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|The Augustinians - Origins and Spirituality|
Author: Luis Marin OSA
The AGA are the archives of the Augustinian General Curia. This means, therefore, that the Archives are private, although they are available, by previous appointment, to qualified specialists. Obviously, the AGA does not have the characteristic of being all-inclusive. These archives do not contain all the documents of the Order, since, according to our Constitutions, each Province and each house should orgainze and preserve its own archives. The AGA is the archive of the General Curia, and here documents are kept that were produced by the various offices of the central government of the Order through the centuries. Not all documents are here, however, since social and political difficulties experienced through various historical periods have resulted in the displacement of some of the Order's documents to the archives of the State or in other places. In addtion, many other documents from a variety of sources have enrichened the resources available here. The oldest documents found here go back to the start of the thirteenth century, including some that are prior to the juridical foundation of the Order of St. Augustine, the spiritual heir of the great Bishop of Hippo.
Archivist General: P. Luis Marín de San MartínAccess to the Archives is by appointment only.