I have today written to the Biblioteca Ambrosiana in Milan, as follows.
I believe that Notre Dame University in the USA have a set of microfilms of the manuscript collection of the Biblioteca Ambrosiana:
But they say that “Notre Dame is no longer able to supply microfilms or photographs from the Ambrosiana. Monsignor Gianfranco Ravasi, Prefect of the Biblioteca Ambrosiana, has stipulated that all such requests be sent directly to the library.” (and in writing on paper).
Is this true? If it is true, may I ask why? It makes the library look bad.
I went to your website, which is in Italian only. Few English-speakers know Italian well. I was unable to find any way to order copies of manuscripts. I was unable to find any manuscripts online.
This is the age of the internet. Surely it is morally wrong to make it difficult for scholars to access manuscripts?
It would be unfair to criticise a library without giving them the chance to respond, of course. It will be interesting to see if I get a reply.