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Spinelli Archive

Call Number: GEN MSS 109
Scope and Contents
Spinelli Archives. Over 100,000 documents dating from the fourteenth century to the eighteenth, from the palace archive of a Florentine family distinguished for their international banking and mercantile interests in the fifteenth century, their political activities in the city for several centuries, their patronage of religious institutions in Florence and Rome, and their association with the local silk guild. Included are the records of family members who served as papal bankers in the fifteenth century, ambassadors to the courts of Henry VIII and Charles V, churchmen, senators, and ducal employees. The collection documents social and family history, recording the day-to-day concerns of merchants, farmers, workmen, slaves, women, and children in thousands of wills, marriage contracts, personal diaries, family correspondence, grocery lists, household inventories, farm reports, tax statements, and business ledgers. In addition to the papers of the Spinelli family members, the Spinelli Archive also includes extensive documentation on the Baldocci, Guardi, Buonguglielmi and many other Florentine families.

For the purposes of cataloging and description, the Spinelli Archives has been divided into the following groups:

The Spinelli Family Papers I

The Spinelli Family Papers II & III

The Baldocci Family Papers

The Guardi Family Papers

The Buonguglielmi Family Papers I

The Buonguglielmi Family Papers II

Miscellaneous Material

Parchments Oversize


Miscellaneous Material contains small groups of papers from related families, empty wrappers (the contents of which are assumed not to be present in the archive), and various other papers.

Parchments includes selected parchments from various parts of the archive, housed separately for preservation and descriptive purposes.

Addendum includes a small number of items acquired after the bulk of the archive had been received by the library and processing had commenced.

Oversize contains oversize materials from the archive, including numerous original wrappers, the contents of which are housed in the family groups.
Language of Materials
Conditions Governing Access
The materials are open for research.

A limited number of items from the archive as a whole have been withheld and await conservation treatment and may not be available for use. These are referenced in the archive finding aids. For further information, consult the appropriate curator.
Conditions Governing Use
The Spinelli Family Archive: Spinelli Family Papers I are the physical property of the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Yale University. Literary rights, including copyright, belong to the authors or their legal heirs and assigns. For further information, consult the appropriate curator.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Purchase, 1988.
14th - 19th century
300 Linear Feet ((697 boxes) + 1 broadside)
Language of Materials