State Archives of Foggia

State Archives of Foggia
Location / Directions

 piazza XX settembre,n.3 – corso Garibaldi n. 31/A- viale Francia n.16 - 71100 - (FG) 
Tourist Information
Direttore: dott. Viviano Iazzetti

Telefono: 0881-774019; 0881-708620
Fax: 0881- 777879


The Foggia Provincia Archives of Capitanata were established according to the Organic Law of the archives of 12nd November 1818, n. 1379. Under the direction of the lawyer Nicola Maria Zanni, it became operative in June of 1820. It is located in the former Customs of the sheep of Foggia building, and has an extra archive in Lucera, now known as the Section of the State Archives.

The Archives of Foggia have a special importance because of they hold the documents of the special court established in 1447 by Alfonso of Aragon, which managed the transhumance of sheep from the mountainous area of Abruzzo and Molise to Apulia. The movement of the animals started by a massive “rete tratturale” and those who had to do the transhumance enjoyed various privileges, including special customs that allowed them to be judged exclusively by the Court of Customs. The jurisdiction of the customs was extensive and included the territory of Abruzzo, Mosie, Apulia, and parts of Campania and Basilicata.

The collection of documents contains around 6,931 envelopes, books and registers for the time period between 1526 and 1808. The rich cartographic documentation, was the subject of a census by the archive administration (Eikon Project).

In 1806, with the French in theKingdomofNaples, theAragoninstitution was replaced by “Tavoliere di Puglia,” which controlled the former pasture customs until 1865. These records, which are very important, form another complex of the archive, and are consulted by many Italian and foreign scholars.

The Institute in Foggia is heavily involved in the exploitation of the archival heritage. In fact, since the '80s, the staff has prepared numerous documentary writings, which are always present in the cultural scene due to the promotion and participation of events organized by other institutions.

There are many intense training activities, which target students from the University of Foggia. They also cater to middle and high schools to promote training for teachers, and the students' approach to archival research(Laboratory of teaching history).