Aresty Research Assistant
Archivio Digitale Boncompagni Ludovisi
Project Summary
The Archivio Digitale Boncompagni Ludovisi is an ongoing (since 2010) initiative to highlight new discoveries regarding the social, cultural, intellectual and political history of the papal Boncompagni, Ludovisi, and Boncompagni Ludovisi families from the tenth century CE to the present. This is the family of Popes Gregory XIII (1572-1585, who introduced the Gregorian Calendar) and Gregory XV (1621-1623, who canonized the first Jesuit saints), as well many other notable figures in the Church, in the arts and sciences, and in politics.

The object is to bring together unpublished documentary sources and objects from the collection of HSH Princess Rita Boncompagni Ludovisi in Rome, and add to the analytic mix an entirely fresh and invaluable perspective—the family’s unusually rich and well-informed oral history.

The project received a generous grant of University Strategic Funds from the New Brunswick Chancellor's Office to scan the 125,000+ documents in the family's archive in Rome. That work started in February 2016 and has been completed; in 2019 an agreement was signed with Google Arts & Culture to showcase the highlights from this archive.

The ultimate aim of this collaboration is to disseminate in the electronic medium the greatest portion possible of this rich new archival material to students and scholars for study and publication. It is hoped that making this large and important collection available for scholarly use in what is essentially an “open source” format will serve as a pioneering example for other family archives in Italy and elsewhere.

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