HMML’s Malta Study Center has completed the digitization of the Acta Originalia series from the Magna Curia Castellaniae collection at the National Archives of Malta. The project which began in 2007 digitized 1,411 volumes of legal documents dated 1543 through 1798.
The Magna Curia Castellaniae was the largest secular tribunal in Malta during the time of the Knights, being under the jurisdiction of the Master of the Order. Its chief officer, the Castellano, was a Knight of the Order; the court personnel consisted of a civil judge, a criminal judge, an exchequer, a vice-exchequer, two notaries, and several clerks. It was the largest existing tribunal on the island, and contained significant information about daily life on Malta. The tribunal heard both civil suits and criminal trials. A separate appellate court heard appeals to its judgments. In addition to the tribunal’s records, the Malta Study Center digitized the 25-volume index of the collection prepared by Dr. G. Portelli Carbone in the late 19th century.
Image: Ms. Michelle Busuttil taking the last picture of the MCC AO Digitization Project, June 2015.
HMML's Malta Study Center Completes Digitization of Historic Collection at the National Archives of Malta
The Center greatly appreciates the efforts of Mr. Charles Farrugia, National Archivist of Malta, and Mr. Noel D’Anastas, chief archivist at the Mdina facility. The Center also extends its appreciation to Mr. Stephen Busuttil, lead photographer, and his team of technicians at Image Consulting Malta. Special recognition and gratitude needs to be extended to Michelle Busuttil, who nearly single handedly digitized the entire collection (over 2 million images) over seven years on behalf of the National Archives and the Hill Museum & Manuscript Library. Proset!
The Hill Museum & Manuscript Library in Collegeville, Minnesota, preserves handwritten manuscripts around the world and makes the digital images freely available in an effort to understand and protect the history of humanity.