Copyright © The Malta Historical Society, 2005.

Source: Melita Historica : Journal of the Malta Historical Society. 1(1952)1(54).

JOSEPH GALEA: The Archives of the Hospitallers and the Records of the Commune in the Royal Malta Library. In “The journal of Documentation” (Aslib), Vol. 5, No. 1, pp. 31-37.

This useful little study divides itself into three parts: (a) an outline history of the Malta Public Records, (b) a short description of the eighteen classes into which the catalogue of the Archives, now found in the Royal Malta Library, is divided; and (c) a note on the Records of the Commune. The concluding part of the introduction contains some information not mentioned by the writers quoted in the first few paragraphs. The date mentioned at the foot of page 32, i. e. 1817 is evidently a misprint, and should read 1857. Otherwise the handy presentation of this study makes it a useful guide to the archives.

One would have liked to see Part II of the catalogue, dealing with the records of the Commune, treated as extensively as Part I. Unfortunately this second part is but briefly touched upon in a short paragraph, and the prominent place given to these records in the title seems to be hardly justified.

Students of local history look forward to the study of the hitherto unclassified Mss. at the Royal Malta Library which Mr. Galea promised in the concluding paragraph of his study.

J.[oseph] C.[assar] P.[ullicino]