The Archive of the Roman Institute of the Görres Society (recommended abbreviation: ARIGG) includes, in addition to certain fragmentary holdings (of Joseph Wilpert, Arnold Angenendt, etc.), above all a chronologically ordered business correspondence of all directors of the Institute:

  • 1888-1895 Johann Peter Kirsch
  • 1895-1926 Stephan Ehses
  • 1926-1941 Johann Peter Kirsch
  • 1941-1949 Hermann Stoeckle
  • 1949-1959 Engelbert Kirschbaum S.J.
  • 1959-1971 Ludwig Voelkl
  • 1972-1975 Ambrosius Eszer O.P.
  • 1975-2010 Erwin Gatz


The material is arranged in 13 series (no finding aids):

  1. General (26 folders: business correspondence of directors Kirsch, Ehses, Kirsch, Stoeckle, Kirschbaum, Voelkl, Eszer and Gatz: 1876-2010).
  2. Staff (2 folders: 1950-2010)
  3. Römische Quartalschrift (11 folders: 1931-2005)
  4. Public lectures (1 folder: 1975-1990)
  5. Miscellaneous (V.1: Festschrift Hoberg; V.2: Copies of correspondence Ehses and Kirsch archived elsewhere; V.3: Lists of participants in the General Assemblies of the Görres Society 1955-2010 and invitations to the General Assemblies 1951-2010)
  6. Unione Internazionale degli Istituti di Archeologia, Storia e Storia dell'Arte in Roma (3 folders: 1956-1986)
  7. Unclassified old material (VII.1 and VII.2: business correspondence and working documents of directors Kirsch and Ehses (esp. 1920s), Jerusalem Institute, Hubert Jedin; VII.3: library documents (from 1884); tracts by Vinzenz Schweitzer)
  8. Stephan Ehses
  9. Joseph Wilpert
  10. Walter Kuhn
  11. Varia (material without affiliation)
  12. Ludwig Voelkl. There is also the extensive basilica phototheque of Voelkl (unfinished) and the phototheque on the necropolis of St. Peter's acquired under Eszer (incomplete).
  13. Erwin Gatz

Supplementary holdings

The most extensive archival holdings of the Görres Society (in addition to the archive of the Görres Society, the Onnau Collection) are located in the Historical Archive of the Archdiocese of Cologne. This is the Görres-Depot, which largely contains materials from the foundation of the Society until 1938. The Finding aid is compiled by Hans Elmar Onnau is now available online. However, the depth of indexing varies greatly. If one is looking for letters from specific persons, one cannot rely on this finding aid, but must consult the holdings oneself. The same applies to the Onnau Collection, which is also located in the HAEK and includes many archival records of the Görres Society from the beginnings up to the 1970s. However, the post-war years are almost completely missing. This collection has a finding aid which is not accessible online.

The archives of the Campo Santo Teutonico contain the files of the rectors, in many of which matters of the Görres Society or the Römische Quartalschrift can be found: Campo Santo and GG 1894-1914 (ACST 10 750) and 1955-1960 (ACST 10 755), correspondence of Rector Stoeckle (ACST 20 020 to 20 050), Stoeckle and the RQ 1943 (ACST 20 150), Schuchert and the RQ 1955-1962 (ACST 21 075), Gugemus and the RQ (ACST 22 100 - 22 112 under "R") and Hanssler and the GG 1960-1972 (ACST 23 030) and 1972-1974 (ACST 23 031).

In addition, there are (fragmentary) bequests for Kirsch, Stoeckle and Voelkl in the archive of the priests' college at Campo Santo, as well as other scattered files (e.g. ACST 17 150-17 151: Study courses for teachers of religion organised by the College and the RIGG 1959-1970; 10 750: A. de Waal's relations with the Görres Society 1884-1914; 10 755: A. Schuchert's relations with the Görres Society 1955-1960). Kirsch's main bequest is in the archives of the Pontifical Institute for Christian Archaeology, Kirschbaum's in the archives of the Jesuit University Gregoriana, both in Rome.


C. Regin, Tesori di carta. Guida agli archivi e alle collezioni degli istituti membri dell'Unione Internazionale degli Istituti di Archeologia, Storia e Storia dell'Arte in Roma, Roma 1998, 79-81.