Arquivo Municipal de Torres Novas
Arquivo Municipal de Torres Novas
© Município de Torres Novas

To understand archive material it is necessary to collect, analyse and criticize data. These data are called history sources and can be of various types: a paper, a letter, a photograph, a newspaper, a video or even in our case a machine or a factory. Through “Understanding simple archive entries/collection registration. How to find material?”, the participant is expected to: - Know the different types of archive collections; - Learn the basic rules on how to archive using simple registration processes.


Companhia Nacional de Fiação e Tecidos
Companhia Nacional de Fiação e Tecidos
@Jornal "O Almonda"

In this task, you should: - Access the digital platform of the Municipal Archive of Torres Novas (link below); - Research about the local “big factory”, with the keywords “Companhia Nacional de Fiação e Tecidos”, or Caldeirão hydroelectric power station, with “Caldeirão”; - Choose three different archive entries; - Register the archives entries you choose in a database; - Analyse the information that documents provide; - Prepare a text with your conclusions.


Below you may find a step-by-step list to perform this task. You may find tips and advice on each step in the file "Understanding simple archive entries-collection registration_Process". 1- Research online 2- Choose archive entries 3- Take a look at the archive and register 4- Document analysis Then, you are ready to prepare the text conclusions.



If you feel like you achieved the goal above, congratulations on your work! Hopefully, with this small quest, you are prepared to investigate online archives.


Learning Outcomes

  • Basic rules on how to archive using simple registration processes.
  • Get to know the different types of archive collections.

Knowledge Acquired

  • Understand simple archive entries
  • Learn how to find material
  • Learn how to systematize information
  • Learn to work with databases

Skills Acquired

  • Develop critical and empirical visual skills
  • Develop interviewing skills
  • Know how to research and use archive material

Competences Acquired

  • Find collections
  • Interpretation of primary and secondary research data
  • Critical thinking
  • Present conclusions based on information retrieved from data collected using different research methods
  • Register their own collections