Guide to the Research Collections

- SECTION -- III -- THE SOCIAL SCIENCES
- PART TWO
- 49 -- HISTORY OF WESTERN EUROPE
- HISTORY OF THE MEDITERRANEAN AND IBERIAN PENINSULAS
- Italy
- Public Documents

Public Documents

The important collection of public documents relating to Italian political affairs includes the Atti of the Italian Parliament (complete from 1848 to 1941), continued by the publications of the Camera dei Deputati. The Gazzetta is complete from its foundation in 1861 to the present.

Public documents of Italian provinces and former kingdoms are also held in strength. Among other files are the Annali civili (1833-60) of the Kingdom of the Two Sicilies, the Gazzetta piemontese of Sardinia from 1845 to 1860, and the Gazzetta di Venezia from 1848 to 1920. Gazettes are received from the regions of Sicily, Trentino-Alto Adige, and the Republic of San Marino. Most of the provinces are represented by the files of the Atti of the Consigli Provinciali.27 Most of the series begin in the 1860s and are substantially complete through the first decade of this century. Files are continued by the Consigli Provinciali dell' Economia of many of the regions.

The important law holdings include the national Raccolta ufficiale delle leggi e dei decreti from its beginning in 1861 to 1951. There are also the laws of the Papal States, Sardinia, the Kingdom of the Two Sicilies, and Venice, with such reprints as the Cisalpine Republic's Raccolta de' bandi, notificazioni, editti. Statutes for the Republic of Italy are also well represented.

The holdings of municipal documents are particularly strong for the earlier periods, with volumes of municipal ordinances from the sixteenth through the eighteenth centuries, and long files of Atti of the various Consigli Communali. For various Italian cities are the files of the Bollettino municipale mensile, which contain statistical information pertinent to municipal affairs, as well as illustrated sections with articles on art, archaeology, local history, and biography. The collection on municipal finance is also good; there are files of the Bilancio and the Conto consuntivo of the important cities.

The Economic and Public Affairs Division acquires all Italian government documents that come to its attention through the standard bibliographies.