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Biblioteca Nazionale Centrale di Firenze | National Central Library of Florence (Florence, Italy)

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    Collection: Margherita Albana Mignaty Papers (Italy: 1855-1863)

    Description: The collection contains letters written and received by Greek author Margherita Albana Mignaty (b. about 1827 in Corfù, Greece, d. in 1887 in Livorno, Italy). She met the painter Giorgio Mignaty, originally from Cefalonia, in Rome. The two married in the 1840s and lived in various Italian cities, including Venice and Florence. Margherita Mignaty held an intellectual salon in Via Larga (now Via Cavour) of Florence, at the time the capital of unified Italy. The cultural gatherings were attended by many prominent Italians—artists, writers, and political activists such as the poet Francesco Dall’Ongaro—as well as American activists and writers, such as the poet Henry Wadsworth Longfellow. Margherita Mignaty supported the Italian Unification movement, was a friend of Giuseppe Mazzini, one of the leaders of the movement, and wrote articles about the political situation in Italy as well as biographies of artists and writers.

    Archive address: Piazza dei Cavalleggeri, 1 – 50122 Firenze, Italy

    Reference number: C.V. 196.85-91

    Links: Visit the archive here.

    Publications: Salenius, Sirpa. An Abolitionist Abroad: Sarah Parker Remond in Cosmopolitan Europe. University of Massachusetts Press, 2016, pp. 158–159, 161–162.

    Contributor: Sirpa Salenius