Research & Resources

The IAS lists resources useful to scholars and students of Italian Art, including recent member publications and dissertations recently completed or in progress.  If there is a resource you think should be listed here, please send all relevant information, including website addresses, to the webmaster. Below find useful links for US/Italy travel; online resources of general interest to scholars of Italian art; and specific area resources for research in Florence, Rome, and Venice.  We welcome lists for other cities and locales in Italy. When submitting, please include contact information, website, opening hours, and access guidelines.

Governmental Links
U.S. Department of State information on travel to Italy.
U.S. Department of State information on travel to the U.S.
Italian Embassy information on travel to Italy.

Click any of the links below for more information about the listed resource, including: contact information, resources offered, terms of access, reproduction services/policies, and closing dates.

Digital/Analog Resources

BiASA Periodici Italiani Digitalizzati

Digitized articles from 117 Italian periodicals published in the 19th and early 20th centuries.

Website.

Ceramelli Papiani

Searchable database of coats of arms of approximately 8,000 Tuscan families

Dartmouth Dante Project

Searchable database of over seventy commentaries on Dante’s Divine Comedy

Decameron Web

Project hosted by the Italian Studies Department’s Virtual Humanities Lab at Brown University. Website dedicated to Boccaccio’s Decameron that includes searchable full-text in Italian (based on V. Branca’s 1992 Einaudi edition) and English translation (J. M. Rigg, 1903) as well as information on the book’s literary, historical, and cultural context.

Website.

Digital Dante

Presented by the Institute for Learning Technologies at Columbia University, Digital Dante offers searchable, full-text of Dante’s Divine Comedy in Italian alongside English translations by Henry W. Longfellow and Allen Mandelbaum. 

 

Dizionario Biografico degli italiani

Searchable database of Italians who have contributed to the artistic, political, and cultural history of Italy after the fall of the Roman empire

Duomo di Firenze: The Years of the Cupola

Digital archive of documentary sources from the Opera di Santa Maria del Fiore, 1417-1436

Early Modern Italy 1550-1800

A comprehensive digital bibliography of titles in English and French. The 10th edition totals just over 15,000 titles, embracing every aspect of Italian history, including art & architecture, literature, music and science. It also includes titles relating Italy to other countries. The bibliography begins with an overview of historiographical trends past and present over the last century and more.

Notify editor Gregory Hanlon of any errors or omissions.

Exhibitions Close-up

caa.reviews/Alliance for Networking Visual Culture Project

Thanks to a generous grant from the Mellon-funded Alliance for Networking Visual Culture (http://scalar.usc.edu), caa.reviewshas been able to complete a pilot project using the Scalar multimedia digital platform to create a “book” that will permit its readers to experience virtually the recent exhibition Bernini: Sculpting in Clay (in its showing at the Kimbell Art Museum in Fort Worth, Texas). The caa.reviews/Scalar project features a number of elements including an introductory essay; a video walkthrough that permits visitors to this website to experience the exhibition as if moving through galleries, circulating around vitrines, and looking closely at objects; a floor plan of the exhibition; comparative illustrations of some of Bernini’s finished works; educational videos on Bernini’s modeling techniques as seen in his bozzetti for the Ponte Sant’Angelo in Rome, on hisKimbell modello for the Fountain of the Moor, and on his transformation of the city of Rome; critical reviews by a scholar and anartist; an interview with one of the exhibition’s curators; and suggestions for further reading with links to books reviewed oncaa.reviews (as well as to book reviews and articles on Bernini in The Art Bulletin). This project will permit readers ofcaa.reviews and others who were unable to visit this important show to experience it in a number of ways enabled by the Scalar digital platform. It is our hope at the journal that the project will demonstrate the usefulness of multimedia capabilities to enhance future exhibition reviews on caa.reviews.

Getty Open Content Online Image Database

The Getty makes available, without charge, all available digital images to which the Getty holds the rights or that are in the public domain to be used for any purpose. No permission is required.

Initially, the images available through the Open Content Program are of works in the J. Paul Getty Museum’s collections. Over time, images from the Getty Research Institute and the Getty Conservation Institute will be added. Museum images can be found on the Museum’s Collection webpages or on the Getty Search Gateway. Those available as open content images are identified with a “Download” link. Images provided are JPEG files at a minimum of 300 DPI. See the Guidelines for Successful Printing (PDF) for more information on file format.

If you need new photography, resizing, or color correction, you can request those services by Contacting Museum Rights & Reproductions. A fee (PDF)will be charged for this service.

Getty Research Portal

The Getty Research Institute has launched the Getty Research Portal, an online search platform providing global access to digitized art history texts in the public domain.  Through this multilingual, multicultural union catalog, scholars can search and download complete digital copies of publications for the study of art, architecture, material culture, and related fields. The Portal is free to all users.

Getty Vocabularies

The Getty vocabularies contain structured terminology for art, architecture, decorative arts and other material culture, archival materials, visual surrogates, and bibliographic materials. Compliant with international standards, they provide authoritative information for catalogers and researchers, and can be used to enhance access to databases and Web sites. The Getty Vocabularies include: The Art & Architecture Thesaurus (AAT)The Getty Thesaurus of Geographic Names (TGN)The Cultural Objects Name Authority (CONA); and The Union List of Artist Names (ULAN).

Homeless Paintings of the Renaissance

In an exciting new venture, the Berenson Library  of Villa I Tatti is partnering with metaLAB (at) Harvard, a research and teaching unit dedicated to pioneering initiatives in the digital humanities, to create a dynamic, interactive, free-standing database and web portal for the library’s collection of “Homeless Paintings of the Italian Renaissance.”

Italian-American History and Culture

A brief history of Italian immigrants in the United States with links to other online resources for the study of Italian-American culture provided by USCitizenship.info, a DIY on-line service to prepare and complete U.S. citizenship applications.

Website

Italian Renaissance Learning Resources

An entirely free resource on Italian Renaissance art is available from Oxford University Press and the National Gallery of Art, Washington, generously supported by the Samuel H. Kress Foundation. Italian Renaissance Learning Resources features eight units on different themes of Italian Renaissance art, each with well-illustrated essays written by NGA staff, primary source documents, discussion questions, classroom activities, and glossary terms and biographies excerpted from Grove Art Online entries.

Researchers and students can explore thematic essays, more than 340 images, 300 glossary items and 42 primary source texts. An invaluable tool for use in the classroom, educators can integrate printable activity guides and discussion questions related to each unit into their course work.

Kunstmuseum Basel Online

The holdings of the Kunstmuseum Basel can now be consulted via the museum’s website. Under the heading “Sammlung online” / “Online collection” user can access database containing a total of
more than 4000 paintings, sculptures, as well as new media, ranging from the Late Middle Ages through the 21st century. Can be searched by keyword, period, or artist.  In German.

Leonardo da Vinci’s Treatise on Painting

Leonardo da Vinci and His Treatise on Painting is a digital archive dedicated to the Treatise on Painting, the pivotal text for disseminating Leonardo’s art theory in Renaissance and Baroque Europe. Rather than focusing on Leonardo’s original manuscripts, which remained largely unavailable until the early nineteenth century, the digital archive focuses on the Treatise on Painting, the only text by Leonardo that circulated widely in Renaissance and Baroque Europe.

In collaboration with institutional partners and private collectors from across the globe, the digital archive gathers for the first time, in a single place, critical resource materials on the legacy and reception of Leonardo’s art theory.

These materials include over forty manuscript copies of the Treatise on Painting, dating from the mid-sixteenth to the mid-seventeenth century, as well as early printed editions of Leonardo’s Treatise on Painting in Italian (1651), French (1651), and English (1721). The digital archive anticipates expanding its coverage of materials as new manuscripts and printed editions of the Treatise on Painting become available for inclusion.

The digital archive makes it possible to analyze the text and images of these materials systematically, comprehensively, and comparatively.

The project Leonardo da Vinci and his Treatise on Painting documents the legacy of Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519) on the science of art. It concentrates on the Treatise on Painting, a disorganized, fragmented, and misleading text that was compiled by Francesco Melzi, one of Leonardo’s pupils, around 1540 but that was regarded as a Leonardo original for centuries. The Treatise on Painting circulated widely. Artists, scientists, and scholars including Nicholas Poussin and Galileo Galilei, read it avidly as an authoritative record of Leonardo’s thoughts. In the 19th century, when the artist’s original notes became available, scholars realized that the text poorly reflected Leonardo’s sophisticated ideas. This project unearths and examines the inaccurate but highly influential interpretation of Leonardo’s legacy transmitted in the Treatise on Painting. The digital platform gathers restricted visual and verbal materials of the Treatise on Painting from around the globe. Its analytical and comparative functions make it possible to demonstrate breakdowns and misinterpretations of Leonardo’s legacy.

Mediateca di Palazzo Medici Riccardi

Digital archive relating to Palazzo Medici Riccardi, Florence

Medici Archive Project (MAP)

Searchable database of sources  from Medici Granducal Archive, 1537-1743

miniaturaitaliana.com

Website dedicated to Italian manuscript illumination and antique books, curated by Dr. Anna Melograni.

Online Catasto of 1427 (Florence)

Searchable database  of tax information for the city of Florence in 1427-29 (c. 10,000 records)

Online Gazetteer of Sixteenth-Century Florence

Database of ca. 750 items that can be located on the Buonsignori map of 1584/94

Online Tratte of Office Holders 1282-1532

Searchable database  of c. 165,000 records about office holders of the Florentine Republic

On View in Italy

An online list compiled by the Ministero per i Beni e le Attività Culturali of current exhibitions in Italy, organized by province. Includes an archive of past exhibitions as well.

Polo Museale Fiorentino

Information on museums, exhibitions, and digital archives of museum collections in Florence

Southern Italy XVI-XVII on the web

A web resource to collect art historical data on southern italian painting between XVI and XVII centuries. Database on paintings, their iconography, and their preservation status.

Storia di Firenze

An interdisciplinary initiative of the University of Florence, the History of Florence Portal offers a rich array of textual and visual material, including the theme of the month, histories of one day, images, and more.

Valente Italian Library

The Valente Italian Library at Seton Hall University in South Orange, New Jersey, boasts the largest collection of books in the United States devoted specifically to the study of Italian history and culture. During 2012-2013 substantial donations of books were received from the estates of historians A. William Salamone and Patricia H. Labalme.  Past donors of significant numbers of books in the field of Italian history have included Gene Brucker, Sebastian de Grazia, Donald R. Kelley, Benjamin Kohl, and Paul Grendler.  All donations are tax-deductible at fair market value.  The Valente Library collects books, documents and artifacts in all areas of Italian and Italian American culture.  Gifts from libraries that are downsizing are welcome.  All books receive bookplates stating the name of the donor.  For further information, please contact Bill Connell.

Vocabolario degli Accademici della Crusca

Italian Dictionary especially useful for obsolete and/or archaic terms

Your Paintings: Online repository of paintings in the UK

Your Paintings is a joint initiative between the BBC, the Public Catalogue Foundation (a not-for-profit), and over 3,000 participating collections from across the United Kingdom. Resulting from the PCF’s ten-year project to digitize the UK’s entire national collection of oil paintings, Your Paintings allows users to see 80% of these paintings that are typically in storage. The vast majority had not been photographed before this project. These artworks are now free to view on the BBC’s website.

For more on the project, view the three-minute film produced by the BBC.

Your Paintings is the only website anywhere in the world illustrating a nation’s entire painting collection. There are over 210,000 oil paintings in the UK’s national collection. These publicly owned oil paintings are held in institutions ranging from museums large and small to universities, town halls, hospitals, and even fire stations. In total there are works by 36,000 artists on the site ranging from the world famous to the completely obscure. Your Paintings provides a major source of organized material for research into art history, British and international history, genealogy, and topography.

Research in Florence

Archivio Storico del comune di Firenze

Via dell’Oriuolo, 33-35
50122 Florence
T) +39-055-2616527
Website

Visiting Hours:
Monday 9:00 – 15:30; Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday: 9:00 – 18:00; Friday: 9:00 – 15:30

Resources Offered:
The archives contain over 35,000 archives and 47,500 drawings dating from 1782-1960. More information about the archives’ numerous collections can be found here. Once registered and approved, patrons can search the archive’s original collections and request documents from the staff. More information about searching the archives can be found here.
The library has over 8000 books, pamphlets and periodicals, institutional documents, a legal collection. The library’s collection  is searchable online, here.

For students, training in archival conservation is also offered in partnership with the University of Florence.

Terms of Access:
The library organizes limited tours for tourists, primary/secondary schools, and universities. Requests for further access than that must be requested in person, in a written letter to the Cultural Director, stating the duration of the research and details of the project.

Reproduction services/policies:
Patrons must get approved by the library Director before reproducing items, and supply their own CDs, DVDs, and/or USB devices. If the library can’t assist with reproducing or copying items, photography is permissible.

Archivio dell’Opera di Santa Croce

Archivio dell’Opera di Santa Croce
Piazza Santa Croce, 16
50122 Florence
T) +39 055 2001642
Email    Website

Visiting Hours:
By appointment. Church visiting hours Monday – Saturday 9:30 – 17:00; Sundays and holidays Epiphany (January 6), Assumption (15 August), All Saints (1 November), Immaculate Conception (December 8), 14:00 – 17:00.

Resources Offered:
Documents kept by the Church Works of the Franciscan convent of Santa Croce, including manuscripts, printed matter, photographs, and restoration records.

Terms of Access:
Scholars must apply in writing to Archive staff for access, specifying research project and aims. Students must bring a letter of introduction from adviser. All researchers must present a photo ID.

Closing Dates:
Church closed to visitors New Year’s Day (1st January), Easter, St. Anthony (June 13), St. Francis (4 October), Christmas (December 25th), Boxing Day (December 26).

Archivio dell’Opera di Santa Maria del Fiore di Firenze

Via della Canonica, 1
50122 Florence
T) +39 055 2302885
F) +39 055 2302898
Email     Website

Visiting Hours:
Monday: 14:00-18:00; Wednesday: 9:00-13:00; Friday: 9:00-13:00

Resources Offered:
The Archivio storico contains documents related to the activity of the Opera di Santa Maria del Fiore, founded in 1296 to supervise the construction and maintenance of the new Cathedral. The Baptismal Archive includes baptismal registers from the 15th through the early 20th centuries.

Terms of Access:
Patrons must be 18 or older and a photo ID is required. Students must present a letter from their adviser. Reservations are recommended, and can be done via fax or email. Only after receiving a response from an archivist can the reservation be considered valid. Access to the Archives’ photo collection is by appointment only. Individual scholars receive 6 archive requests per day. Patrons may reserve up to 4 volumes for the next visit. Manuscripts in ‘return carts’ cannot be viewed by patrons without prior permission. Computers are available to access the archives’ digital collection; alternatively, patrons may use their own laptops for which WIFI available. The Archives’ library has 3000 volumes and its collection is searchable online.

Archivio di Stato di Firenze

Viale Giovine Italia 5
50122 Florence
T) +39 055 263 201
F) +39 055 234 1159
Website

Visiting Hours:
Monday-Friday: 8.30-18.00; Saturday: 8.45-13.30.

Resources offered:
The Archivio di Stato di Firenze is primarily concerned with Florence and the surrounding 70 km. The archive houses documents from the 8th century to the modern era. The archives houses a diverse number of documents ranging from correspondences, manuscripts, maps, charters, drawings and other historical records related to the political, social, cultural and artistic treasures of Florence and Tuscany.

Terms of access:
The library is open to the general public. To obtain access non-Italians need a letter of presentation and passport. The request for materials should be made early in the morning, generally by 10:00 AM. Requests for materials can be made online using the website listed below.

Location:
The archive is located on the Viale near Piazza Beccaria. It is a 15 minute walk from the city center.

Closing dates:
The archive is closed for three weeks in August and other Italian holidays.

Biblioteca Medicea Laurenziana

Piazza San Lorenzo, 9
50123 Florence
T) +39-055210760 – 211590 – 214443
Website

Visiting Hours:
Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays : 8.00 am – 2.00 pm; Tuesdays and Thursdays: 8.00 am – 17.30 pm

Resources Offered:
The Library holds around 11,000 manuscripts, 2,500 papyri, 43 ostraka, 566 incunabula, 1,681 sixteenth century printed books, 592 periodicals on related subjects and a total of 126,527 books dating from the seventeenth to the twentieth century. More information.

Terms of Access:
Open to students and scholars who can prove they are conducting research requiring access to manuscripts or rare books. Direct consultation of originals granted only for justified reasons. Black and white microfilms and color slides of manuscript illuminations, papyri, and unbound papers are available. Modern printed material also available, though those books readily accessible elsewhere in Florence may only be consulted by readers studying manuscripts or rare books. Note: Library not easily accessible to those with physical disabilities. In a limited traffic zone, the library is one flight up with no elevator or adapted toilets. Contact the Public Relations Office well in advance to make arrangements for assistance.

To obtain a readers pass, bring photo ID (passport, drivers license) and documentation of affiliation (letter of introduction, university ID). Be prepared to specify subject/scope of  research and type material desired. Students should also provide a letter of recommendation on letterhead from research adviser describing student’s curriculum, ability to work with manuscripts or rare books, and approximate time needed for research.

Reproduction services/policies:
The library’s manuscripts and certain other material have been microfilmed/photographed. The library has a microfilm, photograph, and slide collection that is accessible to the public. For a fee, copies can be obtained for research or publication purposes. More information about fees and their associated forms are available here, under “Services and Facilities.”

Closing Dates:
Closed from September 1-15 and  on religious and civic holidays: January 1 and 6; April 25; May 1; June 2; August 15; November 1; December 8, 25, and 26. On June 24th, the library is open, however, only “essential services are provided.”

Biblioteca Nazionale Centrale di Firenze

Piazza dei Cavalleggeri 1
50122 Florence
Switchboard Telephone: +39 055 249 191
General Information: +39 055 249 19280/+39 055 249 19267
F) +39 055 234 2482
Website

Visiting Hours:
Monday-Friday 8:15 – 19; Saturday 8:15 – 13:30

Resources offered:
The Biblioteca Nazionale houses a variety of documents and primary sources related to Florentine history. There is a collection of newspapers and magazines from 1886 to the present. There are also various other periodicals; manuscripts; musical recordings and scores; and a collection of drawings.

Terms of access:
The library is open to the general public. To obtain access only a photo ID is required. For non-Italians the preferred form of photo identification is a passport. While not necessary, a letter of presentation is appreciated by the staff. There are different levels of reading card. Scholars wishing to use the Sala Manoscritti should make that known at application. Access cards (tessere) can be obtained Monday-Friday 8:15 – 14 and  14:30 – 17 and Saturday 8:15 – 13.

Reproduction Services/policies:
Photocopies are not allowed, but users may request digital scans or photographs of library collections. Ph.D. theses may only be copied with written permission from the author. Requests cannot be made by phone but must be submitted directly to library staff or sent by e-mail, fax or letter. Separate rules apply whether for study or publication purposes.

Location:
The library is located near Piazza Santa Croce along the Lungarno. The library is a 10 minute walk from the Piazza del Duomo. There are various bus lines that will stop near the library.

Closing dates:
The archive is closed the month of August and other Italian holidays.

Biblioteca delle Oblate

Via dell’Oriuolo, 26
50122 Florence
T) +39 055 261 6512
F) +39 055 261 6519
Email     Website

Visiting Hours:
Monday: 14.00 – 19.00, reading room open until 22.00; Tuesday-Saturday: 9.00 – 24.00

Resources offered:
The Biblioteca delle Oblate is a general use library. The majority of the volumes housed are in Italian. The library’s key feature is a loggia on the second floor with a vista of Brunelleschi’s cupola. The library offers three (3) hours of free wi-fi a day.

Terms of access:
The library is open to the general public. To obtain access only a photo ID is required. For non-Italians the preferred form of photo identification is a passport.

Location:
The library is located near Piazza Piazza del Duomo in the heart of the city center. It is a five minute walk from the Duomo.

Closing dates:
The library is closed Sundays and other Italian holidays.

Fondazione Longhi

The Fondazione di Studi di Storia dell’Arte Roberto Longhi was founded in 1971 by the last will and testament of Roberto Longhi. He left his library, photo library, and collection of art to the foundation “for the benefit of future generations.” The headquarters is the villa “Il Tasso” which Longhi acquired in 1939. This villa was the residence of Longhi and his wife Lucia Lopresti (the writer Anna Banti) who left the villa and its furnishings to the foundation.

Fondazione Longhi
Via Benedetto Fortini, 30
50125 Firenze
T) +39 055 6580794
Email    Website

Visiting Hours:
By appointment.
The Longhi photo library is open to the public on Wednesday from 9:30 AM to 12:30 AM on an appointment basis.
The Longhi Foundation’s library is open to the public Monday through Friday from 9:30 AM to 1:00 PM and from 2:00 to 5:30 PM on an appointment basis.
The Longhi Archive is currently closed.

Resources Offered:
The Fondazione Longhi hosts exhibits, publications, lessons, conferences, seminars and scholarly meetings and offers fellowships.
A photocopy service is available on site. Photographs can be made upon request and at individual expense by the Foundation’s authorized photographer.

Terms of Access:
Scholars must apply in writing for access, specifying research project and aims.

Closing Dates:

Kunsthistorisches Institut in Florenz

Library
Max-Planck-Institut
Via Giuseppe Giusti 44
50121 Florence
T) +39 055 249 111

Fototeca
Palazzo Grifoni Budini Gattai
Via dei Servi 51
50122 Florence
T) +39 055 216 707
Website 

Resources offered:
A library with over 310,000 volumes and over 1,000 ongoing journal subscriptions. Note: There is no wireless internet access at the Kunst.

Terms of access:
Patrons need an ID card to access the collection. ID cards are issued Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM and Wednesdays from 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM. Graduate students need to submit a short outline of their research project when applying for an ID card. A letter of presentation or recommendation is also required. Users must also submit a passport-sized photograph when applying for an ID card.

Location:
The Kunsthistorisches Library and Fototeca as located within the historic center of Florence near Pizza Santissima Annunziata, between the Piazza del Duomo and Viale G. Matteotti.

Closing dates:
The Kunsthistorisches Institut is open in August with limited hours. A complete list of closing dates can be found at http://www.khi.fi.it/pdf/KHI_Schliesstage_2011.pdf

Nederlands Interuniversitair Kunsthistorisch Instituut te Florence (NIKI)

Library
Viale Torricelli 5
50125 Florence
T) +39 055 221 612
Website

Visiting Hours:
Monday – Friday, 9:00 – 13:00 13:30 – 17:30

Resources offered:
There are over 50,000 monographs; 250 journals; 1,000 microfiche, CD-ROM and videos; and 5,000 auction catalogs. The focus on the library is the artistic relationship between Northern and Southern Europe. Included in the collection are sections devoted to graphic arts, drawing and iconology. In recent years, the library has seen a substantial increase in publications related to modern and contemporary art.

Terms of access: 
To access the library both a form of photo identification, generally a passport, and a letter of presentation.

Location: 
The library is located on  the south side of the city outside the old city walls. The closest bus stops are Piazzale Galileo (#12 or #13) and Via del Gelsomino (#37) from the city center going toward Due Strade/Tavarnuzze.

Closing dates:
The Dutch University Institute is closed the entire month of August as well as other Italian holidays.

Villa I Tatti

Library/Fototeca
Via di Vincigliata 22
50135 Florence
T )+39 055 603 251
Website

Resources offered:
The focus of the I Tatti collection focuses primarily on Italy during the “long” Renaissance from roughly 1200 to 1650, and on closely associated subjects. The library is wired for wireless Internet access and must be set up at the time you apply for your ID card.

Terms of access:
The library is open to graduate students holding at least a Master’s degree or its equivalent. All patrons who are not associated with Harvard should present a letter of presentation. The reader’s card is valid for one year and renewable without limit.

Location: 
The library is located between Florence and Fiesole. It can be reached from the city center using the #10 line to the Ponte a Mensola 01 stop. The Villa I Tatti is a 10 minute walk up the hill.

Closing dates:
The Villa I Tatti is closed the entire month of August as well as other American and Italian holidays. A full listing of closing days is available at the guard desk at I Tatti.

Research in Rome

American Academy in Rome

Via Angelo Masina 5
00153 Rome
T) +39 06 58461
F) +39 06 5810788
Email       Website

Visiting Hours:
Library, Monday-Friday: 9:00 – 18:00
Photo Archive, Tuesday, Thursday: 10:00-13:00/13:30-17:00, or by appointment
Archaeological Study Collection, by appointment only

Resources Offered:
The AAR Library holds over 140,000 volumes in the fields of classical studies and the history of italian art and architecture (cheifly medieval and renaissance) and subscribes to approximately 600 current periodicals. collections are especially strong in ancient mediterranean art and archaeology, classical literature, ancient topography (including the history of the city of rome), and related fields, such as epigraphy, numismatics, and papyrology. small but noteworthy collections include contemporary art and architecture, landscape architecture, italian history and literature, american literature, historical travel books, and music. there is a rare book collection primarily consisting of 16th-18th century imprints in classics, classical archaeology, and italian art and architecture, including sizeable collections of roman guidebooks and early art treatises. Online Catalog.

The Archaeological Study Collection offers a small but varied collection of artifacts for study. Information can be found in the Archaeological Study Collection database. For more information or to schedule an appointment to view the collection, contact T. Corey Brennan, FAAR’88, Andrew W. Mellon Professor-in-Charge.

The AAR Photo Archive consists of several valuable and specialized collections of photographs on arhcaeology, architecture, and art, as well as landscape architecture and gardens. It also includes special collections important to the history of the Academy.

Terms of Access:
The general qualification is an advanced degree (masters or doctorate) in the humanities. Prospective readers must complete a Library Access Form as well as submit a letter of introduction from their home institution, printed on institutional letterhead (or from another reader or authoritative person in the case of unaffiliated individuals) via e-mail or fax detailing academic background and current research project. All visitors to the Academy are required to show a valid photo ID at the entrance.

Upon submitting your written request, you must wait for a response from the Academy before going to the library. The Academy accepts new and renewing readers M-F 9:30-12:00; by appointment in the afternoon. Applicants who have been approved for a library card, but have not come to the library to collect it within three months will have to re-apply. Any reader who has been absent for 5 years or more (except a returning Fellow of the AAR) should be treated as a new reader and should bring a new letter of introduction. Note: Because of the large volume of readers during the summer, only temporary cards are issued April-July.

Reproduction services/policies:
The library has a “self-service” photocopier for which you can purchase $5 or $10 paper cards; or you may make photographs with your own camera free of charge.

Closing dates:
Academy facilities are closed during most Italian national holidays as well as the 4th Thursday of November (American Thanksgiving) and on the 4th of July (American Independence Day). The library is also closed from mid July to Mid September. Check website for exact dates.

Archivio di Stato di Roma

Complesso di Sant’Ivo alla Sapienza
Corso del Rinascimento 40
00186 Rome
T) +39 06 6819081
Website

Resources offered:
The Archivio di Stato has both an archive and a library, which have extensive collections of volumes and historical documents relating to Rome and Lazio.

Reproduction services/policies: 
You may request reproductions or photograph materials with your own camera for a small per-page fee.

Terms of Access: 
Readers are expected to be pursuing a specific research project which they must briefly describe to the archive’s administrative officials. A letter of introduction is not required, just a photo ID.

Closing dates: 
As with all Roman research institutions, the Archivio di Stato is closed during the middle part of August. For specific dates, please consult the website’s summertime updates or contact the Archivio directly.

Biblioteca Apostolica Vaticana

Cortile del Belvedere
V-00120 Vatican City
T) +39/06698.79411
F) +39/06698.84795
Website

Visiting Hours:
Monday – Friday 8:45 – 17:15

Resources offered: 
Manuscripts collection, archival collection, printed books collection, prints and engravings, coins and medals.

Terms of access:
The Library is open to researchers and scholars with appropriate qualifications and/or relevant publications; teachers and researchers at Universities and other institutes of Higher Education; graduate students who are pursuing research for a doctoral dissertation; in exceptional cases, undergraduate students who can demonstrate that they need to consult material which is available only at the Vatican Library. It is not open to High School students, nor, as a rule, to undergraduate University students.

All readers applying for their first reader’s pass must produce the following: a valid identification document, which will be left at the Police Office at the Sant’Anna entrance to the Vatican City State; a reference letter or a valid document proving appropriate academic qualifications; for students, a Letter of Surety, printed on institutional letterhead and signed by their dissertation supervisor.

The reader’s pass allows access to the Library. The annual pass is valid from the day it is issued until the following annual closing of the Library. The short-term pass is valid for a fixed number of days, as determined by the Admissions Office. In any case, access is granted only until May 31 for undergraduate students and until June 15 for graduate students. The reader’s pass allows consultation of printed books only; specific authorization is needed for the consultation of manuscripts. The pass is strictly personal and non-transferable; it replaces the reader’s identification document while he or she is in the Library. By accepting the reader’s pass and signing the form indicating their personal details in the Admissions Office, readers agree to observe the Library’s Rules and Regulations.

Closing Dates: 
The library is closed for most of July, all of August, and the first half of September. Full calendar of opening dates and hours.

Biblioteca di Archeologia e Storia dell’Arte

Piazza Venezia, 3
00183 Rome
T) +39 06 6977001
Website

Visiting Hours:
Biblioteca – accoglienza e sale I piano: Monday-Friday: 8.30-19.30; Saturday: 9.30-13.30
Sala Barbo: Monday-Friday: 9.30-17.00; Saturday: 9.30-13.30
Sala Lanciani: Monday-Saturday: 9.30-13.30
Sede distaccata della Crociera: Wednesday: 9,30-17.00

Resources offered:
Cataloghi di mostra, Cataloghi di vendita, Fondo Alfredo Castellani, Fondo Giulio Quirino Giglioli, Fondo Rodolfo lanciani, Fondo Dusmet, Fondo Monneret, Fondo Pagliara, Fondo Rossi, Fondo Fabrizio Ruffo, Fondo Venturoli, Libri di viaggio, Periodici, Opere Manoscritte e fondi archivistici, Sezione musicale, Sezione Rari, Sezione Romana, Sezione teatrale, and a digital library that includes a group of digitized Italian journals.

Terms of Access:
Readers must present a photo ID to obtain a library card.

Reproductions services/policies:
The library provides digital reproductions for a per-page fee. They do not make photocopies. No photographing are allowed of any of the library materials.

Closing dates:
During the second and third weeks of August, the library is only open between 11:00 and 12:00.

Bibliotheca Hertziana/Max Planck Institute for Art History

Library
Via Gregoriana 28
00187 Rome
T) +39 06 69993 – 227
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Fototeca
Via Gregoriana 22
00187 Rome
T) +39 06 69993-421
Email

Resources offered:
The bibliographic materials focus on the history of Italian art from the Middle Ages through the twentieth century and consist of around 272,687 volumes, including 2,500 periodicals, of which 1,108 are of current publications. The Library reopened on 1 February 2013. External scholars will have access to the Institute’s library holdings from February 1, 2013, following the official opening of the New Library celebrated on January 15, 2013.

The general archives have materials on Palazzo Zuccari: the mural paintings, restoration and alterations, on the residents, renters, owners, inventories of the collections, technical/administrative documentation, on research projects, events, etc.

The digital catalogue of the Photographic Collection contains 222,000 photographs of more than 158,000 works. 140,000 photographs of approximately 100,000 objects.

CENSUS digital catalog of antique works of art and architecture known in the Renaissance

Max Planck digital library

Terms of Access:
Must request access in person at the main headquarters of the Institute (via Gregoriana 28)  Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday, 9-11 or Wednesday, 15-17. Provide photo ID, proof of academic credentials/affiliation, letter of presentation, and a passport-size photograph. In order to speed the renewal and issuance of new access cards, we ask guests to consult the terms of use and to bring the completed admission form to the Institute.

Reproduction services/policies:
Online delivery for some materials is available, and your access card allows you to order certain books via the internet. More information.

Visiting Hours:
M-F  10 a.m. to 6 p.m. The entrance is at Via Gregoriana 30 and access is possible only with a valid user ID card. Directions.

Biblioteca Nazionale di Roma

Viale Castro Pretorio 105
00185 Rome
T) +39 0649891
Website

Resources offered:
In addition to its collection of printed volumes, the library offers the following digital collections: Cataloghi storici dei manoscritti e Catalogo degli autografi, Immagini della grande guerra, Archivio Fotografico Ceccarius, Collezione Cima, Fondo Dannunziano, Biblioteca nonantolana virtualeFondo Siciliani, Periodici digitalizzati, Progetto ADVA (Applicazioni digitali per la valorizzazione dei beni culturali, Progetto Manoscritti Miniati, Un CD-Rom per Francesco Petrarca

 Terms of access:
The majority of the library’s collections are open to anyone 18 years or older with a valid photo ID. Consulting the rare books and manuscripts collection, however, requires a letter of introduction on university letterhead from the patron’s thesis advisor and an explanation of the research to be carried out.

Reproduction services/policies:
The library has a reproductions office that makes photocopies for you at a reasonable per-page charge for most library materials. In the case of old or rare books, however, they will usually only make digital reproductions, which are quite expensive (around 2.5 euro per page). Making photographs on your own is strictly forbidden.

Closing dates: 
Most of the library’s services are closed for the middle two weeks of August. The remainder of the month of August has abbreviated hours. Check website to verify hours of operation for this period.

Fondazione Giorgio e Isa de Chirico

Fondazione Giorgio e Isa de Chirico
Piazza di Spagna, 31
00187 Roma
+39 06 679 6546
Website
Email (Casa-museo de Chirico – prenotazioni; Biblioteca & richieste di studio)
Email (Servizio di archiviazione; Richieste generali)

The Foundation was instituted in 1986 by the artist’s widow Isabella Pakszwer Far and by Claudio Bruni Sakraischik, curator of the Catalogue Raisonne. Located at the artist’s apartment-studio at n. 31 Piazza di Spagna, Rome – today the seat of the House-museum – the Foundation continues to carry out the original aim of the founders, which is that of safeguarding and promoting Giorgio de Chirico’s art and intellectual work.

Visiting Hours:  House-museum open September-July, Tuesday-Saturday and first Sunday of each month, 9:00-13:00. Guided tours are conducted in Italian or English. Visitors are accompanied by a member of staff. Three guided tours are held each day at the following times: 10:00 a.m - 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Advanced booking is required by telephone, by email, or directly on the website.

Resources Offered: Paintings, works on paper and sculptures, dating from the mid 1920s onwards, for the most part works executed by de Chirico during the last 30 years of his life. Archival collection of documentation related to De Chirico’s artistic production and the Claudio Bruni Sakraischik Archive which includes documentation related to artist’s career and personal life. Publishes biennial journal, Metaphysical Art. The de Chirico Journals and offers scholarships to support study of De Chirico.

Closing Dates:  August and most Sundays.

Fondazione Marco Besso

Largo d Largo di Torre Argentina 11
00186 Rome
T) +39 066865611
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Resources offered:
The library has particularly strong collections in the subjects of Dante (all his works from the earliest to the most recent editions with translations in many languages and dialects, as well as works of critical commentary and relevant periodicals); the city of Rome (history, art, urbanism, literature, dialect, church history, the papacy, the papal states); proverbs (collections of proverbs in many languages and dialects and critical commentary and studies on various aspects of popular traditions); Lazio (geography, economics, culture, history).

Terms of access: 
Readers must provide a photo ID and a letter of introduction from thesis advisor or authority in the applicant’s research area.

Reproduction services/policies: 
The library does not offer any reproduction services, but you are welcome to bring your own camera and photograph materials free of charge.

Closing dates: 
The library is closed for most of the month of August. For specific dates, consult the website’s summertime updates or contact the library directly.

Istituto Storico Italiano per il Medioevo

Piazza dell’Orologio 4
00186 Rome
T) +39 06 68802075
Website

Resources offered:
The Institute has both an archive and a library. More information.

Terms of Access:
New users must fill out a request form and present a photo ID and letter of introduction from thesis advisor or research director.

Closing dates: 
The institute is closed for the month of August

Research in Venice

Archivio di Stato di Venezia

Campo dei Frari
San Polo, 3002 – 30125
Venezia
+39 041 5222281
Email
Website

Visiting Hours: The reading room is open Monday through Thursday from 8:10 – 17:50, and Friday and Saturday it is open from 8:10 – 13:50. Materials may be requested from Monday through Friday from 8:10 – 13:00. The reading room has a specialist available from 9:00 – 13:50. The specialist is available upon request between 8:10 – 9:00 and 13:50 – 17:50.

Resources Offered:
The library has over 71,000 titles including history (Veneto, religious, general), palaeography, and legal works. There is a special emphasis on archives pertaining to the history of the Venetian Republic from its fall through the 1880s.

Terms of Access:
Patrons must fill out an application and request access to the archives. Valid ID is required and patrons may not have a criminal record. Applicants must provide the topic and time period of their research and commit to donating a copy of their finished work (thesis, book, dissertation, etc.) to the library. Students must also present a letter from their professor.

Reproductions services/policies:
Scholars may request that certain items be photocopied or photographed in the photo reproduction department. The department takes requests Monday through Saturday from 9:30 – 12:30. For more information, refer to the Requests for Reproduction page. The materials that may be copied are limited, including works before 1800, parchment, maps above size A3. The full list can be found at the Photo Reproduction Limits page.

Closing Dates:
The library is closed in August — in 2011, the dates were the 8th through the 20th. It is also closed November 21.

Biblioteca del museo Correr

Piazza San Marco, 52, 30124
Venezia
+39 041 2405211
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Email

Visiting Hours:  Monday, Wednesday, Friday from 8.30 to 13.30, Tuesdays and Thursdays in the afternoon till 17. Closed Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays.

Resources Offered:
The library has two study halls each with 40 seats. Scholars must receive their materials there, with the assistance of a librarian. However, scholars may request bibliographic information from the library via email, phone, fax, or post.

Terms of Access:
Access is limited to those who have a membership card or those who have a daily permit. Permits can be obtained via application. Applicants must have a valid ID and if they are graduate students, they must also have a letter detailing the student’s need to access the library’s materials. There are no limits to the number of materials a student may have at his/her reading area in the study halls.

Reproductions services/policies:
Reproduction via photocopies, microfilm or photographs is limited to the regulations prescribed by copyright laws and the library’s policies on preservation. Information about reproductions is available in the Guida ai Servizi della Biblioteca del Museo Correr, which can be found in the library’s entranceway.  Readers must fill out and return an application to a librarian in order to take photographs. For more information, refer to the “Services” section of the library’s website.

Closing Dates:  Closed Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays (December 25 and January 1).

Biblioteca Nazionale Marciana

Piazzetta San Marco, n. 7
30124 Venezia
+39 041 2407211
Email
Website

Visiting Hours: Monday – Friday: 8:00 – 19:00; Saturday: 8:00 – 13:30.  Note that the library has specific times that researchers may request and receive books. For the details, please see the library’s Hours page.

Resources Offered:
The library offers rare books, maps, and  manuscripts on Venetian history, fine arts, and politics. For more information about the library’s collections, please refer to their website. Patrons may request up to 4 manuscripts at a time, and up to 6 modern (post-1851) books, while working with two items at a time. Requests can take up to 40 minutes to fill.

Terms of Access:
Patrons must be at least 18 years of age  to access the library’s manuscripts and rare books. Permits are issued by day or annually, depending on the length of study. Valid ID is required, and students must present a letter of recommendation from their professor.

Reproductions services/policies:
Patrons may not reproduce works themselves. Applications are available and must be filled out to obtain copies. Certain items in the library’s collection are prohibited from being copied. In addition, copies may only be made during certain hours. These items are outlined here.

Closing Dates: January 1 and 6, Easter Monday, April 25, May 1, June 2, August 15, November 1 and 21, and December 8, 25, and 26.

Biblioteca San Francesco della Vigna

Castello 2786 – 30122
Venezia
041.5235341
Email
Website

Visiting Hours: Monday to Thursday from 9:00 – 12:30 and from 13:30 – 17:00; Friday from 9:00 – 12:30 and from 13:30 – 15:30.

Resources Offered:
The library dates back to at least the fifteenth century and has a collection strong in manuscripts and books dating from the 16th to the 19th centuries. There is also a modern collection of about 80,000 works that focus on theological studies. The library’s collection is searchable online.

Terms of Access:
Patrons must sign the register at the front desk and leave all bags before entering the library.

Fondazione Giorgio Cini

Isola di San Giorgio Maggiore
30124 Venezia
+39 041 2710255
Email
Website

Visiting Hours: Monday and Friday from 9:00 – 16:30; Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday from 9:00 – 18:30. The Photo Library is open from 9:00 – 13:30  and from 14:00 – 16:00.

Resources Offered:
A resource for scholars in Venice, the Fondazione Giorgio Cini offers scholarships, scholarly housing, a research library, and an active program of exhibitions and public programs. The Foundation’s library has over 150,000 books dedicated to art history. Their collection is also strong in Venetian history, theater, opera, literature, and international relations between Venice and the Eastern world. The Fondazione also has a Photo Library that houses over 730,000 photographs, including 65,000 negatives. The photos are largely focused on Venice and Venetian history, but also include other regions and museums around Italy. Parts of the collection are available by consultation only, such as the photos from the Berenson Foundation. For more information, refer to the Photo Library page.

Terms of Access: 
Patrons must register for access to the library. Bring an ID to the front desk.

Reproductions services/policies:
For information about reproduction of photographs from the Photo Library’s collections, please email or call + 39 041 2710278.

Foundation Querini Stampalia

Castello 5252 – 30122
Venezia
+39 041 2711411
Email
Website

Visiting Hours:
Monday through Saturday, 10:00 – 22:00; Sundays and holidays*, 10:00 – 19:00. Distribution hours are: Tuesday through Sunday, 11:00 – 13:00 and 14:00 – 19:00 for rare materials; for modern materials, the distribution hours are: Tuesday through Saturday, 10:00 – 21:30 and 10:00 – 18:30 on Sunday.

* Holidays when the library is open are: January 6, June 2, November 1 and 21, and December 8, 24, 26, and 31.

Resources Offered:
The library has over 300,000 volumes spanning a wide range of topics. Their collection includes but is not limited to: 1,300 manuscripts, 1,600 volumes from the sixteenth century, 20,000 antique volumes, 20,000 brochures, and 4,000 periodicals.

Terms of Access:
Patrons must apply for a membership card. Valid ID is required. Membership can be requested can be requested 30 minutes after opening until 30 minutes before closing. The library has put together a guide for new patrons. It is available in Italian in PDF format for download here.

Reproductions services/policies:
Items that predate 1850 are not able to be photocopied. Photocopies are available for delivery via post or fax for a fee. Information about fees and the associated forms can be found here. Patrons may also photograph documents held by the library. More information can be found on the library’s photograph request form.

Closing Dates: January 1, Easter, Easter Monday, April 25, May 1 December 25.

News on the Rialto

An annual publication for scholars working on all aspects of Venetian Studies.
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Nuova Biblioteca Manoscritta

Nuova Biblioteca Manoscritta (housed at the Fondazione Querini Stampalia)
Castello 5252 – 30122
Venezia
+39 041 2711411
Email
Website

Resources Offered:
The Nuova Biblioteca Manoscritta is a cataloging project that has, thanks to its partnerships with several libraries, collected over 32,000 manuscripts dating from the twelfth to the twentieth centuries.  Their collection is searchable online, and they have also begun to digitialize their manuscripts and some biographies, which are available online as well.