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Database of the Argentinean Parliamentary Archives developed with UNESCO’s CDS/ISIS

02-03-2005 (Paris)
Developed with UNESCO's CDS/ISIS for Windows (WINISIS) software, the database of the Historical Archives of the Argentinean Chamber of Deputies keeps the records of proceedings, which represent the parliamentary history of the country. Started in 1999, the database covers now the period from 1862-1914 and will be extended to 1976.
The original files pertaining to XIX century (1862-1900) are hand-written; some of them are signed by former presidents and other personalities of Argentinean political life, such as Sarmiento, Mitre, Avellaneda, Pellegrini, etc. The documents are preserved in more than 7,000 metallic fireproof boxes, appropriate for paper preservation underground with adequate atmosphere and climate.

The database has detailed records containing the following information:
  • number, origin and year of the related paper file,
  • authors’ names,
  • type of project,
  • commission in which the parliamentary proceeding was debated,
  • summary of the topic to which the document refers, etc.
The cataloguing work requires careful verification and correction of the data, as some paper documents are not in a good condition, which makes them less readable and difficult to manipulate. The personnel, who do the data entry, work directly in the Archives, next to the shelves, to minimize transfers and avoid excessive manipulation of documents.

Since its creation, the database has already been consulted by many public and private institutions, historians, researchers, students, state officials and the general public from Latin America and Europe. It has been used for various works, theses and dissertations related to history and law.

The database is available online on the Archives website, the first in Latin America to display digital reproductions of parliamentary documents. It has been included into the UNESCO Archives Portal.
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