Archivo Histórico Regional de Boyacá

Tunja, Colombia

The Archivo Histórico Regional de Boyacá (AHRB) houses a collection of documents that are of enormous historical value for the study of the colonial period. It is also one of the largest and most complete collections of documents for this period in Latin America. The archive is located in the city of Tunja, which was founded in 1539 and which was a very important urban center during the colonial period, overseeing a province of about 60 indigenous towns. Within the documents of the AHRB can be found testaments, deeds, sale and purchase records, contracts, royal decrees, papal bulls, civil and criminal lawsuits, acts of the cabildo, and other legal documents.

Neogranadina started digitizing the materials of the AHRB in December 2015 and since then we have digitized more than 580 legajos of historical documents, totalling about 20,000 images, including all of the materials before 1700 in the sections of the Archivo Histórico de Tunja, Notaría Primera de Tunja, Notaría Segunda de Tunja, and Notaría de Villa de Leiva, as well as all of the colonial documents in the Cabildos section. We are working to create and systematize the catalogs and metadata, and to publish the results in our online archive. You can help us by joining the Collaborative Cataloging project.


Department of History - University of California, Santa Barbara
Yale DHLab