The documentation preserved by the Archive refers mainly to the liturgy, music, construction, administration and government of the Cathedral. But it is also worth noting that you can also find documentation relating to the civil life of Mallorca, such as books of notarial protocols from the fourteenth to the eighteenth centuries, information on noble family heirs or varied documentation on estates, farms and places of Mallorca after Conquest and the later centuries. The documents preserved in the Chapter Archive testify to a large part of the history and culture of Mallorca.
Chapter Archive keeps more than 6,000 scrolls and 5,000 handwritten books
Since the beginning of the 20th century, the fund of the Chapter Archive has continued to grow. On the one hand, thanks to internal transfers of new documentation. On the other, by the incorporation of diverse documentary funds, the most important of which is the one of the Brotherhood of San Pedro and San Bernardo, that contains documentation from the 1370 until the present time, and which is in the process of cataloging.
CATALOGUEThe Archive was cataloged by the canon archivist Josep Miralles Sbert between the years 1896 and 1901. The documentation was divided into 3 large groups:
- Handwritten books: 5.167 units.
- Notebooks and loose papers: 2.948 units in 320 boxes.
- Scrolls: 6.087 units.
The cataloging of canon Miralles, made in paper cards, was published between 1936 and 1943 in book format in three volumes and with a total length of 2,500 pages.
In 2012, the Cathedral published a CD with the digitized catalog. In this CD the researchers will find a document in PDF format for each of the original paper volumes. In this way, it is no longer necessary for researchers to go to the Archive to consult the catalog on paper, but they can do it from home.
Apart from having this instrument, the Archive works in the cataloging of the new funds and also in the musical documentation that was not anticipated by the canon Miralles.
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