History of Vatican City: Primary Documents

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Digitization projects of the Vatican Library.
(English and Italian)

From the Internet Medieval Sourcebook.
(5th to 12th centuries; transcriptions and translations)

The book of the popes is a biography of popes from
(3rd-15th century; English translation)

From the Internet Medieval Sourcebook.
(11th to 17th centuries; transcriptions and translations)

From the Internet Medieval Sourcebook.
See particularly the documents under "Ecclesiastical Disarray."
(Transcriptions and translations)

Includes full text of the Council of Trent as well as other documents.
(Transcriptions and translations)

Inventory of documentary and historiographical sources of the Roman-German royal lines from the Carolingians to Maximilian I.
Also includes lines of the Popes of the Early and High Middle Ages.
Available as facsimiles of original book pages or as a search for the corresponding full texts.
(751-1519; German facsimiles and transcriptions)

From the Internet Medieval Sourcebook.
(Transcriptions and translations)
From the Internet Medieval Sourcebook.
Includes Ante-Nicene, Nicene, Post-Nicene documents.
(Transcriptions and translations)
Provided by the Christian Classics Ethereal Library.
Includes Ante-Nicene, Nicene, and Post-Nicene documents.
(Transcriptions and translations)
From the Internet Christian Library.
Includes letters, patristic texts, and other writings.
(Transcriptions and English translations)
(comprehensive index of Western religious literature, 1st-15th Centuries)
On St. Francis of Assissi and later Franciscans.
(1223 to present; Latin transcriptions and translations in various languages including English)

Papal bulls, letters and briefs digitized by the Martynas Mazvydas Lithuanian National Library
(1477-1899; facsimiles)

National anthem of Vatican City. Adopted in 1949.
(Italian with English translation; 1869)

A collection of primary documents from the Internet Modern History Sourcebook.
(1945 to the present; transcriptions and translations)

  • Foreign relations between Vatican City and the US
Documents from US State Department and University of Wisconsin-Madison.
(1950-1968; English transcriptions)

(1 December 1989; English translation)

Exhibition assembled by the Library of Congress in 1993.
(Facsimiles and commentary)

Official Vatican Website.
Available in English, French, Spanish, Italian, Portuguese, Latin, German, and Chinese.
Includes press releases, speeches, prayers, letters, and other writings.

Vatican images and messages.
(Multilingual transcriptions and translations).

Document establishing the Vatican city state.
Founding political agreement between Italian state and The Holy See.
(11 February 1929; transcription)
Documenting the political entity of the religious city-state.
(1929 to present; commentary and images)

From the Franklin D. Roosevelt Library and Digital Archives.
Wartime reports, memoranda, and diplomatic correspondence between Franklin D. Roosevelt and Pope Pius XII.
(1939-1945; English and Latin facsimiles)

Includes primary and secondary documents, provided by Don Mabry.
(Transcriptions, facsimiles, and commentaries, mostly in English)

Collection of historical documents on recent the history of the Vatican, especially in relation to Russia.

A virtual tour for one of the most famous and renowned cultural institutions of The Holy See.
See especially Online Collections.
(Images and commentaries in English)

Website of the Vatican Apostolic Secret Archives.
(8th to 19th centuries; low-resolution facsimiles)

Collection of Vatican Laws.
Library of Congress guide to constitutional, legal, and government documents.

Collection of historical maps of Vatican City.

Also contains collection of coats of arms for other European countries and principalities.

EuroDocs > History of Vatican City: Primary Documents

EuroDocs Creator: Richard Hacken, European Studies Bibliographer,
Harold B. Lee Library, Brigham Young University, Provo, Utah, USA.
Feel free to get in touch: Hacken @ byu.edu