Director to Seville Archives appointed

28 November 2005, Spain

María Isabel Simó Rodríguez was appointed as the director of the Indias Archives (Seville). The selection of María Isabel Simó was made through an open competition published in the Official State Bulletin last October 15th. Born in Seville, she is a graduate of philosophy and humanities from Seville University. She started her professional career as an assistant professor in the department of Paleography of the Philosophy and Humanities Faculty, a post she occupied from 1970 to 1979. In addition, between 1972 and 1975 she worked as an assistant professor of Paleography in the University College of Cadiz. In 1979 she became an civil servant in the Spanish Facultative Body of Archivists and Librarians and was bound to the Cáceres Archive Services, where she was director of Provincial Historical Archives for that city, for Property Delegation as well as the Territorial High Court Archives (later the Superior Court of Justice for Extremadura). In 1989 she was appointed as the director of the project to organize the Municipal Archives of the autonomous community of Extramadura. In September 1992 she became the director of the Provincial Historical Archives of Seville, which made her the first director for these archives with specific qualifications. As the director of this archive she was part of the Judicial Archive Work Group of the autonomous community of Andalucía, whose aim was to plan and organize, through an Operations Manual, all the andalucian judicial archives. In 2004 she coordinated the elaboration of the census of Seville’s Archives, Foundations and Collections with respect to private archives, professional schools etc. Also between 2000 and 2005 she was president of the Andalucian Archivists Association. For more information (in Spanish), CLICK HERE.