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Research in the Archivio Segreto Vaticano is free of charge and open to qualified scholars conducting scientific studies.
All researchers must have a university degree (five-year course) or an equivalent university diploma.
Clergymen must possess a licentiate degree or PhD.
Today permission is granted to consult the documents in the archives up until the end of the papacy of Pius XI (February 1939).
Access to Reading Rooms
Admission cards are required to access the rooms and can be obtained at the Admission Secretariat on Mondays to Fridays from 8.15 to 10.30 .
How to request an admission card
Send an application to the Prefect of the Archivio Segreto Vaticano providing personal details (name, family name, address, nationality), qualifications, profession and reasons for the research.
Provide a presentation letter from a recognized institute of scientific and historical research or a person qualified in the field of historical research (tenured university professors)
Specify the latest academic qualification obtained (for laymen: university degree or equivalent university diploma, PhD, fellowship; for clergymen: licentiate degree or PhD)
Attach photocopy of valid ID (ID card, passport)
Provide 1 photograph
After Pope Leo XIII opened the doors of the Archivio Segreto Vaticano to scholars back in 1881, it has become one of the most famous history research centres in the world.
In accordance with a practice established in 1924, the pope grants free access to the documents «grouped into pontificates» currently running up to the end of the papacy of Pope Pius XI (February 1939). Nevertheless, Paul VI departed from this practice and granted scholars access to the Archives of the Second Vatican Council (1962-1965) after the Council came to a close in 1965. Lastly, Pope John Paul II granted access to the fond Ufficio Informazioni Vaticano, Prigionieri di Guerra (Prisoners of War) (1939-1947).
Originally posted by bo12au
So I guess the Pope has allowed access for 'scholars' and the public for the first time in history. Do any diggers have any info or heard of any news discoveries? I would give up alot to gain access.edit on 2-3-2012 by bo12au because: (no reason given)
Originally posted by Maxatoria
given the vatican is supposed to have the largest stash of pr0n in the world its certainly going to attract a few people who won't walk straight for a while after seeing it
The archives also contain the state papers, correspondence, papal account books, and many other documents which the church has accumulated over the centuries. In the 17th century, under the orders of Pope Paul V, the Secret Archives were separated from the Vatican Library, where scholars had some very limited access to them, and remained absolutely closed to outsiders until 1881, when Pope Leo XIII opened them to researchers, of whom now more than a thousand examine its documents each year
TextThere is no generic browsing, and researchers must ask for the precise document they wish to see, identifying it either by consulting the indices and must be granted an expressed written permission authorized by a ranking prelate for perusal. Even then, not many requests are granted entrance as the application process is long and rigorous
Originally posted by bo12au
reply to post by EricD
Far fetched and ignorant? Take a chill pill bro, if you find the topic annoying GTFO, simple as that.
This is not the Vatican library, INSULT REDACTED. Something completley different. So you have an archives that is allowed access by a need to know basis, and even than you can not duplicate anything.edit on 5-3-2012 by bo12au because: (no reason given)