The Malta Study Center
The Malta Study Center, an
integral part of the Hill Museum & Manuscript Library, was established in
1973, with the assistance of and in collaboration with the Honorary Consul
General of Malta-St. Paul/Minneapolis MN, Joseph S. Micallef, M. O. M., K.
The Center maintains a
microfilm collection of more than 16,000 documents and dossiers of documents
from Malta, covering the period of the twelfth to the twentieth century. The
materials include the Archives of the Knights of Malta, the Cathedral Museum
in Mdina, the Archives of the Inquisition, ecclesiastical records of the
dioceses of Malta and Gozo, and musical compositions.
The Center sponsors
digitization projects to preserve the history of Malta and the Knights of
St. John. It acquires antiquarian and modern publications dealing with
Malta's history, literature, and culture, in addition to materials
pertaining to the Knights of St. John and the history of the Crusades.
Visitors to the Center are welcome, and it is possible to order copies of
microfilms from its collection.
If you have a specific question concerning
the Malta collection at the Hill Museum & Manuscript Library or a comment
about the Malta Center website, please contact
Dr. Theresa M. Vann,
Hill Museum & Manuscript Library, Saint John's University, Collegeville, MN
56321 USA (320-363-3993).
Cathedral Museum Microfilm Project
Between 1973 and 1989, the Mdina
Cathedral Microfilm Project filmed 8,229
books, manuscripts, and archival materials from
ecclesiastical institutions and private collections
in Malta and Gozo. The materials
date from the
16th to the 20th century. Some of the noted
collections are the Archives of the
Inquisition, the parish archives, and the musical
The Archives of the Knights of Malta|
The Malta Study Center
microfilmed the archives of the
Sovereign Military Order of Jerusalem, Rhodes, and Malta, housed
the National Library of Malta. The collection
consists of over 6,500 archival folders and
dating from the 12th century until 1798. It contains
the history of the Knights from their origins in
Jerusalem, their tenure on the island of Rhodes
between 1310 and 1522, and their rule over the
island of Malta until 1798.
The Sovereign Military Order of Malta, Rome, Magistral Archives and Library
In 2005, the Malta Study Center of the Hill
Museum & Manuscript Library formed a partnership with the Grand Magistry of
the Sovereign Military Order of Malta to begin digitizing the archives, rare
books, and manuscripts in the Magistral Archives and Library in Rome. Some
of the materials include descriptions of the
Order's European properties, the minutes of the
meetings of the Sovereign Council after 1798,
diplomatic correspondence, and patents of nobility.
The Magna Curia Castellania
The Malta Study Center signed an agreement with the National Archives of
Malta in October, 2007, to digitize the archives of the Magna Curia
Castellania, the largest secular tribunal in Malta during the time of the
Knights. There are 1411 volumes of Acta, covering the cases that appeared before the tribunal
period between 1543 and 1798.
The Notarial Archives of Malta
Added by a grant from the
Laura Jane Musser foundation, the Malta Study Center
began a pilot project in March 2010 to solve the
technical problems of digitizing the notarial
registers. After the successful completion of the pilot project in 2011,
the Center signed an agreement with the Notary to the Government and the Notarial Archives Council
to digitize 1,335 of the oldest registers, dating
from the 16th-century.