REGIONAL HISTORICAL ARCHIVE OF BISCAY

The Regional Historical Archive of Biscay (RHAB) seeks to be a deposit, a location to safeguard and make available all the historical documentation about Biscay available to the public, whatever its origin or medium, with no limitations except those provided by the law for historical documents and their public consultation.

The Archive began to be compiled in 1990 with the addition, on the one hand, of own funds from the Provincial Council of Biscay, which was known until then as the Archive of the Assembly House of Guernica, located in the Provincial Archive of Biscay and in several offices attached to the Provincial Council of Biscay. On the other hand, from the judicial resources of the Corregidor of Biscay, from its mayoral offices and other judicial courts prior to the 20th Century; from the resources of local councils in the historical territory that agree thereto, from certain notary protocols that were disperse, materials from different institutions and enterprises originally located in Biscay, and from the archives of some Biscay families.

PROVINCIAL HISTORICAL ARCHIVE OF BISCAY

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ARCHIVE DETAILS

The Regional Historical Archive of Biscay currently has the following numbers on catalogued and digitalised files.

Archive structure

  • SUB-SECTION DATES OF FILES DESCRIPTION
    Government and Ecclesiastical Affairs 1338-1983 70.203 100% catalogued
    Municipal and Urban Regime 1732-1975 80.702 100% catalogued
    Municipal and Urban Regime 1601-1980 3.813
    • 26% catalogued
    • 37% inventory in consultation room
    Public Security, Wars and Military Service 1684-1942 186.562
    • 54% catalogued
    • 35% in catalog
    • 9% inventory in room
    Works, Transport and Communications 1639-1988 9.955
    • 7% catalogued
    • 92% inventory in consultation room
    Treasury and Statistics 1565-1983 2.570
    • 3% catalogued
    • 77% inventory in consultation room
    Health, Social Care and Environment 1762-1983 0
    • 0% catalogued
    • 95% inventory in consultation room with control of confidential information
    Education and Culture 1592-1983 0
    • 0% catalogued
    • 98% inventory in consultation room
  • Municipality DATES OF FILES DESCRIPTION
    Abadiño
    • 1776-1940
    • 1940-1970
    1556-1940
    620 100% catalogued
    Abanto Zierbena 1776-1940
    • 9.830
    • --
    • 50% catalogued
    • 50% in catalog
    Ajangiz 1709-1939 850 100% catalogued
    Amorebieta
    • 1829-1965
    • 1641-1966
    • 2.613
    • 5.101
    • 30% catalogued
    • 70% accessible in consultation room
    Amorebieta: Etxano 1733-1957 451 Accessible in consultation room
    Amoroto 1565-1940 792 100% catalogued
    Arakaldo 1755-1940 259 100% catalogued
    Arantzazu 1869-1940 387 100% catalogued
    Areatza 1516-1940 1.564 100% catalogued
    Arrankudiaga 1616-1940 830 100% catalogued
    Arrankudiaga: Zollo 1793-1955 674 100% catalogued
    Arratzu 1717-1960 1.518 100% catalogued
    Arrieta 1549-1940 462 100% catalogued
    Arrigorriaga 1604-1940 5.814 100% catalogued
    Artea 1679-1940 1.725 100% catalogued
    Atxondo: Apatamonasterio 1831-1940 798 100% catalogued
    Atxondo: Axpe Marzana 1544-1962 2.620 100% catalogued
    Atxondo: Arrazola 1621-1963 1.534 100% catalogued
    Aulesti 1609-1940 856 100% catalogued
    Bakio 1845-1940 222 100% catalogued
    Barrika 1739-1940 2.686 100% catalogued
    Basauri 1693-1940 8.186 Catalogue accessible in consultation room
    Bedia 1848-1940 107 100% catalogued
    Berango 1758-1940 1.105 100% catalogued
    Bilbao 1300-1936 210.542
    • 95% catalogued
    • 5% in catalog
    Bilbao: Abando 1771-1894 2.137 100% catalogued
    Bilbao: Begoña 1519-1925 9.133 100% catalogued
    Bilbao: Deusto 1300-1936 9.589
    • 75% catalogued
    • 25% catalogue accessible in consultation room
    Busturia 1624-1940 1.500 100% catalogued
    Derio 1569-1940 353 100% catalogued
    Dima 1799-1940 94 100% catalogued
    Ea 1881-1940 1.347 100% catalogued
    Ea: Bedarona 1869-1883 13 100% catalogued
    Ea: Natxitua 1814-1938 99 100% catalogued
    Elantxobe 1782-1940 349 100% catalogued
    Elorrio
    • 1493-1958
    • 1444-1968
    • --
    • 2.033
    • 4.710
    • 3.500
    • 20% catalogued
    • 40% catalogue accessible in consultation room
    • 40% in catalog
    Erandio 1770-1960 17.790 Catalogue accessible in consultation room
    Ereño 1635-1940 343 100% catalogued
    Ermua 1833-1940 210 100% catalogued
    Etxebarri 1631-1940 583 100% catalogued
    Gamiz-Fika 1928-1955 146 100% catalogued
    Gamiz-Fika: Gámiz 1787-1935 391 100% catalogued
    Gamiz-Fika: Fika 1884-1928 7 100% catalogued
    Forua 1606-1940 559 100% catalogued
    Fruiz 1648-1940 334 100% catalogued
    Galdakao
    • 1823-1917
    • 1833-1977
    • 13.148
    • 6.591
    • 66% catalogued
    • 33% catalogue accessible in consultation room
    Galdames 1614-1940 1.703 100% catalogued
    Gatika 1743-1940 353 100% catalogued
    Gautegiz Arteaga 1608-1940 1.077 100% catalogued
    Gordexola 1406-1940 2.462 100% catalogued
    Gorliz 1668-1950 2.321 100% catalogued
    Güeñes
    • 1578-1944
    • 1831-1940
    • 4.375
    • 1.721
    • 70% catalogued
    • 30% catalogue accessible in consultation room
    Ibarrangelu 1624-1940 2.896 Catalogue accessible in consultation room
    Igorre 1734-1940 1.035 100% catalogued
    Ispaster 1720-1940 124 100% catalogued
    Izurtza 1657-1940 1.233 100% catalogued
    Karranza Harana/ Valle de Carranza 1829-1940 3.085 100% catalogued
    Lanestosa 1525-1940 567 100% catalogued
    Larrabetzu 1636-1940 991 Catalogue accessible in consultation room
    Laukiz 1835-1940 119 100% catalogued
    Leioa 1731-1940 4.588 Catalogue accessible in consultation room
    Lemoa 1852-1940 835 Catalogue accessible in consultation room
    Lemoiz 1704-1940 450 Catalogue accessible in consultation room
    Lezama 1661-1940 1.091 Catalogue accessible in consultation room
    Loiu 1691-1940 761 Catalogue accessible in consultation room/td>
    Mallabia 1586-1939 178 100% catalogued
    Mañaria 1743-1940 795 100% catalogued
    Maruri-Jatabe 1815-1940 603 Catalogue accessible in consultation room
    Mendexa 1632-1940 1.349 Catalogue accessible in consultation room
    Meñaka 1786-1940 33 100% catalogued
    Morga 1635-1940 597 Catalogue accessible in consultation room
    Mundaka 1506-1932 421 Catalogue accessible in consultation room
    Mungia 1577-1981 15.142 100% catalogue accessible in consultation room
    Munitibar: Arbatzegi 1631-1899 123 Catalogue accessible in consultation room
    Munitibar: Gerrikaitz 1565-1883 125 Catalogue accessible in consultation room
    Munitibar: Arbatzegi - Gerrikaitz 1601-1940 1.143 Catalogue accessible in consultation room
    Murueta 1588-1940 942 Catalogue accessible in consultation room
    Muskiz 1844-1970 3.972 100% catalogued
    Muxika 1650-1902 29 100% catalogued
    Muxika: Ibarruri 1539-1935 17 100% catalogued
    Muxika: Gorozika 1772-1966 1.568 Accessible in consultation room
    Nabarniz 1642-1928 167 100% catalogued
    Ondarroa 1490-1940 2.107 100% catalogued
    Orozko 1519-1940 1.098 100% catalogued
    Ortuella 1661-1940 18.068 Catalogue accessible in consultation room
    Santurtzi
    • 1775-1940
    • 1863-1950
    • 1940-1970
    • 1.394
    • 5.813
    • --
    • 10% catalogued
    • 40% catalogue accessible in consultation room
    • 50% pending cataloging
    Sestao
    • 1828-1983
    • 1851-1968
    • 1941-1970
    • 47.289
    • 8.123
    • --
    • 40% catalogued
    • 10%  catalogue accessible in consultation room
    • 50% pending cataloging
    Sondika 1761-1985 3.249 100% catalogued
    Sopela 1819-1956 1.370 100% catalogued
    Sukarrieta 1819-1960 932 100% catalogued
    Trucios - Turtzioz 1529-1969 7.337 100% catalogued
    Ubide 1669-1940 236 100% catalogued
    Ugao-Miraballes 1832-1955 10.407 Catalogue accessible in consultation room
    Urduliz 1803-1940 1.135 100% catalogued
    Urduña-Orduña
    • 1332-1960
    • 1256-1945
    • 6.243
    • 4.404
    • 55% catalogued
    • 45% catalogue accessible in consultation room
    Valle de Trápaga - Trapagaran
    • 1729-1984
    • 1800-1984
    • 13.613
    • 5.587
    • 70% catalogued
    • 30% catalogue accessible in consultation room
    Zaldibar 1462-1940 2.470 100% catalogued
    Zalla 1651-1940 8.252 100% catalogued
    Zamudio 1785-1940 1.280 100% catalogued
    Zamudio y Derio 1925-1932 195 100% catalogued
    Zaratamo 1600-1945 3.184 100% catalogued
    Zeanuri 1532-1940 4.083 100% catalogued
    Ziortza-Bolibar 1563-1974 2.831 100% catalogued
  • Resource DATES OF FILES DESCRIPTION
    Mayor 1805-1808 2.310 100% catalogued
    Ordinary and constitutional mayors 16th-19th c. 10.000 98% catalogued
    Mayors with council jurisdiction 16th-19th c. 3.800 98% catalogued
    Appeals Commission 1810-1812 379 100% catalogued
    Consulate of Bilbao 1511-1828 7.600 100% catalogued
    Corregidor of Biscay 16th-19th c. 62.000 95% catalogued
    Investigating Court of Bilbao 19th c. 5.410 90% catalogued
    Justices of the Peace 19th c. 4.175 98% catalogued
    Municipal Court 19th c. 433 98% catalogued
    Court of First Instance and Investigating Courts 19th-20th c. 37.800 90% catalogued
    Deputy Mayor of Local Council of Durango 1528-1879 387 100% catalogued
    Lieutenant General 16th-19th c. 16.500 98% catalogued
    Deputy Mayor of District of Las Encartaciones 16th-19th c. 469 95% catalogued
    Extraordinary Criminal Court 1808-1813 114 100% catalogued
    Trade Tribunal of Bilbao 1830-1868 3.348 100% catalogued
  • RESOURCE DATES OF FILES DESCRIPTION
    Local Council of Busturia 1580-1824 18.561 20% catalogued
    Bermeo 1704 Inventory accessible in consultation room
    Gernika 1560-1829 Inventory accessible in consultation room
    Gerrikaitz 1544-1604 Inventory accessible in consultation room
    Lekeitio 1532-1808 22.402 90% catalogued
    Local Council of Uribe 1643-1803 Inventory accessible in consultation room
    Mungia 1507-1795 4.124 60% catalogued
    Plentzia 1628-1688 Inventory accessible in consultation room
    Bilbao 1542-1593 2.005 100% catalogued
    Miravalles 1595-1754 Inventory accessible in consultation room
    Local Council of Zornotza 1571-1863 1.401 Inventory accessible in consultation room
    Local Council of Arratia 1698-1793 Inventory accessible in consultation room
    Local Council of Durango 1717-1856 Inventory accessible in consultation room
    Encartaciones 1593-1808 Inventory accessible in consultation room
  • RESORUCE DATES OF FILES DESCRIPTION
    ITC
    Industrial Centre of Biscay 1765 - 1967 3.065 Catalogue
    Biscay League of Producers 1850 - 1969 1.789 Catalogue
    Economic Society of Friends of the Country 1765 - 1951 259 Catalogue
    Guild of Lekeitio 1457 -1989 974 Catalogue
    Consulate of Bilbao 1511 - 1828 17.500
    • Catalogue
    • Digitalised
    Board of Trade of Bilbao 1749 -1910 5.318 Catalogue
    Trade Tribunal of Bilbao 1813 - 1901 2.149 Catalogue
  • Resource Activity Dates OF FILES Description
    Agruminsa Steel industry 1846-1999 10.037 Catalogue
    Biscay blast furnaces Mining 1785-2000 8.709 Catalogue
    Aurrera Machinery 1886-1980 5.778 Catalogue
    Cellars of Bilbao Wine sector 1902 - 1967 1.884 Catalogue
    Echevarria Steel industry 1920-1991 95 Catalogue
    Various companies 1867-1893 187 Catalogue
    Gastón y Daniela Textiles 1914-1991 574 Catalogue
    Horacio Echevarrieta Maruri Naval and Mining 1800 - 2000 1.720 Catalogue
    La Aeronáutica Aerial construction 1927 - 1981 134 Catalogue
    La Conchita Textiles 1900 - 1975 3.623 Catalogue
    La Encartada Textiles 1798-1993 4.986 Catalogue
    Larrinaga y Castet Shipbuilding 1905-1907 174 Catalogue
    Sociedad Española de Construcciones Metálicas Steel industry 1915-1979 15 Catalogue
    Sociedad Española de Explotaciones Mineras Mining 1872-1983 66 Catalogue
    Sota - Aznar Shipbuilding 1788-1987 15.000 Catalogue
    The Garrucha y Vizcaina Bedar Mining 1854-1933 457 Catalogue
    Art glasswork Artistic glasswork 1914-2000
    • 1.373 documents
    • 560 drawings
    • 1.685 sketches
    Catalogue
    Yohn Ironmongery 1824-1926 664 Catalogue
  • Resource DATES OF FILES DESCRIPTION
    Almirante Urrutia 1521-1990 366 Catalogue
    Andrés Espinosa 1922-2003 114 Catalogue
    Artaza Libarona 1779-1905 146 Catalogue
    Bariñas Zumelzu 1560-1880 31 Catalogue
    Beingoolea 1673-1867 50 Catalogue
    Beraguas Loizaga 1485-1936 294 Catalogue
    Berganzo 1667-1774 3 Catalogue
    Conde de Villarrea 1556-1870 43 Catalogue
    Gómez de la Torre 1536-1866 46 Catalogue
    Goossens 1675-1889 121 Catalogue
    Gortazar 1513-1967 1.216 Catalogue
    Larrea 1476-1906 295 Catalogue
    Longa 1770-1969 2.962 Catalogue
    Marqués de Villarías 1440-1950 6.655 Catalogue
    Menchaca 1605-1924 125 Catalogue
    Mugartegui 1662-1939 63 Catalogue
    Novia de Salcedo 1506-1930 313 Catalogue
    Romualdo Chavarri 1841-1941 348 Catalogue
    Rotaeche 1857-1945 1.225 Catalogue
    Salazar 1461-1933 341 Catalogue
    Sota 1610-1977 825 Catalogue
    Velasco 1404-1791 807 Catalogue
    Vildosola 1525-1917 102 Catalogue
    Ybarra 1587-1986 6.891 Catalogue
    Zabalburu 1699-1963 545 Catalogue
  • Resource DATES OF FILES DESCRIPTION
    Arriola- Lerchundi 1795 - 2014 76 Catalogue
    BILBAO ARISTEGUI 1790 - 2015 487 Catalogue
    Carmelo Bernaola 1929 - 2001 141 Catalogue
    COUNCIL OF BISCAY 1735 - 1989 894 Catalogue
    Emma Chacón 1857 - 1964 137 Catalogue
    SANTA CECILIA OF PAMPLONA 1893 - 1932 56 Catalogue
    SANTA CECILIA DE BILBAO SCHOLA CANTORUM 1904 - 1933 54 Catalogue
    CHORAL SOCIETY OF BILBAO 1872 - 1995 1.707 Catalogue
    CAMPOS ELISEOS THEATRE 1874 - 1954 744 Catalogue
    URRENGOECHEA 1924 - 1967 111 Catalogue
    ZUBIZARRETA 1921 - 1964 19 Catalogue
  • Resource DATES OF FILES DESCRIPTION
    Aerial photograph 1910 - 1974 255 Catalogue
    Historical photograph 1873 - 1874 96
    • Catalogue
    • Digitalised
    RAMIREZ - TOLOSA 1969 - 2014 1128
    • Catalogue
    • Digitalised
  • Sub-section/Resource DATES OF FILES DESCRIPTION
    Las Mercedes Social Housing 1926-1967 20 Catalogue
    Jesuitas 1536-1778 19 Catalogue
    Zenarruza Collegiate Church 1366-1851 582
    • Catalogue
    • Digitalised
  • This unit covers heterogeneous documentary collections that do not respond to the principle of provenance, but are artificially complied under diverse criteria, such as by subject, format or medium

INFORMATION

Foral Historical Archive of Bizkaia is once again open for consultation, but by prior appointment

From the 1st of June, the Foral Historical Archive of Bizkaia (BFAH) will once again offer users and researchers the opportunity to consult the collections that make up their extensive documentary, bibliographic and newspaper heritage in their buildings and in person.

In order to ensure the cleanliness and health security required by the current situation, the use of BFAH funds must be requested by prior appointment by sending an e-mail to: agiri@bizkaia.eus

The application must specify the subject, document or documentary fund to be consulted.

In order to expedite the service, the applicant will provide a contact telephone number.

By prior appointment, users ’BFAH accesses can be interspersed.

  • At the end of each consultation, the resources used will be thoroughly cleaned (reading rooms) and the funds worked will be placed in a preventive quarantine so that they will be available to the public again in good cleanliness and health.
  • The next use of these funds will not be immediate.
  • In accordance with the provisions of Order SND / 388/2020, to users
  • The temperature will be taken before entering the BFAH. And if they have a temperature above 37.5 degrees, access can be denied.
  • Users are advised to check their temperature in their homes the same day before going to BFAH.
  • They will have to wear masks
  • They should be hands cleaned at the entrance and exit of the researchers ’room with soap and water.
  • They can consult a maximum of 10 document units
  • It will not allow external users to use reference computers.
  • It leaves every user open to using their own laptops.
  • Upon completion of the consultation, the materials used will be thoroughly cleaned (consultation post), and a preventive quarantine of the funds will be carried out so that they are in good hygienic and sanitary conditions for later use; of course, it cannot be used immediately.
  • Time per user: 2 hours.
  • Number of users in the research room
    • Phase 2: 2 users in the room at the same time
    • Phase 3: 4 users at a time in the room.
    • In phase 3, if the user comes from a town outside the metropolitan area of ​​Bilbao, the consultation time can be extended to 3 hours.
    • In phase 3, if the user comes from a town outside Bizkaia, it can be extended up to 4 hours.
  • 4 rounds of inquiries have been set
    • 9 a.m. to 11 p.m.
    • 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
    • 15:00 to 17:00
    • 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
  • Consultation of special materials will be limited until another order is issued.

Conference hall services continue to be suspended, as well as other cultural activities. As long as the health alarm status remains the same, this condition will be triggered.

  • Winter (16 September to 7 June)
    • Monday to Friday, from 9 am to 8:20 pm
    • Saturday, from 9 am to 1 pm

    Days on which the RHAB will remain closed in the winter timetable:

    • 1 and 6 January
    • 19 March
    • 9, 10 and 13 April
    • 1 May
    • 12 October
    • 6, 8, 24, 25 and 31 December

    Saturdays on which the RHAB will remain closed in the winter timetable:

    • 4 and 11 January
    • 11 and 18 April
    • 2 May
    • 13, 20 and 27 June
    • 5, 12 and 19 September
    • 10 and 17 October
    • 5, 12 and 26 December
  • Summer (from 8 June to 13 September, both inclusive)
    • Monday to Friday, from 9 am to 7:30 pm
    • Closed: 31 JULY; 23 AUGUST
    • ASTE NAGUSIA (local holiday):
      • Only open in the morning ( From 9 am to 1 pm): 24, 25, 26 and 27 AUGUST
  • Observations
    • You should return documentation and leave 5 minutes before the room is closed By bus
    • Timetable to request information:
      • From 9 am to 1:30 pm and from 3:30 pm to 7:30 pm (Winter)
      • From 9 am to 1 pm and from 3 pm to 6:30 pm (Summer)
  • Access: to access the REGIONAL ARCHIVE OF BISCAY (BFAH/RHAB), you only need to present your ID card or equivalent document.
  • Documentary information: is designed for the public and institutions. We provide information on the archive (resources, descriptive instruments…) and guide the research of those people who come to the centre and those who make enquiries by phone, in writing or over the Internet.
  • Reprography
    • Maximum number of photocopies per person/day: 20
    • Price per photocopy:
      • 0,10 € (A4)
      • 0,15 € (A3)
      Archive public price (589 Kb)
    • Recorders and reproducers of images and sound, cameras, mobile telephones and scanner may not be used without the consent of those responsible for the Archive.

Regional Historical Archive of Biscay (BFAH/RHAB)

  • Calle María Díaz de Haro, 11 48013 BILBAO (BIZKAIA)
By bus
  • BIZKAIBUS: The bus lines that stop near the Regional Historical Archive of Biscay (RHAB) are numbers A3340, A3151, A3247 (airport), A3, (stop at Gran Vía 79)
  • BILBOBUS: The bus lines that stop near the Regional Historical Archive of Biscay (RHAB) are numbers 26, 58, 62, A3, (stop at Gran Vía 62)
  • TERMIBUS: The main bus station in Bilbao is that of Termibús, close to the intermodal station of San Mamés. You can get to the Termibús from the San Mamés stop of Metro Bilbao, from the Bilbao tramway (EuskoTran) and from the Renfe suburban lines.
By car

Departing Santander (A8) / with destination Donostia-San Sebastián Vitoria-Gasteiz or Pamplona / Iruñea (A68 and A8): from the motorway that rings the city by taking the Bilbao Sagrado Corazón exit. At the end of the avenue of arrival (Avenida Sabino Arana) at the level of Sagrado Corazón square, turn right down Gran Vía. Once on Gran Vía take the first right down calle María Díaz de Haro, and you will find RHAB at number 11 of this street.

The Regional Historical Archive of Biscay (RHAB) does not have its own visitor car park. However, it is possible to park in surrounding municipal parking spaces (payment by parking meter) or in the nearby car parks of Plaza Indautxu or Palacio Euskalduna:

  • Palacio Euskalduna car park: go down Avenida Sabino Arana until you see the sign for the car park.
  • Plaza Indautxu car park: from calle Juan de Garay llegando or Zabalburu Square, turn right to take Alameda San Mames. You can go into the car park just before reaching Indautxu Square.
By underground

The closest underground stations to the Regional Historical Archive of Biscay (RHAB) are Indautxu (Areilza exit) and San Mamés station (Sabino Arana exit).

By tramway

The closest tramway stops to the Regional Historical Archive of Biscay (RHAB) are Euskalduna and Sabino Arana

by train

The closest suburban stations to the Regional Historical Archive of Biscay (RHAB) are those of Autonomía (María Díaz de Haro exit) and San Mamés station (calle Luis Briñas exit).

Regional Historical Archive of Biscay (BFAH/RHAB)

Calle María Díaz de Haro, 11 48013 BILBO (Bizkaia)

NOTEWORTHY FEATURES OF THE ARCHIVE

A collection such as the one conserved at the Provincial Archive is a window to the past. An isolated document may be the subject of individual study and show us a situation, a problem or a solution to a problem at a specific moment in our history. When researching a set of documents, this vision is enhanced and can lead us to understanding a way of being, of thinking or of living.