GAWS: Apprenticeship, Work, Society

Projet (2015-2017) financé par le Fonds National de la Recherche Suisse et l’Agence Nationale de la Recherche en France (Appel à Projets FNS/ANR 2014)

Porteur : Valentina Sapienza (IRHiS, Université Lille)

Partenaires : Anna Bellavitis (GRHis, Normandie Université-Rouen) et  Frédéric Kaplan (École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne).


This project focuses on an exceptional historical source, the “Accordi dei Garzoni” of the Venetian State Archives, currently being digitised.

This document series contain approximately 60.000 apprenticeship contracts, from 1573 to the year 1773. These contracts give precise information about the “masters” who were active in Venice in almost all kind of guilds.

They also contain relevant information for understanding the functioning of their workshop or ateliers, documenting in particular where they were located. Whereas apprenticeship’s contracts are usually found scattered in the guilds’ archives or in the notary records, the Accordi dei Garzoni is a serial and compact source, which allows for a systematic method a study.

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