IDEA Bibliography

Situated within the IDEA suite of digital resources,
IDEA Bibliography provides an extensive bibliography of materials relating to Isabella d’Este, marchesa of Mantua (1474-1539). The bibliography, dedicated to works that have Isabella as their primary focus, brings together published primary sources and secondary literature from across a broad range of disciplines. This resource is easy to use and is designed for anyone with an interest in Isabella, from those who are looking for introductory or biographical material to advanced researchers. This is a “living” bibliography that is  updated regularly with relevant publications.

Link to IDEA Bibliography at Zotero here

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New IDEA Letter/e site

We hope you like the new design of IDEA’s websites!
Here at IDEA Letter/e, all of the content from the the former Documents | Documenti site is still here, just in a different format. Please note that the URL has changed as well and be sure to edit your browser’s bookmarks.

Letters Platform

At IDEA’s Letters Platform, users will find thousands of Isabella d’Este’s letters presented in high-resolution, tiled TIFF images. IDEA’s Letters Platform for viewing Isabella d’Este’s correspondence is a customized version of the Building Interactive Archives (BIA) Platform developed by the Medici Archive Project (MAP).

The scholars and technicians who maintain the Letters Platform work to optimize the user experience for researchers who access Isabella d’Este’s letters in IDEA. This team aims to anticipate and address user needs and to facilitate communication within the IDEA environment.

Link to IDEA’s Letters Platform here

Users’ Guide / Guida Utenti

This Users’ Guide is essential reading for anyone interested in studying the correspondence of Isabella d’Este through the BIA Platform. It explains the powerful capacities of the platform and contains instructions for searching and navigating among IDEA’s virtual documents from the Archivio di Stato di Mantova. Also included is a helpful list of Frequently Asked Questions.

  Link to the Users’ Guide here
  Clicca qui per la Guida Utenti

Archivio di Stato di Mantova Research Aids

Pietro Torelli (1880-1948) and Alessandro Luzio (1857-1946) served successively as Director of the Archivio di Stato di Mantova and authored two volumes mapping the archive’s organization, which are essential for conducting research on the Gonzaga family. This link connects users to the website of the Archivio di Stato di Mantova and its comprehensive inventories of documents and research aids.

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IDEA Transcriptions

IDEA Transcriptions is dedicated to supplying accurate transcriptions of letters viewable on the Letters Platform. Researchers also add other metadata, including name, place, and topic tagging; and synopses of letters to make these documents searchable.

Become an IDEA Researcher and submit your own transcriptions to the Letters Platform! Our Criteria for Transcriptions were developed by a team of expert paleographers, led by archivist Dott. Daniela Ferrari, and include examples to help you get going.

  Contact us to join the IDEA Transcriptions Team  here

Criteria for Transcriptions

This guide is a style sheet for researchers who are preparing transcriptions of documents for insertion into IDEA’s Letters Platform. It explains how to expand abbreviations, how to write personal titles and honorifics, rules for capitalization and other details meant to render consistent the transcription of documents in IDEA. The Criteria may also be useful for readers of transcriptions who wish to understand the relation between the image of the manuscript and the text as transcribed.

  Link to the Criteria for Transcriptions here
  Clicca qui per i Criteri di Trascrizione

Mapping Secrets

Secretaries are keepers of secrets. Across Renaissance Europe, secretaries listened, took dictation, copied, and sent letters daily. Their records offer a godsend to historians, but secretarial copies also reflect a change in the meaning of letters by adding an administrative mediation that de-personalizes them—a change not evident in the sent letter alone. Mapping Secrets introduces a new tool for mapping networks that integrates secretarial practices and administrative record-keeping in the act of letter writing.

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