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YBARRA FAMILY FONDS

Wax cylinder collection


YBARRA FAMILY COLLECTION. A60 FONDS

IDENTITY

  • Reference code: A60
  • Title: Ybarra Family Collection
  • Dates: ca. 1898-1905
  • Extent and medium: 551 wax cylinders

 

CONTEXT AREA

  • Name of creator: Ybarra Family
  • Biographical history: José Antonio Ybarra de los Santos came from Somorrostro valley and he settled in Bilbao in 1801. After some years as an attorney, he started with mineral business and initiated his sons Juan and Gabriel in the company. In 1849 he passed away leaving a fortune to their sons. In 1882 they set up the company “Altos Hornos y Fábricas de Hierro y Acero” in Bilbao. The Ybarra family as a united investment group ceased to exist in 1890 and its place was taken up by a large group of inheritors. In 1921 four members of Ybarra family held 46 seats in the board of directors of the main firms in Spain such as Altos Hornos de Vizcaya, Sociedad Española de Construcción Naval, Compañía Marítima del Nervión, Banco de Vizcaya, etc.
  • Archival History: The fonds came from the Historical Archive of the Province of Bizkaia in 7 original wooden boxes in very bad conditions of preservation. Less than a 10% came in apparent good condition and almost a hundred of them were completely useless. They arrived in their original boxes covered by cotton. On 13th January 1997, Carmen Unceta, curator of the Regional Council of Bizkaia, sent some photocopies of a booklet with “Cylinders” title, which matched up with the original inventory where there are registered 634 cylinders.
  • Immediate source of acquisition: Cession on 5th March 1996

 

CONTENT AND STRUCTURE AREA 

  • Scope and content: Among the documents those which belong to two firms from Bilbao must be highlighted: 6 made by the Centro Fonográfico Universal, Almacén de pianos Enrique García located in Gran Vía Street and 144 by Ablanedo Widow and Son in Hurtado de Amezaga Street. The content consists mainly of fragments of opera and zarzuela and Spanish songs and stories as well, although there are also zortzicos and Basque songs sung by Mr. Maguregui, Villabella, Arriaga, Ercilla or Bordes.
  • System of arrangement: The fonds is arranged into an only series by currens number. As far as possible the original order was conserved.
  • Appraisal, destruction and scheduling information: The cylinders are taken out of the original containers and the cotton stuck to their surface was removed allowing them to dry. The signs of having undergone high humidity (Perhaps the floods of Bilbao in 1983) are obvious. Many of the original wooden boxes are broken and some cylinders too; others look like they were “burnt” and the most of them have fungus stains. Some of the wooden boxes cannot be retrievable. This material is expurgated, but that which has any chance of retrieval is preserved.
  • Accruals: No further accruals are expected

 

CONDITIONS OF ACCESS AND USE AREA

  • Conditions governing access: There is no access to these documents.
  • Finding aids: Paper inventory and catalogue in data base (File-Maker) made in April 1996 are available.

 

ALLIED MATERIALS AREA

  • Existence and location of copies: The content of 186 cylinders is available by wav files.
  • Related units of description: Sig.: K33-0073. "Recepción en Eresbil, depósito de Oarso, del Fondo de la Familia Ybarra". 21 phot.
  • Bibliography: Díaz Morlan, Pablo. Los Ybarra : una dinastía de empresarios (1801-2001). Madrid : Marcial Pons, 2002. 378 p. : il. ; 22 cm

 

DESCRIPTION CONTROL AREA

  • Date(s) of descriptions: Description made by JL in 29th January 2009
  • Sources: For the biographical history it has been consulted: www.unizar.es/eueez/cahe/diazmorlan.pdf, 2009-01-29 : (Diaz Morlan, Pablo. Los Ybarra contra el "síndrome de Budenbrooks". El éxito de seis generaciones de empresarios (1801-2001)
  • Rules of conventions: ISAD G

 


 

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