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PW-234612-16

University of California, Berkeley (Berkeley, CA 94704-5940)
Rosemary Joyce (Project Director: 06/30/2015 to present)

Creating and Publishing an Online Finding Aid for the Archivo General de Centroamérica (General Archive of Central America)

The creation of two finding aids (one basic and one enhanced) for 147,000 documents in the Archivo General de Centroamérica (AGCA), the Spanish colonial archive in Guatemala that holds materials ranging in date from 1544 to 1821, using microfilm held at the University of California, Berkeley. The project will also provide open public access to the information by integrating both finding aids into the Online Archive of California of the University of California library system.

This project will create a finding aid for the 147,000 documents in the Archivo General de Centroamérica (AGCA), the Spanish colonial archive located in Guatemala that contains unique materials created between 1544 and 1821 AD, primary research resources for the history of the countries of Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador, Nicaragua, and adjacent parts of Mexico, using a copy of a complete microfilm of the collection held at the University of California, Berkeley. Copies of the microfilm are available to over 200 libraries either through ownership of a complete copy or participation in the Center for Research Libraries. This project will produce a basic finding aid for all 147,000 documents, and an enhanced finding aid for approximately 100,000 documents of greatest interest for historical scholarship. The finding aids will be made available and preserved through the Online Archive of California, part of the library system of the University of California.

Project fields:
Geography; Latin American History; Latin American Studies

Program:
Humanities Collections and Reference Resources

Division:
Preservation and Access

Total amounts:
$260,000 (approved)
$260,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
5/1/2016 – 4/30/2019