Centro de Documentación Teatral

The Centre for Theatre Documentation (CDT) was the first of two documentation centres of the INAEM to begin functioning; it was created in 1971 to hold documents on the performing arts that belonged to the State archives. It also inherited the photographic, phonographic and print resources of the Spanish National Theatres and Festivals (independent body attached to various ministries until its suspension), in addition to an extensive library collection.

Vicente Amadeo was the first director of the CDT. In 1979, César Oliva became the director, followed by Moisés Pérez Coterillo in 1983. From 1983 to 1993, the CDT published a journal that is a reference work for learning about Spanish theatre during that decade: El Público. Subsequently, the CDT has brought out publications such as Cuadernos teatrales (Notes on Theatre), obras teatrales (theatrical works), Guía Teatral de España (Theatre Guide of Spain), and the annual signature publication of the Centre: the Anuario Teatral (Theatre Yearbook).

In 1993, Andrés Peláez, then Director of the National Museum of Theatre – Almagro was appointed director of the CDT. He continued with the ongoing projects and edited an important volume entitled Historia de los Teatros Nacionales (History of National Theatres). In 1996, Moisés Pérez Coterillo was again appointed director, but died a few months into his tenure. He was followed by Cristina Santolaria, who resumed the publication of the annual Yearbook and developed an extensive programme to resurrect publications such as Historia, antología e índices de Primer Acto, El Público, and several monographs. She also established the regular hosting of the “Calderón de la Barca” awards. 

Digitalisation of the CDT and establishment of the Teatroteca (Video library)

With the arrival of Julio Huélamo in 2000, many of these lines of action continued to function; supplemented by publications of multimedia content and the simultaneous development of a plan for creating digitalised copies of the following theatre journals and magazines: El Público, Teatro, Yorick, Pipirijaina, El Teatro (1900-1905 and 1909-1910). This move towards digital formats is reflected in the publication of the Revista Digital de la Escena, in the development of an advanced document manager that provides access to nearly a million digitalised documents, and in other digital publications such as Don Galán, Figuras and Documentos para la Historia del Teatro Español. In 2017, the TEATROTECA (Video library) was implemented, a pioneering online service for lending audiovisual recordings, which provides increased access to the audiovisual resources of the Centre.

Centro de Documentación
de Música y Danza

The National Centre for Musical Documentation of 1978, headed by Antonio Iglesias, and the Centre for Musical Documentation of 1985 headed by Jacinto Torres, were the predecessors of the Centre for Musical Documentation. In 1991, Antonio Álvarez Cañibano was appointed the director of the Centre. In 1996, the Dance Section is included, and the centre is renamed the Centre for Music and Dance Documentation (CNMYD). It focuses on creating a series of databases that include, among others, Recursos Musicales en España (Musical Resources in Spain), Estrenos de Música en España (Musical Debuts in Spain), Recursos de la Danza (Resources on Dance), Bibliografía Musical Española (BIME or Spanish Musical Bibliography) are some noteworthy groups. Based on these databases, the CDMYD drafts secondary documents such as indexes, arrays and catalogues that facilitate user access to its resources.

Document registration and collaboration with other institutions

The recovery of heritage resources for the study of Spanish music has been another of its tasks, as illustrated by books such as the facsimile edition of the Diccionario de efemérides (Dictionary of Anniversaries) by Baltasar Saldoni, the Historia de la Música en España (The History of Music in Spain), or the Manuscrito Novena (The Novena Manuscript), in addition to many other publications in collaboration with other institutions. Some of its other noteworthy publications are El Quijote y la Música (The Quixote and Music), La música en tiempos de la Constitución de Cádiz (Music during the period of the Constitution of Cádiz), the Pasos yearbooks that register dance activities in Spain, the  Mapa del patrimonio musical en España (Map of the Musical Heritage in Spain) and Mapa del patrimonio de danza en España (Map of the Dance Heritage in Spain) or the Colecciones españolas de instrumentos musicales (Spanish Collections of Musical Instruments).

The CNMYD has also organised and collaborated in setting up exhibitions in different Spanish cities and overseas: The current status of music books in Spain; 50 years of the Spanish National Orchestra; Oscar Esplá and the Music of his Times; Images for Lyricism; Spanish Musical Theatre through Prints; Vicente Escudero: Portrait of a Legacy and Rhythm for Space. Managing the bequests and endowments to the centre is another of the CDMYD’s responsibilities.

Since 2002, it manages the Spanish ISMN (International Standard Music Number) Agency. The ISMN is the international number that provides a unique identity to publications of printed music.

Contact details

Centro de Documentación de las Artes Escénicas y de la Música (CDAEM)

Email: cdaem@inaem.cultura.gob.es
T: 91 353 39 41 / 91 050 53 14
Calle Alfonso XII, nº 3-5. Edificio B 28014  Madrid


In 2018, Javier de Dios was appointed Director of the Centre for Theatre Documentation and the INAEM embarked on the project to integrate the two documentation centres into just one. And so, in 2019, the Order CUD/428/2019 of 14 April created and regulated the Centre for the Documentation of the Performing Arts and Music (CDAEM), whose specific goals are “to collect, systematically organise, preserve, disseminate and make available to researchers, art professionals, educators and general citizens, all compiled artistic, graphic, documentary and audiovisual materials on stage and musical activities in Spain, as well to execute statistical studies or any other study for its preservation, valuation and research”.

These goals do not differ significantly from those of the CDMYD or the CDT, thus ensuring continuity in the important and rigorous labour of documentary preservation whereas it adopts the innovation required to make the CDAEM a 21st-century Centre for Documentation. For this purpose, not only does the Centre improve access to the resources with the tools offered by new technologies (website, digital publications, extensive dissemination of our resources…) but also plans projects for the present and the future to be able to offer quality public service intended not only for the academic world and performing arts and music professionals, but for society as a whole. We understand that to work for the enhancement and visibility of our resources, which are a first-hand testimony of a common stage and musical history, and to generate new content for our users, is to share an irreplaceable part of our cultural heritage.


Our team consists of documentarists, librarians, archivists, communicators, specialists in theatre, circus, music and dance, audiovisual technicians and administrative personnel. Thanks to their involvement and their work, anyone who wishes to access the resources of the CDAEM -hobbyists, students, educators, researchers and professionals- to consult and enjoy its resources, will be guaranteed attention, advice and access to necessary documents and first-hand knowledge of the past and present of our performing arts and music.


DirectorJavier de Dios López
AdministrationAlberto Martin Simón
Cristina González García
Web and Digital ConsultationSara Akkad Galeote
ISMN AgencyMarta Fernández Sandín
ArchivesMiguel Ángel Hermida Jiménez
Daniel Herranz Barnés
Lourdes Morales García
Mar Gómez Jiménez
AudiovisualAna Llorente Javaloyes
Carlos Díaz Pugnaire
Daniel Alonso Belda
Unidad Técnica de Audiovisuales del Centro de Tecnología del Espectáculo
Library and UsersPilar García Ledesma
Berta Muñoz Cáliz
Pedro Ocaña Triguero
María Serrano Rubio
Ana Isabel Villajos Heras
Paloma Erika Gimeno Riveiro
Luis Eugenio Muñoz
CommunicationJosé Ramón Fernández Domínguez
Esther Montero Montes
Circus and Theatre DocumentationLola Puebla López-Sigüenza
Ana Isabel Martínez Colino
Covadonga Iglesias Pastrana
Jose Luis González Rodriguez
Mar Parra Martínez
Dance DocumentationRosana López Fernández
Montserrat García González
Music DocumentationCristina Marcos Patiño
Eugenio Gómez del Pulgar
María José González Ribot
José Ignacio Cano Martín

Contact details

Centro de Documentación de las Artes Escénicas y de la Música (CDAEM)

Email: cdaem@inaem.cultura.gob.es
Tel: 91 353 39 41 / 91 050 53 14
Calle Alfonso XII, nº 3-5. Edificio B 28014  Madrid