Fonds HR-DADU-59 - Officium navigationis; Officio della navigazione (Office for Maritime Affairs; Maritime Court)

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Officium navigationis; Officio della navigazione (Office for Maritime Affairs; Maritime Court)


  • 18th century - 19th century (Creation)

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Extent and medium

15 volumes; 4 linear metres; textual records

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Archival history

The Office for Maritime Affairs or the Office for Supervision of Navigation was founded in 1745, at the time of a new increase of maritime affairs of the Dubrovnik Republic. The Office supervised the conducting of all maritime affairs of the Republic. Among other things, the office also conducted investigations and trials in various maritime disputes of Ragusan seafarers. The Maritime Court existed from 1535 to 1540, and when it was abolished the jurisdiction over maritime disputes was restored to the judges of the civil court (consoli). With a new increase of maritime affairs in the 40s of the 18th centuries, it became necessary to re-establish this court which was founded within the jurisdiction and the supervision of the Office for Maritime Affairs. The judges of the court were senators who managed the Office, and their jurisdiction was limited to civil maritime disputes.

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 was 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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Scope and content

Appraisal, destruction and scheduling


System of arrangement

The fonds contains series Iudicatus et sententiae Officii navigationis (HR-DADU-59.1), Sequestra Officii navigationis (HR-DADU-59.2), and Commandamenta et sententiae navigationis (HR-DADU-59.3).

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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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Old reference code

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

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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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