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Collection Level Description: Microfilms of the Papers of Baron Sidney Sonnino

Reference: MSS. Film 874-927
Title: Microfilms of the Papers of Baron Sidney Sonnino
Dates of Creation: 1968
Extent: 54 shelfmarks

Language of Material: Italian

Administrative/Biographical History

Baron Sidney Sonnino (1847-1922) was Italian Minister of Foreign Affiars, November 1914-June 1919.

Scope and Content

Microfilms of Sonnino's papers as Italian Minister of Foreign Affairs, The collection forms a unique record of World War I diplomacy, including Italy's months of neutrality from Sonnino's accession to office, the negotiations leading to the Treaty of London - including drafts of successive versions in Sonnino's own hand - as well as his papers relating to his conduct at Versailles. The 54 reels of microfilm divide into two sections:

Administrative Information

Custodial History

Sonnino's papers were discovered in August 1967, stored in several trunks in his country villa at Montespertoli near Florence. In association with University Microfilms the documents were filmed in 1968.

Access Conditions

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Further Information

Finding Aids

A guide to the microfilm series: The Sonnino Papers (University Microfilms).

Access Points

Diplomatic and consular service, Italian

Foreign offices

Neutrality | Italy

Treaty of Versailles (1919)

World War, 1914-1918 | Italy

Sonnino | Sidney | 1847-1922 | Baron | Italian Minister of Foreign Affairs

Ministero degli affari esteri | Italy

Italy | History | 1914-1922

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