Research and consultation in-person

People over 18 can access freely to the Inventory and Document Consultation Rooms.
If it’s your first time accessing to the archive you must be accredited by filling out the registration form and submitting it together with your ID indicated in the form.
Paper and digital inventories can be consulted in the Inventories room. Archive officers are at the disposal of those who wish to be guided in their research.
The documents can be booked online using the public workstations in the reception room.
Students can request a maximum of 6 bundles, envelopes or storage units per day simultaneously.
Archival and bibliographic material remains in storage, on behalf of the scholar, for 10 days, renewable upon request.
I am a scholar, how do I access your Archive and how do I request documentation?
– 1 – Go to the website and in the “Book your entry” section choose the date of your arrival at the Archive, fill in the personal details with your personal email and send the request
– 2 – You will immediately receive a confirmation email and the attached application form
– 3 – Fill in the form with the correct archival or bibliographic signatures and send it to



Consultation availability from 8:30: requests from 14:00 to 18:30 of the previous day
Consultation availability from 10:00*: requests from 18:30 of the previous day to 8:30 of the current day
Consultation availability from 12:00: invite requests from 8:30 to 10:30
Consultation availability from 2.30pm: invite requests from 10.30am to 2.00pm
Consultation availability from 8.30am: invite requests from 2.00pm to 6.30pm on Fridays
Consultation availability from 10.30 am: requests invited from 6.30 pm on Friday to 9.00 am on Saturday
* Also applies to requests submitted from 9:00 on Saturday to 08:30 on Monday

Research and consultation online

Our databases, as well as digitized funds, can be consulted on our website. 

The archivist officials provide archival and bibliographic information, directing the scholars towards the archives and documentary series in which it is possible to search by responding to requests sent to the email address 

Specifically, the request for documentation relating to: Fogli Matricolari di Napoli e provincia dal 1853 al 1910 can be made by indicating the personal data of the name (name, surname, municipality and date of birth). Conscription lists of those born in Naples and its province from 1842 to 1946 can be made by indicating the year and city of birth. For those born in Naples, it is also necessary to indicate the district of birth; Furthermore, the Civil Status of Naples and its province from 1809 to 1865 is available for online consultation at this link.


The following methods are allowed for the photocopying of documents:

  • The scholar can take pictures of documents with his/her own means (portable cameras, tablets, smartphones) operating personally or using a person delegated by him/her. No fee is due to the State as long as the copies made are for personal use or for reasons of study only, therefore not for profit.
  • The scholar may request the copying of documents by correspondence. The procedure is as follows:
  1. Fill in the editable form [ link to word and ODT files ]by entering your data and send it to;
  2. Wait for the estimate of the cost of the requested service, which will be sent to the user’s email address within 10 working from request date;
  3. Send to formal acceptance of the estimate [ link to word and ODT files] en-closing a copy of the proof of payment made by bank transfer or postal bulletin;
  4. Wait for the message from

For the request of a certified copy, the application must be made on stamped paper and accompanied by the necessary revenue stamps, without prejudice to the exemptions provided for in Presidential Decree 642/1972 and DGA circular no. 12/200.

Please note that the request for copying and publication of entire units of conservation, series or funds need a special authorization, to be sent in advance to the Management in order to define a convention, which regulates the use of the same images (Circular n. 39 of the DGA of 29/09/017).

The photo reproduction is forbidden for:

  1. Documents of particularly rare and antique and/or fragile or in case the support is corrupted;
  2. Documents subject to restrictions on free consultation (Articles 122-127 of Legislative Decree 42/2004);
  3. Graphic and photographic  documents (DGA Circular no. 39 of 29/09/2017 par. 5);
  4. Documents already digitally reproduced by the Institute and excluded from ordinary consultation for reasons of conservation and security; in this case, the Administration will release the available reproduction free of charge to the user, without prejudice to the exercise of the right to payment of sums due by way of reimbursement of expenses (art. 108 of Legislative Decree 42/2004 and DGA circular no. 39 of 29/09/2017).

In order to publish images of documents in a volume with a print run of less than 2000 copies and a cover price of less than € 77.00, it is sufficient to submit a communication of the intention to publish the image:

  • The exact signature of the document;
  • The mention of the words “by concession of the Ministry of Cultural Heritage and Activities and Tourism”.

In addition, the delivery of an analogue or digital copy of the work and a copy of the reproduction is required.

School of Archivists,
Paleography and Diplomatics

The School, founded in 1811 to prepare the staff of the Archives Regions, today is open to everyone. Heir to a long tradition, it provides a highly specialized training as its teachings are based on the great contribution of the extensive documentary heritage preserved in the Archives. In fact, the frontal lessons are combined with laboratory activities and in-depth seminars.  The course lasts two years. Enrolment and attendance are free. The lessons are held from November to June at the State Archives of Naples. In Via del Grande Archivio 5.

Access modes

The entrance qualification is the secondary school diploma. Candidates must pass a selective admission test designed to prove their knowledge of Latin and history.

Teachings, frequency, and final exam

Attendance at lessons is compulsory to a minimum of 80%, as well as at exercises. At the end of the course, students will take an exam, consisting of two written tests, one of Palaeography and Diplomacy and the other of Archiving, and an oral test on the subjects taught, upon passing which will be awarded the Diploma of Archivists, Palaeography and Diplomacy.

Director: Candida Carrino

Teaching secretariat: Giuseppina Medugno
tel: 081 5638111

Application for admission to selective testing
Entry Form
Evidence of admission from previous years

Concession of spaces for events and exhibitions

Due to its strategic position, its large outdoor and indoor spaces that are particularly fascinating and of great visual impact, the State Archive of Naples is the most important cultural site for events in the historical centre of Naples. The rooms have a capacity from 20 to 120 seats, the halls and other spaces are suitable to host conferences, meetings or corporate presentations, film screenings, press conferences, private dinners, cocktails, refreshments, photographic, commercials and cinematographic shootings.  Public and private entities can request the use of the spaces, which will be granted according to the normal course of institutional activity. For information on the granting of spaces please write to:

Internship and volunteering

The State Archives of Naples has been promoting for years, as voluntary and free training and collaboration activities, internships, and voluntary service. These activities aim at learning the methodologies and techniques of archival work and are carried out under the guidance of expert officials, who develop specific training projects for this purpose.

The duration of the curricular traineeship is variable, from three to six months, and may be renewable. A prerequisite is the existence of an agreement between the candidate’s tutors and the State Archives of Naples. The traineeship activity is certified by the signatures of the trainee and the final report of the tutor.


Volunteering is activated upon request of the candidate and authorization of the Ministry of Cultural Heritage and Activities and Tourism – Directorate General for Archives. The aspiring volunteer must be in possession of one of the following requirements:

o   Three-year or master’s degree;

o   Diploma obtained at a School of Archival Palaeography and Diplomacy, or enrolment in the first year at the same School. It is also essential that the volunteer takes out appropriate insurance.