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The Archive is part of the Sistema Documentario Integrato dell'Area Fiorentina (SDIAF) - Integrated Documentary System of the Florentine Area

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The Accademia della Crusca has for centuries housed the most important archive for the history of the Italian language and the sole record of the activities of the Institute from its foundation in 1583. Its uniqueness lies in the typology of the documents preserved. Apart from the documents relating to the compilation of the five editions of the A young Severina ParodiVocabolario (1612, 1623, 1691, 1729-1738, 1863-1923) the Archive contains: diaries, minutes, academic lectures and administrative papers, material from literary competitions, collections of correspondence, language texts, donations of linguistic analyses, studies and dictionaries of non-members of the Accademia. Finally there is a collection of 147 hand-written works, most probably originating from the 13th to the 19th century, that are deposited in the Library of the Accademia. This collection’s catalogue, compiled by Severina Parodi, can be browsed electronically at the Accademia.

Frontpage of the volume Le Leggi dell'Accademia della Crusca Riformate l'anno 1589  (Historical Archive)Thanks to the work of Severina Parodi, who unfortunately did not live to see its accomplishment, and to a donation made by the Ente Cassa di Risparmio di Firenze, the Archive was moved in July 2003 into two new rooms in the Accademia, ideally suited to the conservation of these important documents. The Archive still lacked a modern inventory, although there was a catalogue, prepared by Severina Parodi with the help of the ISIS database for the 16th and 17th centuries. For this reason, after the definitive systemization of the Archive, and with the help of a software program called ArcheoTheke di Crusca, an electronic Guide was prepared with the cooperation of the SAT (Sovrintendenza Archivistica per la Toscana), which monitors the Archive with the help of Emilio Capannelli. At the same time the cataloguing of the older materials has been started including an analysis of the preliminary papers for the fist edition of the Vocabolario, and other documents relating to later editions, and the activities of the Accademia until 1783.

The Archive of the Accademia della Crusca is divided into two sections:

• the Historical Archive entitled "to Severina Parodi” that contains the Accademia's oldest documents

• the Modern Archive, containing valuable aggregated linguistic and philological collections of the 20th century.

All the archivistic data elaborated until now can be accessed through the Archivio Digitale (Digital Archive - in Italian).

Frontpage of the Giornale dell’Arciconsolato dell’Incruscato comenciato a dì 4 Settembre 1589 (copy made in the 18th century; Historical Archive) Letter written by Giacomo Leopardi, dated 3rd October, 1828, which accompanied the poet's Operette Morali to the Literary Contest of the Accademia (Historical Archive)

Part of the archive containing the papers of the series of the Vocabolario, diaries and minutes, statutes and administrative papers, academic catalogues (Historical Archive)

An Introduction to the Archive
Rules for Users of the Archive
History of the Archive
The Archive's Holdings
Historical Archive «Severina Parodi»
The Modern Archive
Archive Notices
Archive Projects
Archive Events (in Italian)

A collection of files of the «Vocabolario» series, fifth edition (Historical Archive)

Some letters from the 20th century from several Collections of the Modern Archive

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