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NYU Florence Library & Online Resources: Archival Research

Villa Ulivi Library info & NYU restricted and open access resources relevant to the academic program in Florence.

Databases & NYU LibGuides

General Archives in Florence & Tuscany

The archive contains all the documents produced and received by the Florentine administration from its establishment in 1781 to 1960.

Finding aids: ArchiFirenze and ArchiDis.

Intermediate/advanced level of Italian required for consultation.

The historical archive of the Ospedale degli Innocenti (Foundling Hospital) of Florence (1218-1951) and the archive of the Innocenti Institute (1951- ) preserves documents on child care and on the properties and commissioned artwork of the institute.

Intermediate/advanced level of Italian required for consultation.

Archival holdings of the European Union Institutions; private papers of key European politicians; archives of pro-European movements and other organisations; interviews of European politicians and officials (The Oral History Project).

Intermediate/advanced level of French recommended for consultation.

Includes films, documentaries, books and periodicals on Cinema, TV and video production; Film posters and Film music. Special focus on productions made in Tuscany.

Finding aid: Centro di Documentazione.

Elementary/Intermediate level of Italian required for consultation.

Collects over 8.000 autobiographical documents, mainly diaries, letters and memoirs. Also a Museum,  Piccolo museo del diario.

Finding aid: Archivio Diaristico Nazionale

Intermediate/advanced level of Italian required for consultation.

The library of the museum specializes in subjects such as raw materials for clothing, design, History of Fashion and Contemporary Textile Industry.

Elementary/Intermediate level of Italian required for consultation.

Documents the history of Florence from the Republic to the Medici and Lorena Dutchies to the Reign and then Republic of Italy.

Finding aid: State Archives of Florence

Intermediate/advanced level of Italian required for consultation.

Documents the history of the University of Florence and of its Departments. (The library archives are subdivided by departmental areas, Humanities, Social Sciences, etc.)

Finding aid: Chartae

Intermediate/advanced level of Italian required for consultation.

Collection of audiovisuals, books, periodicals, photographs, posters, flyers and pamphlets, focusing on Italian ethnomusicology, folklore and oral history.

Finding aid (Library only): Istituto Ernesto de Martino

Elementary/Intermediate level of Italian required for consultation.

WW2 and Resistance in Tuscany

Collection of clandestine newspapers and journals of partisan associations and private presses, photographs, testimonies, flyers and posters, documenting the Resistance movements to Nazi-fascism in Tuscany.

Finding aid: ToscanaNovecento

Intermediate/advanced level of Italian required for consultation.

Digital archive of documents, objects, images, voices, film footage, etc. pertaining to the city in wartime.

Oral history project: MemorySharing in Florence

Preserves the documents and testimonies of the deportation and popular resistance movements in Tuscany, with special focus on the communities in Prato that were deported to the Ebensee concentration camp in Austria.

Intermediate/advanced level of Italian required for consultation.

1968-69 Student movements and protests in Tuscany

Preserves posters, cyclostyles, drawings, photos, pamphlets, periodicals, etc., from the private collections of the main protagonists of the district committees in Florence emerging from the aftermath of the 1966 flood and up to 1976.

Intermediate/advanced level of Italian required for consultation.

The collection includes the documents of the Italian Communist Party in Tuscany from the ‘50s, of the Italian Women’s Union in Florence from the ‘40s, and of the Florentine Student Movements from the ‘70s.

Intermediate/advanced level of Italian required for consultation.

Papers, posters, photographs and ephemera of the student (and other) protest movements based in Pisa and environs during the ‘60s-’70s.

Finding aid: Archiui Cultura

Intermediate/advanced level of Italian required for consultation.

The center and archive collect documents of militants of the New Left movements and parties in Florence and Tuscany, including books on anarchic movements, party newspapers and magazines, pamphlets, flyers and cyclostyled leaflets.

Blog: Archivio il Sessantotto

Intermediate/advanced level of Italian required for consultation.

List of spots in Florence, including University departments and high schools, that were the main scenes of the 1968 protest movements. (Free geolocation app LAYAR, geolayer: 68.)

Elementary/Intermediate level of Italian required for consultation.

LGBTQ Florence

Emigration from/Immigration to Italy

Museum and archive of letters, diaries, memoirs, photos and audiovisual pertaining to the history of emigration from and immigration to Italy.

Online database: Dal Porto al Mondo and exhibit: Racconti Migranti

Elementary/Intermediate level of Italian required for consultation.

Collection of correspondences, postcards, photographs, magazines, newspapers, books and personal objects of 19th and 20th centuries emigrants from Lucca and environs.

Finding aid: Archivio

Online exhibit: Online Museum of Italian Emigration

Elementary/Intermediate level of Italian required for consultation.

Italy’s Colonial period

Founded in 1904, it represents the oldest institute in Italy devoted to Agricultural studies of Tropical and sub-Tropical areas tied to the geographical explorations during Italy’s Colonial period. It is now a body of the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation. The library includes a special collection of periodicals from Eritrea, Ethiopia, Somalia and Libya.  

Finding aid: Agenzia Italiana per la Cooperazione allo Sviluppo - Sede Firenze

Elementary/Intermediate level of Italian required for consultation.

Futurist Florence

Letters, manuscripts and photographs of the florentine writer Aldo Palazzeschi associated for some time with the Futurist movement.

Finding aid: Archivio Palazzeschi

Intermediate/advanced level of Italian required for consultation.

Correspondences, manuscripts, drawings and photographs of some of the most prominent members of the avant-garde movements in Florence at the beginning of the 20th century, like the writer Giovanni Papini and the painter Primo Conti.

Finding Aid: Fondazione Primo Conti

Intermediate/advanced level of Italian required for consultation.

Documents relating to the work of architect Giovanni Michelucci, like sketches, designs, graphic art, photographs, scale models, films, posters, etc.

Intermediate/advanced level of Italian required for consultation.

Approximately 500 Futurist works and 40 newspapers usually restricted in the public libraries and collections in Florence they are kept in.

Finding aid: Database research

Online exhibits: Women, Music, War

1966 Flood in Florence

Digital archive of photographs and other footage of the damage the 1966 flood made to the Biblioteca Nazionale.

Finding aid: Archivio fotografico

Elementary/Intermediate level of Italian required for consultation.

Online exhibit of the archival materials produced by the staff of the Innocenti Institute of Florence.

Online exhibit of a selection of works and artefacts from places - museums, collections, libraries, archives, places of worship - among the most affected by the tragic event.

Modern & Contemporary Art in Tuscany

The library of the Pecci Museum specializes in Modern and Contemporary Italian and international Art Movements, including in-house and external exhibition catalogs, journals, magazines and video. Their special collections consist of bequests and archives from major local and international actors in the art scene.

Finding aids: CID/Arti Visive (Books) CID/Arti Visive (Periodicals)

The museum focuses on Italian art of the first half of the 20th century and houses artwork by De Chirico, Severini, Morandi, Guttuso, among others. The Contemporary art scene in Florence is particularly represented by sections on 60s to 90s movements and avant-garde galleries and architecture studios.

Main venue for art exhibitions in Florence. Past exhibitions ranged from ancient art, Renaissance, Modern and Contemporary. Also hosts concerts, performance art, installations and theatre shows.

Residency of the ‘Villa Romana Prize’ for young German artists in Florence. It’s a contemporary art venue for international fellows and guest artists that organises various exhibitions and events.