Collections with particular interest and value:
Multimedia – audio CDs (music from all times), CD-ROMs (with educational games and other digital historical information), DVDs (entertaining and educative films for all ages). This collection integrates 2300 records.
Newspapers – The contemporary newspapers are accessible but, the Diário de Notícias’ collection should be emphasized as it was donated by Diário de Notícias Company and includes the first newspapers edited in Madeira by the time of the Portuguese Liberal Revolution in early 19th Century. The collection is composed by 260 titles and varies from generalist (focused on daily regional life) to specialized newspapers (political, religious, judicial, sports, education, literature or arts). This collection is currently under digitalization process.
Legislation – a total over 15 thousand volumes composes this collection. Among the preceding documents from Madeira Regional Archives, there are dozens of titles on European, national and local legislation – a total sum of over 4.000 titles and single papers. This group contains laws and diplomas produced since the 13th Century until 2009.
Governmental legislation published in Diário do Governo and Diário da República are to set off, as well as Rebelo Quintal’s legal library (11.000 documents donated to Regional Public Library).
Iconography – postcards, posters, illustrations, drawings, maps and other Non-book materials. The postcards collection in the Regional Archives is particularly valuable (15.000 units) and has been recently enriched by the transference of the collection from the Regional Board of Museums and Cultural Heritage. The posters’ collection at the Public Library is also very interesting, especially the ones produced in Madeira.
Reserved and rare printed documents – includes the libraries of Mário Sardinha’s library with the first editions of Portuguese books and literary magazines dated from the 19th and 20th centuries; António Montes, Escola Secundária Jaime Moniz; Maria do Carmo Rodrigues and Rogério Correia.
In addition we highlight the collections from Madeira Regional Archives: the private library of Nuno de Vasconcelos Porto which contains exceptional rare editions as Portugaliae Monumenta Historica, editions from the Lisbon Science Academy or monographs on history and Portuguese art by recognized authors; Nuno de Freitas Lomelino´s library; Luiz Peter Clode´s library (mostly dedicated to genealogical studies); Quinta Josefina’s library; Casa Museu Frederico de Freitas’ library and, finally, the collection of antique books (from the Mitra do Funchal).