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Using the Vatican Secret Archives and Other Roman Collections

G. P. Fogarty, S.J.: The Archivio Segreto Vaticano (ASV), the Vatican Secret Archives! Even the term sounds ominous. Much of this image stems from the name of this collection of documents—“Secret” here does not mean what English speakers mean; rather it pertains to the secretariat, to what has been set aside or preserved for the use of the pope and his advisers.