The Archive was Datini fully computerized, which means that all the individual units that make up the archive itself (1.173 books and 148.265 letters) have been described analytically and data entered into a database accessible online and interrogated according to different modes.
The correspondence was also digitized. The related images (with cards that describe them with transcripts where available) are available on-line. It is a total of 361.474 images.
The books of account, instead, are filed and indexed but not digitized.
This can be done in three ways:
a) CONSULTATION SHAFT: click on BROWSE THE TREE opens the tree structure of the, which also corresponds to its physical structure, divided according to the different warehouses Datini (Avignon, Prato, Florence, Pisa, Barcelona, Valencia Mallorca, private correspondence, dedicated, acts and other documents, etc..).
Each of fondaci contains inside the division between typological “books” and”correspondence received from the warehouse of…”. You can scroll through all the branches marked with [+] until the last “leaf” : the single document (distinguished by an icon). Scrolling section instead “books” will open the series and typological, proceeding in subsequent “expansions” tree structure, will open on the right the descriptive of the single unit.
Keep in mind that the section “correspondence received from the warehouse of…” is in turn divided into smaller aggregations, represented by the points of origin and sender / recipient. Proceeding in the expansions, it will lead to a single point. Even in this case, on the right, we will find the descriptive and, clicking on the label at the bottom where it is written “picture”, you can view the document image. In case the letter has been published you can also view the transcript (sticker “transcription”, always in the lower right);
b) QUESTION FOR FIELDS: clicking on SEARCH you open the form to search for fields, from which you can do all the research in the various fields also crossing different data. Given the complexity of the documents described, This type of query can be made:
- the entire archive;
- only on the books;
- only the correspondence.
Selecting one of these options, will open as search forms different, with specific fields, using, if necessary, dictionary of field, ove presenti.
c) CONSULTATION ISSUES: PATHS can be activated by clicking on certain research areas have already been selected, activating the following commands on the top bar:
- The System of Enterprises: contains the list of companies (social reasons) divided by fondaci. Clicking on each of them opens the systematic list of books of account, allowing the reconstruction of the various companies;
- Books of account: contains a description of the different types of accounting documents, with an explanation of their structure and their contents. And’ an aid to research and understanding of this particular documentary source
- The correspondence: contains an alphabetical list of all senders in the archive, also divided by fondaci. Clicking on each name, will open the list of letters connected, with their files and images;
- The editions of the papers: contains the list of the printed editions of the letters. Clicking on each of them, will open the list of documents covered by edition, with the form, images and, ove presenti, transcripts (file pdf). The chi, you can also pass in the database corpus of lemmatized
To get digital reproductions from the bank ati images, as well as fill the application form of digital reprographic and to pay related fees, registered for online services, (registration form located here)