Digital archives and Phaidra 
SBA Resources and Digital Library (BDA)

In addition to using resources such as cerCa', databases, e-journals catalogue, you can find bibliographical information, materials in electronic format, images and historical documents in the University's digital archives.

Institutional Repositories

These are the institutional archives of Ca' Foscari University of Venice, which collect, preserve and disseminate outputs of the University's research.

ARCA (Ca' Foscari Institutional Repository)

It is the open access institutional repository of Ca' Foscari University and it aims at fostering the dissemination of scientific information, promote open access to research results and ensure access to the full-text of publications, while complying with publishing constraints.
ARCA can also be queried from cerCa’.
For more information, see the Open Access page.

Theses repository

It contains PhD theses discussed since 1 January 2010 and Master's degree theses and old dissertations submitted since the 2012 summer session.
The archive can also be queried from cerCa’.

Digital Archives

The Digital Archives make available historical and archival Ca’ Foscari documents for the purpose of:

  • promoting awareness of special collections relevant to Ca' Foscari University of Venice
  • stimulating and promoting Ca’ Foscari studies
  • creating virtual collections that bring together different formats and materials stored in different places
  • limiting the direct consultation of fragile and problematically preserved originals
  • widening and facilitating access to documents that are difficult to access
  • developing collaborative activities with other institutions and the local area
  • reaching a wide and varied audience, not necessarily of an academic nature

Images, films, audio, e-books and other digitised materials are freely available online.



Phaidra, an acronym for Permanent Hosting, Archiving and Indexing of Digital Resources and Assets, is an archiving platform for digital objects developed by the University of Vienna and managed by the University of Padua, joined by Ca' Foscari University of Venice and the IUAV University of Venice. It enables the use of rare documents or documents of special historical, artistic, cultural or academic interest that would otherwise be difficult to access.

Through Phaidra, the University Library System aims at creating an open-access digital archive for the perpetual preservation of historical, scientific and educational documents concerning Ca' Foscari University of Venice, from its origins to the present day.
Digitisation projects of resources of various kinds (monographs, periodicals, photographs, audio/video...) envisage the creation of digital collections aimed at a broader use of the documentary funds.
Phaidra currently hosts materials from the University's libraries, departments, centres and historical archives, as well as Edizioni Ca' Foscari publications.

In addition to the featured collections present on the Phaidra homepage and in the menu All collections (by selecting Ca' Foscari Venezia), there are several other collections that can be searched using the most common search engines by adding the specification “Phaidra” (e.g. Balboni Phaidra) or using the search mask on the Phaidra homepage by entering keywords (e.g. Census).

Consult the help page, which, in addition to general information on the platform, also contains printable guides.

Opere di Giovannella Cresci Marrone (Works of Giovannella Cresci Marrone)
This collection comprises the scientific contributions published over a period of more than forty years of research by Giovannella Cresci Marrone in the field of ancient and, in particular, Roman history.
The archive is divided into two collections, representing the two areas of Giovannella Cresci Marrone's work:   Contributi di Storia politicae Contributi di Epigrafia (Political History and Contributions on Epigraphy) and Storia territoriale (Territorial History).

Thesaurus di Linguistica Educativa (Thesaurus of Educational Linguistics)
This collection brings together the original contributions of Paolo Balboni, honorary professor and senior researcher at Ca' Foscari University of Venice. It includes the 16 topics in which the author has made an original and significant contribution to the study of Educational Linguistics. Each theme is addressed in a video accompanied by pdf essays and an overall handout of the 16 videos.

Mnemedance - Memory in Motion. Re-Membering Dance History
A project by Professor Susanne Franco, who investigates the relationship between dance and memory through interviews in order to rethink dance history as a subject that can have an impact on other artistic fields and in the humanities.

The Census. A census of private account books in Florence, 1211-1499
A complete census of private account books in Florence between 1211 and 1499. Thanks to a grant funded by Ca' Foscari University of Venice, under the supervision of Chiara Saccon and Massimo Warglien, Francesco Bettarini, curator of the census, based his work on the research of Richard Goldthwaite and Marco Spallanzani, who collected an enormous amount of data in public and private archives and, starting from their original notes, verified and expanded the archival information, organising the data on a searchable database.

BAUM digitised microfilms of Italian Studies

A collection of 1,440 microfilms of interest to the disciplinary scientific fields of Italian studies and history, digitised by BAUM and made available online, on the ResourceSpace, to Ca’ Foscari members who make a request to

Among the titles included are various editions of Milione (about Marco Polo's travels), works by Dante, Petrarch and Boccaccio, and many other reproductions of codices owned by the most important Italian and foreign libraries (Biblioteca Medicea Laurenziana, Biblioteca Nazionale Centrale di Firenze, Bodleian Library in Oxford, Cambridge University Library, etc.).

I caduti cafoscarini (The Fallen of Ca’ Foscari)

A database containing information, images and documents of the more than two hundred students, ex-students and professors who fell during the conflicts of the 20th century, whose names are engraved on stone slabs in a small old courtyard of Ca' Foscari University of Venice headquarters.
At the centre of the memorial set up in 1946, stands the statue of the mythological Niobe, who mourns her slain children and is the symbolic and emotional focus of this evocative space.
The Fallen of Ca’ Foscari database is based on information found in the course of dedicated research and is open to any updates that heirs, acquaintances or scholars may wish to make.

Last update: 19/06/2024