The Malta Study Center was established in 1973 by the Honorary Consul General of Malta-St. Paul/Minneapolis, Joseph S. Micallef, KMOb.
The Center’s primary mission is to preserve and make accessible the written culture of Malta and the Order of Malta. As part of its mission, the Center participates in several international congresses promoting Maltese Studies and creates public exhibits that display the Center’s collection to promote the study of the history of Malta and the Order.
The Center maintains a microfilm collection of more than 16,000 documents from Malta, covering the period of the 12th to the 20th century. The materials include the Archives of the Order of Malta, the Cathedral Museum in Mdina, the Archives of the Inquisition, the ecclesiastical records of the dioceses of Malta and Gozo, and musical compositions. The center also has over 1500 digitized manuscripts from the National Archives of Malta, the Notarial Archives of Malta, the Magistral Library and Archives, and the Palazzo Falson Museum and Library.
The Center sponsors digitization projects to preserve the history of Malta and the Order of Malta. The Center also actively acquires rare books and manuscripts related to Maltese history and the history of the Order, which are cataloged, digitized, and studied in the Hill Museum & Manuscript Library’s Rare Book and Special Collections.
News and Events
September 12, 2016 through January 13, 2017: "The Bembos of Venice: Merchants, Diplomats, and a Knight of Malta." This will be a joint exhibition of the James Ford Bell Library and the Hill Museum and Manuscript Library. A lecture series will be tied to the exhibit during fall 2016 that will include the annual James Ford Bell Lecture and others
For more information, see the University of Minnesota or Bell Library web site.