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Special Collections- Vatican Film Library : Vatican Archives

Selected information on the holdings and organization of the VFL library


The Archivio Segreto Vaticano, not to be confused with the Biblioteca apostolica vaticana, is the central archives of the Holy See and contains the historical archives of different private and public institutions sent to them because of their effective scope or because intentionally decided by the producer of the document. The various archives make up the over six hundred fonds of the Archivio Segreto Vaticano and can be grouped into the following categories:

Offices of the Curia; Papal Diplomatic; Families and Individuals; Councils and Synods; Religious Institutes and Orders and Archconfraternities; and Miscellaneous Collections


Publisher Series


The Meridian Hall, The Tower of the Winds
Secret Archives, Vatican


Letter from the Cardinals to Pope Celestino V, dated 11 July 1294