Sfondrati family papers

Sfondrati family papers

Dates: 1531-1788

Collection includes letters, promissory notes, and other handwritten documents relative to matters between the Sfondrati family and political leaders in the region. Many of the items relate to family financial matters. Materials date from between 1531 and 1788.

  • Extent: 3 folders (0.1 linear ft.)
  • Creator: Sfondrati (Family : Italy)
  • Call Number: Vault MSS 519
  • Repository: L. Tom Perry Special Collections; 19th Century Western & Mormon Manuscripts; 1130 Harold B. Lee Library; Brigham Young University; Provo, Utah 84602; http://sc.lib.byu.edu/
  • Access Restrictions: Open for public research.
Languages and Scripts
Most of the materials are written in ItalianItalian.
Conditions of Use
It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain any necessary copyright clearances. Permission to publish material from Sfondrati family papers must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services and/or the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Board of Curators.
Note
Sfondrati collection.
Preferred Citation
Initial citation: Vault MSS 519; Sfondrati family papers; 19th Century Western & Mormon Manuscripts; L. Tom Perry Special Collections, Harold B. Lee Library, Brigham Young University. Following citations: Vault MSS 519, LTPSC.
Subject Terms
Sfondrati family--Archives; Trivulzio family; Home and Family; Italy--Politics and government; Nobility--Italy; Social Life and Customs
Genre / Form
Letters
Appraisal Information
19th Century Western and Mormon Manuscripts.
Finding Aid ID Number
UPB_VMSS519
Finding Aid Title
Sfondrati family papers
Finding Aid Author
Finding aid prepared by Leslie Evens
Finding Aid Creator
This finding aid was produced using the Archivists' Toolkit 2013-09-30T10:01-0600
Finding Aid Language
English
Biographical Info:

Biographical History

The Sfondrati family were important political and religious leaders in Italy.

The Sfondrati family was founded by Francesco Sfondrati (1493-1550) and his wife Anna Visconti de Madrone (died 1535). The Sfondrati were of Spanish descent, and had lived in Cremona before settling in Milan. Francesco trained as a lawyer and taught at the University of Pavia. He became involved in politics, and was eventually made Count of Riviera di Lecco in 1537. After the death of his wife in 1538, Sfondrati entered service to the Church and became cardinal. Francesco and Anna had seven children. Of these, his sons Niccolò and Paolo were the most prominent. Like his father, Niccolò joined the Church, becoming a cardinal in 1583 and then being elevated to pope as Gregory XIV (1590-1591). Niccolò's brother, Paolo, was Baron of Valassina and Count of Riviera. Paolo's sons continued the family's legacy as political, military, and religious leaders: Ercole became Duke of Montemarciano, Francesco a general in the papal forces and marchese of Montafia, and Paolo Emilio a cardinal and papal secretary of state. The last male member of the family was Carlo Sfondrati, Count of Riviera (died 1788).



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Ryan Lee
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