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In 1967, the UB Law Faculty paid tribute to Doctor Jordi Rubió i Balaguer, who had been purged by the Franco regime and expelled from the university. The event, which took place despite being banned, was one of many civic and cultural activities organised by anti-Francoist movements.

On 3 March 1967, the Law Faculty, opened in 1958 on the Pedralbes campus and awarded the FAD architecture prize for its rational design, was the venue for a ceremony to pay tribute to Rubió i Balaguer, on his 80th birthday. Rubió was the first director of the Library of Catalonia, appointed to the post in 1913 by Prat de la Riba. Later, he set up the School of Librarians, whose director he was whilst he also taught literature at the University of Barcelona. During the Civil War, Rubió i Balaguer transferred library services from the war front and saved the heritage in the Palau de la Generalitat library by moving it to the Hospital of La Santa Creu. The Franco regime later purged him, and he was expelled from the university, the Library of Catalonia and the School of Librarians. Despite this repression, Rubió continued his intense intellectual and civic activity, aimed at reviving Catalan culture, and he refused an offer from the Franco regime to become director of the National Library in Madrid.

The 1967 homage was organised by university students and was attended by such intellectuals and leading figures as Pau Casals, Pablo Picasso, Josep Carner, Joan Miró, Menéndez Pidal and Bosch i Gimpera. The rector of the UB, Francisco García-Valdecasas, banned the event, but it took place just the same, and 19 participants were arrested and prosecuted, including Miquel Coll i Alentorn, Oriol Bohigas, Manuel Sacristán, Carlos Barral, Joan Oliver and Joan Coromines.

In 1969, the jury for the first Honour Prize in Catalan Letters awarded the accolade to Doctor Rubió i Balaguer. In 1977, he was a founder member of the Association of Writers in the Catalan Language (AELC) and in 1980 he was awarded the Generalitat de Catalunya Gold Medal in recognition for his lifetime work in the field of Catalan letters.

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