Orsini, whose prominence in Italian history dates back to the twelfth
century, boast three popes, twenty-eight cardinals, and marriages
into several ruling houses of Europe. This international conference
celebrates the conclusion of a two-year project to catalog the Orsini
Family Papers in UCLA's Charles E. Young Research Library Department
of Special Collections. The Orsini collection at UCLA constitutes
a significant portion of the family’s private archive, with
documents dating from ca. 1300 to 1950.
The conference will bring together current scholarship on the the
Orsini family and encourage the use of this exceptionally rich store
of primary material. The sessions will focus on the family and its
milieu in the early modern period, addressing such questions as
the research potential of baronial archives, the family's political
strategies, their artistic patronage, and the role of Orsini women.
is hoped that this constellation of perspectives will yield a portrait
of the family, in context, as a formidable political, economic and
social entity, and also as a human one.
The UCLA Library gratefully acknowledges the support of
the Steinmetz Family Foundation, whose generous funding of the two-year
project to catalog the Orsini Family Papers at UCLA has made this
conference and exhibit possible.
by JANUARY 17, 2007 to
310 794.4408 or
FOR FURTHER CONFERENCE DETAILS
Guendalina Ajello Mahler
UCLA Special Collections