This project would not have been possible without the full cooperation of our Italian partners, President Adriano La Regina of Istituto Nazionale di Archeologia e Storia dell'Arte (INASA) and Director Edith Gabrielli of the Polo Museale del Lazio - Biblioteca di Archeologia e Storia dell'Arte (BIASA). The two premier Italian institutions they represent are the repositories of Rodolfo Lanciani’s precious collection for which this project has focused for an intensive two-year period. We would also like to acknowledge Massimo Pomponi, Curator of INASA and Ida Barberio, Curator of BIASA for their invaluable assistance in facilitating the digitization of the collection.
The project research team was directed by Giovanni Svevo, Independent Scholar and Research Associate at the University of Oregon, who visited the Lanciani collection on multiple occasions to coordinate with our Italian partners. He was responsible for leading many different aspects of the project including the selection, digital representation and editing of the several thousand images in that collection which focused on Rome inside the Aurelian Walls. Nicola Camerlenghi, Assistant Professor of Art History at Dartmouth College, was in charge of the curation of the selected material. His focus on the historical significance of each piece to be included in the final digital selection demanded attention to aspects such as medium, subject matter, and chronology as well as proper nomenclature and attribution. Erik Steiner, Co-Director of the Spatial History Lab at Stanford University provided critical assistance and served as the liaison between our research group and the Center for Spatial and Textual Analysis (CESTA) and the Stanford University Libraries (SUL).
We are extremely grateful to the Stanford University Libraries (SUL) staff who provided Stanford Digital Repository (SDR) and Spotlight services, metadata support and project management, affording both digital preservation in the SDR and showcasing of their content on this exhibit site. SUL staff included: Ben Albritton, Catherine Aster, Kim Durante, Arcadia Falcone, Gary Geisler, Jack Reed and Stuart Snydman. The stunning photography of the final project, as evident on the website, is due to the professional expertise of Federico Caruso who photographed each piece with a careful eye to conservation and verisimilitude. Allan Ceen, Director of Studium Urbis, served as consultant for many aspects of the project including developing the initial scope of the work to be accomplished.
Projects such as this are unique opportunities for students to learn about the content of the proposal, the history and culture of Rome, housed in a distant archive. It is also an opportunity for students to get a hands-on-experience with a significant, international, multi-disciplinary research project. Special acknowledgements go to two future stars, Lucas Dube and Graylin Harrison, from Dartmouth College who worked to catalog, refine and edit several thousand objects along with extensive metadata covering every aspect of the individual objects. Isabella Marchal and Gina Campanelli also helped to curate the data at Dartmouth. Their work was made possible by a generous CompX Grant from Dartmouth's Neukom Institute. At Stanford, Kevin Garcia worked on the structure of the cataloging system and reviewed the digital interface. At the University of Oregon Lauren Hoffman contributed to both technical and creative aspects of the project.
Lastly we wish to acknowledge the Samuel H. Kress Foundation who generously sponsored this research and previous projects of our team. We are very grateful for this absolutely essential support.
Professor of Architecture, University of Oregon