Early Modern Exchanges


EME IN-PERSON Graduate Workshop: Notarial Records as a Source for Early Modern Research

16 March 2022, 2:00 pm–3:00 pm

A notary in his office, painting by Job Adriaenszoon Berckheyde

Intended for masters and doctoral students studying any aspect of the early modern period, this workshop will introduce participants to this rich source of evidence.

This event is free.

Event Information

Open to

All | UCL students






Christina Anderson


IAS Forum
G17, ground floor, South Wing
UCL, Gower Street
United Kingdom

Notaries recorded a broad spectrum of information for clients ranging from contracts and powers of attorney to arrangements for a ward’s education and miscellaneous declarations.  Artists, merchants, ships’ captains, religious orders and the nobility, among others, all utilised the services of the notary.  Because civic and other authorities across continental Europe required notarial acts to be deposited in a central repository, many of these have been preserved and are available for consultation today. 

This workshop, led by Christina M. Anderson (SELCS), will introduce participants to the types of acts and their different structures, strategies for finding and analysing notarial documents, and the potential pitfalls and benefits of utilising these as a source.  Practical exercises carried out in groups will also uncover some of the surprising insights that these documents can provide.  Previous palaeographical training is NOT required.

Refreshments will be provided; please register so we know how many to cater for: https://eme-notarialrecords.eventbrite.co.uk

Sponsored by the British Academy/Leverhulme Trust.

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Image: 'A Notary in His Office' by Job Adriaenszoon Berckheyde (1672), via Wikimedia Commons