Fonds HR-DADU-58 - Libri navigiorum et ruoli (Brodske knjige i popisi brodskih posada i vlasnika brodova/Ship books, crew lists and lists of ship owners)

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Libri navigiorum et ruoli (Brodske knjige i popisi brodskih posada i vlasnika brodova/Ship books, crew lists and lists of ship owners)


  • 16th century - 19th century (Creation)

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Extent and medium

26 volumes; 0,4 linear metres; textual records

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Archival history

The Office for Maritime Affairs or the Office for the Supervision of Navigation was founded in 1745, at the time of the new increase of maritime affairs in the Dubrovnik Republic. It appears in archival sources under the following names: Officio della Navigazione, Officio alla Sopraintendenza della Navigazione, Sopraintendenza della Navigazione, Officio della Marina, Magistrato alla Navigazione. The office was managed by five senators, the so-called Officiali alla Sopraintendenza della Navigazione, who were initially elected for a term of five years, and from the 80s of the 18th centuries, for a term of three years. The office supervised the entire maritime affairs of the Dubrovnik Republic. For example, among other things, the office was in charge to conduct investigations and trials in the disputes of Ragusan sea captains, it cooperated with the consulates of the Dubrovnik Republic in Mediterranean ports and collected maritime taxes.

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 the Rector’s Palace where they remained even after the fall of the Republic in 1808. The archival material was consolidated and made available to researchers by 1891. 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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Appraisal, destruction and scheduling


System of arrangement

The fonds consists of two series: the series Libri navium (HR-DADU-58.1) and the series Ruoli (HR-DADU-58-2).

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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 9.

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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.

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Fonds of the Dubrovnik Republic and the territory of the former Republic under the French Administration, series 56

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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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