In the Humanities Library are kept a number of archives coming from bequests and donations. In some cases, the library holds the owner's personal library together with the archival material, in other cases, the collection is limited to the personal documents. The consultation of the archives can be done exclusively in the Rare Books Room.
Consultation of the inventoried archives is generally allowed except for specific cases where the heirs or the donor have otherwise disposed. Requests will be examined individually and the extent of the access is given on a case by case basis, since a consistent part of the material has been damaged by the 1966 flood and other is awaiting reoganisation.
Historical archives of the Philosophy Section
The archives of the classical studies journal "Atene e Roma" (Athens and Rome) are made up of a single series called "correspondence" which consists of about 300 letters, postcards and cards, all original and authored by important names of the Italian cultural scene of the early twentieth century, among which are: Benedetto Croce, Gaetano Curcio, Pericle Ducati, Arturo Farinelli, Guido Mazzoni, Angiolo Orvieto, Carlo Pascal, Giorgio Pasquali. The letters are mainly addressed to Paolo Emilio Pavolini, Felice Ramorino, Girolamo Vitelli and others, such as the directors of the journal "Athens and Rome" and presidents of the then Società Italiana per la Diffusione e l’Incoraggiamento degli Studi Classici (Italian Society for the Promotion of Classical Studies) in Florence.
The archives of Luisa Banti (Florence 1894-1978) consist of the following series: manuscripts; typewritten documents; drawings; letters; a set of miscellaneous papers; photographic material, including in the latter also a small collection of 162 postcards. The material is kept together with the books once belonging to the archaeologist Luisa Banti at the Department of Antiquity, the Middle Ages and Renaissance and Linguistics.
The archive of Adolfo Bartoli (Fivizzano MS 1833 - Genova 1894) consists of the following series: correspondence; handwritten notes of Italian literature from the 13th to the 15th centuries; Preparatory materials and conference papers, lectures, speeches; newspaper clippings; proceedings and documents. Such material is kept in 21 boxes.
The archives of Carlo Battisti (Trento 1882 - Empoli FI 1977) consist of manuscript material on the topic of critical phonetic and notes on the dialects of Northern Casertino (cc. 1- 56). In addition, there are two abstracts with a dedication of the authors to Battisti, specifically: Casella Mario, Fonologia del dialetto di Firenzuola D'Arda, Perugia, Unione Tipografica operativa, 1922; Schiaffini Alfredo, Il Mercante genovese nel Medioevo e il suo linguaggio, Genova, Stabilimenti italiani arti grafiche, 1929.
The Archives of Giuseppe Antonio Borgese (Polizzi Generosa PA 1882- Fiesole FI 1952) consists of the following series: biographical materials (cc. 1-7679); general preparatory materials (cc. 1- 6579); literary production (cc. 1- 6710); literary-aesthetic essays (cc. 1- 2363); political, historical and cultural materials (cc. 1-15851); academic activities, conferences and various speeches (cc. 1- 5034). The archive consists of a total of 44,234 papers, collected in 74 boxes. In the box. n. 74 there are also 7 letters written between 1951 and 1953 by the son of Borgese, Leonardo, to Antonio Fornari, and then donated by Marcello Staglieno to the library in 2013.
The archive of Napoleone Caix (Bozzolo MN 1845 -1882) consists of handwritten notes that reflect his studies and interests such as linguistics and Romance languages. From a partial analysis of the documentation, no letters have been found except for a single case. There is a printed brochure of Caix, "General alterations in the Italian language", Rome, Loescher, 1879 showing handwritten marginal notes. Finally, it also preserves the doctoral degree awarded to Napoleone Caix in Pisa in 1865. The archives take up five boxes.
The archive of Alexander Chiappelli (Pistoia 1857- Naples 1931) is composed of the following archival series: General Philosophy (cc. 1- 3172); Ancient Philosophy (cc.1 - 2367); Modern Philosophy (1- 1169); Art History and Aesthetics (cc.1-1458); Ancient History (cc. 1-133); Commemorative Writings (cc. 1-124); Politics (cc. 1-1151); Literature (cc. 1-712); Writings on Socialism (cc. 1-103); Writings about Pistoia (cc. 1-230); Religion (cc. 1-619); Miscellaneous Writings (cc. 1-1453); Letters (cc. 1-194); Printed Texts (cc. 1-978); Diverse Materials (cc., 1-1948). The material is stored in 12 containers.
The archives of Domenico Comparetti (Rome 1835 - Firenze 1927) consist of two collections: the first called Correspondence; the second called Manuscripts. The Manuscripts are made up of the following archival series: Archaeology; Classical Philology; Modern Philology; Various. The Comparetti Archives totals 15,988 papers contained in 20 boxes.
The archives consist of the notes of an etymological dictionary of the language, ie the language spoken by the Spanish gypsies with its items in Spanish, presumably written between 1918 and 1921. The archives are made up of 4,177 papers kept in 6 containers , inclusive of several language cards from "A" to "Z", except for the letters "D", "E", "K" and "M" missing in their entirety.
The archive of Marisa Fabbri (Florence 1931- Rome 2003) is mainly composed of two lots that reflect her acting career. The first group is called Private papers and contains diverse and heterogeneous material such as letters, contracts, bills, photographs; the second and most conspicuous group is called Working Scripts and is composed exclusively of scripts of plays that bear in some cases marginal annotations.
Chartae description of the archives Egidio Gorra
The archives of Fausto Lasinio (Florence 1831-1914), consists of hadwritten material such as notes on texts, manuscripts, inscriptions of Hebrew and Sanskrit languages. There is a letter that deals with the transcription of a text and a draft of a work by Pietro Perreau entitled Abbreviations and Chaldean, Jewish, Rabbinic and Talmudic acronyms, with their various solutions collected and collated by Pietro Perreau. The archives contain also documents not directly related to Lasinio.
The Mansi archive contains documents allegedly belonging to a collateral branch of the family from Lucca. The Archives consist for the most part of loose papers stored in 11 containers. Among the names found are Luigi Mansi (XVIII C.) and Raffaello Mansi (XIX C.). Among the documents found, there is some correspondence and various administrative documents such as books of accounts and inventories, relating to the centuries XV-XIX.
Chartae description of the archives Ambrosio Fernandez Merino
The archive of Carlo Morandi (Suna NO 1904- Florence 1950) consists of 11 boxes divided as follows: Box 1 correspondence; Box 2 handwritten and printed notes; Box 3 handwritten notes and printed material; Box 4 academic activity; Boxes 5-8 clipboard and notes; Boxes 9-10 copies of archival documents and notes; Box 11 copies of archival documents, plus various original documents. The printed volumes, dating to the 20th century, relate to modern and contemporary history and the history of Risorgimento.
The archives of Adolfo Mussafia (Split 1834 - Firenze 1905) consist of the following series: Correspondence with family members; Records and documents including some related to his activities at the Austrian High Chamber; Preparatory materials; Manuscripts; Transcripts of keynote speeches, lectures, talks; Newspaper clippings. The archives are held in 15 containers.
The archive of Enrico Paribeni (Rome 1911- Florence 1993) consists mainly of photographs and drawings he himself made of monuments that he utilised as a real working tool. The image collection, begun in the period of university studies and specialization in Greece, was enriched further during the positions at the Archaeological Superintendence of Florence and Rome and then, since 1958, when he began the long association the World Encyclopedia of Art and in particular the Encyclopedia of Classical and Eastern Ancient Art.
The archives of Ernesto Giacomo Parodi (Genoa Florence 1862- 1923) are divided into two series: Correspondence and Documents. The Correspondence consists of 10,163 papers collected in 22 containers that contain files sorted alphabetically by sender for a total of 993 names. The series Documents consists of 29 containers for a total of 28,602 papers containing handwritten notes by Parodi and records attributable to someone whose identity is unknown.
The archives of Baldo Peroni (Pavia 1877- post 1958) consist of the following series: Correspondence, with a total of 54 correspondents (cc. 1- 280); Readings and abstracts (cc. 323-2050); Notes and documents (cc. 2051-3795). To these series it must be added other material found at a later stage (cc. 3796-4234). The archives are contained in 6 boxes.
The archives of Fedele Romani (Colledara, TE 1855 - Florence 1910) contain handwritten and typewritten notes reflecting the studies and the interest of prof. Romani. To this regard, there are notes on his studies on Dante and drafts of fiction works. This collection made up of loos papers is held in a single container.
The archives of Antonio Rotondò (Lattarico CS 1929 - Florence 2007) is divided into two distinct lots: one that collects all the correspondence and another dedicated to Rotondò's studies called the Historical Documentation. The Archives, after their reorganization, have been divided into the following series: Proceedings and personal documentation; Acts and professional documentation; Correspondence; Publishers and bookshops; Cultural institutions; Memoirs and commemorations. To this documentation other material is added, which does not relate to the owner and takes the name after his wife "Miriam Michelini's Archives".
The archives of Moritz Schiff (Frankfurt 1823 Geneva-1896) are made up of diverse and heterogeneous material that reflect the studies conducted by the physiologist. The archives are collected in three boxes and contain loose papers including correspondence; lecture notes; ideas for research topics; 26 notebooks; books invoices and orders; photographic material; Obituaries of Schiff himself. There is some material which does not relate directly to Moritz, but probably to his son Mario, professor of French Literature at the Institute of Higher Studies of Florence.
The Asiatic Society's archives consist of multiple cores that reflect the nature of the body that has produced them. There are the members' register and subscription records, administrative documents such as cash books or invoices, as well as the correspondence which constitutes the largest part of the archives. There are as well newspaper clippings and abstracts for the Asiatic Society's newsletter and some reviews. This documentation is kept in 4 containers.
The archives of Giuseppe Tarozzi (Torino 1866 - Padua 1958), recently discovered (April 2012), are in the process of being sorted. The materials, arranged in 6 numbered boxes, consist of manuscripts of works, mostly published, by the philosopher, student of Ardigò, and professor of theoretical philosophy at the University of Bologna from 1906 to 1936. There are also a variety of materials related to teaching and a small group of correspondence to be identified. The collection has had a preliminary sorting prior to retrieval.
The archives of Felice Tocco (Catanzaro 1845-Florence 1911) consist mainly of handwritten notes about anthropology, linguistics, psychology and especially philosophy. The archive has been reorganized, separating oversize folders, (29 units) and mid-size folders,(26 units). A further mid-size folder contains the list of manuscripts, a bibliography, and a biography of Tocco. Such material was put together by his son Roberto on the basis of the documents kept in the family archives.
The archives of Charles de Tolnay (Budapest Florence 1899- 1981) includes various and heterogeneous materials such as photos, newspaper clippings and notes, reflecting the studies and the personality of the creator.
The archive of Pasquale Villari (Naples 1827- Florence 1917) consists of the following series: Villari Correspondence (cc. 1-1484), divided into three sections: drafts; letters sent by Villari; general correspondence. Villari as a politician (cc. 1-1006) divided into seven sections: University education; Secondary education; Elementary education; Italian schools abroad and migration; Cultural Heritage and State Archives; Administration; Various. Villari as a Professor (cc. 1-747) divided into three sections; Lessons of History; Psychology and History; Teaching activity. School works and Theses. Villari as a Historian divided into three sections: Material on Niccolo Machiavelli (cc. 1-1913); Material on Girolamo Savonarola (cc. 1-897); Miscellaneous work by Villari historian (cc. 1-181). General and New Accessions. The material is kept in 12 boxes for a total of 6,493 items.