The International Museum of the
Student is a project dedicated to promoting and
disseminating the history of student life in different countries
of the world. This
is an a non-profit initiative
and pioneer in this field, which you can not
find in any university or library.
The collection is owned by Roberto Martinez del Rio and features
original pieces of seventy
between 16th and 21th century.
The exhibition fund exceed two thousand seven hundred
original pieces to which one
should add a similar amount of documents. The oldest work is a spelling
dated from 1522.
The International Museum of the Student is supported by notable
documentary and exhibitionary funds from the five continents.
The development of the documentary field is intended to serve as
a reference, consultation, diffusion, study and research of the history
of universities, covering the period since the creation of the first
studies to this day. Furthermore, space devoted to the exhibition, allow
visitors enjoy the rich and extensive legacy left by the students
throughout the centuries.
The collections are divided into 17 sections: pengravings, prints &
reproductions, photographs, clothing & accessories, music scores &
songbooks, chapbooks, theatre and poetry, novel, documents, zarzuela,
student life, magazines and newspapers, cinema, cards & post cards,
musical recordings, musical instruments and miscellaneous. The Museum
offers library services, newspaper library, songbook, historical
dictionary, student news and visitor attention. Also carries out other
activities such as temporary exhibitions, conferences and publications.
The project was initiated in 1992 and the proposed creation of a
physical museum dedicated to the students, had
the approval of the University of Salamanca in 1999. That same year, was
instituted the Area of Student Life and Tuna, though, the lack of budget
and headquarters, prevented the development of the proposition. In recent years,
there have been several conversations with the
rectory teams, although all of them have been unsuccessful.
The collections can be visited only virtually but we expect to find the
necessary support to open the museum in the near future.
Currently, the project does not have any external support, so that the
maintenance, the research work, the Web site design and the purchase of
pieces devolved upon the author himself.
represented in the Museum
Algeria, Argentina, Armenia, Australia, Austria, Belgium,
Brazil, Bulgaria, Burma, Cambodia, Cameroon, Canada, Chile, China, Colombia, Cuba, Czech Republic,
Denmark, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Egypt, England, Estonia,
Guatemala, Haiti, Holland, Honduras, Hungary, India, Iran,
Israel, Italy, Japan, Latvia, Luxembourg, Mexico, Monaco, Mongolia,
Morocco, Norway, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Puerto Rico, Republic of
the Congo, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Scotland, Senegal, Slovakia, Somalia,
Spain, Sri Lanka, Sweden, Switzerland,
Thailand, Tanzania, Tunisia, Turkey, Uruguay, United
States of America, Uzbekistan, Venezuela and Vietnam.
Salamanca and the Eighth Anniversary of
Salamanca is birthplace of the Latin American Universities. The way of
life, customs and traditions that emerged under their classrooms have
made it a benchmark internationally and the legend that accompanies his
students have gone beyond our borders.
The spanish university is about to celebrate its eighth centenary. No
one disputes that Salamanca is the quintessential university town and
the city should take in, both the antiquity of their college and for its
prestigious, this original and innovative initiative. Salamanca is a
cosmopolitan city that attracts, daily, hundreds of visitors eager to
explore the traditions and history of its University. The International
Museum of the Student responds to the current tourist demands and
complements the wealth monumental of the buildings which house the
The progress of the times and the wide range of museums at present, make
it difficult to find a fund constituted by original pieces exhibition
that has not been raised previously. In this sense, it is worth noting
that there are many museums that do not have their own collection or
whose exhibition material reduces to the exhibition of reproductions and
The eighth centenary of the University will held in 2018. The project is
waiting for the response is to deliver the Interinstitutional Commission
created for this purpose. Let us hope that eventually achieve the
purpose and Salamanca can show the world an essential part of its
culture and traditions.