State Archive of Mantua
Roberto Ardig̣ street 9-11 - Mantova - tel. 0376 324441, fax 0376 222554
Entry Ardig̣ street opened: monday-tuesday-wednesday: 08,30-17,45
thursday - friday - saturday : 08,30-13,45
The State Archive of Mantua is in the ex Jesuit convent, a building that includes Gambulini Tower and the Church of S.S. Trinità now the main deposit.
In the old convent’s rooms there are more than 27 km of shelves that contain the documentary patrimony of Mantua and of its territory. Some rooms have even nineteenth-century shelves that do very well their job even though they are two hundred-year old.
The State Archive was created in 1868 but there are documents of the eleventh century when the Canossa family ruled in Mantua, of the period of the Comuni, of the Bonacolsi and Gonzaga families, of the Napoleonic period, of the Austrian domination and of the Italian Monarchy until the Republican days (current period).
In the modern building, developed in the ex church of S.S. Trinità, the most important documents are preserved with sophisticated systems that control air and humidity and with strict security measures.
There are a lot of well catalogued and aligned binders and envelopes that contain the documents of Gonzaga’s archives (1328÷1707), one of the most complete archive of one of the families who ruled in Europe. It is a precious documentation about history, politics, economics, administration, and art of Mantua. This property counts more than one hundred thousand pieces of paper (envelopes, general records, volumes and files), more than six thousand parchments and around fourteen thousand maps and drafts, not mention seals, coins and prints. Moreover, it has a library with more than fourteen thousand items: volumes, pamphlets, reviews, audiovisuals, and compact-discs. It has also a reading room where it is possible to have a look to the texts.
The State Archive of Mantua works together with the Soprintendenza Artistica per la Lombardia that is the competent authority on non-governmental archives and whose job is to protect, preserve and administer important and historical private archives.
Mantua is one of the seventeen national centres that promote acknowledged learning activities. In fact, after a two-year course a certificate of Archivist, Palaeography and Diplomatics is issued.
Thanks to donations and deposits the State Archive includes archives of families and individuals such as: Gonzaga of Castiglione delle Stiviere, Castiglioni of Mantua and Cavriani.
The works to conform the building according to the law and to extend the areas open to the public are almost finished. As many other archives, the one in Mantua is gradually opening to the information technology; in fact, thanks to a project presented by the association Mantovani nel Mondo, financed by the Regione Lombardia, now 'Liste di Leva' (register military of years 1847-1900) of years 1870-1890 (43 out of 70 Comuni) are on-line.
|The photos, represent other important ancient documents, they have been gone off during the resumptions of the program ''Sportello Italia'' of Rai international (2005) and of Rete21 Brazill (2004) for two transmissions devoted to the family searches effected by the association Mantovani in the World whose responsible it is the author of this site web|
Letter Informative dated 2-9-2000
list of the Archive of State Italian it is available to the following URL:
The texts are freely drawn by the brochure
distributed on the occasion of the " DomenicArchivio" 1999