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Monday, December 19, 2011
Cuban Archive Works on Preservation of Colonial Notary Records
Camagüey, Cuba, Dec 19.- The Provincial Historical Archive of Camaguey, the second most important of the specialty in Cuba, will resume works next year aimed at preserving notary records from the colonial times.
The project consists in recovering deteriorated sheets from handwritten books dating back to the period from 1700 to 1898, and which certify, in thousands of folios, deeds on different matters, including the buying-selling of property and testaments.
The head of the Archive’s Conservation and Restoration Department, Mariuska Gonzalez, told ACN the resources used for the restoration work will be acquired thanks to a donation of 5,000 euros made by the Ministry of Culture of Spain through the The Ibero-American Archive Development Support Program Support for the Development of Iberian American Archives project.
The plan conceives the use of manual scanning equipment to transfer the texts to the digital format, thus protecting the originals from the risks of physical contact.
According to Gonzalez, Camaguey’s archives, the second best following the Cuban National Archives, had already started the recovery and digitalization of the mentioned documents of which Jeronimo Agudo’s records, a notary who lived in 1700s, are the oldest treasured by the provincial institute. (ACN).