This month Wikimedia Argentina has signed an important partnership agreement with the Archivo General de la Nación (National General Archive) with the aim of working together on training programs, offering technical support and sharing knowledge and resources for preserving, making accessible and socializing our country's historical documents and heritage. Our Digitizing project will start working on 21 conservation units that hold inside the Caras y Caretas' photograph collection. Created in 1898, Caras y Caretas magazine is considered a historical document of public interest and was the first magazine that applied the technique of photoengraving in Argentina.
Another relevant agreement was signed during August-September with the Comisión Nacional de Monumentos, Lugares y Bienes Históricos (National comission for monuments, historical places and heritage) to work on digitizing the commission's historical monuments photographs, original handwritten minutes and several publications.
On the other hand, new agreements were formalized with two ministries of Buenos Aires City's Government: Culture and Education, with the aim of boosting cultural training programmes toghether and promoting activities around the city's heritage inside museum, libraries and also historical schools. This adds to the recently signed agreement with Santa Fe City's Cultural and Education Office, with whom we continue working on opening up archives like important musician and composer's Ariel Ramirez photo collection: 94 pictures released on September 4th for his 100th birth anniversary.
More training for archivists
During September we carried on four virtual training sessions about archival organization, preservation and digitalization, focusing on how to guarantee access to different types of archives across time. For this, we developed a series of conversations with specialists on managing paper documents, photographies, audiovisual and sonorous/musical archives. We brought toghether 24 experts from a diversity of archives -for example indigenous and trans archives- as well as institutions from all over the country. More than 600 people signed in for the discussion panels. You can watch them by clicking here.
First collection of historical documents fully digitized
For the last 4 months we have been working on digitizing a collection called "Colección Cabodi", which is part of the library's collection at the National Academy of History. These are 106 documents written between the years 1500 and 1820, related to Argentine's colonial period and its independence. This was a "test-drive" for the digitization of more than 6,000 documents to be carried out in 2022.