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Picenardi family papers

Identifier: Vault MSS 769

Scope and Contents

Contains deeds and other legal documents of the Picenardi family. Documents are handwritten on parchment, and deal primarily with family land holdings in northern Italy. Also includes some information on the Sfondrati family. Materials date from between 1443 and 1563.


  • 1443-1563


Language of Materials

Materials are in Latin, with annotations in Italian.

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 Picenardi family papers must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services and/or the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Board of Curators.

Biographical History

The Picenardi family were political and religious leaders in Cremona and Mantua. Leonardo Picenardi (died 1465) was a patrician in Cremona. He married Paola Nuvoloni in 1424, and they had three children: Elisabetta, Orsina, and Stefano. In 1442 he was appointed the mayor of Mantua by Gian Francesco Gonzaga, but was found to be rebellious by Gonzaga's successor and was stripped of his holdings in 1444. His son, Stefano (died 1516), had four sons, Leonardo, Alessandro, Annibale, and Cleto. Leonardo and Alessandro joined the Church, and Annibale the military. Cleto became a doctor of law, and married Giulia Sfondrati; they had one child, Sigismondo. Alessandro left his fortune, including the Castle of San Lorenzo, to his nephew, Sigismondo. Sigismondo died without an heir, leaving the family estate in the control of his mother and uncle Leonardo.


1 box (0.5 linear ft.)


19th Century Western and Mormon Manuscripts.

Register of Picenardi family papers
Leslie Evens
2011 December 13
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Finding aid written in English in Latin script.

Repository Details

Part of the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Repository

1130 HBLL
Brigham Young University
Provo Utah 84602 United States