The course aims to provide basic theoretical knowledge on archives in the phase of their formation, as well as on the treatment of historical archives, linking the principles of the archival tradition to the new context determined by the evolution of information and communication technologies. It also offers an opportunity to reflect on the archive as a place of preservation of documents with legal-probative value and as a place of preservation of sources for history. One of the objectives is also to raise awareness of the historical development of the use and reuse of archives between the Middle Ages and the contemporary age.
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Mutuazione: 20704014 ARCHIVISTICA in Storia e società LM-84 PITTELLA RAFFAELE ANTONIO COSIMO


The course examines the following topics:
- the concept of the archive and the archival document;
- the archival bond and the relationship between creator and archive;
- archives and other cultural heritage complexes: similarities and differences;
- phases of archive life: current records, semi-current records, historical archives. Characteristics and management tools.
- The public archives of the State in Italy;
- records appraisal for preservation and disposal;
- elements of the history of the archives and of archival science;
- elements of archival legislation.

Core Documentation

- Federico Valacchi, Diventare archivisti. Competenze tecniche di un mestiere sul confine, Milano, Editrice Bibliografica, 2022.
- Paola Carucci, Maria Guercio, Manuale di archivistica, Nuova edizione, Roma, Carocci, 2021, limitatamente ai capitoli 1, 2, 6, 7, 8, 12, 13
- Stefano Vitali, Le convergenze parallele. Archivi e biblioteche negli istituti culturali, in “Rassegna degli Archivi di Stato”, LIX, 1999, pp. 36-60

I non frequentati studieranno inoltre:
- Arnaldo D'Addario, Lineamenti di storia dell'archivistica (secc. XVI-XIX), in "Archivio storico italiano", 1990, pp. 3-35.


Attending lessons is recommended.

Type of evaluation

At the end of the course the student will have the skills necessary to orientate himself in the fields of archival science, and will understand the general lines of the methods of production, management, conservation, enhancement and fruition of archives.