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The Lombroso Project is an effort to research, catalogue, organise, digitise and make available the unpublished works of Cesare Lombroso (Verona, 1835 – Turin, 1909) and his correspondents.
As a doctor, psychiatrist, anthropologist, sociologist and criminologist, and as the emblematic intellectual of Italian positivism, Lombroso produced a vast body of professional and personal correspondence that up to now has been largely unexplored, having been dispersed in numerous locations. The donation of documents from family members made after the museum founded by Lombroso himself was opened to the public in 2009 enhanced the nucleus of documents already held by the University of Turin, which now houses around 1,900 items, including letters, notes, postcards, drafts and proofs, the majority of which were “incoming”, with Lombroso as the recipient.
Supported by the CRT Foundation and by the Museum System and Department of History of the University of Turin, the Lombroso Project has benefitted from the backing of the various Italian and foreign organisations that safeguard Lombroso’s unpublished work.