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The National Archives (UK)

The National Archives was formed between 2003-2006 when four government bodies - the Public Record Office, the Royal Commission on Historical Manuscripts, Her Majesty's Stationary Office, and the Office of Public Sector Information - came together to form a single organization. The National Archives is a governmental department commissioned to "perform the Historical Manuscripts Commission's functions in relation to private records". "As the government's national archive for England, Wales and the United Kingdom", the National Archives "hold over 1,000 years of the nation's records for everyone to discover and use". With 11 million historical government and public records, the National Archives in one of the largest preservation agencies of its kind in the world.

Surrey, UK


Bibliotheque nationale de France

Catalyzed by hundreds of years of royal book collections and finally realized in 1998, the Bibliotheque nationale de France (BnF) stands as the country's national library and archive. "The missions of the BnF are to collect, preserve, enrich and make available the national documentary heritage". With over 14 million books and magazines as well as manuscript, print, photography, map, score, coin, medal, sound, video, and costume collections, the BnF houses a wealth of resources. As the collection continues to grow, the BnF is committed to making materials digitally accessible worldwide.

Paris, France


Library of Congress

Founded in 1800 with now three buildings built in 1897, 1938, and 1981, "The Library of Congress is the nation's oldest federal cultural institution and serves as the research arm of Congress. It is also the largest library in the world, with millions of books, recordings, photographs, maps and manuscripts in its collections. The Library's mission is to support the Congress in fulfilling its constitutional duties and to further the progress of knowledge and creativity for the benefit of the American people". The Library of Congress holds the largest rare book collection in North America and the "world's largest collection of legal materials, films, maps, sheet music and sound recordings".

Washington D.C, USA


Harvard University Library

The Harvard Library encompasses over 78 individual library buildings spread across the Cambridge University campus, the United States of America, and even into Europe. The mission of the Harvard Library is to advance "scholarship and teaching by committing itself to the creation, application, preservation and dissemination of knowledge". The archive and "special collections at Harvard encompass a vast array of rare and unique materials in a multitude of formats, from papyrus to born-digital records". With the Widener library housing a special collection of Renaissance Studies items, there are many resources integral to studying this period at the Harvard Library.

Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA


Renaissance Society of America

Founded in 1954, "The Renaissance Society of America (RSA) is the largest international learned society devoted to the study of the era 1300-1600". The RSA encompasses over 6,000 members worldwide; "RSA’s members can be found especially at universities and other institutions of higher education as faculty, graduate students, and postgraduate students, as well as at museums, libraries, and cultural institutions; members also include independent scholars and many others interested in Renaissance studies". The RSA is committed to encouraging interdisciplinary, vibrancy, and diversity. In support of scholarship, the RSA published the "Renaissance Quarterly" journal and awards over 30 research grants each year. The RSA hosts an annual conference where approximately 3,000 scholars gather to discuss and present their research.