Contents and Arrangement

Rome, 1781

1 box

Collection Overview

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.

Collection History


AM 7723

Archival Appraisal Information:

No appraisal information is available.

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.

Credit this material:

Rome; Ernest Cushing Richardson Collection of Medieval and Renaissance Documents, C0787, Manuscripts Division, Department of Special Collections, Princeton University Library

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