The Historical Archives of the National Archeological Museum contain the documents relating to the life and operation of the “Real Museo Borbonico e Soprintendenza agli Scavi del Regno”, one of the most ancient museums of preservation in Europe, which has been transformed over time – both in the title and in the range of competences – becoming “National” with the Unity of Italy.
The documents – ranging from the mid-700 to 1920 – relate to two main lines: Museum and Picture-gallery (transferred to the Museum of Capodimonte in 1957) and excavations, from the excavations of Pompeii, Herculaneum and Stabiae to many other excavations carried out by the Government or private citizens in several places in Campania and in general in Southern Italy.
At present, the Archives consist of about 12.000 files, 300 drawings and 180 handwritten volumes containing the ancient Museum inventories. All this material is catalogued in a database and keeps the ancient classification according thematic and/or topographic categories (the classification has been respected and reconstituted in the reorganization carried out in the last years). The documents subsequent to 1920, except particular cases, are still kept in the present Archives of the Museum.
The specular and symmetrical parts of the documents of the Historical Archives are kept in the archives of the ministries which have had jurisdiction over the Museum in different times. The collections of documents are stored, for the years up to 1860, in the Record Office in Naples (Casa Reale, Ministry of the Interior, Ministry of Education), the documents subsequent to 1860 are kept in the Central Record Office in Rome (Direzione Generale Antichità e Belle Arti).
Admission to the Historical Archives from Monday to Thursday, from 9,30 a.m. to 2,30 p.m., by appointment. An application of permission to consult the documents addressed to the Museum Director is required.(firstname.lastname@example.org).