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All of the records of the ancient city of Venice are kept in the Venice State Archives. It was established in 1822 in order to “reconstruct the constitutional make-up of the Venetian Republic bringing together all the records produced by the Venetian magistrate back to the 7th century A.D.” The State Archives is the former convent of the Minor Friars at “I Frari.” It is one of the oldest archives in Italy. All of the documents housed at the archives are related to Venetian history, more than 1,o00 years of records. The shelves are about cover a combined distance of about 90km.

The Venice State Archives are important for three, very important reasons (among others!). The first is that they allow for the preservation of the entire history of the Venetian Republic, in document form. They also give historians an understanding of what it was like to be a Venetian, in a given time period. These documents explain things such as Venetian “boat-building, navigation techniques, knowledge of accounting…and warehousing methods.” Additionally, they show the close “network of linkages” between the famous Venetian artists and their many patrons. The art around the city can be greater understood with a deeper knowledge of the creators. One last reason is that these handwritten pages are important for the study of writing and for the study of writing mediums.

There was a project that lasted from 1995 to 1998 called the VENetIan Virtual Archive. It seems relatively similar to the Uscript program started by WPI IQP groups. Its main goal is to preserve and improve the system of consultation of all historical documents in the Venice State Archive, in addition to the Marciana National Library of Venice, the Cephalonia CounThis is one of the documents used on the VENIVA site, when talking about the War for Candiaty Archive and the Austrian State Archive. This program was to make an internet application that utilizes remote access to make these documents readily available to the public. Additionally, various “cultural institutions,” which includes libraries and other archives, will be able to access the application without charge, or a minimal fee for additional services. A paper published in 1997 talks about the software used to create this application. After perusing the site, it seems like an interactive history lesson that is based off of maps, letters and drawings (similar to the one shown) from was the participating archives.

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