Letters from the Ricardo Palma collection are declared Cultural Heritage

Around 407 letters belonging to the collection of Peruvian writer Ricardo Palma Soriano, were declared Cultural Heritage of the Nation by the Ministry of Culture through the vice ministerial resolution No. 003-2020.

The selection is part of the correspondence addressed to the renowned writer among which other internationally renowned writers such as Rubén Darío, Clorinda Matto de Turner, Rafael Altamira, Mercedes Cabello, Soledad Acosta de Samper, Marcelino Menéndez Pelayo, Teresa Gonzales de Fanning stand out, Gabriel René Moreno, Pedro Santacilia, Lola Rodríguez de Tió, among others.

The report that supports the declaration highlights its relevance as part of the documentary legacy of the author of Peruvian Traditions. Ricardo Palma is considered one of the most recognized Peruvian characters in Spanish-American literature.

It also states that the importance and meaning lies in the autograph annotations that Ricardo Palma left in these documents, and because they reflect the transformation of his struggle to reconstitute the materiality and prestige of the National Library of Peru.

This correspondence is part of the collections protected by the National Library of Peru (BNP) since 1949 and can also be consulted in the room of manuscripts and rare books of the headquarters located in the district of San Borja, in the city of Lima, or through the Digital Library on the website of the institution.

The correspondence in the exhibition To return to Palma is exhibited in the Francisco Laso Room of the headquarters located in San Borja until January 30 of this year, from Monday to Friday from 9:00 a.m. at 8 p.m. and on Saturdays until 4.00 p.m. Admission is free and suitable for the general public.


Ricardo Palma was a writer, Peruvian writer, who came to enter politics. Palma used his literary ability to make a name through various publications that, over time, would make him a senator with just 35 years.

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