CEM – Curia Episcopalis Melitensis – Mdina Cathedral Museum Archives

CEM – Curia Episcopalis Melitensis

The Episcopal and the Pro-Vicar’s archives at Mdina

The Bishop of Malta had his Curia and Tribunal in Valletta, but for practical purposes he appointed two Provicars, one for Gozo and one for the areas around Mdina to act in his name in those areas. The Provicars kept full records and presided over their ecclesiatical tribunals. The Provicar of Mdina kept his archives in the episcopal palace of Mdina. The office of Provicar for Mdina was retained practically up to the Second World War, even though his responsibilities and powers had been considerably reduced. These archives were transferred to the vacant palace of the Old Seminary by Archbishop Michael Gonzi circa the year 1944. The volumes, unlike those of the Inquisition Tribunal, were in a rather good state of conservation. They were made available for research in 1968.

About six years later, with the progress of the microfilm project (HMML), Archbishop Gonzi encouraged us to upgrade these archives with many thousands of loose documents conserved in the basement of the Valletta Curia. These were catalogued chronologically and filed in folders forming over one thousand volumes.  These papers never formed part of the Provicar’s Archives but since they were added to the same group, the whole collection started to be referred to as ‘The Episcopal and Provicarial Archives of Mdina, Malta’.

SERIESTITLE OF SERIESNOMENCLATURE
No. 1Acta originalia (1037 vols.) 1400-1799CEM A.O.
No. 2Bastardella sive protocollo actorum curiae (17 vols.) 1616-1821CEM Bastardella
No. 3Conti originali (213 vols.) 1577-1830CEM Conti
No. 4Citationes (22 vols.) 1682-1777CEM Cit.
No. 5Inventraia (3 vols.) 1769-1859CEM Inv.
No. 6Mandati della curia provicariale (66 vols.) 1780-1828CEM Mandati
No. 7Concursus (36 vols.) 1656-1904CEM Con.
No. 8Registrum actorum civilium (32 vols.) 1500-1855CEM Reg. Act. Civ.
No. 9Registrum actorum criminalium (3 vols.) 1548-1787CEM Reg. Act. Crim.
No. 10Registrum litterarum monitorialium (12 vols.) 1545-1683CEM Reg. Litt. Monit.
No. 11Registrum ordinandorum (18 vols.) 1574-1889CEM Reg. Ord.
No. 12Registrum cedularum depositorum (80 vols.) 1599-1700CEM Reg. Ced. Dep.
No. 13Registrum supplicationum (2 vols.) 1604-1721CEM Reg. Supp.
No. 14Registrum insinuationis donationum (1 vol.) 1660-1732CEM Reg. Ins. Don.
No. 15Registrum sententiarum (8 vols.) 1755-1829CEM Reg. Sent.
No. 16Registrum decisionum curiae episcopalis civitatis notabilis (2 vols.) 1799-1802CEM Reg. Decis.
No. 17Registrum sententiarum ac possessionum prebendarum et canonicatuum (1 vol.) 1799-1800CEM Reg. Sent. ac
No. 18Registrum citationum (1 vol.) 1821-1823CEM Reg. Cit.
No. 19Libro de carcerati per la corte vescovile della citta' notabile (1 vol.) 1800CEM Lib. Carcerati
No. 20Repertories, giuliana de processi (5 vols.) 1646-1830CEM Rep. Giuliana
No. 21Repertorium supplicationum (1 vol.) 1668-1781CEM Rep. Supp.
No. 22Repertorium actorium curiae (5 vols.) 1768-1828CEM Rep. Act. Curiae
No. 23Indice de' conti originali (1 vol.) 1577-1784CEM Indice Conti
No. 24Repertorium cedularum depositorum (7 vols.) 1652-1829CEM Rep. Ced.
No. 25Repertorium subastationum (1 vol.) 1769-1772CEM Rep. Sub.
No. 26Repertorium mandatorum (2 vols.) 1783-1793CEM Rep. Mand.
No. 27Status animarum (28 vols.) 1695-1806CEM St. Anim.