Abbazia di Novacella may well have the most significant spiritual archive in the Tyrol area. It provides an immediate insight into the long and turbulent history of the Abbey, and the many parishes and farms very closely linked to it.

The Stiftsarchiv administers comprehensive historical materials from the late eleventh century to the twentieth century – in particular, financial and administrative files – as well as a large collection of documents. These also include, for example, the privilegium [award of a privilege] from Pope Innocenct II from 1143, the privilegium from Emperor Frederick I Barbarossa, and the one from Bishop Hartmann, both of which date from 1157. In addition, a special mention should be made of the plentiful urbaria [rent rolls], placita [decrees], and accounting books that illustrate the principles of the feudal system.


Martin Bitschnau, Hannes Obermair, Tiroler Urkundenbuch II: Die Urkunden zur Geschichte des Inn-, Eisack- und Pustertals 2, pp. 1140–1200. Innsbruck 2012.


Georg Johannes Kugler, Die Urkunden des Augustiner-Chorherrenstiftes Neustift bei Brixen von 1143–1299 (Fontes rerum Austriacarum 2, 77). Vienna 1965.


Hans Wagner, Das Traditionsbuch des Augustiner-Chorherrenstiftes Neustift (Fontes rerum Austriacarum 2, 76). Vienna 1954.


Theodor Mairhofer (ed.), Urkundenbuch des Augustiner Chorherren-Stiftes Neustift in Tirol (Fontes rerum Austriacarum 2, 34). Vienna 1871.



Upon prior registration in writing or by phone, the Archive may be used for scholarly purposes.


Mag. Simon Terzer – Archivist

Tel. +39 0472 836 189