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Theses of the first women graduates
The collection of historical theses includes more than 150 graduation theses discussed by the first women graduating from the University of Florence from the end of the 19th century to the threshold of the Second World War.
The operation of digitization, description, and upload of the theses (some of them in full text) was born within a project aimed at rebuilding an important stage of female emancipation, access to higher education, allowed in Italy only from 1875 as a result of a new university regulation which, for the first time, explicitly admitted women’s attendance to the courses. The Regulation, signed by the then Minister of Education Ruggiero Bonghi, was published in the Official Journal of the Kingdom of Italy No. 247 of 22 October.
The theses belong to the patrimony of historical theses preserved in the Biomedical and Humanities libraries of the University, heirs of the libraries of the three sections in which the Higher Institute of Vocational and Advanced Studies was articulated, established in 1859 by the provisional Government of Tuscany, Transformed into a university in 1924.
Of the 159 theses, which are the subject of the project, only 22 are fully accessible, following contacts with the rights’ owners (heirs) that have allowed the scanning and uploading. These are the theses of Bice Agnoletti, Anna Barile, Amy A. Bernardy, Brunetta Butassi, Aida Calvani, Emma Castelbolognesi, the sisters Caterina and Silvia Comboni, Emmelina da Cunha, Matilde Dvorchin, Clara Francese, Aldina Francolini, Marcella Frankenthal, Ines Gardini, Laura Luzzato, Alba Pigatto, Maria Francesca Priuli Bon, Elisa Provenzal, Martina Radici, Gemma Sgrilli, who graduated between 1891 and 1937.