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Venice State Archive

The records office was established in 1822 in the former convent of Minor Friars at "I Frari" in order to reconstruct the constitutional make-up of the Venetian Republic by bringing together all the records produced by the Venetian magistrature back to the 7th century a.D.
In addition to the archives of the Republic the records office also keeps the records of the central and local institutions located in Venice, of the Governments which followed the fall of the Venetian Republic in 1797 and of other archives such as those of the religious institutions abolished by Napoleon. Moreover there are notary archives and archives of other various institutions, among which private archives, of brotherhoods, of guilds, of associations.
Being one of the largest archives in Italy, the Venice State Archive preserves all documents related to Venetian history (more than 1000 years) that cover about 90 km of shelves, and still collects all the historical documentation of the state organs nowadays operating in the province of Venice.

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