Welcome to the archival repository Atom del General Archive of the University of the Republic . It is a tool that allows you to remotely access all the information related to the documentation kept in the institution, as well as the documents digitized by it.


From a general point of view, we guard three types of documentary funds. First, all those institutional documentary funds, produced by the central governing bodies of the Udelar, stand out. The series of Minutes of the Central Directing Council and the Cloister, from the period of the foundation of the Udelar in the mid-nineteenth century to the present, make up some of the most significant series of the original heritage of the institution.

A second set of documentary funds that have enriched the historical archive of the General Archive of the Udelar are the numerous “Private Archives” donated to the institution in the last fifteen years, coming from people or organizations linked to the University. This documentation, on the one hand, has made it possible to complex the memory and history of the institution and, on the other, is characterized by integrating many different types of documentaries such as photographs, personal letters, manuscripts or graphic documents that put the university institution in permanent relationship with the people, groups, practices and ideas that have characterized her socially and culturally. To give some examples, the archives of the mathematician José Luis Massera (included in the UNESCO Memory of the World Register), the obstetrician Roberto Caldeyro Barcia, the white historian Paris of Oddone and the engineer Óscar Maggiolo are kept in the AGU , among other renowned scientists and academics, as well as documentation that accounts for the student movement and the union activity of the Udelar.

Finally, the audiovisual funds recovered through the activities of the LAPA-AGU Audiovisual Preservation Laboratory stand out. Based on the comprehensive plan to safeguard and digitize the Fund of the Institute of Cinematography (ICUR) and the Department of Technical Media of Udelar (1950-1990), a work area was developed, unique in the national sphere, specialized in research, preservation and digitization of audiovisual archives. In this context, in addition to the massive plan to safeguard the more than 600 films belonging to the Udelar and the digitalization of 106 titles produced by the ICUR, more than 80 national titles belonging to institutions such as Cinemateca Uruguaya have been conditioned and digitized in high definition , the National Archive of the Image and the Word or other private archives such as Mario Handler's, of significant interest for the study of the twentieth century. It is a program of recovery of primary sources of high complexity, inserted in university research projects such as the Audiovisual Studies Group (CSIC / Interdisciplinary Space) or the Associated Academic Unit FIC-AGU.

Origin and archival classification
The Atom content manager preserves the classification of our documentary funds according to their origin and production context. On the other hand, it allows the description to be carried out through international archival description standards: ISAD (G), ISAAR (CPF), ISDIAH and ISDF, and the Uruguayan Standard of Archival Description (NUDA). In this way, access to the file documentation through the internet is done in a contextualized way and taking care of its chain of custody.

Access, relationships and search
Among the benefits of this computer tool, the possibilities of linking and cross-checking between the various collections and levels of description are highlighted, thus combining the identification and context requirements of the archival documents, with the new search methodologies offered by the Technology of the information and communication.

Projects for the implementation of Atom in AGU

The implementation of this tool has been possible thanks to the Data Project “Historical Images for Audiovisual Uruguay” (Responsible: Isabel Wschebor), funded by the National Agency for Research and Innovation in Uruguay for the year 2019.

Its maintenance is part of the line of research on archives, which is being developed by the “Archives and Studies Group for Intellectual History” (Responsible: Vania Markarian), funded by the Sectorial Commission for Scientific Research for the period 2019-2022.

Implementation and support: Jaime Vázquez
Data transfer: Julio Cabrio, Rafael Casares and Jaime Vázquez

Organization and description of institutional and private funds:
Responsible: Rafael Casares
Research and description team: Vania Markarian, María Eugenia Jung, Lucas D’Avenia and Micaela Lima
Digitization: Alana Constenla

Organization and description of the audiovisual archives:
Responsible: Isabel Wschebor
Research and description team: Lucía Secco, Julio Cabrio and Mariel Balás
Digitization: Ignacio Seimanas and Jaime Vázquez
They participated as interns during the 2018 and 2019 period performing information systematization tasks for the implementation of the site: Paolo Venosa, Ana Clara Romero, Claudia Umpiérrez and Marcos García Aguirre

The following tool collects information that was systematized in previous periods of the General Archive of the Udelar, which highlights the participation and tasks performed by the lic. Evangelina Ucha, the archivologists Nancy Uriarte, Ana Laura Cirio, Eugenio Ámen, Adriana Juncal and Margarita Fernández.