Former Appointees

General information for former appointees

There are roughly one thousand former Appointees, and those who live in or return to Florence contribute greatly to the vitality and richness of the scholarly community here. Former Appointees are warmly encouraged to use the Berenson Library. They have the same access to this and to I Tatti’s information technology resources as do current Appointees. However, Former Appointees who want to use the Library outside of public hours should identify themselves clearly as former Appointees when they ring at the gate at Via di Vincigliata 30 or 22, and should bring their Berenson Library reader’s card with them to present to the security staff at the entrance to the library. For all appointees, current and former, the only access to the library is through the main entrance and reception area, where Patrizia Carella and the security guards have their desks.

Former Appointees can walk through the house corridors and look at the art any weekday afternoon. If they wish to visit rooms, or show the collection to visitors (at most one or two at a time), they must arrange this with Patrizia Carella in advance before bringing a guest up to I Tatti. Everyone is asked to remember that the Director and his wife live in the house and try to preserve a degree of privacy for themselves. Please remember that for reasons of staffing and security the house and the garden are closed to everyone on weekends. Everyone who enters the library or house must check their bags, regardless of their status, the reason for the visit, or the length of their stay. Please understand that if someone inadvertently enters with a bag, the guards are expected to examine this when the guest leaves.

Gardens

Members of the I Tatti community are welcome to stroll in the gardens from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. on the days the center is open to the public. However, please note that the doors to the “giardino segreto” are closed at 5:00 p.m. Before taking guests through the gardens please check at the desk. The gardens are closed to everyone on weekends and holidays. Books, periodicals, and photographs from the Biblioteca Berenson should not be taken into the gardens.

Library

As former Appointees know, the Berenson Library is a highly specialized, interdisciplinary research library that offers outstanding resources for the study of the Italian Renaissance and related fields. The Library’s collections (Fototeca / Photograph Archive, Archives, etc.), services, and regulations are described in detail in the Library’s web pages which former Appointees are encouraged to consult.

All former Fellows must request and present a Berenson Library ID card to use the library and to borrow books and other materials (for onsite use only). From the Library or I Tatti network, former Appointees may access all Harvard Library electronic resources, but a Harvard ID is required for off-site access. See policies and procedures for more information.

Current and former Appointees have access to most parts of the Library from 8:00 a.m. to 12.00 midnight every day, including weekends and holidays.  Books and non-current periodicals that are shelved in restricted areas, as well as certain non-print materials (microforms, CD-ROMS, etc.) must be requested at the Reference Desk during public opening hours.

Former Appointees who want to use the library outside of public hours should identify themselves clearly as former Appointees when they ring at the gate at Via di Vincigliata 30 or 22, and should bring their Berenson Library reader’s card with them to present to the security staff at the entrance to the library. Access to the library is through the main entrance, where a keycard may be obtained from the guard. Keycards should be returned to the guard or left at the guard’s desk after hours before you leave the library. Former Appointees who are here for an extended sojourn can register for a key card at the front desk, leave a EUR 25 deposit, and keep the card until the end of their stay.

For all appointees, current and former, the only access to the library is through the main entrance and reception area, where Patrizia Carella and the security guards have their desks. No guests should be introduced into the library after normal public hours.

All members of the I Tatti scholarly community are strongly encouraged to advise the librarians about recommended book purchases.

Lila Wallace-Reader's Digest Lecture Program for Former Fellows

Each year, the Lila Wallace – Reader’s Digest Lecture Program makes available up to $3000 to each I Tatti (one year) Fellow, and up to $1000 to each Mellon Visiting Fellows and Craig Hugh Smyth Visiting Fellows, for projects aiming to disseminate knowledge about the Italian Renaissance in geographic areas where it is not easily available. Fellows have up to 24 months, after the end of the academic year, to spend the funds and submit reimbursement forms. (Thus, for 2013/2014 Fellows, expenditures must be made after 1 July 2014, and the forms must be submitted by 30 June 2016). Funds must be used for expenses related to giving one or more lectures or seminars; approved expenses include travel, room, board, and speaker fees. Speakers, including the applicants themselves, can receive up to $300 per lecture, and the grant can be used to pay for more than one speaker at an event. The event can be held in any educational or cultural institution that rarely has activities related to the Italian Renaissance, but events in Asia, Islamic countries, Latin America, and the Mediterranean basin (excluding Italy) are particularly encouraged. Please send a short description of your projected event, including the expected date and cost, to Jonathan Nelson, in order to ensure that it meets the grant guidelines. Following the event, a concise report (100-200 words) must be submitted to Jonathan Nelson, and reimbursement forms must be submitted to Amanda Smith. Fellows must ensure that “the Lila Wallace – Reader’s Digest Endowment Fund at Villa I Tatti” is clearly indicated in any publicity associated with the event. If this is part of a project financed by the Lila Wallace – Reader’s Digest Special Project Grant, applicants can combine the two grants.

Lunch

During the academic year, lunch is held every weekday, with aperitifs in the salone or on one of the terraces at 1:00 p.m. followed by lunch at 1:15 pm.

New Fellows appreciate having some time for bonding at the beginning of the academic year. After the first full week of September, Former Fellows are welcome at the lunch table. However, as the community of Former fellows is growing every year, there might be days when we have to limit the number of Former Fellows, or periods when we ask those here for longer stays to limit their lunches to a couple of times a week. Thursday lunches are reserved for current and, if places are available, former appointees. Please check with reception to on sign-up and for indications about availability.

The first lunch each year is “on the house,” and subsequent ones cost €12,50; please make payments in advance at the reception desk. Reservations must be made before 10:15 a.m., either by calling the receptionist at the front desk or by sending a message here.

The Granaio, of course, is always open to those who bring their own lunch.