The Books of Admissions of The Hospital de la Santa Creu in Barcelona (15Th - 18Th Centuries)


  • Reis Fontanals Jaumà


Hospital de la Santa Creu, Hospitals, Welfare, Catalonia, Barcelona, Hospital archives, Documents


This article analyses the books of admission of the Hospital de la Santa Creu in Barcelona, between the 15th and the 18th century, currently preserved in the Library of Catalonia and the Historical Archive of the Hospital de la Santa Creu i Sant Pau. In this paper, the books are studied and grouped according to the following criteria: location, type, morphology and chronology. The data they contained, as well as their evolution over time, are systematically identified. The inclusion of examples and comparisons to other historical sources highlights the importance of these documents as a reliable statistical resource. Furthermore, this text aims at emphasizing the richness of these documents as a valuable primary source for the research on medieval and modern welfare.