The ARSI in Rome


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The collections of the Archivum Romanum

ARSI is the archives of the central government of the Society of Jesus worldwide. It does not hold all Jesuit collections that scholars might seek. For example, the Fondo Gesuitico dei Manoscritti (Jesuit manuscript collection) is held by the Biblioteca Nazionale Centrale Vittorio Emanuele II, and by the Archivio di Stato, Rome. The Vatican Archives also has considerable holdings relating to the activities of Jesuits.

For a description of the archives holdings see F. Danieluk’s article.

Some ARSI materials for North and South America may be consulted on microfilm in St Louis University, MO, USA:

Jan Philip ROOTHAAN SJ, superior general of the Society of Jesus from 1829-53
For that part of the Roothaan correspondence conserved at Georgetown University, see ’The Jan Philip Roothaan, S.J. Archive’ at Georgetown University Manuscripts. Finding Aid: click here.

For records of the academic activities of Jesuits in Rome, see Archivio Pontificia Università Gregoriana


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