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COLLECTION Identifier: HOLLIS 2887745

Rome (Italy) Broadsides and Pamphlets


This collection contains materials concerning most of the major developments in the Roman Republic, dating from March 1848 to November 1849.


  • Creation: 1848-1849

Conditions Governing Access

Access to these papers is governed by the rules and regulations of the Harvard Law School Library. This collection is open to the public, but is housed off-site at Harvard Depository and requires 2 business-day advance notice for retrieval. Consult the Special Collections staff for further information.

Conditions Governing Use

The Harvard Law School Library holds copyright on some, but not all, of the material in our collections. Requests for permission to publish material from this collection should be directed to the Special Collections staff. Researchers who obtain permission to publish from the Harvard Law School Library are also responsible for identifying and contacting the persons or organizations who hold copyright.


1 collection (228 items (16 pamphlets and 212 broadsides))

The collection contains printed broadsides and pamphlets reflecting most of the major developments in the Roman Republic: an introduction of the semi-republican constitution, the Statuto Fondamentale, by Pope Pius IX in March 1848; notices of growing republican sentiment, Italian nationalism and civil unrest in the spring and summer of 1848; documents from nascent republican institutions in the winter of 1848-1849; the meeting of the Constituent Assembly and the proclamation of the Roman Republic in February 1849; the republican government's efforts to establish its authority and initiate reforms, particularly in the law; the appointment of the Triumvirate in March 1849; the defense of Rome against French forces, April-June 1849; and the collapse of the Republic at the end of June 1849.

This finding aid lists the broadsides and pamphlets in chronological order, with a brief description of each item.

Each entry begins with a date, usually taken from the text of the document but occasionally taken from manuscript notations. The title follows, given as fully as space allows. For most items, the opening line or phrase of the text is stated, indicated by "t:".

Signatories, indicated by "s:", are listed when present; names are given in full when they first appear and in shorter form in subsequent documents.

Imprints are abbreviated to the town and year, noted in parentheses when not stated.

Some documents contain multiple sheets or are present in multiple copies, as noted in parentheses. F

Finally, each entry identifies the Series to which the document belongs and its sequential number in that series.

There are 16 pamphlets, 99 small broadsides, 95 broadsides, and 18 large broadsides.

Series List

The collection is organized and stored in four series according to the size and format of the material:

  1. I.Pamphlets
  2. II. Small broadsides
  3. III.Broadsides
  4. IV. Large broadsides

Within each series materials are arranged chronologically.

Physical Location

Harvard Depository

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Contact Curator of Modern Manuscripts and Archives.

Processing Information

Processed by Matthew Seccombe, April 1993

Processing Information

Collection was digitized in 2017 with funding provided by the Classics Department, Rutgers University, in collaboration with the Associazione Amilcare Cipriani (Rome).

Rome (Italy) Broadsides and Pamphlets, 1848-1849: Finding Aid.
Harvard Law School Library, Cambridge, MA 02138
Language of description
Digitization sponsored by funding from the Classics Department, Rutgers University, in collaboration with the Associazione Amilcare Cipriani (Rome).

Repository Details

Part of the Harvard Law School Library, Historical & Special Collections Repository

Harvard Law School Library's Historical & Special Collections (HSC) collects, preserves, and makes available research materials for the study of the law and legal history. HSC holds over 8,000 linear feet of manuscripts, over 100,000 rare books, and more than 70,000 visual images.

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