Online Data Archive

Catasto Study: Census and Property Survey for Florentine Domains and the City of Verona in Fifteenth Century Italy

David Herlihy and Christiane Klapisch-Zuber, Principal Investigators

This site provides access to the data, setup, and documentation files for the Census and Property Survey for Florentine Domains and the City of Verona in Fifteenth Century Italy, also known as the Catasto study.

The data were coded, during 1966 to 1976, from the official manuscripts of the tax declarations (Campioni) for the city of Florence and environs (Florentine domains) from 1427 to 1429, the 10% samples of the declarations for Florence in 1458 and 1480 and for the city of Verona in 1425 and 1502. Parts of the 1425 survey have been lost. Therefore, the data set includes only those households and parishes for which records have survived. The survey of 1502 is also incomplete as it includes only those parishes which are included in the earlier survey.

The survey consists of data on the fiscal household as defined by the government for the purpose of collecting the tax. For each household, the survey assigns one person as the 'fiscal head', the individual primarily responsible for collecting the tax. Data for the entire household include: name of fiscal head, type of dwelling, animal ownership, occupation of fiscal head, value of public and private investments, deductions, possessions, members, final assessments and tax. Data on individual members include: age, sex, matrimonial state, relationship to fiscal head, and commentary.

Note that the data file was updated in January 2010 due to an error discovered by a user.

Online data analysis of the Catasto data is available through the BADGIR archive with Nesstar software. To analyze the data using BADGIR, users must be registered and have received an e-mail confirmation (first-time users may visit the BADGIR registration page to register). To view documentation and univariate statistics in BADGIR, no registration is needed.

**The following data set is not part of the Catasto study, but is included with the Catasto data for comparative purposes. It has its own codebook, and bibliographic information. The actual data are bundled with the Catasto data, and the codebook is available for downloading through the same link as the Catasto codebook.**

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