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IVDP LibraryThe Port Wine Institute's Library was created in 1933. It contains a vast collection of technical, historical, economic, geographic and ethnographic papers, books and documents on Port Wine.

The Library also contains several works of great importance and rarity, namely:

Colectânea de leis da Companhia Geral da Agricultura das Vinhas do Alto Douro - a compendium of the laws and edicts pertaining to the Companhia, including the Royal Decree by which it was created in 1756;
Tratado teórico e prático das Vinhas... and Memória histórica e analítica sobre a Companhia dos vinhos... - by António Lobo Teixeira Girão, 1st Viscount of Vilarinho de S. Romão, the first great studies on Port Wine dating from the beginning of the 19th century.
Viticultura e Vinicultura... by the 2nd Viscount of Vilarinho de S. Romão and O Douro Ilustrado by the Viscount of Vila Maior, two equally important works from the end of the 19th century on Port Wine and the Douro Region. In addition to their value to the history of the trade, they are richly illustrated.
The notable collection of Baron Forrester's works and papers that reflect the great controversy of the period regarding dry and sweet wines.
Last but not least, Facts about Port and Madeira by Henry Vizetelly, 1880, beautifully illustrated by William Prater.

The Library also has a large collection of papers that document the period of the corporative organisation of the Port Wine sector and detailed archives on the IVP and its several services.departments.

As regards the photographic archives, the vast collection of some 3500 images includes the remarkable and unique collection of photographs by Domingos Alvão that the Port Wine Institute commissioned in 1933.

This collection consists of about 1200 photos of the Douro Demarcated Region with great details of all the stages of the viticultural and winemaking activities, transportation and views that go right into the heart of the great Port Wine companies.

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