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The mission of the Centre for Documentation and Studies is the preservation and diffusion of the documentary heritage of FC Barcelona. To do this, the CDiE-FCB is organised into different areas
The CDiE-FCB has a historic and administrative archive that includes a major graphic archive, a library specialised in sports and essentially FC Barcelona and finally, a newspaper archive that contains the main publications in the Barça field. These three areas serve for the CDiE-FCB to be able to operate as an information and reference centre about the Club and at the same time to provide guidance with any research into the organisation.
The FC Barcelona Centre for Documentation and Studies was inaugurated on October 20, 1994
Located right inside the Barça Museum, the Centre depends organically on the Department of Communication. The FC Barcelona Centre for Documentation and Studies constitutes an essential instrument for scholars, journalists and any fans that wish to learn more about the reality and chronicles of the club.
Description of services
On site consultation
On site consultation is the service that enables analysis at first hand of the archives and collections stored at the CDiE-FCB. To do ao, an appointment must be reserved.Due to the nature of the documentation, there is no lending service.
Information and reference service
To guide the user/visitor, the CDiE-FCB staff shall provide guidance with the research of documentation and historiographic aspects.
Reproduction of documents
As long as the intellectual property rights stipulate it, the documentation being consulted can be reproduced. The CDiE-FCB has a photocopier and also a scanner that can be used for this service.
As an Archive, the FC Barcelona Centre for Documentation and Studies conserves documentation generated and/or received by the club through the development of its functions over the years. Among these documents we find a large number of financial and treasury books, minutes of board meetings, internal and external correspondence, documents about grounds and other facilities, the management of employees, materials and members, relations with fans, and sporting and other types of organisation
At the same time, it contains files on many of the first team footballers, and also from youth teams and other sports. Much of these documents are graphic materials. These images illustrate the historical legacy of the club, both in sporting and social terms.
To manage and categorise the textual materials, a table has been produced that covers all the different functions and activities of the club. As a whole, the FC Barcelona archives offer an open documentary source containing an approximate volume of 45 linear metres of documents. This open archive is constantly being updated through the arrival of new documents from transfers within the club itself, from donations and sometimes through purchase.
In this regard, we should highlight the acquisition of the archives of photographer Horacio Seguí and the donations made by former directors, members and fans. These include Artur Martí Cot, Antoni Guizy, Jaime Julià Pérez, Jaume Civit, Jaime Gutiérrez, Salvador Royes Buisan, Jordi Nadal and Carles Guivernau Pla, among others.
- FC BARCELONA ARCHIVE
- HORACIO SEGUÍ SUB ARCHIVE
- MIRÓ-SANS SUB ARCHIVE
- AGUSTÍ MONTAL I COSTA SUB ARCHIVE
- JOSEP LLUÍS VILASECA SUB ARCHIVE
- ANTONI MARIA MUNTAÑOLA SUB ARCHIVE
The CDiE-FCB also has an Newspaper Archive specialised in sports, which includes a large collection of periodicals of an external nature and also those produced officially by the club. Research of new materials to complete the collections of periodicals is another of the Centre’s objectives as it seeks to fill certain gaps in the different series.
Moreover, the library possesses a collection of some 1,500 monographs. The most common subjects include the history of FC Barcelona, biographies of its players, the Catalan, Spanish and global football scene, and monographs about other sports. The Centre sometimes offers a set of non-local publications that are the result of exchanges with other sports clubs and/or federations.
Selection of documents
The Futbol Club Barcelona Centre for Documentation and Studies provides everybody with a selection of archive documents of interest about the history of the Club that have been deposited in the Centre.