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Malta Study Center

The Malta Study Center was established in 1973 by the Honorary Consul General of Malta-St. Paul/Minneapolis, Joseph S. Micallef, KMOb UOM. The Center preserves and makes accessible the written culture of Malta and the Sovereign Military Order of Saint John of Jerusalem, of Rhodes, and of Malta (also known as the Order of Malta).

The Center maintains a collection of more than 16,000 reels of microfilm photographed between 1973 and 1999. These materials include documents from the National Library, the Cathedral Archives of Mdina, the parish archives and ecclesiastical libraries and archives of Malta and Gozo. The Center’s digital manuscript collection contains over 1.5 million digital images from the National Archives of Malta, the Notarial Archives of Malta, the Confraternity of Charity, and several private libraries and archives digitized in partnership with the Fondazzjoni Patrimonju Malti, including the Palazzo Falson Museum and Library and Archivum de Piro.

The microfilm collection is notable for its unique holdings of the Archives of the Inquisition in Malta at the Cathedral Archives in Mdina and the Archives of the Order of Malta and registers of the Università at the National Library in Valletta. The digital projects added the Magna Curia Castellaniae Acta Originalia and the Epoca Gallica fonds, detailing the islands’ civil and criminal court cases from the 16th through the early 19th centuries. The private libraries of the Palazzo Falson and Archivum de Piro, digitized in partnership with the Fondazzjoni Patrimonju Malti, witness to the local history of Malta dating back to the late 17th century as revealed through the records of noble families.

Find manuscripts: many scanned microfilms and born-digital images are now in vHMML Reading Room and others may be found through the Legacy Catalog. On vHMML Reading Room you will find links to lists indicating the current cataloging and online status of these collections.