The Medici Archive Project is pleased to announce the dates for the upcoming 2018 Summer seminars in paleography and archival studies: Session I (4-9 June), Session II (25-30 June) and Session III (2-7 July). The principal aim of this seminar is to provide an introduction to Italian archives (with particular emphasis on Florentine archival collections); to examine in-depth various documentary typologies; to read diverse early modern scripts; and to learn how to plan research in Italian archives and libraries. Especially relevant for graduate students, university faculty, and museum curators working on Renaissance and early modern topics, this seminar is taught by a team of current and former MAP scholars, as well as university professors and other MAP-affiliated researchers. Participating students will be taught at the MAP headquarters at Palazzo Alberti in Via de’ Benci 10. The seminar week is composed of the following classes, each lasting between 1 ½ to 2 ½ hours.

In addition, there will be six reading/transcription sessions led by a member of MAP Staff (Arfaioli, Assonitis, Dall’Aglio, Paltrinieri, Somenzi) and visits to Florence and Venice Archives.

During Session III, students will also have the opportunity to participate to the workshop: “L’eredità medicea” (program TBD).

Course Instructors: Alessio Assonitis, Nicoletta Baldini, Sheila Barker, Stefano Dall’Aglio, Brendan Dooley, Pasquale Focarile, Francesca Funis, John Henderson, Tamar Herzig, Piergabriele Mancuso, Paola Molino, Roberta Piccinelli, Marcello Simonetta, Lisa Goldenberg Stoppato and Lorenzo Vigotti.

A working knowledge of Italian is required. No previous archival and paleographic experience is required.

Students will be encouraged to develop and augment their research with archival approaches, meet with instructors individually in order to strategize future archival research in Italy, network with scholars in their field, and gain access to archives and libraries resources pertinent to their research.

Prospective applicants should send to [email protected] :

1) a one-page CV
2) a brief statement explaining how this course will benefit one’s current research.
The email should also state in the heading the Session (I, II or III) one wishes to attend. This same email address should also be used for queries on administrative details, course tuition and general information.


Session I: 4 – 9 June 2018 / Deadline: 27 May 2018
Session II: 25 – 30 June 2018 / Deadline: 18 June 2018
Session III: 2 – 7 2018 / Deadline: 25 June 2018

For further details about the schedule click here.

For information regarding tuition and accommodation costs please contact [email protected]