Association → History, aims and activities


Founded in 1986 on the initiative of the then Secretary General of Olivetti, Paolo Mancinelli, in collaboration with the Adriano Olivetti Foundation, the Olivetti Historical Archive was established and developed between 1987 and 1994 under the scientific direction of Professor Giovanni Maggia, Secretary General of the Adriano Olivetti Foundation.

Collections relating to prominent Olivetti figures and of the Olivetti Company are progressively gathered at the Olivetti Historical Archive, together with collections and resources related to business figures and enterprise. On 12 March 1998, the Archive became an independent entity with the signing of the deed of incorporation of the Olivetti Historical Archive Association, an initiative joining the Olivetti company, the Municipality of Ivrea, the Province of Turin, the Polytechnic University of Turin, Compagnia di San Paolo and the Olivetti Spille d ‘Oro Association as founding members or supporters. The first Assembly of the Olivetti Historical Archive Association ratified the entry of the Adriano Olivetti Foundation; later, Telecom Italia also joined the Association.

The heritage preserved by the Olivetti Historical Archive Association, consisting of documents, letters, books, newspapers, magazines, posters, drawings, photos, films, audiovisuals, products, miniatures and models, is subject to systematic electronic filing and, where possible, digitisation.

In October 1998, the documentary collections kept at Villa Casana were recognised as of “considerable historical interest” by the Archival Superintendence Office for Piedmont and Valle d’Aosta.

Aims & activities

The Association’s activities are not strictly limited to archive retrieval and the cataloguing and preservation of documents. Other activities include providing assistance and consultancy services for academics and researchers, collaboration with private and public bodies in cultural initiatives and developing and producing exhibitions, films, conferences, studies, research and publications aimed at promoting and deepening knowledge of the history and values of Olivetti.

In addition to conserving the Olivetti documentary heritage on behalf of the Adriano Olivetti Foundation, the Association provides for the conservation not only of the documentary heritage of members of the Olivetti Family, but also of other prominent figures who have had important relationships with Olivetti, as for example in the case of the architect Ludovico Quaroni.

The Olivetti Digital Archives platform provides online access to all the documentary heritage that has been filed and digitised to date.

The company archives constitute a unique cross-disciplinary cultural heritage, offering insight into the people, bodies and institutions, as well as documentary collections of Olivetti’s history, from 1908 to today.

The Olivetti Historical Archive Association
adheres to the National Archives System
(Sistema Archivistico Nazionale – SAN)
promoted by the Ministry of Cultural
Heritage and Activities.

The Olivetti Historical Archive Association
participated in the archive
survey project of
Piedmontese companies, conducted by
Piedmont Region and Directorate-General for Archives
of the Ministry of Cultural Heritage and Activities.

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