Diocesan Archives of Gozo - HMML Repository

Diocesan Archives of Gozo

474 volumes from the Curia Provicariale and Curia Episcopalis fonds dating from the 16th-20th century. Not all series in the two fonds were microfilmed.


  • Collection

  • Country

    Malta
  • City

    Victoria
  • Repository

    Diocesan Archives of Gozo
  • Project Codes

    Malta Series I
  • Project Numbers

    Nonsequential
  • Type

    Microform
  • Microfilm Reels

    450
  • Date Preserved

    1976-1981, 1983, 1986, 1988
  • HMML Reading Room (first record)

  • Languages

    Latin; Italian
  • Bibliography

    Joseph Bezzina, The Bishop’s Archives-Gozo a Descriptive Hand-List (1992).
  • Reading Room Collections

  • Uncataloged Collections


The Malta Study Center microfilmed 474 volumes from the Diocesan Archives of Gozo (Archivum Episcopale Gaudiense) in the 1970s and 1980s. The archives preserve records from 1554 onwards related to the activities of the bishop of Malta and the provicariate. The bishop of Malta created a provicariate for the island of Gozo and Comino as with its own curia, the curia Provicariale Insulae Gaudisii, until a separate curia was established in Gozo in 1864 with the establishment of the diocese in 1864. The archive is divided into two primary fonds: the Curia Provicariale and the Curia Episcopalis. The Malta Study Center did not microfilm Series 14 of the Curia Provicariale and only microfilmed Series 18 of the Curia Episcopalis.

Curia Provicariale

The Curia Provicariale Insulae Gaudisii (Provicarial Curia) fond includes documents concerning the activities and the jurisdiction of the provicariate, a small district depending on the bishop of Malta and acting as a tribunal in Gozo. Fond includes series.

Series 1, Acta Originalia, 1561-1864

In 156 volumes. Series Acta Originalia (AO) includes deliberations, trial records, contracts, and other legal records concerning the activities of the Curia in Gozo. Records are bound chronologically or by subject.

HMML Reading Room (first record) - https://w3id.org/vhmml/readingRoom/view/208419

Series 2, Bastardella, 1751-1864

In 5 volumes. Series Bastardella (BA), also known as Protocollum Actorum Originalium, includes notes and minutes of deliberations of the officials of the Curia concerning activities in Gozo.

HMML Reading Room (first record) - https://w3id.org/vhmml/readingRoom/view/208845

Series 3, Supplicationes, 1601-1822-

In 1 volume. Series Supplicationes (SU) includes original petitions presented to the provicar. The first is dated 9 April 1601. Additional petitions from Gozo are found in the Archives of the Archdiocese of Malta Suppliche section.

HMML Reading Room (first record) - https://w3id.org/vhmml/readingRoom/view/208852

Series 4, Conti Originali, 1617-

In 485 registers. Series Conti Originali (CO) includes administrative accounts of the churches, rural chapels, confraternities, and other ecclesiastical institutions in Gozo under the provicar’s jurisdiction. Registers 1 to 300 run from 4 August 1617 to 1980. Registers 451 to 470 oversized registers beginning in 1861. Records are not completely arranged in chronological order. An alphabetical index is available.

HMML Reading Room (first record) - https://w3id.org/vhmml/readingRoom/view/208664

Series 5, Mandati, 1777-1830

In 72 volumes. Series Mandati (MA) contains decrees issued by the provicar at the request of the procurators of ecclesiastical entities authorizing payments. The earliest record in the series is dated 20 October 1777.

HMML Reading Room (first record) - https://w3id.org/vhmml/readingRoom/view/208749

Series 6, Registrum Actorum Civilium, 1591-1825

In 23 volumes. Series Registrum Actorum Civilum (RA) contains provisions taken by the Curia, including decrees, pious foundations, ecclesiastical appointments, and authorizations. The earliest record is dated dated 9 September 1591.

HMML Reading Room (first record) - https://w3id.org/vhmml/readingRoom/view/208861

Series 7, Registrum Actorum Criminalium, 1773-1789

In 2 volumes. Series Registrum Actorum Criminalium (RB) contains summaries of criminal lawsuits brought to the Provicar and decided by him. There are also several documents related to the civil courts. The earliest record is dated 24 September 1773.

HMML Reading Room (first record) - https://w3id.org/vhmml/readingRoom/view/208859

Series 8, Registrum Caedularum Depositorum, 1635-1825

In 53 registers. Series Registrum Caedularum Depositorum (RC) includes accounts, legal documents, and church records recording the financial transactions at the provicarial court.

HMML Reading Room (first record) - https://w3id.org/vhmml/readingRoom/view/208542

Series 9, Registrum Supplicationum, 1762-1855

In 2 registers. Series Registrum Supplicationum (RD) includes transcripts of petitions made by the provicar before forwarding the originals to the bishop at Malta. The first is dated 1 March 1762.

HMML Reading Room (first record) - https://w3id.org/vhmml/readingRoom/view/208854

Series 10, Registrum Sententiarum, 1791-1824

In 3 registers. Series Registrum Sententiarum (RE) includes the proceedings together with the sentence delivered by the provicar in court to persons that fell within his sphere of jurisdiction. The first judgement is of 6 June 1791.

HMML Reading Room (first record) - https://w3id.org/vhmml/readingRoom/view/208855

Series 11, Registrum Decisionum, 1822-1827

In 5 volumes. Series Registrum Decisionum (RF) contains decisions mostly taken by the provicar in matters pertaining to rents, emphyteusis, debts, mass legacies, and other problems of a financial matter. The earliest record is dated 12 January 1822.

HMML Reading Room (first record) - https://w3id.org/vhmml/readingRoom/view/208808

Series 12, Registrum Citationum, 1815-1824

In 1 register. Series Registrum Citationum (RG) contains copies of summons issued by the bishop or provicar obliging the parties to an action to appear before the Provicarial court. The earliest record is dated 14 June 1815.

HMML Reading Room (first record) - https://w3id.org/vhmml/readingRoom/view/208850

Series 13, Registrum Subastationum, 1820-1824

In 1 register. Series Registrum Subastationum (RH) contains decrees issued by the provicar authorizing persons falling under his jurisdiction to sell articles by auction to raise money to pay debts or to carry out urgent works. The earliest record is dated 28 November 1820.

HMML Reading Room (first record) - https://w3id.org/vhmml/readingRoom/view/208851

Series 15, Repertoria, 1758-1827

In 10 registers. Series Repertoria (RJ) contains indexes of some sections of the Curia Provicariale Archives. Indexes refers to the old organization of the Archives.

HMML Reading Room (first record) - https://w3id.org/vhmml/readingRoom/view/208892

Curia Episcopalis

The Curia Episcopalis fond includes documents concerning the activities of the bishop and the diocese in Gozo. Fond includes series.

Series 18, Visitationes Pastorales, 1575- ?

50 volumes containing reports drawn by bishops during such pastoral visitations since 1575. The reports of visits between 1687 and 1864 are located in the Archives of the Archdiocese of Malta, Valletta.

HMML Reading Room (first record) - https://w3id.org/vhmml/readingRoom/view/208838