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HMML’s Malta Study Center to digitize collection at the National Archives of Malta

September 23, 2014
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Hill Museum & Manuscript Library’s Malta Study Center begins new digitization project 
at the National Archives of Malta

COLLEGEVILLE, Minn.— Dr. Daniel K. Gullo, Joseph S. Micallef Curator of the Hill Museum & Manuscript Library’s (HMML’s) Malta Study Center has signed an agreement with the National Archives of Malta to digitize the law court records for the French period, Epoca Gallica, 1798-1800.

“This important collection covers the legal history of Malta when the French abolished the Order of Malta’s civil and criminal justice system and the Office of the Inquisition and replaced it with a secular court system based on the French Republic” said Gullo. “The records to be digitized include three meters of law court cases with original pagination and bindings which were added during the 19th century. This collection will be of great interest to international scholars and historians of that era,”

Daniel K. Gullo in Malta

National Archivist, Charles Farrugia stated, “This collaborative project with HMML not only safeguards the preservation of the records, but also help the archives strengthen their users’ services—especially through the Archives Portal Europe.”

This is the second digitizing studio HMML has established at the National Archives. The first began in 2007, and thus far has digitally preserved 1500 volumes of law court records dating back to the time of the Knights of Saint John.

The Malta Study Center was established in 1973 through the inspiration of the Honorary Consul General of Malta-Saint Paul/Minneapolis, Joseph S. Micallef, KMOb. The center sponsors digitization projects to preserve the history of Malta, the Knights of Saint John, and the history of the Crusades. The Center also acquires antiquarian and modern publications dealing with Malta’s history, literature and culture. 

Since 1965, HMML has formed partnerships with over 540 libraries and archives to photograph more than 140,000 medieval, renaissance and early-modern manuscripts from Europe, Africa, the Middle East and India. One of the world’s leading cultural preservation institutions, HMML’s mission is to identify, digitally photograph, catalog and archive the contents of endangered manuscripts belonging to threatened communities, and to make these unique cultural resources available to users around the world.

Media Contact:
Erin Lonergan
Director of Development and Public Outreach
Hill Museum & Manuscript Library
Saint John’s University
2835 Abbey Plaza, P.O. Box 7300 | Collegeville, MN 56321
Phone: 320-363-2095
Email: [email protected]
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