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The Basque Parliament’s Culture Commission visited yesterday the Archive of the Basque Diaspora in Bilbao

09/16/2021

An image of yesterday’s visit to the Archive of the Basque Diaspora by a delegation from the Basque Parliament
An image of yesterday’s visit to the Archive of the Basque Diaspora by a delegation from the Basque Parliament

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Bilbao, Bizkaia. Representatives of the Basque Parliament’s Culture Commission led by its president Jasone Agirre Garitaonaindia, visited the Archive of the Basque Diaspora yesterday that continues to make progress and grow within the Basque Historical Archive.  They were welcomed by Borja Aginagalde, head of the Archive, and Gorka Alvarez Aranburu Director of the Basque Community Abroad, while Anabell V. Rodriguez Apreza, cataloging technician, explained the process they follow when donations are received from Basque clubs, individuals and institutions.

The delegation of the Culture Commission, Euskera and Sports of the Parliament enjoyed a guided tour of the facilities at the heart of the modern building of the Historic Archive of Euskadi on Maria Diaz de Haro Street in Bilbao.  This section has the goal of carrying out the task of documenting and preserving the presence and activity of Basque emigration, Basque exiles and Basques and their associations and institutions in the world.  The first cataloging of material received was carried out by Mikel Gómez Gastiasoro, who was succeeded a few months ago by Anabell V. Rodríguez Apreza.

The Archive of the Basque Diaspora aims to collect documentation and objects related to the memory and activity of the Basque community abroad, in its past and present work that it continues to develop every day in the most varied points of the world.  It aims to collect, save, classify and properly preserve this material so that researchers can study it vetter and understand that part of our history.

If you have papers, books, photos or other objects at home, whatever it may be, it may be important if it is related to Basque emigration with the story of the emigrant in particular, or contributions and the presence of Basques and their descendants.  Why not assure that they are not lost and preserve them in a professional manner, in optimum conditions, giving them the importance and the place they deserve?  The Archive of the Basque Diaspora may be the ideal place for them.  More information is available by emailing euskaletxeak@euskadi.eus or by calling (+34) 945 018 127.



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