11597 - Archive Administration (1)

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  • Teacher Gianfranco Tortorelli

  • Credits 6

  • SSD M-STO/08

  • Teaching Mode Traditional lectures

  • Language Italian

Academic Year 2018/2019

Learning outcomes

The most significant peculiarities of Italian and European publiscing development will be handled. Starting from regional publisching houses reasons related to various diversities will be highilghted. The Italian situation is then compared with understanding difficulties and problems of neapolitan publishing. The second part of this course focouses on the assumption that students know the warious types of archives. Collecitons contained in antional archives and peculariries being in town and regional archives are taken into account. A particolar attention is paid to problem created by collectons conteined in libraires and fondations: tghis way theoretical and historical cancepts are confiormed through a field experience.

Course contents

The program is divided into two parts. The first part is devoted to the historical analysis of the birth of the archives to finally arrive at the birth of the discipline.

This part will address the reasons for the creation of the first archives in Roman times, emphasizing in particular the economic and legal arguments of these first collections.

The historic part will continue to take into account ecclesiastical archives and monastic collections, and finally the important reorganization of municipal archives. Particular attention will be given to the Napoleonic period, to the abolition of archives and to state centralization. The birth of archivist as discipline will be followed by the early attempts of the sixteenth century to arrive at the theoretical formulations of the eighteenth century with the affirmation of the Florentine and Milanese schools. The second part of the course is devoted to the student's knowledge of the various types of archives.

The collections contained in the state archives and the specifics of the municipal and regional archives are teken into account. Particular attention is given to problems reised by libraries and foundations in this way, historical theoretical notions are verified and field.

Readings/Bibliography

Attending students:

Elio Lodolini, Archivistica: principi e problemi, Milano, FrancoAngeli

(oppure se si trova ancora in commercio o in biblioteca Elio Lodolini, Storia dell’Archivistica italiana, Milano, FrancoAngeli)

Paola Carucci - Maria Guercio, Manuale di Archivistica, Roma, Carocci.

Substitute texts will also be recommended in the first lesson

No attending students:

Elio Lodolini, Archivistica: principi e problemi, Milano, FrancoAngeli

(oppure se si trova ancora in commercio o in biblioteca Elio Lodolini, Storia dell’Archivistica italiana, Milano, FrancoAngeli)

Paola Carucci - Maria Guercio, Manuale di Archivistica, Roma, Carocci.

Isabella Zanni Rosiello, Archivi, Archivisti, Storici, in Il potere degli archivi, a cura di Linda Giuva, Stefano Vitali, Isabella Zanni Rosiello, Milano, Bruno Mondadori (varie ed.), pp. 1-40.

Teaching methods

The prevailing teaching method consists of the frontal lesson, supplemented by visits and lessons within different archival realities

Assessment methods

The final exam will be an oral one, with questions aimed to verify the student's knowledge of the themes discussing during frontal lectures (only for attending students) as well as those treated in the program's texts.

Non-attending students will have to take an oral final exam about the themes treated in the program's texts.

The assessment will concentrate particularly on the skill displayed by the student in handling the sources and material in the exam bibliography and his ability to find and use information and examples to illustrate and correlate the various themes and problems addressed in the course.

The assessment will thus examine the student's:

- factual knowledge of the subject;
- ability to summarise and analyse themes and concepts;
- familiarity with the terminology associated with the subject and his ability to use it effectively.

Top marks will be awarded to a student displaying an overall understanding of the topics discussed during the lectures, combined with a critical approach to the material and a confident and effective use of the appropriate terminology.
Average marks will be awarded to a student who has memorized the main points of the material and is able to summarise them satisfactorily and provide an effective critical commentary, while failing to display a complete command of the appropriate terminology.
A student will be deemed to have failed the exam if he displays significant errors in his understanding and failure to grasp the overall outlines of the subject, together with a poor command of the appropriate terminology.

Teaching tools

Specific material will be provided.

Office hours

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