[…] In the popular imagination, archives are remote, largely obsolete institutions: either antiquated, inevitably dusty libraries or sinister repositories of personal secrets maintained by police states. Yet the archive is now a ubiquitous feature of digital life. Rather than being deleted, e-mails and other computer files are archived. Media software and cloud storage allow for the instantaneous cataloging and preservation of data, from music, photographs, and videos to personal information gathered by social media sites.

Wolfgang Ernst, Digital Memory and the Archive Text


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The Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius of Loyola have a complex history regarding their origin, development and publication. In their origin they were the fruit of Ignatius’s personal experience. Ignatius took notes of the different methods or exercises he used in prayer and the experiences that resulted from such exercises. This activity began during his… Continua a leggere

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In 1903, the Society of Jesus decided to sell a collection of classical and humanist MSs to the Vatican Library. The list of items drawn up for this sale is still preserved in the Vatican Library, Arch.Bibl. 109. The books and MSs entered the Vatican Library in 1912, and a very elaborate catalogue of the… Continua a leggere

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Some years ago I decided to start a research project, leading to a book on Vatican Radio. Research of this type is often an adventure that leads one on routes that are unexpected. In this case, although I am still interested in my original idea, I became interested in Fr. Giuseppe Gianfranceschi, s.j., who was… Continua a leggere

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I cannot thank Fr. Martin Morales, s.j., Dssa. Cristina Berna and the other staff members of the Archivio enough for their continuing help on what has been a very slow process.  They are extremely professional, knowledgeable and helpful. Like many of the lay people who come to study or research at the Gregoriana.  I have to be self-funding and have to work around family commitments. Since I have now left the University of Westminster, London, where I was a Senior Lecturer in Media Theory, and now only work part-time, this is difficult sometimes – but the time that I do manage to spend in the Archivio is both well worthwhile and mentally stimulating. I just wish I could spend longer periods there.

L’esperienza è stata per me un percorso formativo molto interessante sia per la conoscenza diretta di determinati aspetti della cultura cinese, che ho reso oggetto primario del mio percorso di studi universitario, sia per essermi resa conto dell’importanza costituita da questi materiali e della documentazione in generale conservata in un archivio, poiché sono riuscita a comprendere quelle che possono essere le potenzialità di determinati documenti e quelle che possono essere le svolte future nella comprensione del passato proprio a partire dai documenti.

Nel mese di Marzo 2014 ho cominciato la mia esperienza di tirocinio nell’archivio storico dell’Università Gregoriana. Nonostante per me fosse un ambiente e un ambito lavorativo totalmente nuovo, grazie alla disponibilità della docente (Elisabetta Corsi) e di tutto il team di lavoro dell’archivio, mi sono inserita con facilità nell’affascinante mondo archivistico scoprendone i retroscena, fino ad ora a me totalmente sconosciuti.


L' Archivio conserva documenti dal XVI al XX secolo. Visita la pagina Cataloghi per conoscere quali strumenti di ricerca sono disponibili.

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