UBC Library acquires 800-year-old medieval Papal document

A Papal document that’s nearly 800 years old has become a valuable teaching and research tool at UBC, thanks to a history instructor’s passion and the university library’s restoration efforts.

The medieval document called a Papal bull, was written in 1245. A legal decree issued in Latin by Pope Innocent IV to the Italian convent of San Michele in Trento, it features the signatures of the Pope and 13 cardinals (including future pope Nicholas III).

The bull is housed in the Rare Books and Special Collections at the UBC Library and has also been digitized. Click here for more information.