32447 - Interpretation of the Documentation

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Academic Year 2018/2019

Learning outcomes

The course aims to provide methodological and professional knowledge appropriate to cultural processes, to operate in full awareness of the nature of archival, book and documentary assets. At the end of the course the student acquires skills in the processes of conservation and transmission of documentation; knows how to critically use the main methods and tools for critical knowledge of the archive document.

Course contents

The Course includes the analysis of both the criteria and the methodologies of sorting and rearrangement and the technical applications of the descriptive and illustrative elements for the purpose of a correct use of the documentation.

The course provides basic elements for the implementation of inventory procedures and for the organization, description and indexing of archival documentation.


1. Romiti Antonio, Archivistica tecnica. Primi elementi, Torre del Lago, Civita editoriale, 2008.

2. Giambastiani Laura, La selezione in archivistica, Torre del Lago, Civita editoriale, 2012.

Inventari archivistici che verranno consegnati dal docente:

* Martorano Annantonia, L'archivio di Galileo Chini, Introduzione - Inventario, Lucca, ISL, 2014

* Gonnelli Elena, L’Archivio di Gianfranco Bartolini. Riordino e inventario, Firenze, Edizioni dell’Assemblea – Consiglio Regione Toscana, 2018

Teaching methods

Frontal lessons; visits to archives, documentation centers and deputy bodies.

Teaching also takes place in 'blended learning' mode. Progressively on the lessons in the classroom the consolidation and in-depth material will appear at the e-learning address. Access to the e-learning page is possible with the institutional credentials and a password that will be provided in the teacher's lecture or which can be requested from the teacher by e-mail.

Assessment methods

A first verification step, not mandatory, consists in carrying out the exercises loaded on the e-learning platform for an ongoing evaluation of learning.

The exam consists of an oral interview to evaluate the knowledge of the topics discussed during the lessons and of the recommended bibliography, and the critical and methodological skills acquired by the student.

They will evaluate:

- The mastery of the contents

- The ability to synthesise and analyze themes and concepts

- The ability to know how to express properly and with appropriate language to the subject matter.

We warn that gaps in training and / or inappropriate language will lead to votes that will not exceed sufficiency. Formal gaps, inappropriate language, lack of orientation in the bibliographic materials offered during the course will be negatively evaluated.

Teaching tools

Exemplary and in-depth Power Points; educational visits to archives, documentation centers and institutions for digital preservation.

Office hours

See the website of Elena Gonnelli