To place within reach of investigators and users the digitalized documentation of the Capitular Archives of the Cathedral of Tarragona via the web www.acct.cat. This was the principal objective which Mn Manuel. M. Fuentes canon archiver of the Cathedral and director of the Archdiocesan Historic Archives, pointed out during the presentation of the first phase of the work of cataloguing and digitalization of the Capitular Archives. The act was presided over by Mn. Joaquim Fortuny, vicar general of the archdiocese, and took place on Wednesday 17th April in the Santa Tecla lecture hall of the Tarraconensian Centre ‘El Seminari’ and counted with the presence of the the vice-president of the Diputacion of Tarragona, Albert Vallvé, the director of the Territorial Services for Culture of the Generalitat of Catalunya, Jordi Agràs, and representatives of the Port of Tarragona among others.
Neus Sanchez Pie, responsible for the cataloguing of the Capitular Archives of Tarragona (ACT), gave a brief outline on the history of this Archive, first referenced in 1389. She remarked that the project was viable due to co-operation signed in 2011 between the Archbishopric of Tarragona, the Authority and the Archdiocesan Historic Archives, which permitted the start of new cataloguing and the informalitization of existing documents. “At these heights have been catalogued four fonts which are the Cathedral (772 documents), the Capitular (613 documents), the community of priests (23 documents) and the musical fonts, under the charge of a professor of the UAB. Actually 1.412 documents”, explained Sanchez Pie.
Mn. Miquel Barbarà, dean of the Capitular of the Cathedral of Tarragona congratulated Mn Manuel M. Fuentes and his team noting the professional way the work had been pursued. Mn Barbara added that the Cathedral “has not only been a place of worship but also important in the diffusion of culture from generation to generation. This cataloguing and digitalization is important for the church and for society”.
Mn. Joaquim Fortuny, before closing the act, appreciated the work realised stating that it was important for the future, a step forward in favour of culture.