THE HISTORIC ARCHIVE

A treasure-trove for knowledge of nineteenth-century Italy

The Archive of Sidney Sonnino has its premises in the Castello, where the rooms in which the politician lived and worked have been preserved intact. The Archive was discovered in 1967 by Professor Benjamin F. Brown of the University of Kansas when he was staying as a guest with the then owner of the Castle, Lodovico de Renzis Sonnino. The Archive is a mine of information about nineteenth-century Italy: correspondence, economic studies, projects, iconographic mementoes and documents relating to the Foreign Office during the First World War. Also very important is Sonnino’s vast library, comprising rare international publications, collections of ancient editions, and entire runs of nineteenth and twentieth-century periodicals. In 2010 the Inventario dell’Archivio Sidney Sonnino, edited by Roberto Baglioni, was published by Polistampa.