Sfondrati family papers

Sfondrati family papers

Dates: approximately 1494-1900

Contains legal documents, land records, and family papers related to the Sfondrati and associated families in northern Italy. The papers primarily deal with the heraldry and land holdings of the family in the region. Notes and other materials by later researchers in the collection are also included. The materials date from between 1494 and approximately 1900.

  • Extent: 2 boxes (1 linear ft.)
  • Creator: Sfondrati (Family : Italy)
  • Call Number: Vault MSS 524
  • 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
Includes materials in Italian, Latin, and Spanish.
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.
Preferred Citation
Initial citation: Vault MSS 524; Sfondrati family papers; 19th Century Western & Mormon Manuscripts; L. Tom Perry Special Collections, Harold B. Lee Library, Brigham Young University. Following citations: Vault MSS 524, LTPSC.
Custodial History
Collection previously cataloged as Paolo Camillo Sfondrati correspondence.
Subject Terms
Lombardy (Italy)--Politics and government; Politics, Government, and Law; Sfondrati family; Sfondrati (Family : Italy)
Genre / Form
Legal instruments; Deeds; Legal documents
Appraisal Information
19th Century Western and Mormon Manuscripts.
Finding Aid ID Number
UPB_VMSS524
Finding Aid Title
Sfondrati family papers
Finding Aid Author
Leslie Evens
Finding Aid Creator
This finding aid was produced using ArchivesSpace on 2016-07-18 10:28:27 -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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