German Historical Institute in Rome

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Founded in 1888, The German Historical Institute in Rome ( Istituto Storico Germanico di Roma) is the oldest historic institutes abroad in Germany. It serves research into German and Italian history, particularly the German -Italian relations in an international context from the early Middle Ages to the recent past.


The German Historical Institute ( DHI) in Rome was founded after the opening of the Vatican archives in 1888 as "Prussian Historical Station". It operates historical basic research, promotes young scientists and sees itself as a service facility. Thus, the DHI supports German scientists and institutions in their research and promotes cooperation between German, Italian and international historians.

In 1960, the Institute was a music history department expanded their field of work is the relationship between German and Italian music and their historical conditions and their impact on Europe.

Guests, fellows and academic members of the Institute traditionally work in the Vatican Archives, the Vatican Library, but since the 1960s increasingly also in the rest of the church, and especially government archives and libraries in Rome. The Director is a scientific advisory board.

The DHI in Rome together with other scientific institutes abroad of the Federal Republic of Germany 2002, the newly founded Max Weber Foundation - subject to German Humanities Institutes Abroad based in Bonn.


The Institute regularly organizes scientific conferences, colloquia and lectures on topics of Italian history and music history as well as the German -Italian relations. It awards grants for scientific training young professionals in the field of history and music history. The scholarships will be awarded depending on the research project for a period of several months and are aimed primarily at graduate students. A one-year visiting professorship is aimed at scientists habilitation / from Germany. Are awarded every year by the DHI several six-week internships for advanced students of history and music history whose studies are focused on the area of ​​the German -Italian relations, or the history of Italy. Every year, a ten-day course of study is performed for advanced undergraduate and postgraduate students of the subject 's history. This so-called Romkurs mediated by selected themes insight into the history and monuments of Rome.


The DHI in Rome since 1892 produces a range of publications that reflect the research spectrum of the house. These include, among others:

Editions and Regesten

The repertory Germanicum is a Regestensammlung with which all subjects are from the Vatican register series and Kameralbeständen from the Great Schism to the Reformation (1378-1517) are recorded since 1897 with the aim of completeness "German".

In addition to the repertory Germanicum provided another important source of work from the Vatican Archives for the German history of the late Middle Ages ( 1998 ) research with this source edition. All volumes contain synopses of the Supplikenregistern the papal Penitentiary addition to various indices.

The Nunciature reports are an important source book on the history of papal diplomacy in the 16th and 17th centuries is (since 1892).

This is a collection of sources of instructions for the papal legate Nuncios and to the European courts ( since 1984).

In the musical monuments edition of the Music History Department published significant works of Italian music, particularly from the period 1600-1900 (since 1973).

Monographs and essay volumes

In this series of scientific monographs and essay volumes appear to Italian and German history from the early Middle Ages to the contemporary history (since 1905).

To publicize the research work of the Institute to a wider scientific community in Italy, 2005, this series of editions and studies in Italian language was established.

In the series of the Music History Department published essay collections, files, organized by the Department of Conferences and Monographs (since 1963).


The Journal of the Institute covers topics on the relations between Germany and Italy and the Italian history from the early Middle Ages to the contemporary history. It also contains the annual report of the Director, reports on meetings of the Institute and a large review section (since 1898).

The journal is published three times a year in collaboration with the Working Group for the most recent history of Italy. Ever since 1974, about 60,000 historiographical new publications have been presented.

Press, published between 1979 to 1999.

Online platforms

Library and Archives

The DHI in Rome has a historical and a music history library. The Historical Library is mainly specialized in the history of Italy and Germany and the German -Italian relations. It has approximately 171,000 volumes and 667 periodicals (as of 2012). The library of the music history department has about 57,000 units of media, including books, scores and recordings include, and 440 magazines. As a special stock it owns more than 1,500 rare librettos (as of 2012). The repository ensures the records of the Institute and its predecessor institutions from 1888 to the present. The computerized catalogs of the two libraries increasingly include the older stocks, are available online. Also available online are the stock overview and the finding aids of the archive of the DHI in Rome.