The archive is first mentioned in a Royal Provision of Charles I (1525), although the three keyed chest (Medieval deposit of the Madrilenian scrolls) is mentioned frequently in records from as early as the 15th century. The archive received its definitive organisation in the 18th century. It was appointed to the first professional archivist in 1748, the first regulations and instructions for its functioning were approved in 1753 and a Royal Decree in 1781 declared it a 'public office.'
In 1844 it was opened up for research. It has been moved three times, first from the Plaza de la Villa (17th century - 1868), to the 'Bakery House' (Casa Panadería) in the Plaza Mayor (1868-1987) and finally to the barracks of the Conde Duque (1987 – present day). The oldest of the archive's documents dates back to 1152, and the most recent to the present day. The custody of the collection has never been endangered, despite it having lived through many monumental historical events.
The archive's documents occupy eighteen kilometres of shelving and include documents from Madrid city council and from several old towns that were annexed in the 20th century, as well as from private archives and collections. All municipal activities, from the 12th century until the present day, are mentioned in the archive's scrolls and papers.
Conde Duque, 9 y 11
915 885 761
Monday – Friday, 9.00 – 14.30
To access documents a DNI or other authorized form of ID must be presented. Access to documents may be limited according to their state of conservation or due to applicable legislation.