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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The CNMI Archives at Northern Marianas College recently received a large collection of photocopied historical documents from the Northern Mariana Islands Humanities Council.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“The Council wanted a permanent home for these significant historical documents and we could not think of a better place than the CNMI Archives at NMC,” said Humanities Council executive director Scott Russell.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“We are very excited to have received such a valuable collection of historical documents,” said CNMI Archivist John Cook.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.

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