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Special Collections of the Social Sciences Library

The index that follows lists the records relating to the collections of particular historical and cultural importance, both monographs and magazines, held by the library. Some of these are taken from the Alphabetical index of the sections and collections of the Library (in Italian).

Social Sciences

The Library of Gino Arias

Entry in the Collections Register The Library of Gino Arias

The Library of Riccardo Dalla Volta

The collection, received as a gift from Riccardo Dalla Volta [1932], includes about 2,120 between booklets, brochures and extracts (a thousand of which are bound in 41 volumes), mainly about economics.

In good conservation conditions. Catalogued on card records. Consultation allowed. Reproduction allowed.

Riccardo Dalla Volta (Mantova, 1862-Auschwitz, 1944): director of the "Cesare Alfieri" Higher Institute of Social Sciences in Florence (1909-1927); rector of the Royal Institute of Economic and Commercial Sciences of Florence (1926-1934), board member of the I.R.I., president of the Royal Accademia dei Georgofili.

Carlo Alfieri di Sostegno Collection

It is the historical collection on which the Library of Political Sciences was founded. It was donated by Carlo Alfieri di Sostegno (Turin 1827-Florence 1897), who in 1875 founded the 'Cesare Alfieri' Institute of Social Sciences, naming it in memory of his father, also a politician, Minister of Education and adviser to Carlo Alberto in various reforms and in drafting the Statute Albertino. The Institute represented the founding stone of the modern Faculty of Political Sciences (1938).

A Liberal from Piedmont, close to Cavour and D'Azeglio, Carlo Alfieri was a deputy from 1857 and senator from 1870. A convinced Federalist, an adversary of the centralist state model perceived as fundamentally illiberal and non-functional (bureaucratic), denounced the need to form a new ruling class, to have knowledgeable politicians prepared to meet the interests of the state. With this intention, after moving to Florence, he founded the 'Cesare Alfieri' Institute, the first school of social sciences in Italy and the second in Europe, based on the French model. The Institute was equipped with a modern library (12,660 inventories) specialized in legal, historical and economic disciplines, containing a very important collection of parliamentary acts, as well as journals and monographs - including many early Italian and foreign editions.

Araldica (Heraldry) Collection

Entry in the Collections Register Fondo Araldica

Alberto Bertolino Collection

The collection, purchased from the heirs of prof. Alberto Bertolino in 1985, consists of 5,638 inventory units, and includes mostly texts of economics and finance; there are also historical, literary, philosophical and juridical works. There are also the following ancient books: 3 of the 16th century, 3 of the 17th century, 5 of the 18th century.

In good conservation conditions. Catalogued on card records and in book format (special catalogue). Consultation allowed. Loans allowed. Reproduction allowed.

Mauro Cappelletti Collection

Cappellini Collection

The collection, received as a gift in 1990, is made up of about 1,100 volumes of monographs and administrative law reviews.

In fair conservation conditions.

Biagio Cerrito Collection

The collection, received as a gift in 1990, is made up of about 1,100 volumes of monographs and administrative law reviews.

In fair conservation conditions.

Francesco Bernardino Cicala Collection

Collection donated to the library in 1960. It consists of 1,030 volumes and 1,084 brochures published mainly during the period 1850-1950, with a small nucleus of older material, mainly about law philosophy.

In fair conservation conditions, located at the Department of Legal Sciences. Catalogued on card records. Consultation allowed. Loans allowed with reservation. Reproduction allowed upon request.

Bibliography: Consiglio interbibliotecario toscano, Guida ai fondi speciali delle biblioteche toscane, edited by S. Di Majo, 2. ed., Firenze, DBA, 1996, p. 149.

Collegio degli Avvocati (Board of Lawyers) Collection

It consists of about 12,600 volumes received as a donation in 1940 by the Board of Lawyers, then called Fascist Lawyers and Attorneys Union for the circumscription of the Court of Florence (R. Decree 13 September 1940 No. 1507). The collection, which had already been granted on loan to the University of Florence at the time of the establishment of the Faculty of Law in 1924, represented the first nucleus of the library of jurisprudence.

In fair conservation conditions, presso il Dipartimento di teoria e storia del diritto. Catalogued on card record and book format (special catalogue). Consultation allowed with reservation. Reproduction allowed upon authorisation.

Commonly referred to as 'Fondo Antico', the collection has always maintained the order that it had at the College of Lawyers, as reflected in the catalogue published in 1890. The patrimony of the Law Library grew considerably in the second half of the nineteenth century, going from a collection of 2,749 volumes (1851-52) to 6,986 titles (1890), many in several volumes, to which another 3,064 were added (1898). Among these, there are manuscripts, incunabula and almost 1,000 books of the 16th century. Scrolling through the books that make up the collection, one can understand how this was constituted through a succession of donations of private libraries, born for the most part from the needs of professional practice. It was the stratification of legacies throughout the centuries that shifted the connotation of the collection, characterizing it at some point as historical.

Bibliography:

  • Catalogo della Biblioteca appartenente al Collegio degli avvocati di Firenze, Firenze, Le Monnier, 1851-1852.
  • Catalogo della Biblioteca del Collegio degli avvocati di Firenze, edited by G. Rocchi, Firenze, G. Carnesecchi e figli, 1890.
  • Catalogo della Biblioteca del Collegio degli avvocati di Firenze. Appendice, Firenze, G. Carnesecchi e figli, 1898.
  • Consiglio interbibliotecario toscano, Guida ai fondi speciali delle biblioteche toscane, edited by S. Di Majo, 2. ed., Firenze, DBA, 1996, pp. 148-149.

Entry in the Collections Register Fondo Collegio degli Avvocati

Corte d'Appello (Appeal Court) Collection

Acquired as a gift around 1960 from the Court of Appeal of Florence, it totals 264 titles (XVI-XX centuries) mostly belonging originally to the Florentine convents, suppressed in the Napoleonic age (Santissima Annunziata, Santa Maria Novella, Santo Spirito, All Saints, Badia, San Marco, Santa Trinita, San Paolino, Monte Oliveto, Certosa, San Francesco di Fiesole, Montesenario), including various editions of the statutes, as well as a collection of the decisions of the Florentine Rota (1814-1840) and discussions in the Deputy Chamber and in the Senate of the Kingdom of Italy (1861-1874).

In fair conservation conditions, presso il Dipartimento di teoria e storia del diritto. Catalogued on card records. Consultation allowed. Reproduction allowed with reservation.

Bibliography:

  • Consiglio interbibliotecario toscano, Guida ai fondi speciali delle biblioteche toscane, edited by S. Di Majo, 2. ed., Firenze, DBA, 1996, p. 148.
  • M. Rossi, Sulle tracce delle biblioteche: i cataloghi e gli inventari (1808-1819) della soppressione e del ripristino dei conventi in Toscana. Parte seconda, in 'Culture del testo e del documento', 2, 2000, pp. 109-145 (p. 138).

Gustavo Del Vecchio Collection

The collection was purchased by the library in 1972-1973, and consists of 85 volumes and 36 files (grouped together), mainly of economic, historical-economic and statistical subjects. Gustavo Del Vecchio (Lugo, 1883-Rome, 1972): lecturer at the universities of Trieste, Bologna and Rome. Lecturer and Rector (1934-1938) of the private university 'Luigi Bocconi' of Milan, Minister of the Treasury and, ad interim, of the Budget (1947-1948); governor of the International Monetary Fund (1948-1950).

In good conservation conditions. Catalogued on card records. Consultation allowed. Reproduction allowed.

Andrea Devoto Collection

Collection donated by the Devoto family (1995), consisting of 1,171 monographs and miscellanies of prisoners' literature and concentration camps.

In good conservation conditions. Catalogued in OPAC. Consultation allowed. Reproduction allowed.

Department of Economics Law Collection

Entry in the Collections Register Fondo Dipartimento di Diritto dell'economia

Mario Falchi Collection

Acquired in 1990. It is made up of 7 containers of volumes and magazines pending sorting.

In fair conservation conditions.

Bruno Francolini Collection

The collection was acquired by legacy  in 1969-70; it is composed of about 3,400 between monographs, pamphlets and pieces of magazines concerning North Africa and sociology.

In mediocre conservation conditions.

Carlo Francovich Collection

It includes monographs, some magazines and pamphlets on the Napoleonic age, secret societies and the Italian Risorgimento that belonged to Professor Carlo Francovich.

Paolo Frezza Collection

Received as a gift in 1996, the collection consists of about 900 monographs and 3,500 pamphlets, mainly about Roman law.

In good conservation conditions.

Carlo Furno Collection

This is the library of prof. Carlo Furno, purchased in 1996. It includes 2,000 volumes and 500 pamphlets, mostly of Italian and foreign (mostly German) civil procedural law, published up to the beginning of the 1970s. There are also works of civil and commercial law, philosophy of law and public law, and some magazines.

In good conservation conditions. Catalogued in OPAC. Consultation allowed. Loans allowed. Reproduction allowed.

Entry in the Collections Register Fondo Furno

Actuarial Cabinet Collection

Entry in the Collections Register Fondo Gabinetto attuariale

Jennifer Greenleaves Collection

Entry in the Collections Register Fondo Greenleaves

Piero Innocenti Collection

Entry in the Collections Register Fondo Innocenti

Former Institute of Comparative Law Collection

The collection was gathered through acquisition and donation starting from 1966 as the book collection of the Institute of Comparative Law. It comprises 5.000 items including volumes, brochures and journals of comparative law, foreign private, public law and law of procedure, published mainly between 1950 and 1995. 

In fair conservation conditions. Catalogued on card records (special catalogue). Consultation allowed. Loans allowed. Reproduction allowed.

Arturo Carlo Jemolo Collection

The collection was acquired in 1975, and it consists of 2,236 monographs and about 1,000 pamphlets collected in containers. the topics range from history, history of religions, ecclesiastical and canon law and history of relations between the State and the Church.

In fair conservation conditions. Consultation allowed. Reproduction allowed.

Alberto L'Abate Collection

Entry in the Collections Register Fondo L'Abate

Aldobrandino Malvezzi Collection

Collects the 'Oriental Library' (just over 1200 titles, of which about 200 miscellanies) of the Marquis Aldobrandino Malvezzi de' Medici (born 1881), professor of the Cesare Alfieri Institute, historian, scholar of politics and colonial law and great traveler.

In fair conservation conditions. Catalogued on card records. Consultation allowed.

The collection is of great value, beyond the value of the individual editions, because it collects literature on travel and on the history and culture of the countries of Eastern Europe, the Mediterranean basin, Africa and Asia, from the sixteenth to the early twentieth century. The 'Oriental Library' represents the last gem of the ancient Malvezzi library in Bologna, unfortunately dismembered and divided between the Senate Library, the Archiginnasio Library and the State Archives of Bologna.

Bibliography:
G. Finazzo, "La Collezione orientale di Aldobrandino Malvezzi", in Africa, 3, 1966, pp. 289-298.

Aldo Morante Collection

The fund was received as a gift in 1975 from the family of Aldo Morante. It consists of 189 volumes plus 8 files kept in a folder, on economy, business economics, law and history, published between 1879 and 1961.

Renzo Rastrelli Collection

Entry in the Collections Register Fondo Rastrelli

Alfredo Ricci Collection

The collection (54 volumes plus 33 files kept ina folder), a gift from Alfredo Ricci [1981], consists of works on business economics published between 1901 and 1975.

In good conservation conditions. Catalogued on card records. Consultation allowed. Reproduction allowed.

Rosselli Collection

The collection, donated by the Rosselli family in 1966, consists of 331 volumes published between 1803 and 1935, divided into four sections, dealing with topics of economics, history, literature, politics, sociology, law and demography. Some volumes of the original donation were lost during the 1966 flood.

In good conservation conditions. Catalogued on card records. Consultation allowed. Reproduction allowed.

Bibliography:
Consiglio interbibliotecario toscano, Guida ai fondi speciali delle biblioteche toscane, edited by S. Di Majo, 2nd ed., Firenze, DBA, 1996, p. 150.

Gabriele Salvioli Collection

A collection of about 2,000 volumes received as a gift in 1987. It mainly includes monographs of international law and constitutional law. It contains a small core of antique material.

In fair conservation conditions.

Former School of Social Services Collection

Entry in the Collections Register Fondo Ex-Scuola di servizio sociale

Traballesi Collection

A collection of about 1,500 volumes and magazines donated to the library by the Traballesi family in 1988. Valuable magazine collection.

In fair conservation conditions.

Giuseppe Valeri Collection

This is the library of prof. Giuseppe Valeri, acquired by legacy in 1959. Includes magazines, 2,440 Italian and foreign volumes published between 1850 and 1950 and 2,348 pamphlets published between 1900 and 1950.

In fair conservation conditions. Catalogued on card records. Consultation allowed. Loans allowed. Reproduction allowed.

Bibliography:
Consiglio interbibliotecario toscano, Guida ai fondi speciali delle biblioteche toscane, edited by S. Di Majo, 2. ed., Firenze, DBA, 1996, p. 151.

 
last update: 11-Dec-2018
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