Letizia Leli

This research aims to investigate the contribution of women to the formation of the Lante della Rovere archive, preserved in the State Archives of Rome. Following an initial cataloguing of the documentary corpus, we shall proceed with the identification of those records which shed light on the crucial role often played by women in the formation of the family archives. The project arose from the necessity to investigate the sedimentary process of the Lante della Rovere archive, an extraordinary source for the study of Roman and international history between the 16th and 19th century, containing the documentary nuclei of illustrious families such as Vaini, Orsini-Tremoille, Serbelloni and Ceuli.

She graduated in humanities with a historical-archaeological specialisation at the “Roma Tre” University in 2003, with a thesis on “The meaning and value of copies. The reproduction of sculpture”. Between 2007 and 2009 she attended individual courses proving a teaching qualification in Latin and Greek at the “Roma Tre” University, Faculty of Humanities and Philosophy. In 2009 she passed the regional selection obtaining a certification as a tourist guide for Rome and its province. In 2014 she obtained an advanced Diploma in Archival and Library Heritage, specialising as a palaeographic archivist at the University of Rome “La Sapienza” with a thesis on “The parchments from Terni and Amelia in the diplomatic collection of the State Archive in Rome”. In 2015 she attended a course in the “Preservation of digital documents” at the SNA, the National School of Administration.

From 2010 she has worked under a permanent contract in the State Archives in Rome where she is responsible for the organisation of historical and documentary exhibitions such as “Vivere la misericordia nel Trecento. Le miniature del Liber Regulae dell’ospedale romano di Santo Spirito in Sassia”, Rome, Roman State Archives (2016); “Verdi: Un ballo in maschera”, Rome, Auditorium Parco della Musica, (2013); “Journey to the ends of the world. Michele Ruggieri and Jesuits in China”, Macao, (2012); “Ludovico De Varthema’s journey to India”, Mumbai, (2011).

She also collaborates with the co-ordinator of the Famiglie e persone fund, 14th-20th century, for the preservation and enhancement of the family archives. She has made transcriptions and revisions of notary acts in connection with the multilingual portal “La vita e le opere di Michelangelo Buonarroti negli anni di soggiorno a Roma”. She has reconstructed the historical and institutional events surrounding the parchments from Terni preserved in the Rome State Archive. She has collaborated in the compiling of the catalogue for the exhibition “La fabbrica della Sapienza. L’università al tempo di Borromini”, Rome, Rome State Archives (2015) and has coordinated the editorial aspects for the printing of an anastatic copy of Itinerario de Ludovico De Varthema Bolognese, presented during the second edition of the exhibition.

She is currently enrolled as a first-year doctoral student in Documentary, linguistic and literary sciences at “La Sapienza”, specialising in the “Book and document studies”.




“Terni e gli Eremitani di S. Agostino nel XV secolo”, Analecta Augustiniana, LXXIX (2016), pp. 43-91. (in corso di stampa)

[Con G. Mentonelli], “Francesco Borromini, documenti per una biografia”, La fabbrica della Sapienza. L’università al tempo di Borromini, a cura di O. Verdi, con la collaborazione di S. Ceglie, L. Leli, G. Mentonelli, catalogo della mostra (Roma, 1 mag. – 26 lug. 2015), Roma (2015), pp. 15-21.

[Con G. Mentonelli], “I documenti”, La fabbrica della Sapienza. L’università al tempo di Borromini, a cura di O. Verdi, con la collaborazione di S. Ceglie, L. Leli, G. Mentonelli, catalogo della mostra (Roma, 1 mag. – 26 lug. 2015), Roma (2015), pp. 90-110.

“Breve guida per il ricercatore aeronautico a Roma”, Nihil impossibile volanti. Studi per il 70° compleanno di Gianclaudio Polidori, a cura di V. Polidori, Roma (2015), pp. 144-183.

“Il fondo degli eremitani di Sant’Agostino di Terni presso l’Archivio di Stato di Roma”, Analecta Augustiniana LXXVII (2014), Roma (2015), pp. 45-127.