The Archivio centrale dello Stato holds the documents of the central governing bodies (Prime minister’s office, ministries, consultative and jurisdictional bodies) from the Unity of Italy (1861) onwards, with the exception of parliamentary records and those of the Foreign Affairs Ministry and Armed Forces, which have their own historic archives.
The documents are hosted in a three floor repository in the central building and in one of the two side buildings. There are about 110 kilometers of shelves distributed over an area of 20000 square meters.
After the Second World War, when the Republic replaced the Monarchy, many other holdings were added to the first group of documents: the records of Mussolini’s Private Secretary, the National Fascist Party archives and those of Police bodies acting during the Regime, documents produced by the ministries of the Republic, the Italian Royal Family (Casa Savoia) and the archives of the Prime Minister’s Office, and above all the Constitution of the Republic.
Over the years an important collection of private archives of politicians, artists and men of letters was formed. There are very important archives of prime ministers such as Depretis, Ricasoli, Crispi, Giolitti; of military personalities such as Badoglio and Graziani; leading characters in the history of the Republic, including Nenni, Parri, and La Malfa; architetcts and artists like Benedetto, Moretti, Minnucci and many others.
Furthermore, the Archivio centrale dello Stato holds the archives of some public corporations such as Iri, Enel and Eur, companies such as Sogene, as well as important photographic collections, such as First World War images and the original films of USIS (United States Information Service).
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