Keeping the Books: A Glimpse at the Orsetti
Family Business Archive
Spencer Research Library’s head of conservation
services, Whitney Baker, will share her recent
research into the business records
of the Orsettis, an influential
Tuscan family of the 16th
through the 18th centuries. The
manuscripts offer a look into life
at the time and how business and
personal expenses were kept. Part
of the beauty of the books is the
unique binding style and the
ways different books were used
for different accounting purposes.
Baker will provide an overview of her research
into the Orsetti archive, one of the largest of its
kind in the U.S., and respond to questions and
comments about this project as well as her work in
conservation services. Note: The Spencer Research
Library has extended this exhibit to Feb. 10.