Pius Foundation

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The Pius Foundation financed since 1931 along with the Academy of Sciences in Göttingen working on the documentation of all documents of the Popes ( Göttingen Pope certificate work or Regesta Pontificum Romanorum or Pope certificate work of Pius Foundation ). It got its name after Pius XI. (1922–1939), who provided her foundation. It is based in Zurich.

Since 1948, the Foundation for Papal Document Research has been under the supervision of a scientific commission made up of one representative each from the Archivio Segreto Vaticano and the Biblioteca Apostolica Vaticana , the Monumenta Germaniae Historica , the Institute for Austrian Historical Research and the Swiss Society for History under the direction of the chairman of the Philological-historical class at the Academy of Sciences in Göttingen. The secretary of the scientific commission is responsible for the scientific management. Walther Holtzmann initially held this position. He was followed by Theodor Schieffer and Rudolf Hiestand (1987–2003, Düsseldorf). Since January 2004 the scientific management of the company has been with Klaus Herbers ( University of Erlangen-Nürnberg ).

Annual reports on the activities of the Foundation for Papal Document Research can be found in the German Archive for Research into the Middle Ages, in the yearbook of the Academy of Sciences in Göttingen, in the communications of the Institute for Austrian Historical Research and in the Swiss History Journal. In addition to the original focus on Italy, Germany and France, more recently volumes on England, Spain and eastern Central Europe have been published. A comprehensive list of the continuously published research and regesta volumes can be found on the project website.


  • Rudolf Hiestand: 100 years of papal documents . In: Rudolf Hiestand (Ed.): Hundred years of papal document research. Balance sheet - methods - perspectives . Files from a colloquium on the centenary of the Regesta Pontificum Romanorum from October 9th to 11th, 1996 in Göttingen. Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht, Göttingen 2003, ISBN 3-525-82533-1 , ( Treatises of the Academy of Sciences in Göttingen Philological-Historical Class, Volume 3, 261), pp. 11–46.

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  1. papsturkunden.gwdg.de