German Historical Institute in Rome

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German Historical Institute in Rome
founding 1888
place Rome
state Lazio
country Italy
director Martin Baumeister
Employee 53

The German Historical Institute in Rome ( Istituto Storico Germanico di Roma ), founded in 1888, is the oldest of the historical foreign institutes in Germany . It is used to research Italian and German history , especially German-Italian relations in an international context from the early Middle Ages to the recent past. The DHI Rome has been part of the Max Weber Foundation - German Humanities Institutes Abroad (MWS), based in Bonn , since 2002 . The MWS is financed by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF).


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

In 1960 the institute was expanded to include a music history department, whose field of activity is the relationship between German and Italian music, its historical requirements and its effects on Europe.

The guests, scholarship holders and academic members of the institute traditionally work in the Vatican Archives , the Vatican Library , but since the 1960s also increasingly in the other church and especially state archives and libraries in Rome. The director is supported by a scientific advisory board.


The institute regularly organizes scientific conferences, colloquia and lectures on topics from Italian history and music history as well as German-Italian relations. It awards scholarships for the training of young academics in the field of history and music history. The grants are awarded for a period of several months, depending on the research project, and are primarily aimed at doctoral students . A one-year guest professorship is aimed at scientists from Germany who have completed their habilitation . Every year, the DHI awards several six-week internships to advanced students of history and music history whose studies focus on German-Italian relations or Italian history. A ten-day course is held annually for advanced students and doctoral candidates in history. This so-called Rome course provides an insight into the history and monuments of Rome on the basis of selected topics.


The DHI in Rome has been issuing a series of publications since 1892, which reflect the research spectrum of the house. These include:

Editions and regesta

Repertory Germanicum

The Repertorium Germanicum is a - not yet complete - collection of registers with which since 1916 all subjects from the Vatican series of registers and camera holdings from the Great Schism to the Reformation (1378-1517), which concern "German" dioceses , are published.

Repertory Poenitentiariae Germanicum

In addition to the Repertory Germanicum, this source edition (since 1998) has provided research with another important source work from the Vatican Archives for German history in the late Middle Ages. All volumes contain registers from the supplica registers of the papal penitentiary along with various indices.

Nunciature reports from Germany

The nunciature reports represent an important collection of sources on the history of papal diplomacy in the 16th and 17th centuries (since 1892).

Instructiones Pontificum Romanorum

This is a collection of sources of the instructions for the papal nuncios and legates at the European royal courts (since 1984).

Concentus musicus

In the musical monuments edition of the music history department, important works of Italian music appear, especially from the period between 1600 and 1900 (since 1973).

Monographs and volumes of essays

Library of the German Historical Institute in Rome

This series includes scientific monographs and volumes of essays on Italian and German history from the early Middle Ages to contemporary history (since 1905).

Ricerche dell'Istituto Storico Germanico di Roma

In order to make the research work of the institute known to a wider scientific public in Italy, this series of editions and studies in Italian was created in 2005.

Analecta musicologia

In the publication series of the music history department, collections of articles, files from the congresses organized by the department, and monographs (since 1963) appear.


Sources and research from Italian archives and libraries

The institute's journal covers topics on the relationship between Germany and Italy and on Italian history from the early Middle Ages to contemporary history. It also contains the director's annual report, reports on meetings of the institute and a large part of reviews (since 1898).

Bibliographic information on the recent history of Italy

The magazine is published three times a year in collaboration with the Association for the Recent History of Italy. Since 1974, over 60,000 new historical publications have been presented here.

Storia e Critica
Contemporary Italian history in the mirror of the daily and weekly press

Press review, published from 1979 to 1999, edited by Jens Petersen .

Online platforms

Romana Repertoria Online

Library and archive

The DHI in Rome has a historical and a music history library. The historical library specializes primarily in the history of Italy and Germany as well as German-Italian relations. It has around 171,000 volumes and 667 journals (as of 2012). The library of the music history department has around 57,000 media units, including books, sheet music and recordings, and 440 magazines. As a special stock it has more than 1,500 rare librettos (as of 2012). The archive secures the records of the institute and its predecessor institutions from 1888 to the present day. The EDP catalogs of the two libraries, which increasingly also include the older collections, are available online. The inventory overview and the finding aids of the archive of the DHI in Rome are also accessible online .



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Coordinates: 41 ° 53 ′ 28.3 "  N , 12 ° 25 ′ 40.1"  E