Series HR-DADU-07.1 - Privilegia; Privilegi (Charters and documents issued by various rulers)

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Privilegia; Privilegi (Charters and documents issued by various rulers)


  • 13th century - 19th century (Creation)

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31 volumes; textual records

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Preserved interstate treaties and other documents from the 12th century indicate that authorities would already at that time oversee the work of the public notary and the chancellery. Based on key provisions made during the 15th century, the central administration consisted of five offices located in the Rector's Palace. These were: The Public Notary (legal private affairs), the State Chancellery (legal public affairs), the Judicial Chancellery (criminal justice affairs), the Office of the State Secretary (legal state affairs) and the Slavic Chancellery, which would eventually be transformed into the Turkish Chancellery. The secretaries oversaw the process of taking minutes of the sessions of the Senate, the Minor Council, as well as of those of the Major Council. In addition, secretaries would also compile the entire state correspondence as instructed by the Senate and the Minor Council. They also created diplomatic codes and deciphered diplomatic mail, issued state documents such as certificates of the citizenship of the Dubrovnik Republic. The influence of secretaries increased so much in the 17th century that, from that moment onwards, they could be considered as the main administrative officials of the Dubrovnik Republic.

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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. The books remained in the Rector’s Palace after the fall of the Republic (1808). In 1891, the archives were consolidated and became available to researchers. The archive in the Rector's Palace has been functioning as an independent institution since 1920 and it was moved to the Sponza Palace in 1952, where it is still located today.

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There are no references to Jewish people in the series.

The series consists of transcripts and translations of rulers’ charters and various other documents. These documents are mainly issued by Ottoman sultans. Other documents in the fonds are issued by the rulers of some states such as Spain or Hungary and the Papal States.

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  • Croatian
  • Italian
  • Latin

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  • Cyrillic
  • Latin

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Finding aids

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

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Diplomata et acta (HR-DADU-7.3), Litterae et commissiones (HR-DADU-8)

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Franc Miklošič, Monumenta Serbica Spectatia Historiam Serbiae, Bosniae, Ragusii, Beč, 1858. Ljubomir Stojanović, Stare srpske povelje i pisma, I.1, Beograd-Sremski Karlovci: SKA, 1929. Milan Rešetar, Nikša Zvijezdić, dubrovački srpski kancelar XV. vijeka, Beograd: 1936. Vesna Miović, Nikša Selmani, »Turska kancelarija i Acta Turcarum od vremena Dubrovačke Republike do danas.« (summary: Turkish Chancellery and Acta Turcarum from the period of the Dubrovnik Republic until the Present) Anali Zavoda za povijesne znanosti HAZU u Dubrovniku 45 (2007): 235-284. Vesna Miović, Dubrovačka Republika u spisima osmanskih sultana (summary: Dubrovnik Republic in the Documents of the Ottoman Sultans), with analytical inventory, Dubrovnik: Državni arhiv u Dubrovniku, 2005. Rade Mihaljčić, »Isprava kojom Dubrovčani kralju Ostoji vraćaju zemlju i kuću i primaju ga za svog vlastelina.« Građa o prošlosti Bosne 6 (2013): 25-35.

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Fonds of the Dubrovnik Republic and the territory of the former Republic under the French Administration, series 20

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  • English



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