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Not just the record of a banking group,
but also a collective cultural asset of great value

The papers provide a collective account through the many different types of documents they contain: this is the wealth of sources in Intesa Sanpaolo’s Historical Archives.

A documentary heritage

Not just banking documents, but papers telling the stories of families and their lives, the history of Italian businesses and the vicissitudes of the entire country: thousands of historical sources open to everyone in Intesa Sanpaolo’s Historical Archives. 

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Photographic archives

280,000 photographs dating from the mid-19th century onwards, a record of the banking institutions incorporated with Intesa Sanpaolo, enhanced with invaluable donations from private owners.

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The iconographic and museum catalogue

In this section, objects meet paper and the Archives become a museum, with a collection of over 20,000 drawings, pieces of commercial art, coins, medals, money boxes and calculating machines.

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The audio-visual and multimedia section

The history of Intesa Sanpaolo and the many banking institutions that have joined the Group, told through 3,400 videos: events, documentaries, interviews, press conferences, newspaper reports, commercials and home movies.

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The historical library

Thousands of volumes belonging to the historical libraries and a copy of publications issued by Intesa Sanpaolo and its previous banking institutions: this is the rich literary heritage held by the Historical Archives, open to everyone for consultation.

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Publifoto Archives

A photographic record of Italian history from 1937 to the 1990s: Intesa Sanpaolo’s Publifoto Archives. Acquired in 2015, this national cultural asset is now safeguarded and showcased with the utmost care by the Historical Archives

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A vast cultural heritage protected and enhanced for the scholars of today and tomorrow

Intesa Sanpaolo’s Historical Archives started life in 1984 as the historical archives of Banca Commerciale Italiana; their aim is to safeguard and make accessible the great documentary heritage of a business whose roots date back to the 16th century, one which has grown over time by incorporating over 300 different banking institutions.  

This task gives the Historical Archives a key role in promoting the financial and non-financial history of nineteenth and twentieth century Italy.

Consultation regulations

A few simple rules are all that are needed to access the Historical Archives and consult the documents.

The Archives can be consulted by appointment from Monday to Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

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How to reach us

Historical Archives
Intesa Sanpaolo

Reading room and exhibition rooms:
Via Morone 3, 20121 - Milan

How to reach the Historical Archives
Metro Line 1: Alight at Duomo
Metro Line 3: Alight at Montenapoleone or Duomo
Tram: line 1 Via Manzoni

Historical Archives Intesa Sanpaolo-Patrimonio Archivistico IMI

How to reach the Archives from Termini Station:

Line B to S. Paolo Basilica, from S. Paolo Basilica:

train to Roma Lido (Ostia), alight at Acilia and walk to Via Orazio Amato 78