- 15th century - 18th century (Creation)
Level of description
Extent and medium
79 volumes; 1.9 linear metres; textual records
Name of creator
The Salt Office conducted any business affairs connected with salt and was managed by three senators (soprasalinari) with a three-year mandate. The officials oversaw the activities and the work of the salt basins in Ston, in Dubrovnik and in the suburbs of Ploče, as well as managed the sale of salt and the purchase of foreign salt. They had to submit a report on their work and the activities of the office to the Senate.
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 Salt Office. They were relocated to the Rector’s Palace by 1891, when the archives were consolidated and were made available to researchers. Since 1920, the archive in the Rector's Palace has been functioning as an independent institution. In 1952, it was moved to the Sponza Palace, where it is still located today.
Content and structure area
Scope and content
The fonds contains books of expenditures for the maintenance of the salt basins in the Dubrovnik Republic and the costs of the fees and salaries of state employees such as guards, weighers, porters, or noblemen who managed the Salt Office, etc. The fonds also contains registers of purchases of foreign salt, registers of sales of domestic salt, registers containing entries on payments of fees to boat owners who transported the salt produced in the Republic for sale to Gabela (the Neretva River) at the end of the 16th century and in the 17th century.
The bookbinder Manuel (Emanuel Coen), who in the early 17th and the 18th centuries bound books for the needs of the Salt Office (e.g., vol. 37, no. 45), is most likely the only Jew referenced to in this fonds.
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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 17, folder 34.
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 archives.
Related units of description
Konstantin Vojnović, »Carinski sustav republike dubrovačke.« Rad JAZU 129 (1896): 90-171. 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. Milena Gecić, »Dubrovačka trgovina solju u XIV veku.« (résumé: Le sel dans le commerce de Dubrovnik au XIVe siècle) Zbornik Filozofskog fakulteta 3 (1955): 95-153. Antonio Di Vittorio, Sergio Anselmi, Paola Pierucci, Ragusa (Dubrovnik) una Repubblica Adriatica; Saggi di storia economica e finanziaria, Bologna: Cisalpino, 1994. Stefano D'Atri, »Il commercio del sale in Adriatico nel XVII secolo: Barletta 1639-1668.« Archivio Storico Pugliese 53 (2000): 187-197.
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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