Archivum Romanum Societatis Iesu - ARSI

The Archives of the House of the Superior General


On the grounds of the Jesuit General Curia in Rome is located the Archives building housing ARSI which is the archives of the central government for the worldwide Society of Jesus (founded 1540).

Daily Schedule

The Archive is open Mon-Fri.

Initially the capacity will be limited to 8 scholars upon reservation.

To reserve a place, please email: Kindly refer to the present document to check current availability. The reservation will be considered valid only after having received confirmation from ARSI by email. In view of the large number of requests, you are kindly asked to make a reservation only for those days in which your presence in ARSI is guaranteed.

Yearly Schedule Dates when Archivio is closed in 2021 (Dates are inclusive).

- From Monday 22 March to Monday 5 April 2021 (Holy Easter)
- Friday 7 May
- Wednesday 2 June (National Holiday)
- Tuesday 29 June (Saints Peter and Paul)
- From Thursday 29 July to Friday 10 September 2021 (summer closing)
- Any change in the daily schedule will be immediately communicated to readers.


Each year at the first visit to ARSI, the researcher must register and provide a proof of identity, and a letter of recommendation.
Every day, morning and evening, the researcher must sign the register.
Those using manuscript material must have the competence to read the documents provided. Staff will provide only limited assistance.
No access to documents later than 9 October 1958 (the death of Pope Pius XII).


Digital reproductions are to be requested on the forms provided.
Requests for reproductions will be processed in the order in which they are received. Digital reproductions must be paid in advance.
Materials reproduced are for personal use only. To publish any such material, researchers must first receive the permission from the Director.
Readers who have used documents from ARSI for their theses of publications are expected to donate a copy of their work to ARSI. ARSI will not make any thesis available to the public without prior authorization from the author.

Contact details

Postal address:
Borgo S. Spirito 4
00193 Roma

Borgo S. Spirito 8
Telephone: (39) 06-69868 641


Website of Archives of Jesuit Provinces
Website of other Jesuit Archives
Useful links
  • The Portal to Jesuit Studies
  • The Jesuit Science Network (a digital prosopography on Jesuit scholars in the early modern sciences, encompassing the period between the foundation of the Society of Jesus in 1540 and the first few decades after its suppression in 1773. It provides free access to an extensive collection of biographical information on early modern Jesuits in the sciences along with their contemporary contacts)
Digitalization projects