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Laura Linard on Medici and Barberini family records
Perhaps one of the most outstanding collections that we have in Historical Collections are the Italian collections. We have two collections: the Medici records, which are not the banking family, the more well known banking family, but the part of the family that was devoted to the manufacture of wool, which actually accounted for, and was one of the most prominent businesses in Florence. The records go from 1400 to 1600, and are an incredible record, in terms of business and enterprise in Italy during that time period, and are among the most rare materials that we have.
Supplementing that collection, an equally important collection, are the papers of the Barberini family. The Barberinis were involved with real estate and business enterprise in Rome, and they—the records run from 1720 to the 1800s. And again, very important in terms of Italian business and industry, and a real jewel within the collection.