At the moment, the Name archive contains over 140,000 names of persons and organizations important to the history of science. Originating as a reference list for the library’s catalogue and for the bibliographies, the archive has been enriched by names utilized in the various databases that have, in recent years, converged in the collective database (for example, the Museum’s catalogue of instruments) and those linked to different types of material that the library has begun to catalogue (archival materials, photographs, etc.). Several thousand names not appearing in the collective database but related to special projects (such as Galileothek@) are also included.
The Name archive is not intended as a biographical archive (only ca. 39,000 names of persons are accompanied by the dates of birth and death, and only ca. 17,000, mostly less well-known figures, have some qualification or brief biographical note). It is instead a useful reference tool for anyone conducting studies in the history of science.