11597 - Archive Administration (1)

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Academic Year 2019/2020

Learning outcomes

At the end of the course the student knows the basics of general archival and archival organization in Italy; can apply the theoretical principles and the basic methodology necessary for the archivist in charge of presiding over the training, organization, conservation and dissemination of the documentary heritage. He knows how to use both archival and on-line archival techniques with precision and accuracy, necessary for the management of the documentation produced and collected in various and particular institutions, he knows how to apply the main methods and tools for researching information and archival material, knows how to apply the tools of historical analysis necessary for cataloging, valorisation, dissemination and conservation of the historical-cultural heritage.

Course contents

The course aims to provide the basic theoretical knowledge in the archives both in the training phase and in the ordering and conservation of historical archives, paying particular attention to their use for research purposes, and linking the principles of archival tradition to the new context determined by the evolution of use and communication technologies.

- Introduction to archiving, the concept of archive and the constraint
- History of archives and discipline
- The uniqueness, the role and the legal regime of the public and private archive
- The archive and its subdivisions: current, deposit and historical
- Document organization methods and classification
- The description of the archival units
- Description and consultation tools
- Standards, recommendations and guidelines
- Safeguarding of documentation
- The Code of cultural heritage and the national regulatory framework
- Organization and tasks of the archival administration in Italy
- Access and consultation
- National and regional projects, online archives
- The digitization of cultural heritage
- The municipal archive

- Special archives: religious, business, political, personal, gender, literary, scholastic, of associations, architects , etc.
- The hybrid and multitipological archive
- The archivist profession

- The digital transition of public administration


Attending students:

- P. CARUCCI - M. GUERCIO, Manuale di archivistica, Roma, Carocci, 2008;

- I. ZANNI ROSIELLO, Gli archivi tra passato e presente, Bologna, Il Mulino, 2005

- Lecture notes, articles and texts distributed in the classroom


No attending students:

in addition to what is indicated for attending students, a text chosen from:

- P. ANGELUCCI, Breve storia degli archivi e dell'archivistica, Perugia, Morlacchi, 2017 (fino a p. 124)

- F. VALACCHI, Diventare archivisti, Milano, Bibliografica, 2015

- M.P. DONATO, L'archivio del mondo, Bari-Roma, Laterza, 2019

- G. BONFIGLIO DOSIO (a cura di), Archivistica speciale, Padova, Cleup, 2011 (three chapters of your choice)



Teaching methods

Frontal lessons with the aim of providing an overall picture of the historical and theoretical foundations of the discipline. Educational visits are planned to the most representative archives of the city. Seminar work on the topics dealt with in the classroom may be envisaged.

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 made available.

Office hours

See the website of Dimitri Brunetti