Following the Unification of Italy, the archives of the Grand Duchy were merged into the State Archives; these included the resources of the Medici, Imperial and Royal Court ‘Guardaroba’ (storage room), essential to any study into the works of the Galleries originating from the collections of the Grand Duchy.
The transfer of the Medici and Lorena archives was concluded in 1892, leaving two sections in the Galleries considered at the time as the “current” archive: the first houses the archive containing the documents referring to museums from the Lorena and pre-unification era and is still an ‘open’ archive, while the second, housed in the Pitti Palace, comprised the Gallery inventories drafted during unification.
The indexes of the first section (1737-1955) which form the Historical Archive of the Florentine Galleries is now available online.
The Research Department is responsible for cataloging the archives with the aim of protecting and understanding the historic and artistic heritage of the works, as well as preserving and enhancing this heritage.
The Department offers access to approximately 160,000 paper records of works in the Florentine Galleries and throughout the regions of Florence, Prato and Pistoia. The databases can be accessed at the Department or online and include around 200,000 records of works housed in state museums across Florence, Prato and Pistoia.
The Research Department is also home to the Regional Historical Archive, a publicly accessible resource of historical records and documents relating to the historical and artistic heritage of the Florence, Prato and Pistoia regions. Ordered topographically, among other things the archive contains the records of Carlo Pini and Ferdinando Rondoni, written immediately after Tuscany was annexed to the Realm of Italy, and the records of Guido Carocci dating back to the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.
Wednesday (9 am-1.30 pm)
The opening complies with anti-Covid19 measures. At the entrance, visitors have to show their Green Pass (Covid certificate) or vaccination certificate or negative result of a rapid antigen-test alternatively, as per Legislative Decree 23 July 2021, no. 105.
Admission is allowed by appointment only. To make an appointment, please write to firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com. In order to ease the operations, please specify the research topic and, if known, also the inventory number in the subject of the email.
RULES FOR ADMISSION AND CONSULTATION
Admission is allowed only via the Reception located under the external colonnade of the Uffizi next to the Vasari Auditorium, where the Uffizi staff is charged with taking the visitors' body temperature (which needs to be < 37.5 °C or 99.5°F).
Admission inside Archive and Research Department is allowed to 2 persons at a time. The use of face masks and gloves is mandatory. The attendance register needs to be signed with a pen of one’s own. The users are expected to sign the policy form about the acknowledgment of the current anti-Covid19 measures.
The documents are handed in by the staff of the Archive. Once consulted, the material will be locked down for at least 7 days and will not therefore be immediately available for further surveys. It is not allowed to make copies of the documents.
Addictional anti-epidemic measures apply within the Uffizi Galleries, that is, mandatory interpersonal distance of at least 1,80m; mandatory use of face masks; no gatherings; no admission in case of a fever above 37.5°C (or 99.5°F). The Uffizi Galleries’ staff may thus take visitors’ temperature or asks them to self-certify their health condition. Frequent handwashing is recommended.
Historical Archive +39 055 2388703 | +39 055 2388705
Research Department +39 0552388706 | +39 055 2388688 | firstname.lastname@example.org