This collection was delivered in July 1971 by the provincial chronicle writer Francisco Layna Serrano (1893 – 1971) to the provincial government together with the bibliographic archives, his library documents and personal files.
The photograph collection is composed of more than 2500 pictures dated between 1917 and 1970. The majority of them are images of almost 150 villages in the Guadalajara province, but there are also pictures from different places of Asturias, Ávila, Badajoz, Burgos, Ciudad Real, Jaén, La Rioja, Madrid, Málaga, Segovia, Soria, Toledo, Valencia, Valladolid, Zaragoza and other locations that were of interest to the wise man from Alcarria.
They are a great graphic reflection of the profound studies on different themes related with the history of art. There are 689 pictures whose central subject is architecture. Among them we can enjoy 144 views of churches, 285 of castles and 218 of various sculptures. There is also preserved an important amount of images about ethnographic subjects (almost 300) apart from the ones that document aspects of the author’s life and professional path.
1175 of them still maintain their negatives (29 crystal-made, 606 acetates and 540 in 35 mm rolls of film) and 1412 are positives from the time. The majority of the pictures was taken by Layna Serrano himself, but there are pictures signed by other photographers and stamped by different photographic labs, some of them especially prestigious, like Tomás Camarillo, A. Baños, Andrada, José Reyes, García Garrabella, Marí, Leocadio Zafra, Pedro Archilla and others connected with the Guadalajara province. There are artists from different places of Spain. A. Linares (Toledo), Muñoz (Ciudad Real), Alberto Muro, A. Vela y H. Ortega (La Rioja), Mier (Burgos) y Arcos (Huelva) and others.