Documentary Heritage

The Archive and the Library are composed of millions of documents of different types: from posters to drawings, from books to magazines, from videos to audio recordings. It is a heritage that tells the story of one of the largest Italian companies.


The heritage preserved and catalogued concerns the activities carried out over more than a century by the companies of the Olivetti Group. We are the custodians of a fundamental piece of Italian industrial history of the twentieth century.

The Historical Archive

Among official documents, photographs, drawings, videos and audio recordings, posters and products, the Olivetti Historical Archive preserves more than one hundred years of industrial history: millions of materials that represent the creative, cultural and productive baggage of one of the most important companies in Italian history. In addition, the Archive includes the archival collections of the Olivetti family, the Ludovico Quaroni Archive and the Friedrich Georges Friedmann Archive.

The Library

The Library of the Olivetti Historical Archive specialises in the history of the Olivetti Company, its founders and those who have collaborated with the company. The collection includes, for the most part, monographs, grey literature, and periodicals from the Olivetti factory libraries. At the moment, the Library has more than 21,000 titles and since 2014 is part of the Library System of Ivrea and Canavese.

Via Miniere, 31 – 10015 Ivrea (TO)

Open Monday to Friday
8.30 a.m. •12.30 p.m. / 1.30 p.m. • 5.00 p.m.

You can also contribute!

The Olivetti Historical Archive Association
brings together the largest number of documents
relating to Olivetti. If you are in possession
of photographs, videos, machines or simple
documents related to the history of Olivetti
and you want to contribute to the documentary heritage
of the Historical Archive, send an email

Archivi Digitali Olivetti makes available online for the first time a unique cultural collection relating to Olivetti’s interdisciplinary history, from 1908 to today.

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