Fonds HR-DADU-47 - Custodiae et armamentum; Guardie ed armamento (Guards and weaponry)

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Custodiae et armamentum; Guardie ed armamento (Guards and weaponry)


  • 16th century - 19th century (Creation)

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120 volumes; 2 linear metres; textual records

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Unlike most European countries at that time, in the Republic of Dubrovnik the authorities would make decisions on recruitment of soldiers, formation of military units, and armament of fortresses and ships. The maintenance of fortifications, soldiers, weaponry, ammunition, and everything else related to military affairs was overseen and managed by three senators (noblemen) so called proveditori delle guardie. On the other side, four other senators oversaw the recruitment and payment of soldiers for the Republic. According to the data, five senators were responsible for the security of the city of Dubrovnik, but they also monitored the condition of fortifications in a nearby Ston.

Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

The fonds has been linked to the archive since its inception. In the time of the Republic, the books of the fonds were stored in the premises of the Rector's Palace. This archival material remained in the Palace even after the fall of the Republic in 1808. By 1891 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 relocated in 1952 to the Sponza Palace, where it is still located today.

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Scope and content

There are no references to Jewish people in the fonds.
The documents of the fonds consist of an inventory of weaponry and ammunition, a list of soldiers, a list of foreigners in the Dubrovnik military service (barabanti), some documents with cost estimates for purchase of weaponry, payment of military salaries, or maintenance of fortifications and warships. The registers cover the period from the 16th century to the beginning of the 19th century.

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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

  • Italian

Script of material

  • Latin

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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 3. Josip Gelčić,»Catalogus i. r. Archivii Ragusini.« Glasnik Zemaljskog muzeja u Bosni i Hercegovini 22 (1910): 537-588.

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Existence and location of originals

State Archives in Dubrovnik

Existence and location of copies

The fonds has been completely transferred to microfilms, but the microfilms are not available to the users of archives.

Related units of description

Reformationes (HR-DADU-1), Acta Consilii Maioris (HR-DADU-2), Consilium Rogatorum (HR-DADU-3), Consilium Minus (HR-DADU-4), Leges et instructiones (HR-DADU-14.1)

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Publication note

Bogdan Krizman, »Memoire Bara Bettere austrijskom generalu T. Milutinoviću o dubrovačkoj republici iz 1815. godine.« (résumé: Memoire de Baro Bettera adressé au general austrichien T. Milutinović, sur la Republique de Raguse et datant de 1815) Anali Historijskog instituta u Dubrovniku 1 (1952): 423-464. Trpimir Macan, »Dubrovački barabanti u XVI stoljeću.« (Summary: The Dubrovnik »Barabants« of the 16th Century) Anali Historijskog instituta JAZU u Dubrovniku 8-9 (1960/61) 301-323. Žarko Muljačić, »Scorovaita - 'noćna ophodnja'.« Zbornik za filologiju i lingvistiku 4/5 (1961/62): 217-224. Domagoj Madunić, »The Defensive System of the Ragusan Republic (c. 1580-1620).«, in: The European Tributary States of the Ottoman Empire in the Sixteenth and Seventeenth Centuries, ed. Gábor Kármán and Lovro Kunčević. Leiden - Boston: Brill, 2013: 342-372.

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Old reference code

Fonds of the Dubrovnik Republic and the territory of the former Republic under the French Administration, series 9

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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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