Antonio Cavagna collection of manuscript materials, 1116-1913 | University of Illinois Rare Book & Manuscript Library
Cavagna was an Italian public official and a recognized authority on the local history of Lombardy and Piedmont. His library contained a great many books on genealogy, biography, and local history, including materials on municipal governments. The manuscripts especially reflect the study of local history; most relate to Italian cities and towns, institutions, societies and families.
All aspects of Italian history, from the Middle Ages to the first years of the twentieth century, are prominently represented in the Cavagna collection, as is literature on Italian art and architecture. Other topics which are heavily represented are law, economies, biography, archaeology, chivalry, and records of Italian universities and academies.
Primarily in Italian, the collection also contains works in Latin, French, and German. Among the books in the collection are several incunabula, rare and early printed books, pamphlets, and first editions. Many of the historical documents are unique. In addition to books, pamphlets, manuscripts, and ephemera, the Cavagna Collection also includes several thousand maps, both printed and manuscript.
The print materials from the Cavagna collection are currently in the process of being individually cataloged. These records are available in the University Library's online catalog.