Sfondrati family papers
Scope and Contents
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.
- approximately 1494-1900
- Sfondrati (Family : Italy) (creator, Family)
Language of Materials
Includes materials in Italian, Latin, and Spanish.
Conditions Governing Access
Open for public research.
Conditions Governing 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.
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).
2 boxes (1 linear ft.)
Collection previously cataloged as Paolo Camillo Sfondrati correspondence.
19th Century Western and Mormon Manuscripts.
- Register of Sfondrati family papers
- Leslie Evens
- 2011 November 1
- Description rules
- Describing Archives: A Content Standard
- Language of description
- Script of description
- Language of description note
- Finding aid written in English in Latin script.