Highlighted the contribution to the National Program for the Conservation of the Historical Memory

Highlighted the contribution to the National Program for the Conservation of the Historical Memory

An important contribution to the National Program for the Conservation of the Historical Memory was achieved by the Provincial Historical Archives of Villa Clara and that of the city of Remedios during the year that ends.

The period was marked by the impact of the COVID-19, which forced to go through a period of time to do remote work at both institutions, without leaving their main missions aside. However, an intensive work was done on the restoration of the digitized collections and documents, the search for updated information to promote the digital Library, and the identification of the documentary collections was promoted, among them that of the Provincial Court of Las Villas, the municipal courts and the Urgency Court.

This was known at the balance meeting held to analyze the annual results of the Historical Archive of Villa Clara, at the government headquarters, which was chaired by Elvira Corbelle Sanjurjo, director of the National Archive of the Republic of Cuba.

In Villa Clara, during the period, the funds of the Provincial Assembly of the People's Power and the Municipal Assembly of the People's Power of Santa Clara were registered, some 1,500 users were attended and more than 11,600 documents were consulted in addition to working on the computerization of the protocol indices, the notarial processes and to carry out restorative processes on more than one thousand pages of the City Council Fund of Santa Clara and to continue with the digitization of important images for their conservation.

Elvira Corbelle Sanjurjo declared to the press that despite being an atypical year at the Archives Network, the reconstruction actions were carried out at 5 provincial institutions, while she also pondered the fact that a new location has been assigned to the Provincial Archive  of Villa Clara, which is very important considering that this territory has an important role in the history of Cuba and a housing property with better constructive characteristics was needed to preserve the heritage that is being treasured here.

She also pointed out that in the country the number of users grew in about 7 thousand, including North American researchers, and it was a challenge for the institution to deny the media campaigns against the island on the social networks, with documentary evidence that shows what yesterday was like in the country.

She also announced that they are working on the Computerization Program and the creation of the Portal of the Cuban Historical Archives.

Among other issues, the debates called for closing the conservation-restoration-digitization cycle to make documents more expeditiously available to users, and for closer ties with other provincial archives, in addition to thinking about the creation of a Municipal Archive in Sagua la Grande, given the importance of that municipality for both the history and the traditions of the central region.