The heritage preserved in the Archivio centrale dello Stato is free for consultation, with a few exceptions.



Direct access to the records preserved takes place in the study room (consultation for the documentation of the College of Arms and the collection of the original copies of the laws and decrees only can be booked at the heraldry service). The archivists are there to help the scholar identify the documentation to consult, and explain how to use the numerous research tools (guides, inventories, lists) available in the inventory room, either in the traditional paper form or as digital resources accessible on the local network.



On-line consultation of the records preserved by the Archivio centrale dello Stato (ACS) uses an xDams computerised platform, released in open source. It uses these advanced procedures to exhibit the archival descriptions to make research and browsing easy and functional. Over the years, the ACS has developed projects to create data bases and archival descriptions of particular, specific archival General Guide to the Italian State Archives. The General Guide to the Italian State Archives (Rome 1981, vol. I, pp. 35-295: Guida_ACS.pdf) provides a general overview of the records preserved by the Central State Archives. The on-line project of the Guide, which enables you to browse all the resources of the Italian State Archives and access the records of the individual conservation institutes, will be seen in the version produced in 2000 and in the version currently being updated.



Like the Guide, it enables on-line consultation and access to the inventories of the records of archival institute (click here to access the records of the Central State Archives) and browsing through the sources of the State Archives.



The library in the Institute preserves and allows users to consult detailed support texts on the history of the Unified State and its institutions in the room. The constantly updated and added to. include a well-stocked newspaper library and all the publications, works and university theses, which have used the Institute’s archival records as their sources of research. The page contains a link to the publications of the Central Archive, a bibliographical table and a list of degree theses that can all be consulted.



The FAQs page contains the answers to some general questions, which are useful guidance for research. Lastly, the guidance on research offers useful information on how to approach archival research. If necessary, requests for news and information can be sent via e-mail (, via fax (+39 06 5413620) or post (P.le degli Archivi, 27 00144 Rome). It is possible to ask for copies of the documentary material.

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