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GENERAL INFORMATION - International Museum of the Student


General information

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 seven countries between 16th and 21th century. The exhibition fund exceed three thousand 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.

Countries represented in the Museum

Algeria, Argentina, Armenia, Australia, Austria, Belgium,
Bosnia-Herzegovina, Brazil, Bulgaria, Burma, Cambodia, Cameroon, Canada, Chile, China, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Czech Republic, Denmark, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Egypt, England, Estonia, Fiji, Finland, France, Gabon, Germany, Greece, Guatemala, Haiti, Holland, Honduras, Hungary, India, Iran, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Latvia, Luxembourg, Mexico, Monaco, Mongolia, Morocco, Norway, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Puerto Rico, Republic of the Congo, Romania, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Scotland, Senegal, Slovakia, Somalia, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, Sri Lanka, Sweden, Switzerland, Thailand, Tanzania, Tunisia, Turkey, Uruguay, United States of America, Uzbekistan, Venezuela and Vietnam.

Salamanca and the Eighth Anniversary of the Universit

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 charra capital.

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 facsimiles.

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.


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