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The main set of documents of our archive comes from the collection of two major Italian industrial groups, the  Sip Electric Group and the Stet-Sip Group.

STET Group advertising campaign, 1941

STET Group advertising campaign, 1941

The sheer size of the archive gives a clear indication of its importance.

The document archive, currently consisting of 23 catalogued stocks, includes more than 19,000 archival pieces extending for more than 1,300 linear metres. Other stocks, with an extension of approximately 144 linear metres, are currently being catalogued. The oldest papers date back to the end of the 19th century, and the most recent ones regard to foundation of Telecom Italia. The recent addition from the former ASST archive amounting to approximately 6,000 linear metres of documentation is of great significance. The records of the former State Agency are now being inventoried.

The image archive contains approximately 64,000 images. The catalogued part, divided into 26 stocks, contains approximately 20,000 images including photographs, negatives and slides that are mostly from the company magazines “Cronache dal Gruppo” (Stet) and “Selezionando” (Stipel and Sip).

The library contains approximately 3,850 books, mainly dealing with the history of telecommunications in Italy and abroad.

The periodicals collection has 38 corporate periodicals of the companies forming part of the history of Sip, Stet and Telecom Italia, and approximately 800 periodicals from the ASCAI (Association for the Development of Corporate Communications in Italy). Out of these, 679 are corporate reviews of Italian companies, and 91 are corporate reviews of foreign companies.

The audiovisual sections have corporate films and videos in various formats (film, Betacam, VHS and others), with material for staff training, corporate communications and the advertising of products and services. The oldest documents date to before World War II, and the most recent ones are contemporary.

The museum collection consists of more than 1,800 objects, catalogued and inserted in a database that users can consult as photographic documentation. There are telecommunications devices and equipment including exchanges, dialling devices, metres, duplex sets, relays, testing tables, telephones for public and private use, work tools and other items.

 

Consult the documentation in the TIM historical archive

Consult the documentation in the TIM historical archive

The historical archive in figures

Our archive - 1,300 linear metres - contains 23 catalogued stocks, 19,000 archival units, 64,000 images, 3,850 books and 1,800 catalogued objects.