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History of the Archive of the Royal Chancellery of Valladolid

Archive of the Royal Chancellery of Valladolid

The origins of the Archive of the Royal Chancellery of Valladolid date back to the Ordinances of Medina del Campo in 1489 through which the Catholic Monarchs not only reorganised the Royal Tribunal and Chancellery but also created its archive. However, it was not until 1607 that the post of archivist was created, at which time they began to deposit in the Archive the lawsuits that, up until then, had been kept by the chamber scribes. Once formed, the Archive served as the administrative archive for the Royal Tribunal and Chancellery until the latter institution was abolished in 1834.

The demise of the tribunal meant the start of a period of inactivity for the Archive, which lasted for more than seventy years and ended in 1906 when responsibility for the Archive was handed over to the Archivists Management Entity Thus began a new era that continues to this day, in which the Archive operates as a historical archive serving citizens, research and the administration, and with the main goals focussed on the preservation, archival treatment and promotion of its rich documentary heritage.


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