The Archive of the Cathedral of Murcia keeps and safeguards in its collections the evolution of the Church of Cartagena, from its restoration in 1250 to the present day and is, without doubt, the most important ecclesiastical archive in the Region of Murcia.
It is also one of the most complete for learning about the past of the Diocese of Cartagena. It formerly included a large part of the current provinces of Alicante, Almería and Albacete.
For a better service of consultation and attention to the users, the access to the Archive will always be made by previous reservation detailing the object of study and the documentation to consult in an email addressed to archivo @ catedraldemurcia.org.
Note: The musical collections of the Archive of the Cathedral of Murcia are being described and inventoried, with the intention of creating a general catalogue of the compositions and scores of the Cathedral. Until this task is completed, it will not be possible to access this documentation.
RULES OF USE AND SERVICE CHARTER
1. Access to the Archive is free of charge. All researchers undertake to observe and comply with the following user manual.
2. Any researcher wishing to access the Archive must register as an ACM researcher, providing the personal and contact details requested. This registration will be for internal use of the archive, subject to the data protection law (Royal Decree 1720/2007, of 21 December, approving the Regulations for the development of Organic Law 15/1999, of 13 December, on the protection of personal data). The researcher will sign the registration form each time he/she accesses the archive.
3. It is necessary to make an appointment (date and time) with the archivist to reserve a place in the researchers’ room. By e-mail: archivo @ catedraldemurcia.org.
4. The researcher has access to the database search engine, but can only access inventoried and non-reserved documentation. They must fill in a form requesting the documents to be consulted and hand it in to the archivist, who will provide them with said documentation, always one at a time, with a maximum of three documents per day. Under no circumstances may the researcher access the shelves, boxes or files on their own.
5. It is forbidden to bring cameras, mobile phones (always in silence), folders, rucksacks or bags, which may be deposited at the entrance to the Archive together with coats, in a space reserved for this purpose.
6. Documentation may not be photographed. If copies are needed, they will be provided by the Archive’s own reprographic service, in digital format or on paper, always with a watermark, and complete files will never be handed over, only the part relevant to the research. In any case, the researcher will assume the cost of digitalisation. If the documentation is to be published in a work, the researcher must request the relevant permissions for this purpose, citing the origin and legal rights of the images.
7. Documentation must be treated with the utmost care and respect. The researcher will be responsible for the deterioration, loss or mutilation of the requested documents. Deterioration or breakage of documentation due to misuse or irresponsibility on the part of the researcher will lead to legal action being taken by the Archive management.
8. Failure to comply with these rules of use may result in expulsion from the Archive and a ban on future research in the Archive.
9. The researcher undertakes to hand over a copy of the work or study once it has been completed or published.