Fonds PHO - Photographic Collection

Cassar Pullicino, Guze Apap, Vincent Bonello, Giovanni Borg, Anne Baldacchino, Frans Busuttil, Carmel Tabone, Vincent (Censu) Camilleri, Antoine Camilleri, Joseph M. Caruana, Gabriel Clews, Charles de Marco, Guido England, Richard Fenech Adami, Eddie Gauci, Miriam Azzopardi, Karmen Lauri, Carmine Mamo, Sir. Anthony Joseph Manche, Alexander Micallef-Grimaud, Mariuccia Miceli-Farrugia, Lilian Mintoff, Dominic Mizzi, Freddie Serrachino-Inglott, Peter Mifsud Bonnici, Ugo Zerafa, Marius J. Barbara, Agatha Buttigieg, Anton Arrigo, Charles Camilleri, Charles Cremona, John Joseph de Bono, Edward Drago, Tony Friggieri, Oliver Grech, Victor Rizzo, Albert Said Pullicino, Joseph Chetcuti, Guze Agius, Anton Bongailas, Vince Busuttil, Salvino Camilleri Cauchi, Paul Caruana, Lydia Caruana Curran, Maurice Cassar Darian, Tony Critien, Fra John Curmi, Paul de Giorgio, Maurice Fenech, Frederick Friggieri, Joe Gambina, Juan Gatt, Charles (City) Grech, Victor Griffiths, Victor Haber, Paul Lanfranco, Guido Mercieca, Joseph Messina Ferrante, Herbert Micallef, George V. Mifsud Bonnici, Giuseppe Mifsud Bonnici, Karmenu Miggiani, Antoinette Portelli, Gemma Portelli, Lewis Sammut, Joseph Schembri, Brian Spiteri, Jane Spiteri, Mary Spiteri (Kilin), Michael Storace, Mark Thake, Charles Turner (Caruana), Cynthia Zammit Cordina, Josephine Borg Olivier, Giorgio Calleja, Joseph Paul Xuereb Paul Asciak George Abela Oreste Chircop Joseph Calleia Calamatta, Narcy Leslie Agius Frank Cammalleri Calamatta, Narcy Leslie Agius Frank Cammalleri St Andrew's Bastion - ca.1974 Salvatore Bastion - ca. 1974 St. Andrew's Bastion:Expense Magazines - ca. 1974 Salvatore Bastion: Foreshore with boat houses - ca.1974 Marsamxett Gate - ca. 1974 St. Andrew's and Salvatore Bastions - ca 1974 St. Andrew's Bastion - 1974 Salvatore Bastion - World War 2 Air Raid Shelters - ca. 1974 St. Michael's Bastion: St. Rocco Baths in foreground - ca. 1974 Salvatore Bastion - ca. 1974 Re-entrant angle between Salvatore Bastion and German Curtains - ca. 1974 St. John's Bastion - ca 1974 St. John's Bastion - ca 1974 St. James' Bastion: Bridge to City Gate in background - ca 1974
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Photographic Collection


  • 1870 - 1990 (Creation)

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Extent and medium

4358 digital surrogates of photographic material

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Archival history

Some of the photos were the property of the Public Works Department which in 1972 was entrusted with the setting up of the Casa Leone archives under the Antiquities section.

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Scope and content

The collection covers the period from the 1890s onwards following the advent of photography in Malta. Most of the records consist of photographic prints, some mounted on cardboard. In few cases the archive holds glass plates, negatives, or slides.

Appraisal, destruction and scheduling

All records were kept.


The collection is continously increasing from public entities and private donations.

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The images originate from a number of departments, private collections, or other sources. For practical purposes the fonds principles were not followed and the whole collection was organised into one series and assigned a sequential number

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Conditions governing access

All the photographic collection is accessible for viewing.

Conditions governing reproduction

The National Archives is to be contacted as the permits in connection with reproduction depend on the type of creator, and on any arrangement that might exist with donors in case of private deposits.

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  • English

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Access database for in-house use. A selection of images are also searchable online at

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Existence and location of originals

Most originals are at the National Archives with the exception of certain holdings which were donated to the National Archives in digital format only.

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Some copies might reside in other public offices or in private collections such as the Ellis archives.

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