Prospective StudentsInternational StudentCurrent StudentProa Portal

CNMI Archives Receives 30,000 Pages of Spanish Era Documents from the Northern Mariana Islands Humanities Council (May 13, 2011)

The CNMI Archives at Northern Marianas College recently received a large collection of photocopied historical documents from the Northern Mariana Islands Humanities Council. The documents are from the Spanish colonial administration of the Mariana Islands during the 1800s. Spain occupied the entirety of the Mariana Islands from 1565 until 1898 when it lost the Spanish-American War. In 1899, Spain sold the Northern Mariana Islands to Germany.

“The Council wanted a permanent home for these significant historical documents and we could not think of a better place than the CNMI Archives at NMC,” said Humanities Council executive director Scott Russell.

The original documents were located and photocopied by historian Dr. Carlos Madrid at the Philippine National Archives in Manila in 2010. Many of these documents date to the nineteenth century.

“We are very excited to have received such a valuable collection of historical documents,” said CNMI Archivist John Cook. “We look forward to making this collection available and readily accessible to the public. I am very grateful to Scott Russell and Tracy Guerrero at the NMI Humanities Council for entrusting us with these materials.”

Madrid’s research, supported by a “We the People” grant awarded to the Council by the National Endowment for the Humanities, was a part of a continuing Council initiative to locate and make available primary source materials that document the history and cultures of the Northern Mariana Islands.

Russell said that the Council looks forward to continuing its collaborative relationship with the Archives in the coming years. Cook also expressed his enthusiasm for continued collaboration between the Archives and the Council.

:::  Back to NMC News list  :::

Notice to Persons with Disabilities

Northern Marianas College (NMC) is committed to ensuring that all persons have equal access to its programs, opportunities, and information resources, including those on its institutional website in accordance to the requirements of Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990.

We apologize for any inconvenience as we work on bringing NMC’s website into full compliance. For immediate assistance, please contact Lucille Deleon Guerrero by email [email protected] or by calling (670) 237-6874.

If you wish to report an issue related to the accessibility of any content on NMC’s website, including a complaint about the accessibility of a document, form, or statement, you may do so by contacting the NMC’s IT Department by email at [email protected]. In your email please include the following information:

  1. The URL you are having accessibility issues with;
  2. The accessibility issue your are experiencing;
  3. Your name, phone number, and email address.

If you would like to file a formal grievance against the Northern Marianas College pursuant to the requirements of Section 504 and Title II, you may submit such grievance to the Office of the NMC President, P.O. Box 501250, Saipan MP 96950 or email [email protected].

You may also file a complaint with the U.S. Department of Education (USDOE) Office for Civil Rights. More information about filing a complaint with USDOE can be found at