The sheer volume and number of pieces in the audio-visual collection of the Museo del Traje Library mean it constitutes a specialised archive of enormous historical and documentary value on Spanish culture, history and ethnography.
It was created in 1934. The founding document of the Museo del Pueblo Español provided for the creation of a “folkloric archive in which to collect, analyse, and classify the files on the traditions, superstitions, legends, songs and literary and musical manifestations of the true knowledge…”.
Over the years, first as the Museo del Pueblo Español and later as the Museo Nacional de Antropología, the collection has grown, collecting not only the most traditional aspects of our culture, but also a musical and audio-visual memory of our times.
The collection is currently being completed with titles documenting the evolution of costume and fashion through the acquisition of films, documentaries and other viedographic materials on the Museo’s current collection.