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MS Lat 53

Catholic Church. Cancellaria Apostolica. Papal bulls and briefs, 1338-1884: PRELIMINARY BOX LIST.

Houghton Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University


Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts 02138 USA

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Descriptive Summary

Location: pf
Call No.: MS Lat 53
Repository: Houghton Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University
Creator: Catholic Church. Cancellaria Apostolica.
Title: Papal bulls and briefs, 1338-1884.
Date(s): 1338-1884.
Quantity: 1 collection (.1 linear feet, 43 items on vellum,) 74.5 x 95 cm. or smaller
Language of materials: Collection material is in Latin, Italian, and German.
Abstract: Manuscript papal bulls and briefs chiefly for the diocese of Macerata, the commune and church of Recanati, dating from 1338-1884.

Immediate Source of Acquisition:

Recatalogued from Arc 1175.9. Purchased with funds from the Charles Minot Bequest; received: 1884.

Custodial History:

Possibly from the collection of the Marchese Litta; formerly owned by J. J. Jarvis.
From a note accompanying the material: Papal Palaeography -- This collection of documents, one for each Pope from Benedict XII to Pius IX, belonged formerly to Litta, the Italian antiquary, and was bought by Prof. C. E. Norton for the Library at an auction in Boston in 1884.

Conditions Governing Access:

Access to the originals requires permission of the curator.

Conditions Governing Use:

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Existence and Location of Copies:

Microfilm available in the Houghton Reading Room (reel 6 no. 1).

Preferred Citation:

MS Lat 53. Houghton Library, Harvard University.


Arranged in chronological order.

Scope and Contents

Confirmation of papal privileges chiefly to the diocese of Macerata, the commune and church of Recanati, dated at Avignon, 1338 and at Rome, 1367-1797. Collection also contains miscellaneous briefs and indulgences for the Church of Santa Maria alla Scala in Milan, the towns of Fabriano and Loreto, the archdiocese of Venice, and an autograph (?) letter in Italian by Innocent VIII, dated 1491. One folder contains printed facsimile charters presented as an 1884 prospectus for Chartarum pontificum romanorum specimina selecta, edited by Julius von Pflugk-Harttung, published 1885-1887.

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