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.


Currently IDEA’s Letters Platform includes a total of 28,744 letters, from the following archival locations:

Original letters of Isabella d’Este to other members of her family from 1490 to 1496 (Series F.II.6, Buste 2106-2111).

Letters to Isabella from various sources from 1504 to 1522 (Series E.LXI.1, Buste 1890-1902). Letters addressed to Isabella before 1504 and after 1522, which are interleaved in various series of correspondence in the Archivio Gonzaga, will be uploaded when funding and time permit.

Copybooks (Copialettere) of Isabella’s outgoing correspondence from 1490 to 1539 (Series F.II.9, Buste 2991-3000, Copybooks 1-53, designated in the Platform menu as “inserts” 1-53; Busta 2904, Copybook 136, designated in the Platform as “insert” 136).

Other letters of Isabella that are present in Copialettere ordinari 176, 206, 209-211, 282, 311; and in Copialettere riservati 13 and 14 will be uploaded when funding and time permit.

Readers should note that valuable accompanying essays offered in the printed editions of Torelli and Luzio are not included in this online index, which features only the lists of buste. The Torelli and Luzio guides are available only in Italian.

Torelli, Pietro, a cura di. L’Archivio Gonzaga di Mantova. Vol. 1. Mantova: Pubblicazioni della R. Accademia Virgiliana di Mantova, 1920.

Luzio, Alessandro, a cura di. L’Archivio Gonzaga di Mantova: La corrispondenza familiare, amministrativa e diplomatica dei Gonzaga. Vol 2. Mantova: Pubblicazioni della R. Accademia Virgiliana di Mantova, 1922.

Link to the website of the Archivio di Stato di Mantova here