Fonds FEF-EB-0001 - Archives of the Order of St. John of Jerusalem, of Rhodes and of Malta (A.O.M.)

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MT FEF-EB-0001

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Archives of the Order of St. John of Jerusalem, of Rhodes and of Malta (A.O.M.)

Date(s)

  • 1103-1798 (Creation)

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Archival history

The Archives of the Order of St. John of Jerusalem, of Rhodes and of Malta (A.O.M.) consist of the documents produced and received by the Chancery of the Order since its origins until the end of its rule in Malta. After having suffered a series of transfers from one repository to another, the almost 7,000 volumes found an abode at the National Library of Malta only in 1937 and have since remained there.
The official Archives of the Order in Malta came to an abrupt halt with the end of the Order's rule in Malta in 1798. The post-1798 documents are conserved at Magistral Archives in the Grand Magistry in Rome.

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Scope and content

These archives contain the title-deeds, privileges, correspondence and other documents concerning the central authority of the Order, i.e. the Grand Master and his Council, and the Chapter General, with the Priories, the Commanderies and individual knights.

The earliest document in the archives is the papal bull of 1103 recognizing the Order. The Original Documents in Section 1 represent some of the best charter sources for the history of the crusades in the 12th- and 13th-century Latin East. Section 2 (Libri conciliorum), Section 4 (Chapters General), and Section 5 (Libri bullarum) document the central convent's administration of the order and its properties in Rhodes and the Levant from the 14th through early 16th century. These three series continue into the Malta period, which is the best represented era in the archives. The records of the major offices of the Order are preserved for that period. This includes the Treasury (Section 6) the Hospital (Section 11) the Navy (Section 12) and the Conventual Church (Section 13).

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The archive contains 17 series, with the documents numbered sequentially through the Sections.
Section 1, Original Documents, 72 volumes (1103-1798)
Section 2, Libri conciliorum, 186 volumes (1459-1798)
Section 3, Libri conciliorum status, 26 Codices (1623-1798)
Section 4, Chapters General, 37 volumes (1330-1776)
Section 5, Libri bullarum, 320 Registers (1346-1798)
Section 6, The Treasury, 606 mss (1604-1798)
Section 7, Papal Bulls and Briefs, 58 mss (1100's-1797)
Section 8, Suppliche, 18 mss (1603-1798)
Section 9, Correspondence, 464 mss (1586-1798)
Section 10, Statutes and Ordinances, 77 items (1100's-1798)
Section 11, The Hospital, 46 volumes (1590-1798)
Section 12, The Navy, 181 mss (1600-1797)
Section 13, The Conventual Church, 194 mss (1530-1798)
Section 14, Langues, 157 mss (1253-1798)
Section 15, Proofs of Nobility, 3349 volumes (1522-1798)
Section 16, Visitations, 1123 units (1530-1798)
Section 17, Miscellaneous, Repubblica Francese, Miscellanea Generale, 205 items (1530-1804)

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Finding aids

Vol. I - Arch. 1-72. A. Zammit Gabarretta, J. Mizzi. Malta University Press, 1964
Vol. II pt. 1 - Arch. 73-83. J. Mizzi. Royal University of Malta, 1970
Vol. II pt. 2 - Arch. 84-87. J. Mizzi. Royal University of Malta, 1973
Vol. II pt. 3 - Arch. 88-90. J. Mizzi. University of Malta, 1978
Vol. II pt. 4 - Arch. 91-93. J. Mizzi. University of Malta, 1978
Vol. II pt. 5 - Arch. 94-96. J. Mizzi. University of Malta, 1979
Vol. II pt. 6 - Arch. 97-99. F. Azzopardi. University of Malta, 1979
Vol. II pt. 7 - Arch. 100. F. Azzopardi. University of Malta, 1988
Vol. II pt. 8 - Arch. 101-102. G. Aquilina. University of Malta, 1991
Vol. III pt. 1 - Arch. 255-260. J. Mizzi, A. Zammit Gabarretta, V. Borg. Royal University of Malta, 1965
Vol. III pt. 2 - Arch. 261-267. J. Mizzi, A. Zammit Gabarretta, V. Borg. Royal University of Malta, 1966
Vol. III pt. 3 - Arch. 268-279. J. Mizzi, A. Zammit Gabarretta, V. Borg. Royal University of Malta, 1966
Vol. IV - Arch. 280-315. J. Mizzi, A. Zammit Gabarretta. Royal University of Malta, 1964
Vol. VI - Arch. 634-643. Paul Cassar. Malta University Press, 2002
Vol. VI - Arch. 647. Joseph S. Abela. Malta University Press, 2001
Vol. VI - Arch. 1110-1125. Rev. Francis Azzopardi. Malta University Press, 2000
Vol. VII - Arch. 1126-31, 1135-38, 1140-43. J. Mizzi, A. Zammit Gabarretta. Royal University of Malta, 1964
Vol. VIII - Arch. 1182-1199. J. Mizzi, A. Zammit Gabarretta, V. Borg. Royal University of Malta, 1967
Vol. X - Arch. 1649-1712. J. Mizzi. Royal University of Malta, 1969
Vol. XI - Arch. 1713-1758. J. Mizzi. Royal University of Malta, 1969
Vol. XII - Arch. 1759-1943a. J. Mizzi. Royal University of Malta, 1968
Vol. XIII - Arch. 1935-2084b. J. Mizzi. Royal University of Malta, 1967
Vol. XIII (Supplement) - Arch. 2038-2071. S. Fiorini, W. Zammit. University of Malta, 1990
Vol. VII [Class. XVI] - Arch. 5578-5666. Patrizia Biscarini. Malta University Press, 2002

Digital editions:

Hospitaller Sources (http://www.rrz.uni-hamburg.de/hospitallers/index.html): A project that provides calendars and editions of sources relating to the history of the Knights on Rhodes (1310-1522) with some later documents. Posted by Prof. Dr. Jürgen Sarnowsky, University of Hamburg

Stabilimenta Rhodiorum militum (http://www.rrz.uni-hamburg.de/hospitallers/statutes/statutes.html): The Statutes of the Order of the Hospital of St John. A preliminary version of the text from National Library of Malta, Libr. 244. © Jürgen Sarnowsky, Hamburg / Steffen Patzold, Hamburg (1999/2000)

Electronic finding aid for the archives of the Sovereign Military Order of Malta in Valletta, prepared by Theresa M. Vann: http://www.hmml.org/centers/malta10/knights/knights_index.html

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The microfilms are held by the Hill Museum & Manuscript Library.

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Description identifier

MT-LIB-MLA-0001-FEF-EB-0001/CENDARI Italia

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IT-FEF

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Descrizione conforme allo standard ISAD-G (Standard internazionale di descrizione archivistica) Italia

Status

Draft

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Full

Dates of creation revision deletion

2012-11-19 [ISO 8601] Creation

Language(s)

  • English

Script(s)

  • Latin

Sources

http://www.hmml.org/centers/malta10/knights/knights_index.html
http://www.libraries.gov.mt/nlm/ser_catalogues.htm

Archivist's note

Redazione a cura di Elisa Brunoni (FEF) Italy

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