The Malta Study Center was founded in 1973 by Joseph S. Micallef, KMOb UOM, Honorary Consul General of Malta Saint Paul/Minneapolis to preserve the handwritten culture of Malta and the Sovereign Military Order of Saint John of Jerusalem, of Rhodes, and of Malta through microfilm and digital photography.
The Center supports international research on Malta and the Order of Saint John of Jerusalem by organizing and participating in conferences, workshops, publications, and exhibitions. The Center maintains active partnerships with other institutions, including the Mediterranean Seminar, the University of Malta, the RENowN Project (Université Côte D’Azur), the Archdiocese of Malta, the Malta Map Society, the Medici Archive Project, the National Archives of Malta, and Heritage Malta.
The Center also maintains one of the largest rare book and manuscript collections dedicated to Malta and the Order of Saint John of Jerusalem in North America. The collection includes incunabula, manuscripts, maps, archival material, rare printed books, and ephemera dating from the 15th to the 20th century. The Center’s collection is cataloged in HMML Reading Room.