New Sources for Socio-Cultural History: Artistocracy’s Inventories of Assets from Romanian Principalities in 18th and 19th Centuries
Project financed by Executive Unit for Higher Education, Research, Development and Innovation Funding
project code: PN-II-RU-PD-2012-3-0386, contract nr. 71 / 30.04.2013

The project we propose assumes that the research from socio-cultural history area will not record significant progress without the diversification and the enrichment of documentary resources. Therefore, the project consists in the creation of new instruments of work for socio-cultural history, more exactly in analyzing and publication of inedited and less known historical sources: aristocracies’ inventories of assets from Romanian Principalities in 18th and 19th centuries. These are primary sources with an important informational potential, various and impartially, proper for a social and economical exploration of the daily environment from different historical periods. Assets inventories offer many details about material culture of a family, of a social group or a social class, about dwelling place, social mechanisms of distinction, social and cultural practices from privat and public environment. They can also be useful for other areas, such as: economical history, education history, genealogy, art history and architecture history.

Among the objectives of this project there are also: the making of a study regarding the documentary importance of inventories of assets; the publishing of a volume with ample documents, relevant for social history and daily life history; the making of a website where the results of the research are going to be published, with the main function of database for sources, bibliography and researches dedicated to social and cultural history.