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educator , historian , Librarian

John Alfred Tedeschi, Italian historian, librarian, educator. Grantee American Philosophical Society, 1961; grantee National Endowment of the Humanities, 1967; Old Dominion fellow Harvard University Center Renaissance Studies, Florence, Italy, 1967-1968; fellow Institute Research in Humanities, University Wisconsin-Madison, 1976-1977; Huntington Library fellow, 1984.


Tedeschi, John Alfred was born on July 17, 1931 in Modena, Italy. Came to the United States, 1939, naturalized, 1944. Son of Caesar George and Piera (Forti) Tedeschi.


Bachelor, Harvard University, 1954. Master of Arts, Harvard University, 1960. Doctor of Philosophy, Harvard University, 1966.


Bibliographer European history and literature, Newberry Library, Chicago, 1965-1984;curator rare books and manuscripts, head department special collections, Newberry Library, Chicago, 1970-1982;director Center Renaissance Studies, Newberry Library, Chicago, 1979-1984;curator rare books and special collections, Memorial Library University of Wisconsin -Madison, 1984-1996. Lecturer history University of Chicago, 1969-1971. Visiting professor University of Illinois-Chicago, 1972-1973, Adjunct Professor, 1979-1984.



Served with United States Army, 1954-1956. Member American Society Reformation Research (president 1972), Renaissance Society of America (executive board 1971-1996), 16th Century Studies Conference (president 1987), Archive of Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (Vatican City. President 1999-2002, scholarly advisory committee), University Trieste, Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (the Vatican), General Administration for Archives (Rome.

President scholarly advisory committee for collaborative project to catalogue electronically dispersed Inquisitorial sources, since 2004. Livorno, Italy scholarly advisory committee to plan for 4th centenary of elevation to status of a city, 2004-2006), Academy Ambrosiana (Milan)(elected member 2008), American History Association, Institute Nazionale Di Studi Sul Rinascimento(elec consigliere onorario, 2009), Renaissance Society of America.


Married Anne Wood Christian, September 8, 1956. Children: Martha, Philip, Sara.

Caesar George Tedeschi

Piera (Forti) Tedeschi

Anne Wood Christian

Martha Tedeschi

Philip Tedeschi

Sara Tedeschi