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- Princeton University. Library. Special Collections and Richardson, Ernest Cushing, 1860-1939
- Ernest Cushing Richardson Collection of Medieval and Renaissance Documents
- Manuscripts Division
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- 12 boxes and 23 items
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- Firestone Library (mss): Box 1-12
- Italian English
The Ernest Cushing Richardson Collection of Medieval and Renaissance Documents consists of medieval and renaissance documents and manuscripts collected by Ernest Cushing Richardson, an American librarian and author. Of principal interest are some 350 documents (deeds, bonds, contracts, investitures, wills, and other legal documents), chiefly dating from 1380 to 1550 and written in Milan, Alessandria, Brescia, Cremona, Lodi, and other northern Italian cities.
Collection Description & Creator Information
Consists of medieval and renaissance documents and manuscripts collected by Richardson. Of principal interest are some 350 documents (deeds, bonds, contracts, investitures, wills, and other legal documents), chiefly dating from 1380 to 1550 and written in Milan, Alessandria, Brescia, Cremona, Lodi, and other northern Italian cities. Included are a series of documents pertaining to the monastery of San Pietro di Civate (near Como) and to other religious houses. Each notarial document come with a 19th-century description in Italian.
There are also approximately 150 other documents. Including a selection of papal bulls, and documents from Rome, the Austro-Hungarian Empire, England, Ireland, and the United States, chiefly dating from the 17th-19th centuries. The collection also contains a numbered series of 25 bound manuscripts (chiefly canon law treatises and collections of documents pertaining to the history of the Roman Catholic church), copied by Italian scribes in the 17th-18th centuries.
This is an unprocessed collection and remains in its original arrangement.
- Collection Creator Biography:
Richardson, Ernest Cushing, 1860-1939
Ernest Cushing Richardson (1860-1939) was an American librarian, theologian and scholar who made significant contributions to the field of American librarianship. He was the University Librarian for Princeton University from 1890 to 1925, and during his tenure invented a new cataloging system that was specific to the Princeton library, often called the "Princeton system" or the "Richardson system". In 1925, Richardson became consultant to the Library of Congress. He died in Switzerland in 1939.
Several of the manuscripts are from the library of Antonio Xaverio Cardinal Gentili (1680-1753), Bishop of Palestrina from 1747 to 1753, bearing his oval stamp generally in the lower corner of the first page (see S.C. Cockerell, THE BOOK HANDBOOK , vol. 1, p. 325). The Gentili library was ingerited by the Principe del Drago and the Marchese Campana and was eventually sold by Sotheby's (London) on 20 June 1860. Other Gentili manuscripts were purchased separately by Richardson for the Princeton Library and are found in General Manuscripts Bound (C0199).
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No appraisal information is available.
- Processing Information:
This is an unprocessed collection. The contents list provided is a preliminary inventory.
Access & Use
- Access Restrictions:
Collection is open for research use.
- Conditions for Reproduction and Use:
Single photocopies may be made for research purposes. No further photoduplication of copies of material in the collection can be made when Princeton University Library does not own the original. Inquiries regarding publishing material from the collection should be directed to RBSC Public Services staff through the Ask Us! form. The library has no information on the status of literary rights in the collection and researchers are responsible for determining any questions of copyright.
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Ernest Cushing Richardson Collection of Medieval and Renaissance Documents; Manuscripts Division, Department of Special Collections, Princeton University Library
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- Firestone LibraryOne Washington RoadPrinceton, NJ 08544, USA(609) 258-3184