Images for economic and social history

The Fondazione Istituto Internazionale di Storia Economica "F. Datini" (Prato, Italy) created an Image data bank with images for the economic and social history from the XIII to the XVIII centuries. The database contains primary iconographical sources also used as study and research aids on the history of economics and society, with particular regard to the preindustrial era. The web site interface is available in English, French and Italian.

"A group of images entered in the data bank is the fruit of a research carried out by the Institute in the World Wide Web, with particular attention to the internet websites of libraries and museums. The service links to the web page where the images are visible and indicates the URL of the web site where they have been found, and also the address of the rights holder Insitution (included the e-mail, if available)." The Datini center collaborates also with a number of other italian libraries, like the Biblioteca Casanatense - Roma, Biblioteca Comunale "Forteguerriana" - Pistoia, Biblioteca Comunale "Lazzerini" - Prato, Biblioteca Riccardiana - Firenze, Fondazione Biblioteca Pubblica Arcivescovile "A. De Leo" - Brindisi, Gabinetto Vieusseux - Firenze and the Istituzione Biblioteca Malatestiana - Cesena, in cataloguing and giving access in the Data-Bank to social and economic images available in manuscripts and books printed between the 13th and the 19th centuries.
"Each of these images, visible in low definition through the data bank, is annotated with all the information on the procedures and conditions for obtaining a copy in high-definition as well as for its possible use. A special form can be used to locate the images in which you are interested, according to the economic and social aspects they depict. It is also possible to consult the complete list of the images contained in the individual volumes on which the operations of acquisition and cataloguing have been carried out. For each of these, the service makes available a bibliographical record, produced by the library by which it is held."

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Monday, 8 August 2011 - 2:21pm
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