• Organization TypeGovernment
  • HeadquartersColombia
  • Founded1826

Archivo General de la Nacion (Colombia)

In 1850 the president of the Court complained about the humidity that was affecting the archive of the Viceroyalty that was on the floor of the first floor, on boards, and asked to remedy this situation. During the month of September the file "of the government office of the former Viceroyalty of Santafé" was then transferred to the Casa de Moneda for its safekeeping and better conservation. At that time, "one thousand thirty-seven bundles of papers were counted, some of them rotten, apparently because of the humidity of the place in which they were kept."   The transfer of the file of the Secretariat of the Viceroyalty to the Casa de Moneda revealed that eight paintings had arrived at the Tribunal of Cundinamarca between the archives of the Royal Audience, which came from the chapel that had existed in the house of the Royal Audience , then in ruins. The Court wanted to keep them, but the Secretary of Government of the Republic of New Granada demanded its delivery to be allocated to the National Museum. It was a painting by San Isidro Labrador, full-length and with a golden frame; a picture of Saint Michael, full-length and with a golden frame; a smaller picture of San Cristóbal, with a golden frame; a painting of San Sebastián in his martyrdom, with a golden frame, a small painting with the coat of arms of the kings of Spain and three portraits of those kings: Carlos V, with wooden frame; Felipe II, with wooden frame, and Felipe III with half wooden frame, without color. This pinacoteca of the chapel of the Real Audiencia indeed was delivered to the doorman of the Secretariat of Government, with destination to the National Museum.   MISSION The General Archive of the Nation is a public establishment of the national order in charge of formulating, orienting and controlling the Archival Policy, coordinating the National Archives System and the National Archives Network, and guaranteeing the preservation of the documentary heritage, ensuring the rights of the citizens and access to information, as well as the improvement in the efficiency of public management, the efficiency of the State through a documentary management articulated with the use of Information and Communication Technologies. VISION In the year 2023, the General Archive of the Nation will be an entity recognized in all areas as rector of the archival policy and in the transfer of knowledge for the organization, description, digitalization, preservation, access and dissemination of the documentary heritage of the Nation. With its intellectual capital, it ensures compliance with archival policies through the networks of the National Archives System, and exemplifies the effective use of Information and Communication Technologies in the administration of the archives produced by public entities.  
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Company Offices

  • Colombia (headquarters)
  • Bogota
  • Carrera 6 No. 6 - 91 Bogotá DC