- 14th century - 19th century (Creation)
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Extent and medium
49 volumes; 0.6 linear metres; textual records
Name of creator
Initially, the diocese of Dubrovnik belonged to the metropolis of Split. Pope Gregory V (996-999) transformed this diocese into an archdiocese and a metropolis, but it lost its title about 30 years later, and regained it in the 12th century. At that time, the Dubrovnik metropolis had 11 suffragan dioceses in a vast area from Bosnia to Shkodra. The data show that there were different church orders in the Dubrovnik Republic: Benedictines, Franciscans, Dominicans, and Jesuits and that even before the earthquake in 1667 there were eight nunneries in Dubrovnik.
Immediate source of acquisition or transfer
The fonds has been linked to the archive since its inception. In times of the Dubrovnik Republic, the books of the fonds were stored in church offices and by 1891 were dislocated 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 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 fonds contains monastery accounting books, books of the Dubrovnik Archdiocese and various decisions of church administrative bodies (e.g., decisions on the organization and daily activities of monasteries). The books of the fonds were created in the period from the 14th 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.
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Language and script notes
Physical characteristics and technical requirements
Paper. The archival material is well preserved.
Građa za generalni katalog Državnog arhiva u Dubrovniku,box 18, folder 5. Josip Gelčić,»Catalogus i. r. Archivii Ragusini.« Glasnik Zemaljskog muzeja u Bosni i Hercegovini 22 (1910): 537-588.
Allied materials area
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 State Archives in Dubrovnik.
Related units of description
Kosta Vojnović, »Crkva i država u Dubrovačkoj Republici, I.« Rad JAZU 41 (1894): 32-144. Kosta Vojnović, »Crkva i država u Dubrovačkoj Republici, II.« Rad JAZU 42 (1895): 1-92.
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Rules and/or conventions used
Descriptions of fonds, series and sub-series are made according to the ISAD (G) standard (general international standard archival description)
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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