512 linear m. (7363 v. no.)..
This is one of the largest, best known, and most consulted series in the ASV. Boyle notes that a "supplication, as a diplomatic term, is a petition addressed to a sovereign to obtain a grace." These supplications primarily concern benefices, requests for graces, and matrimonial business. Evidence suggests that registration of supplications began in the pontificate of Benedict XII. Initially, the official registering of supplications did not belong to any particular curial organ but was an official responsibility of the Apostolic Palace serving under the oversight of the camerarius. Under Sixtus V, the registrar of supplications, for a brief time, functioned as part of the Chancery. But under Innocent VIII, he served under the Datary. The vice-chancellor signed the supplication (per consensum), from the pontificate of Innocent VII (though not in the year 1484). After this time, the supplications were signed by the pope, or by a referendarius ("per fiat"--By order of the pope). Grants in answer to supplications were registered in the Brev. Lat. series if they were briefs, or in the Reg. Lat. series if they were bulls. The supplication registers are very important and concern all aspects of ecclesiastical life and religious practice in various countries.
The principal part of the series, the registers from Martin V to Pius VII, became part of the ASV in 1892. These were not used by Garampi in his index.
This record was created by the University of Michigan Vatican Archives Project which ended in 1992. The collection described in this record may have been further processed by Vatican Archives staff so that the information may no longer be current. Consult the Vatican Archives staff for current access information. The final report of the University of Michigan Vatican Archives Project is found in: Vatican archives : an inventory guide to historical documents of the Holy See / Francis X. Blouin, Jr., general editor. New York : Oxford University Press, 1998.
Fink p. 42-45.
Boyle p. 51.
Pasztor (1970) p. 52-53.
Dataria Apostolica. RS.
Are available on microfilm.
Katterbach, Bruno. Inventari dell'Archivio segreto vaticano : inventario dei Registri delle suppliche (Vatican City: Biblioteca Apostolica Vaticana, 1932). Katterbach provides an introduction and volume by volume listing of the entire series with old and new numbers, pagination, inclusive dates, and a brief note on the volume, i.e. title variations or additions such as de fiat, de vac, manca gia sotto ..., pagination changes, conservation notes, etc.
ASV Indice 195 "Inventarium Supplicationum Datariae Apostolicae a Clemente PP. VI ad Pium Papum VII". This 1900 index, conforms initially to old diplomatic principles, identifying RS vol. 1-407 by the mode in which the supplications contained therein were approved (eg. fiat, concessum, etc.), date, and place. Beginning with Nicholas V (vol. 408) this indice gives only the former and current segnature. This has been superseded by Katterbach, noted above.
The Dataria Apostolica, Registrorum supplicationum rubricelle (ID VATV10075-A) was assembled by Bruno Katterbach in the early nineteenth century to serve as indexes, of a sort, to the Registrorum Supplicationum (RS). Vol. 3-35 of that series contain rubricelle extracted from the actual RS of popes Pius VII to Leo XIII and thus, the series proceeds with consistency only for the period 1800-1899. These later rubricelle (v. 3-35) are primarily concerned with matrimonial supplications.
The earlier volumes do not function easily as indices to the supplications. Vol. 1, a late 14th century rubric, notes the contents of the Registra Supplicationum of the Antipope Clement VII (1378-1390) proceeding year by year, volume by volume. Vol. 1A (not listed in Katterbach), like vol. 1, is also a contemporary rubric for the antipope Clement VII. Vol. 1A bears the title "Rotulus Beneficiatorum sub Clem. VII 1378" and was formerly included in Camera Apostolica, Collectoriae series, vol. 293. The volume contains lists of benefice holders. How this functions as an index is not clear. Vol. 2 is a 1633 inventory by Felice Contelori. It presents the number of then existing RS volumes within each pontifical year from Martin V to Urban VIII and provides no descriptions or segnatura which will aid researchers in using the collection today. For a clear overview of this series, cf. Katterbach (p. 335-339) above.
ASV Indice 431 "Rubricelle del libro primo del pontificato di Nostro Signore PP. Pio Settimo dell'anno VIII" is an alphabetical index to the RS vol. 6968. Entries are organized by diocese and list the first name(s) of the supplicant(s) and folio number.
ASV Indice 432 "Rubricelle [beneficiorum] annorum 1806, 1807, 1808 scilicet annorum septimi et octavi Pii Pape Septimi" is an index to the benefices in RS vol. 6965-6969. Entries are organized by diocese, list the name of the supplicant for the benefice and the type of benefice (e.g. obit., prov., resig., etc.), and folio number.
ASV Indice 433 "Rubricelle secretorum ... Pii PP. VII lib. sexto" indexes RS vol. 7010. Entries are organized by diocese and list the first name(s) of the supplicant(s) and folio number.
ASV Indice 434 "Rubricelle [beneficiorum] anni 1803 anni quarti Pii PP. VII" indexes benefices in RS vol. 6956-6958. Entries are organized by diocese, list the name of the supplicant for the benefice and the type of benefice (e.g. obit., resig., etc.), and folio number.
ASV Indice 435 "Liber secundus anni XV Ssmi. Dni. Nri. Pii PP. VII" and [Liber terzo] index RS vol. 6945-6948. Entries are organized by diocese and list the first name(s) of the supplicant(s) and folio number.
ASV Indice 436 "Rubricelle [beneficiorum] 1806 anni primi Dni. Nri. Pii PP. VII" indexes benefices in RS vol. 6945-6948. Entries are organized by diocese, list the name of the supplicant for the benefice and the type of benefice (e.g. obit., resig., etc.), and folio number.
Also useful is Relv̈e alphabetique des noms de personnes et de lieux: Contenus dans les registres de suppliques d'Urbain V (Rome, 1991- ) [this title was noted but not verified by project staff]. There are eight volumes covering RS 36-46 (1362-1366) as of June 1994. This book is part of an ongoing project to provide better access to the supplications. This series begins with RS 36 (November/December 1362). Each Relv̈e tends to treat one or two RS volumes. The personal and place names appear in one alphabetical list. A typical entry reads, "Nic Jacobide canonic. et preb. eccl. Roskilden. (assecut.) 1362/12/19 SO36O1729 fol. 172v." (e.g., name or place, type of supplication or a note on the status of the person, date (year/month/day), a control number that includes the RS volume number, and folio number. The "Regles d'Utilisation" are sporadic, first appearing in volume 3.
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