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Title: The NAG : National Archives Gozo. 25 years in the making
Authors: Grima, Joseph
Keywords: Archives -- Malta -- Gozo
Archives -- Malta -- Gozo -- History
Archives -- Malta -- Gozo -- Adrministration
National Archives Gozo (Victoria, Malta)
Issue Date: 2016
Abstract: The National Archives (Gozo Section)▪NAG is relatively new. It has been set up twenty six years ago, but the first documents within the archive date to the 1560s. The need for setting up an archive to hold Gozo’s most vital documents has been brought up many times in the past. Before the actual running of the archive, people had only one main source of information, which was ‘The Gozo Public Library’. In fact, the first fond to be deposited in the archive was the ‘Universitas Gaudisii’ that was available for the public in the reference section of the ‘Gozo Public Library’ from the early 1950 s. The mentioned section is the oldest and first group of documents that the ‘National Archives (Gozo Section)’ acquired. These records consist of the registers of the medieval government of Gozo. Although this fond was catalogued in several sections, it was not done in the most professional way. Putting apart that a progressive numeration was used, it was found that there was a mix up of different volumes that have been catalogued in the wrong sections. Fortunately enough, these documents were found to be in an acceptable state of preservation. The second batch of volumes acquired by this archive were the ‘Government Secretariat’ records. This was the body that took the reins of Gozo from the ‘Universitas Gaudisii’. These documents were held in the former premises of the ‘Gozo Secretariat’, in Republic Street, in Victoria, Gozo. This section consisted in more than 800 volumes in no order what so ever. Due to this fact, these documents were never available for researchers and the public for consultation. Unfortunately, most of the volumes were burned and the remaining existing ones are only a fraction of the whole reality. Also, they were kept in a bad preservative state. Each single document had to be patiently cleaned, and where possible, volumes were grouped together. Another vital part of the Archives consists of the documents pertaining to the ‘Gozo Law Courts’. These volumes were kept at the ‘Courts Archives’ in Victoria. Due to lack of space, these were immediately transferred to the newly-founded archives. The material brought at the archives was found to be in an outstanding condition. While it was still being kept at the ‘Gozo Law Courts Archives Section’, all the volumes were available to the public. One however notes that the volumes were all catalogued.
Appears in Collections:Dissertations - FacMKS - 2016
Dissertations - FacMKSLIAS - 2016

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