Fonds HR-DADU-68 - Cancellaria Comitis Stagni (Rector's Chancellery in Ston)

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Cancellaria Comitis Stagni (Rector's Chancellery in Ston)


  • 15th century - 19th century (Creation)

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Extent and medium

346 volumes; 16,6 linear metres; textual records

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Archival history

The lower judicial and administrative authorities of the Dubrovnik Republic were organized in two types of administrative units: captaincies and districts. The size of the territory and the number of captaincies and districts changed throughout history according to the needs and discretion of the authorities of the Dubrovnik Republic. In the 18th century there were eleven administrative units: eight districts and three captaincies. The Pelješac Peninsula with Ston was joined to the Dubrovnik commune in 1333. The Rector, who resided in Ston, ruled over that area. Among other things the Rector served as a judge and, similar to the role of other rectors and captains who ruled locally, he was not empowered to pass sentences for the most serious crimes committed in the territory under his supervision.

Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

The fonds has been linked to the archive since its inception. In the times of the Dubrovnik Republic, the books of the fonds were stored at the Chancellery in Ston, and by 1891 they were transferred to the Rector’s Palace, when the archives were consolidated and were made available to researchers. The archive in the Rector's Palace has been functioning as an independent institution since 1920 and it was dislocated to the Sponza Palace in 1952, where it is still located today.

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Scope and content

Appraisal, destruction and scheduling


System of arrangement

The fonds consists of series Aptai Stagni (HR-DADU-68.1), Lamenta Stagni (HR-DADU-68.2), Procurae Stagni (HR-DADU-68.3), Debita Stagni (HR-DADU-68.4), Diversa Stagni (HR-DADU-68.5), Testamenta Stagni (HR-DADU-68.6), Commandamenta Stagni (HR-DADU-68.7), Registra Stagni (HR-DADU-68.8), Pacta matrimonialia Stagni (HR-DADU-68.9) and of Registra particularia Stagni (HR-DADU-68.10).

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Conditions governing access

The fonds is fully accessible to researchers in accordance with the Ordinance on the work in the reading room of the State Archives in Dubrovnik and the Law on Archival Materials and Archives NN 61/18 (Pravilnik o radu u čitaonici Državnog arhiva u Dubrovniku and Zakon o arhivskom gradivu i arhivima NN 61/18).

Conditions governing reproduction

Taking photographs and scanning are allowed, for a fee.

Language of material

  • Croatian
  • Italian
  • Latin

Script of material

  • Latin

Language and script notes

Croatian (Slavic language)

Physical characteristics and technical requirements

Paper. The archival material is well preserved.

Finding aids

Građa za generalni katalog Državnog arhiva u Dubrovniku, box 18, folder 17.

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State Archives in Dubrovnik

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Publication note

Nella Lonza, Pod plaštem pravde, Kaznenopravni sustav Dubrovačke Republike u XVIII. stoljeću (Summary: Criminal Justice in the Eighteenth-Century Republic of Dubrovnik), Dubrovnik: Zavod za povijesne znanosti HAZU u Dubrovniku, 1997. Konstantin Vojnović, »Sudbeni ustroj Republike dubrovačke.« Rad JAZU 105 (1891): 1-48; 108 (1892): 99-181; 114 (1893): 159-220; 115 (1893): 1-36. Nenad Vekarić, »Sud Janjinske kapetanije.« (Summary: The Court of Janjina Captaincy) Anali Zavoda za povijesne znanosti HAZU u Dubrovniku 27 (1989): 133-147.

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Old reference code

Fonds of the Dubrovnik Republic and the territory of the former Republic under the French Administration, series 64, 69-72

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Descriptions of fonds, series and sub-series are made according to the ISAD (G) standard (general international standard archival description)


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  • English



Archivist's note

Description prepared by Vesna Miović (Fonds, Series, Subseries) Croatia [The Institute for Historical Sciences in Dubrovnik, Croatian Academy of Sciences and Arts (CASA)] Translation to English by Zrinka Friganović Sain

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