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The General Archives of the Society of the Sacred Heart (AGSSC) is located on the grounds of the house of the Society known as the “Villa Lante” on the edge of the Trastevere neighborhood. It is housed on the ground floor of one wing of the larger building and is the archives of the central government of the worldwide Society of the Sacred Heart, founded in 1800.

Many written, audio-visual documents and artifacts produced by our congregation, from its foundation in 1800 until the present day, are kept there.

Services and Schedule

Yearly Schedule

Due to pandemic restrictions, the Archives are not open to the public. Any research request will be attended to remotely.

Daily Schedule

Because of the pandemic restrictions, web-based assistance has been improved. The staff assist the researcher at every stage and provide all the records via web, where possible. In accordance with Italian legislation regarding the pandemic, the staff try to be in the research office two days a week.

Access

The general rule is that each year, at their first visit to the General Archives, the researcher is asked to register and provide a proof of identity and a letter of recommendation. Every day, the researcher must sign the register when entering and leaving the archives. Those using archival material must have the competence to read the documents provided. Staff will provide only limited assistance.

For 2020 and 2021, web-based assistance has been improved and the staff will attend to any request via email and other digital media to the greatest extent possible.

Restrictions

There is no access to documents produced after 31 December 1968. Researchers who need to consult documents produced after that date will need to make a formal written request to the Superior General explaining the reason for the need.

Using the material

Permission to reproduce material from the archives is granted by the Director only after she has received the proper request form. Materials reproduced are for personal use only. To publish any such material, researchers must first receive permission from the Director. Researchers who have used documents from AGSSC for their theses or publications are expected to donate a copy of their work to AGSSC. AGSSC will not make any thesis available to the public without prior authorization from the author.

Contact Details

Postal address:
   Società del Sacro Cuore
   Archivio Generale
   Via San Francesco di Sales, 18
   00165 Rome Italy
 
Telephone:  
(39) 06.688.08.506
 
Director:   
Sister Margaret Phelan, RSCJ
 

For your information, no relics are available from the General Archives.