The project is promoted by the State Archives of Prato in collaboration with the Association the ASPo – Friends of the State Archives of Prato and the support of the Cassa di Risparmio di Prato Foundation.
The main objective is the enhancement of the city’s archival heritage, starting with access to the digital images of a first part of the accounting records of the Datini fund and of the records relating to abandoned children in the Misericordia e Dolce Hospital fund. In parallel, data (names, places, roles, etc.) that can be read and used for the representation of the Prato population over the centuries will be extrapolated.
These activities are also possible thanks to the work of two Japanese researchers, Mr. and Mrs. Sunaga, who have been working on Datini’s accounting registers for years.
The registers that will first be published on this site are those of the Fondaco di Firenze, relating to the merchant activity of Datini.
The first books of merchandise and memorials can already be browsed online!