Research libraries in Rome (1860-1930): the origins of an exceptional documentary collection

Journée d’étude
Period : Époque contemporaine

Rome and online

The 12/01/2023

Workshop as part of the celebrations for the 150th anniversary of the École française de Rome
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1st december 2023, Rome


Workshop Research libraries in Rome (1860-1930): the origins of an exceptional documentary collection, as part of the celebrations for the 150th anniversary of the École française de Rome

The workshop, co-organized by the École française de Rome and the British School in Rome, with the support of the Centre Gabriel Naudé (EA 7286, Enssib) considers the context of research libraries established in a foreign country, with a particular focus on their activitiesfrom the 1830s to the aftermath of World War I.

The history of the foreign "institutes" in Rome - institute is used here in the broadest sense - is the result of research opportunities (or lack of opportunities) and the availability of sources.

This history also reflects the place of research in history, art, and art history in the intellectual and cultural history of each of the countries represented. This workshop both considers these libraries as part of national networks and compares libraries within national networks, enabling us to address the question of the influence of the national network on the organization of the libraries' collections, as well as on what readers expect from these libraries.

Representatives of foreign libraries in Rome and abroad have been invited to discuss the history of their libraries, in conversation with Andrea De Pasquale (Ministero della Cultura), a specialist in Italian library history. 

How to partecipate?

The event will be held both in-person and online.



Part of the celebrations of 150th anniversary of the École française de Rome 


Org. Cécile Martini (responsable de la bibliothèque, École française de Rome) and Raphaële Mouren (Head of Research Collections, British School at Rome)

Theme 2: Creation, heritage, memory

Section: Early Modern and Modern Studies

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9.15 | Introduction

  • Abigail Brundin, director, British School at Rome
  • Brigitte Marin, director, École française de Rome


10.00 – 13.00 | Meeting the needs of a research community in Rome

Languages: Italian, English

Comparing experiences from libraries:

  • Pamela Anastasio, Academia Belgica
  • Beatriz Fernández, Escuela Española de Historia y Archeología
  • Thomas Fröhlich, Deutsches Archäologisches Institut
  • Sebastian Hierl, American Academy in Rome
  • Janet Mente, Koninklijk Nederlands Instituut te Rome


14.00 – 16.00 | National strategies for collections development abroad

Languages: English, French

Panel discussion on British and French networks:

  • Evi Charitoudi, British School at Athens
  • Vanessa Desclaux, Bibliothèque nationale de France
  • Cécile Martini, École française de Rome
  • Raphaële Mouren, British School at Rome

16.00 | General discussion

16.30 - 17.00 | Summary and closing remarks

  • Andrea De Pasquale, MiC - Ministero della cultura ; Direzione generale Educazione, ricerca e istituti culturali


Categories : EFR 150 ans Histoire La recherche Bibliothèque Presse
Published on 10/20/2023 - Last update on 11/30/2023