The Medici Archive Project is a non-profit organization fully recognized by the governments of both the United States and Italy. It was founded in 1995 in order to bring the unique resources of the Medici Granducal Archive into the mainstream of current scholarship and teaching. The Documentary Sources database offers an unprecedented level of access to the information content of this archive. Meanwhile, MAP is helping form the next generation of archival scholars through its Fellowship Program and collaborative initiatives with various universities and research institutions.
The Medici Archive ProjectÂ’s database is titled Documentary Sources for the Arts and Humanities in Medici Granducal Archive, 1537-1743. When complete all 6,429 volumes of letters will be described at the volume level with selective description at the document level.
At present (Spring, 2006), the Documentary Sources database describes approximately 200 volumes, and 10,000 documents. It also contains biographical records for 11,000 people. Onsite in the Archivio di Stato, the Medici Archive Project's research team is regularly adding new information.
Regularly - The Documentary Sources database is scheduled for completion in 2030. It will then include descriptive entries for all 6,429 volumes in the Medici Granducal Archive, individual entries for all documents relevant to the arts and humanities and biographical entries for all of the relevant historical figures.