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Frederic C. Lane Venetian account books

Identifier: MS-0155

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Scope and Contents

The collection consists of two series: microfilms of Italian mercantile records (1416-1535); and a typescript entitled "Translation of Selected Ordinances on Banking". The material reflects Lane's work as a scholar, and provides little biographical information.

The microfilmed records (190 rolls) form the bulk of the collection, and contain information not otherwise available outside Italy. The film was shot in very short reels, so each is only 100- 200 frames long. Viewing the film, therefore, is sometimes difficult. 119 of the rolls are indexed and described by Lane. The rest (71 rolls) are described in less detail on 2 unbound ledger pages.


  • Creation: 1900-1984


Conditions Governing Use

Single copies may be made for research purposes. Researchers are responsible for determining any copyright questions. It is not necessary to seek our permission as the owner of the physical work to publish or otherwise use public domain materials that we have made available for use, unless Johns Hopkins University holds the copyright.

Biographical Note

Frederic Chapin Lane was born in Lansing, Michgan in 1900. His family soon moved to Massachusetts when his father accepted a position at Tufts University. He grew up in the Boston area, leaving to earn his B.A. at Cornell. He received his M.A. from Tufts, and the Ph.D. from Harvard. In 1928, he joined the history faculty at The Johns Hopkins University.

He taught at Hopkins for 38 years. During his tenure he established the 2 year history survey, and stressed the quality of undergraduate instruction. During his academic career, he served as the president of the American Historical Association, the Economic History Association, and the Society for Italian Historical Studies. He retired from the University in May, 1966 to become an emeritus professor.

Lane died on October 14, 1984, in Westminister, Massachusetts, after an extended battle with cancer. He was survived by his daughter, Alfreda Altobellim, and two sons, George M. and Jonathan P. Lane. His wife, Harriet Mirwick Lane, died in 1967.

Lane studied the economic development of renaissance Venice. His numerous books include Venetian Ships and Shipbuilding of the Renaissance, Andrea Barbarigo, a Merchant of Venice, Money and Banking in Medieval and Renaissance Venice, Venice, a Maritime Republic, and Venice and History, a compiliation of his writings, issued by his students and colleagues at his retirement.


0.96 Cubic Feet (3 flat boxes (15.5 x 12 x 3 inches))

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Immediate Source of Acquisition

Frederic C. Lane's son, George Lane, donated the collection to The Johns Hopkins University in 1986. The materials were collected by Lane for his research.

Processing Information

Finding aid prepared by Margaret N. Burri in 1987.

Frederic C. Lane Lane Venetian account books
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Finding aid written in English

Repository Details

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