based on technical archival processes and current archival legislation, carrying out processes of organization, selection, classification, signing, description, conservation and dissemination of the entire historical legacy, dating from the year 1538.

Regional Archive of Ancash (Archivo Regional de Ancash)
Campamento Vichay S/N
Independencia, Huaraz
Telephone: 51 043-423966/043-429998/043-421272
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Website: Ancash Regional Archive
Website #2: Gobierno Regional de Ancash

The institutional life of the Ancash Regional Archive dates from 1988 (OEI). To get the file installed several unsuccessful attempts were made. The first dates from 1980, where the Ancash branch of the then National Institute of Culture intervenes, occasion in which the identification of notarial files is carried out. The second is led by the Universidad Nacional Santiago Antunez de Mayolo (Census-Guide). It will be the coordinations begun in 1987 that will allow the foundation of the then Ancash Departmental Archive, efforts involving both the provincial mayor of Huaraz, José Sotelo Ibaceta, and the director of the General Archive of the Nation, César Gutiérrez Muñoz. The official date is February 5, 1988 (Headquarters Resolution No. 007-88-JUS), beginning its functions on September 21 of the same year 1988 (Census-Guide).

Regional Archive of Apurímac (Archivo Regional de Apurímac)
Av. Condebamba s / n - Condebamba Stadium - Second level
Abancay 03001
Telephone: 51 083-322372
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Website: Apurímac Regional Archive
Website #2: Regional Archive of Apurímac
Website #3: Archivo Regional Apurimac

The initial location that hosted the Apurímac Regional Archive was the former CTAR Apurímac, "a faithful witness and silent companion of the vicissitudes, demands, limitations, adversities and triumphs in the hard work of recovering the documents that were in the hands of different notaries, people outside the system, etc. " (Census-Guide).

Regional Archive of Arequipa (Archivo Regional de Arequipa)
Ramón Castilla 729, Cayma
Arequipilla, Arequipa 054
Telephone: 51 054 325309
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Website: Regional Archive of Arequipa
Website #2: Archivo Regional de Arequipa
Website #3: Arequipa Regional Archive Moved to Cayma
Website #4: Departmental Archive of Arequipa (Peru)

The Arequipa Regional Archive is a constituent body of the National Archives System, which conducts archival activity in the Arequipa region. It is a decentralized body that depends hierarchically, administratively and budgetarily on the Regional Presidency and technically and normatively on the General Archive of the Nation.

Regional Archive of Ayacucho (Archivo Regional de Ayacucho)
Av. Independencia Nº 502 - Simón Bolívar Cultural Center
Ayacucho, Huamanga
Telephone: 51 66 318865/66 319326
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Website: Regional Archive of Ayacucho
Website #2: Dirección Regional de Archivo Ayacucho 05001
Website #3: Regional Archive of Ayacucho

The Regional Archive Office, technically and normatively, depends on the General Archive of the Nation and hierarchically, budgetary and administratively, the Regional Management of Social Development and the Regional Management of Planning and Budget of the Regional Government.

Regional Archive of Cajamarca (Archivo Regional de Cajamarca)
Calle Belén s/n 6° Cuadra Conjunto Monumental
Belén 188, Cajamarca
Telephone: 51 076-36 3320
Website: Cajamarca Regional Archive
Website #2: Regional Archive of Cajamarca
Website #3: Cajamarca Departmental Archive (Peru)

For the republican period the extreme dates are 1822 and 1900, the total number of protocols is 79, the number of minutes 48, indexes 30, minutes 275, notarial wills 16, documents 164, records 16, various 3 and files 106. Finally, there are about 138,564 documents grouped into 278 files relating to the Prefecture of the Department in the 11th century; another 430,343 documents grouped into 714 files of the Prefecture in the 20th century; a good number of records of the superior court in the 20th century; and judicial records of the notaries.

Regional Archive of Callao (Archivo Regional de Callao)
Elmer Faucett N ° 3970
Callao, Lima
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Website: Callao Regional Archive

Regional Archive of Cusco (Archivo Regional de Cuzco)
3S 1122
Cusco 08003
Telephone: 51 084-233897
Email #2:
Website: Regional Archive of Cuzco
Website #2: Cusco Regional Archive
Website #3: Cusco Regional Archive (Peru)

Perhaps one of the most important repositories of documentary sources in Latin America, the Cusco Regional Archive (consisting of the Intermediate Archive and the Historical Archive), whose premises are currently located on the second floor of the Library of the Antonio Abad National University of Cusco, guards invaluable documentation, much of which has not yet been fully described.

Regional Archive of Huancavelica (Archivo Regional de Huancavelica)
Plazuela San Juan de Dios s / n
Telephone: 51 067-480517
Website: Huancavelica Historical Archive
Website #2: Archivo Regional De Huancavelica

Regional Archive of Huánuco (Archivo Regional de Huánuco)
Jirón Seichi Izumi 629
Huánuco 10003
Telephone: 51 62 637499/62 518696
Email #2:
Website: Archivo Regional de Huanuco
Website #2: Huánuco Regional Archive
Website #3: Huánuco Regional Archive (Peru)

Currently, the Huánuco Regional Archive does not have its own premises, despite the formalities submitted to the Regional Government for the construction of its own premises. Their funds are stored in three locations located in Jr. Abtao, in the environments of the IEE “Niño Jesús de Praga” and in the Jr. Seichi Izumi, where they even have to pay monthly rental fees.

Regional Archive of Ica (Archivo Regional de Ica)
Av Cutervo 920
Ica 11001
Telephone: 51 56 238575 Anexo 255
Email #2:
Email #3:
Website: Archivo Regional de ICA
Website #2: Regional Archive of Ica

By the middle of the first semester of 2015, it was announced that the Modified Institutional Budget of the Regional Government of Ica included the departure of one million 649 thousand soles for the work of the institutional premises of the Regional Archive of Ica. The total budget of the aforementioned regional government amounts to almost 80 million. However, the news about the construction of its own premises for the Regional Archive of Ica date from at least the year 2012. On that occasion, Alonso Navarro Cabanillas, regional president of Ica, stated that the technical file for the construction of the The file location was in the process of being prepared. He added that by 2013 the work should be ready, which would be located on the corner of Av. Túpac Amaru and Ayabaca, next to the Higher School of Artistic Training "Sérvulo Guiérrez". The planning established a three-storey building in an area of ​​1829 square meters.

Regional Archive of Junín (Archivo Regional de Junín)
Urbanizacion Los Jardines de San Carlos - Calle Las Rosas N° 152 - 156
Huancayo 12002
Telephone: 51 64 585975
Website: Archivo Regional Junin
Website #2: Junín Regional Archive

On January 2, 1988, Lidia Sobrevilla Gonzales takes over the management of this archive. As the Archival Alert reports , one of its achievements was "the increase in the archive's documentary collection, rescuing valuable documents that were in danger of disappearing and in inadequate conservation conditions; it managed and received the support of the Organization of American States and the ADAI Program to acquire bookshelves and to digitize documents." The first work of the aforementioned, document collection, has not been without difficulties, which have reached the judicial sphere to date. "Even today, judicial processes against ex-notaries and relatives reluctant to comply, according to the law, with the transfer of files continue." In 2013, the then director, Víctor Solier, in statements to the press, reported that during the years of the internal conflict, several institutions, such as the case of municipalities, suffered major attacks, which destroyed the documentation that was kept there.

Regional Archive of Lambayeque (Archivo Regional de Lambayeque)
Av. Juan Tomis Sack, cuadro 9
Pacifico, Chiclayo 14001
Telephone: 51 74 201239
Website: Archivo Regional de Lambayeque
Website #2: Lambayeque Regional Archive
Website #3: Ligbayeque Regional File Games Digitized
Website #4: Recognized work of the Lambayeque Regional Archive

To date, 124 thousand images corresponding to the Civil Registry books that work in the Lambayeque Regional Archive have been digitized by the Utha Geneaological Society, SGU, a North American organization dedicated to preserving the general records of various parts. of the world, applying advanced technology. Perhaps Utha should be Utah and Ligbayeque should be Lambayeque.

Regional Archive of La Libertad (Archivo Regional de La Libertad)
Casona Larco (Jr. Independencia N ° 509, Trujillo, La Libertad 13001)
Telephone: 51 44 241763
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Website: Archivo Regional La Libertad
Website #2: Regional Archive of Freedom

According to the information available in the Census-Guide of Archives of Spain and Ibero-America, the Regional Archive of La Libertad was founded on January 28, 1974. The location has an area of ​​1,200 square meters, with "18 documentary repositories, Research Room, Room and Gallery of Exhibitions, three administrative offices, Work Room, Binding Workshop, entrance hall and five bathrooms." The architectural and historical value of the building is compared to the importance of the heritage protected inside: "The importance of the premises is compatible with the significance [sic] of the rich documentary heritage it guards". Despite this cultural link between content and continent, the structure is in a less than optimal state. The roof, to be more precise, has cracks through which rainwater enters the historic building. According to the statement of its director Napoleón Cieza, in 2014 the Regional Government was asked for an economic item for its repair.

Regional Archive of Lima (Archivo Regional de Lima)
Pje. RP Eusebio Arroniz 220 (Former Railway Station)
Telephone: 51 012322623
Email #2:
Website: Lima Regional Archive
Website #2: Regional Archive of Lima - Provinces (Peru)

It is important to mention that it safeguards an important photo library, made up of "more than 5,000 black and white and color photographs, from the first decades of the 20th century".

Regional Archive of Loreto (Archivo Regional de Loreto)
Calvo de Araujo No. 836, Iquitos
Telephone: 51 65 50-0304
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Email #3:
Website: Loreto Regional Archive

It was officially created on November 24, 1976 as the Departmental Archive of Loreto. According to the information available in the Census-Guide, "the Loretan authorities were interested in preserving [the rich historical documentation that it possessed] and organizing it, for which they managed, in 1976, before the National Institute of Culture, the opening of the Departmental Archive of Loreto, based in the city of Iquitos." However, it took twelve years for this archive to start operating, marked on October 1, 1988. The address of this new institution fell into Máximo García Fernández. One of his first tasks will be the collection of documentation from different rooms, such as the Loreto Tax Office. In 1998, 22 years after its foundation, it suffered a tragic fire, within attacks throughout the city of Iquitos. Because of which all his funds were reduced to ashes.

Regional Archive of Madre de Dios (Archivo Regional de Madre de Dios)
Av. Fitzcarral N ° 411, Madre de Dios
Website: Regional Archive of Mother of God
Website #2: Archivo Regional de Madre de Dios

Regional Archive of Moquegua (Archivo Regional de Moquegua)
Website: Regional Archive of Moquegua

The Moquegua Regional Archive was created by Law 25323, which institutionalized the National Archives System of Peru. Thus, the General Archive of the Nation created the Moquegua Regional Archive on November 24, 1976. However, the operation began years later. In 1984, with the financial support of Engineer Luis Pinto Fernández Dávila, president at the time of CORDEMOQUEGUA (Development Corporation of Moquegua), following an agreement with the then Head of the AGN, Enrique Tord, the attention to the public began. The Archive had as its first director Prof. Carlos Salas Rodríguez and six other officials, operating in an environment of the Banco Central Hipotecario del Perú. During that eight-year period, between creation and operation, "the Moquegua Regional Archive was only a piece of paper; the abandonment, deterioration and loss of important documents continued". Regarding the transfer of documentary funds to the Archive, it has been found that Víctor Cutipé Vargas Angulo, "jealous guardian of the invaluable notary fund of Moquegua", had until before the creation of the Moquegua regional archive, a protocol dating from the year 1587, belonging to Diego Dávila. The relationship with CORDEMOQUEGUA lasted until 1985, after which time it was totally dependent on the AGN. At the time, the Fundación Histórica Tavera describes it this way: "The situation of this archive is somewhat precarious. It does not have any major publications except for a newsletter. Its information instrument is made up of basic inventories". After the creation of regional governments in Peru, it depends administratively on the Regional Government of Moquegua, exactly on the Regional Management for Social Development.

Regional Archive of Pasco (Archivo Regional de Pasco)
Jr. July 28, Juan Pampa, State Building No. 3, First floor
Cerro de Pasco
Telephone: 51 63 721990
Email #2:>br> Website: Pasco Regional File
Website #2: Regional File Address

The Pasco Regional Archive faces the problem of premises, it does not have its own infrastructure, it currently works in a premises assigned by the Pasco Provincial Municipality, with 2 rooms, with an area of ​​90 M2.

Regional Archive of Piura (Archivo Regional de Piura)
Jirón Los Tallanes s / n Urb. San Eduardo - El Chipe
Piura 20009
Telephone: 51 073-326634
Email #2:
Website: Piura Regional Archive
Website #2: Piura Regional Archive (Arp)
Website #3: Piura Regional Archive (Arp)

The archive consists of a Colonial Section which has a Cabildo Series, a Corregimiento Series, a Quartermaster Series, and Notaries (1589-1820), and a Republic Section which has a Political-Military Government Series, a First Instance Court Series, a Superior Court of Justice Series, Public Charity (1893-1958), Mutual de Vivienda (1961-1994), and ENACE in liquidation (1986-1994). The documentation covers the following provinces: Ayabaca, Huancabamba, Morropón, Paita, Sullana, Tumbes.

Regional Archive of Puno (Archivo Regional de Puno)
Av. El Ejercito Nº 645
Puno 21002
Telephone: 51 51 600704
Email #2:
Website: Puno Regional Archive
Website #2: Archivo Regional de Puno

According to Fundación Tavera, the Puno Regional Archive is divided into three series: Historical, Notaries and Notaries, and Administrative. One of the projects that the Puno Regional Archive started was the so-called "Civil Registry Fund Digitization Project". From its inception in February 2012 to September 2013, 562 thousand 920 birth certificates had been digitized from those from Puno, Huancané, Azángaro and San Román, which come from the years 1890 and 1998. The digitization process has consisted of photographic capture, indexing and publication, as reported in 2013 by the then Director of the Puno Regional Archive, Ricardo Chura. In the same way, thanks to this project it will be possible to have access to the database of Public Deeds of the former notaries.

Regional Archive of San Martín (Archivo Regional de San Martín)
Jr. Juan Pablo Góngora s/n. Barrio de Calvario
Moyobamba 22001
Telephone: 51 950 501 143
Email #2:
Website: Regional Archive of San Martín
Website #2: Archivo Regional San Martin
Website #3: San Martín Regional Archive - Moyobamba
Website #4: San Martín Regional Archive

Custody documentation from the Republican era, divided as follows: Notarial documentation (1887-2007), Historical document (1850-1920), Judicial documentation (1870-1956), Civil registries (1905-1997), Marriage certificates (1905-1997), and Death certificates (1912-1997). In the case of civil registries, it includes the following provinces: Huallaga, Mariscal Cáceres, Picota, Bellavista, Moyobamba, Lamas, El Dorado, Rioja and Tocache.

Regional Archive of Tacna (Archivo Regional de Tacna)
Calle Zela 716
Tacna 23001
Telephone: 51 52 415225
Email #2:
Website: Tacna Regional Archive
Website #2: Tacna Regional Archive (ART)
Website #3: Archivo Regional de Tacna

Its definitive locality is known as "Legal House" (Zela N ° 716), where 50% of the property is occupied. This building has historical value for its antiquity - erected in 1901 - and for being the place where the reincorporation of Tacna to the Peruvian state was signed in 1929. In October 2014 the infrastructure of this building, declared a Historical Monument of the Nation, underwent a reform to strengthen the deteriorated areas. Such works were financed by the Regional Government of Tacna, allocating a budget of 150 thousand soles. At the end of 2013, the Tacna Regional Archive announced the start of the project to digitize the newspapers that "were circulating during the time of the Chilean occupation." According to the Diario Correo newspaper, Lanchipa Palza, director of the Tacna Regional Archive, stated: “With a digitization project, the newspapers from the Captivity period from the years 1880 to 1929, will be the first to digitize. Some of these specimens are deteriorated”. This project, initiative of the Regional Government of Tacna, includes thirty newspapers, among which have been indicated: "La voz del Sur", "El Tacora", "El Progresista", "La Mercantil Mercantil", "Concordia", "Independiente ”,“ El Tacneño ”and“ El Mensajero ”. The latter stands out for circulating since 1840 and being the first to be printed in Tacna.

Subregional Archive of Bajo Mayo (Archivo Subregional Bajo Mayo - Tarapoto)
Jr. Orellana Nº. 634
Telephone: 51 42 523469 Annex Nº. 136
Website: Subregional File Bayo Mayo - Tarapoto
Website #2: Sub Regional Archive of San Martín

In 2006 the project "Conservation of notarial protocols, civil registry, institutional and historical documents and implementation of the San Martín Subregional Archive. Tarapoto", presented by the Archive of the Bajo Mayo Sub Region (Tarapoto), was approved by the ADAI Program , receiving the approval of 3,000 euros for its execution.

Church Archives[edit | edit source]

The Catholic Church has gathered the early church records from the dioceses into a centralized archive. Six of Lima's seven parishes store their pre-1900 records in the Archive of the Archbishopric of Lima (Archivo Arzobispal de Lima).

Archive of the Archbishopric of Lima (Archivo Arzobispal de Lima)
Calle Luis Espejo 1064
Cercado de Lima 15034
Telephone: 51 471-4738
Website: Archbishop Archives of Lima
Website #2: Archbishop Archive of Lima
Website #3: Archive of the Bishop of Huacho
Website #4: Archivo del Arzobispado de Lima (Peru)

The Archive of the Archbishop of Lima has documentation since 1543 on visitations (visitas), holy works (obras pias), tithing (diezmos), property, and divorce. Few guides, indexes, or inventories have been published, but in the archive there are several that can be used on site. For information about the archive, see: Vargas Ugarte,Rubén, S.J. “El Archivo Arzobispal de Lima,” in Handbook of Latin American Studies, 1936. (Cambridge, Mass.: 1937), 443–48. Only a few of the records of the Archive of the Archbishop of Lima have been indexed, and most of the indexes remain unpublished. Parish records, particularly baptisms, are the most likely to be indexed. Additionally, there are eight volumes of indexes of marriage documents (expedientes matrimoniales). More recent Catholic parish records are kept at the local parish. The diocese keeps the records of parishes that no longer exist. You may write to local parishes and church archives for information. To obtain 20th century documents, you must visit the parish offices and pay a fee.

See Peru Church Directories, Peru Church History, and Peru Church Records for more information.

Municipal Archives[edit | edit source]

All records created by local governments in Peru, including birth, death, and marriage records, are kept in municipal offices. These offices are comparable to county courthouses and town halls in the United States. Copies of the municipal records are available to the public. For more information about these offices and their records, see Peru Civil Registration.

These archives also house the Libros de Cabildos (minute books), which contain information about local administration, founding of towns, commercial life, markets, sanitation, administration of justice, and social relations. The municipal records of the town of Huamanga are housed in the National Library.

You can get information about the records kept at a particular municipality by writing to the municipal office. See Spanish Letter Writing Guide for instructions on how to write for genealogical information.

Libraries[edit | edit source]

Biblioteca de Barranco - Municipalidad de Barranco
Pedro de Osma
Barranco 15063
Av. San Martín S / N, Parque Municipal
Barranco, Lima
Telephone: 51 1 2036730/719-2041/719-2046
Email #2:
Website: Manuel Beingolea Library
Website #2: Biblioteca Municipal, Barranco
Website #3: Biblioteca Municipal de Barranco

Bibliotecas Municipales - Municipalidad de Miraflores
Av. Larco 770
Lima 18
Telephone: 51 6177261 / 6177260
Website: Bibliotecas Municipales
Website #2: Bibliotecas Municipales de Miraflores
Website #3: Biblioteca Ricardo Palma

Bibliometro de Lima sede Central Norte
Estacion Central Lc 201
Cercado de Lima 15001
Website: Red de bibliotecas Lima Lee

Great Public Library of Lima
Av. Abancay cuadra 4, Cercado de Lima 15001
Telephone: 51 1 5136900
Website: Great Public Library of Lima

Municipal Library of Ica (Biblioteca Municipal de Ica)
Calle Acacias 194
San Isidro, Ica 11001
Telephone: 51 239246/51 977 832 518
Website: Municipal Library of Ica
Website #2: Biblioteca Municipal "Jose de San Martin" - Ica

Municipal Library "Santa Cruz"
Lima 18, Calle Mariano Melgar 247
Telephone: 51 1 6177106

National Library of Peru(Biblioteca Nacional)
Av. De La Poesía 160, San Borja 15034
Telephone: 51 1 5136900 - Annex 7000
Website: Peru National Library

The National Library has several large collections that are of particular interest to family historians. It is one of the main repositories for primary documents relating to the military. It has one of the most thorough collections of imprints dating from the independence and republican periods, and has extensive collections of pamphlets and memorias. Other documents of interest are land grants (encomiendas), judicial records (judiciales), succession rights (mayorazgos), chaplaincy records (capellanías), chieftainship records (cacicazgos), immovable property of Lima (propiedad inmóvil de Lima), dowries (dotes), parish registers (registros parroquiales), town council minutes (actas de cabildo), and books of the orders and decrees (libros de cédulas y proviciones). The National Library also has registers of the notaries (escribanos) of Lima, Arequipa, and Cuzco.
The National Library contains nine rooms where material for various subjects are stored. The collection of the Hall of Research (Sala de Investigaciones) is very diverse and can be accessed through two card catalogs, one arranged by subject and the other chronologically. A fire in 1943 destroyed a large part of the manuscript collection, but following the catastrophe the surviving documents were thoroughly cataloged.

Public Library Station - Breña
Jr. Aija y Manoa N ° 599 - Urb. Chacra Colorada
Telephone: 01-5136900 annex 8510
Website: Peru National Library

Public Library Station - Comas
Av. Las Palmeras S / N - Urb. Repartición (Parque Ricardo Palma)
Telephone: 01-5136900 annex 8514
Website: Peru National Library

Public Library Station - El Agustino
Jr. José Quiñones S / N - Urb. Corporación (Parque Triangular)
Telephone: 01-5136900 annex 8513
Website: Peru National Library

Public Library Station - La Victoria
Jr. Giribaldi S / N block 11 (Parque San German), height block 14 of Av. México
Telephone: 01-5136900 annex 8511
Website: Peru National Library

Public Library Station - Rimac
Av. Felipe Arancibia block 2 s / n (Ex-Tarapacá) - Rímac
Telephone: 01-5136900 annex 8512
Website: Peru National Library

Pukllasunchis Association Library (Biblioteca Asociación Pukllasunchis)
563 Awaqpinta Street
Ahuacpinta, Cusco 08002
Telephone: 51 84 243853
Website: Association Pukllasunchis

Museums[edit | edit source]

Lima Metropolitan Museum (Museo Metropolitano de Lima)
Av. 28 Julio with Av. Garcilaso de la Vega, Lima - Parque de la Exposicion, Av. 28 de Julio, Cercado de Lima
Telephone: 51 1 3303899
Website: Lima Metropolitan Museum
Website #2: Museo Metropolitano de Lima - MET
Website #3: Lima Metropolitan Museum

The Lima Metropolitan Museum offers an audiovisual tour of the pre-Hispanic, viceregal and republican history of the city of Lima. The museum offers scenographies and audiovisual projections in 2D, 3D and 4D. In addition, the Museum's temporary exhibition room manages exhibition proposals that reflect on the history, society and culture of Lima. On the other hand, the Museum has a Children's Reading Room and a Library, and carries out various cultural events and activities aimed at the entire community.

National Museum (Museo de la Nación)
Av. Javier Prado Este 2465
San Borja 15021
Telephone: 51 1 4769878/1 6189393 annex 2306/2280/2484
Website: Museum of the nation
Website #2: Museum of the nation
Website #3: Museum of the Nation
Website #4: Museum of the nation The National Museum Of Lima
Website #5: Museum of the Nation (Ministry of Culture)

The nation's museum houses an approximate collection of 15,500 works, most of which belong to the pre-Hispanic period such as metals, textiles and ceramics, the rest come from the colonial and republican times. The collection is of the archaeological, historical and ethnographic type of Peru.

National Museum of the Archaeology, Anthropology, and History of Peru, Lima (Museo Nacional de Arqueologia, Antropologia e Historia del Peru)
Plaza Bolivar s / n Pueblo Libre
Telephone: 51 321 5630 - Annex 5262/618-9393 Anexo: 5211
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Website: Museo Nacional de Arqueologia, Antropologia e Historia del Peru
Website #2: Library and archive
Website #3: National Museum of Archaeology, Anthropology and History
Website #4: National Museum of the Archaeology, Anthropology, and History of Peru
Website #5: The National Museum of Archeology, Anthropology and History

The National Museum of Archeology, Anthropology and History of Peru (MNAAHP) is the first museum in Peru; the largest, oldest and most representative of our country. It was the only one that Peru had in the first hundred years of the Republic. It has two different series: Historical Archive and Collections. The first preserves documents from the 16th century and the second, personal and career files of the most important researchers in the country. Its importance lies in the valuable cultural heritage that it guards in its deposits and repositories, which houses approximately 300,000 pieces that make up the legacy of our pre-Hispanic, colonial and republican past. The Museum building has an architecture that combines elements from the late Colonial and Republican periods. Along with its exhibitions, it makes this a meeting place with the history of Peru and the ideal place where everyone, regardless of age or place of origin, can discover, relive and question the experiences of our ancestors.