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Field Project -The City of San Gemini Historic Archives & Dioceses of Narni Historic Archives Document Restoration


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Part of the work done by students in the paper restoration workshop involves material from the historic archives of the city of San Gemini and from the historic archives of the Diocese of the city of Narni. Besides educating students on the methods of paper restoration, part of the goal of the course is to help restore and preserve historic documents in these two archives.

Most of the material we work on from these archives is manuscripts in single sheets, or small pamphlets. Work of this type matches the time-frame and scope of work that can be done in our month long workshop. This work is very useful to the archives because it often is difficult to fund and organize intervention on small quantities of loose-leaf documents. All restoration work is done  by the students and faculty of the  program and is authorized and supervised by the Soprintendenza per i Beni Archivistici del Umbria.

The material from the San Gemini Historic Archives consisted of single-sheet manuscripts, correspondence accounting and miscellaneous city records, from the 16th, 17th, and 18th centuries. The material from the Narni Diocese Historic Archive are manuscript report from various parishes and church institutions, including pastoral visits done by the bishop to parishes, inventories of church properties, accounting  records and miscellaneous inspections reports. The documents are usually librettos of several sheets stitched together. They often have serious damage from water, insects, mice and acidic inks. In our program, the material was disassembled (taking great care not to lose any additional material), cleaned and treated.

Treatment usually involves various forms of cleaning (usually dry), de-acidification, lining weak papers with tissue to consolidate them, patching missing portions of paper and reassembly with new string and making acid free folders to hold each document. In letters, the tears caused by the breaking of the seals are not repaired because the damage was the result of the intended use of the document.

Sponsors and Collaborations

San Gemini Preservation Studies
Valorizzazione del Patrimonio Storico San Gemini
Comune di San Gemini
Diocesi di Terni, Narni e Amelia
Bilioteca ed Archivio Storico Comunale di San Gemini
Sovrintendenza Archivistica dell’Umbria

Instructors / supervisors:

Prof. Konstantinos Choulis
TA Viviana Nicoletti
TA Andreas Fatouros

Restoration work done in 2013:

Archivio Storico
Diocesano di Narni
Document referenceSheetsStudent Restorer
Doc. 1 Scheda/DataDoc. 1. Inventario Beni confraternita S. Sebastiano,
Chiesa San Valentino di Calvi, 1729
carte 1- 4Cobb, Emma (c. 1-4)
Huisman, Clara (c. 2-3)
Doc. 2 Scheda/DataDoc. 2. Inventario Beni mobili e immobili,
Compagnia del SS. Sacramento,
Chiesa S. Maria di Calvi, 1728
carte 1- 12Braine, Harriet (c. 1-12)
Gilmore, Catherine (c. 6-7)
Gloster Heather (c. 2-11)
Janover Grace (c. 3-10)
Nessl Keenan (c. 4-9)
Sherman Phoebe (c. 5-8)
Doc. 3 Scheda/DataDoc. 3. Compagnia del Gonfalone,
Chiesa S. Antonio di Calvi, 1728
carte 1- 8Lee, Julie (c. 1-8)
Meunier, Elisabeth (c. 3-6),
Settlemeyer Danielle (c. 2-7)
Tucker Emma (c. 4-5)
Doc. 4 Scheda/DataDoc. 4. Ss. Filippo e Giacomo (Narni), 1728carte 1- 4Salvaggio, Lorenza (c. 2-3)
Sherman, Phoebe (c. 1-4)
Doc. 5 Scheda/DataDoc. 5. Compagnia di S. Antonio Abate di Otricoli,
carte 1- 2Janover, Grace
Doc. 6 Scheda/DataDoc. 6. Monastero S. Caterina di San Gemini, 1728 carte 1- 34Braine, Harriet (c. 2-33)
Burger, Jennifer (c. 12-21)
Cobb Emma (c. 3-32)
Copley Shannon (c. 7-28)
Flores Marcus (c. 11-22)
Gilmore Catherine (c. 1-34)
Gloster Heather (c. 14-19)
Huisman Clara (c. 16-17)
Kinney Shiley (c. 5-30)
Laurino Alaggio (c. 4-31)
Lee Julie (c. 13-20)
Mansurova Valentina (c. 8-25)
Meunier Elisabeth (c. 26-27)
Nessl Kennan (c. 10-23)
Settlemeyer Danielle (c. 9-24)
Smirnova Daria (c. 15-18)
Tucker Emma (c. 6-29)
Archivio Storico
Comune di San Gemini
Doc. 1 Scheda/DataBusta 56/58, 57, Fasc.1, Doc. 14 (2 bifogli)Mansurova Valentina (c. 1-4)
Meunier, Elisabeth (c. 2-3)
Doc. 2 Scheda/DataBusta 56/58, Doc. 2 6 (3 bifogli)Laurino, Alaggio
Doc. 3 Scheda/DataBusta 56/58, Doc. 34 (2 bifogli)Sherman, Phoebe (c. 1-4)
Kinney, Shiley (c. 2-3)
Doc. 4 Scheda/DataBusta 56/58, Doc. 42 (1 bifoglio)Flores, Marcus
Doc. 5 Scheda/DataBusta 56/58, Doc. 51 (1 carta)Smirnova, Daria
Doc. 6 Scheda/DataBusta 56/58, Doc. 62 (1 bifoglio) Tucker, Emma
Doc. 7 Scheda/DataBusta 56/58, Doc. 72 (1 bifoglio)Gilmore, Catherine
Doc. 8 Scheda/DataBusta 56/58, Doc. 8.1 (1 carta)Burger, Jennifer
Doc. 9 Scheda/DataBusta 56/58, Doc. 91 (1 carta) Salvaggio, Lorenza
Doc. 10 Scheda/DataBusta 56/58, Doc. 102 (1 bifoglio)Nessl, Keenan
Doc. 11 Scheda/DataBusta 56/58, Doc. 111 (1 carta)Settlemeyer, Danielle
Doc. 12 Scheda/DataBusta 56/58, Doc. 121 (1 carta) Kinney, Shiley
Doc. 13 Scheda/DataBusta 56/58, Doc. 132 (1 bifoglio) Gloster Heather
Doc. 14 Scheda/DataBusta 56/58, Doc. 142 (1 bifoglio) Copley Shannon

Gallery: Restoration Workshop for the San Gemini Historic Archives

Gallery: Restoration Workshop the Historic Archives of the Narni

Gallery : Workshop & Field trip to Fabriano



San Gemini Preservation Studies
International Institute for Restoration and Preservation Studies

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