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HMML Global Operations: Italy

Italy


  • Region

    Europe
  • Country

    Italy
  • Cities

    Florence, Rome, Subiaco, Cava de' Tirreni, Novacella
  • Repositories

    Archivio di Stato di Firenze (Florence), Collegio Armeno (Rome), Santa Scolastica (Subiaco), Abbey of La Santissima Trinità (Cava de’ Tirreni), Chiesa di San Biagio della Pagnotta (Rome), Discalced Carmelites (Rome), and Neustift Augustiner-Chorherren-Bibliothek (Abbey of Novacella)
  • Languages

    Latin, German, Italian, Armenian, Greek, French, Arabic, Hebrew, Spanish, and others
  • Project Dates

    1964–1965, 1973, 2019, 2022–present

HMML’s short history of microfilming projects in Italy preceded the initial work in Austria led by Father Oliver Kapsner, OSB. The Benedictine monastery of Santa Scolastica in Subiaco proved to be the largest project, with its collection of 308 manuscripts. Smaller partial projects were also completed in two other communities, the Augustinian Abbey of Novacella (Kloster Neustift), possessing a collection of 88 Latin manuscripts dating from the 12th to the 17th centuries, and the Abbey of La Santissima Trinità in Cava de’ Tirreni, whose manuscripts date back to the 9th century.

HMML began a new phase of work in Italy in 2019 with the digitization of 250 Armenian manuscripts at the Collegio Armeno, Rome. HMML's collaboration with the Zaydi Manuscript Tradition Project at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, New Jersey, has led to the addition of dozens of Zaydi-tradition Islamic manuscripts from several Italian repositories to vHMML Reading Room.

In 2022, HMML began two projects: Florence/Venice Archives of the Order of Malta and the Archives of the Discalced Carmelites, Rome. The first project focuses on three of the original priories of the Langue of Italy: Pisa, Lombardy, and Venice. These records now exist in the State Archives of Florence and in part in the Archives of the Grand Priory of Lombardy and Venice. The Archives of the Discalced Carmelites, Rome (Phase One) project contain reports from Carmelites in Palestine, Lebanon, Syria, Mesopotamia, Goa and elsewhere and describes the missions and local conditions in these places just as Europeans were beginning to arrive for trade purposes.


San Giovannino dei Cavalieri fonds - Archivio di Stato di Firenze
San Giovannino dei Cavalieri fonds - Archivio di Stato di Firenze
Page from a history of the Aleppo mission of the Discalced Carmelites, by <a href='https://haf.vhmml.org/person/632765168043'>Biagio, della Purificazione</a> (<a href='https://www.vhmml.org/readingRoom/view/625207'>AGOCD 00244 001</a>)
Page from a history of the Aleppo mission of the Discalced Carmelites, by Biagio, della Purificazione (AGOCD 00244 001)
Archivio di Stato di Firenze. Photograph by Dr. Daniel K. Gullo
Archivio di Stato di Firenze. Photograph by Dr. Daniel K. Gullo
Armenian manuscript at the Collegio Armeno, Rome. Photograph by Dr. Melissa Moreton
Armenian manuscript at the Collegio Armeno, Rome. Photograph by Dr. Melissa Moreton
Subiaco. Photograph by Dr. Matthew Z. Heintzelman
Subiaco. Photograph by Dr. Matthew Z. Heintzelman
10th-century Passionale from Santa Scolastica, Subiaco (<a href='https://w3id.org/vhmml/readingRoom/view/114793'>SEP SUBIACO 00163A</a>)
10th-century Passionale from Santa Scolastica, Subiaco (SEP SUBIACO 00163A)
14th-c. Prayer book in Latin, Abbey of Novacella (<a href='https://w3id.org/vhmml/readingRoom/view/55948'>29635</a>)
14th-c. Prayer book in Latin, Abbey of Novacella (29635)
The Codex Cavensis, a 9th-century Latin Bible (<a href='https://w3id.org/vhmml/readingRoom/view/114557'>SEP CAVA 1</a>)
The Codex Cavensis, a 9th-century Latin Bible (SEP CAVA 1)

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