To fulfil the Assicurazioni Generali’s wish to contribute to the dissemination
of insurance culture, this section makes available to Internet users - clients,
shareholders, researchers and the general public - the Online Catalogues of two of the Generali Group's libraries in Italy, those of the Head Office in Trieste and Ina Assitalia in Rome.
The common denominator of the collections, which have grown as a result of shrewd
acquisitions and donations, is that they feature historic insurance volumes, including some 16th and 17th century works. They are partly differentiated
by content: the Trieste library includes a local history collection, while the Rome library
focuses more on periodicals. The works housed in the libraries were published
in Italy and other countries; they are mainly written in Italian, but some are
in German, French and English.
The Central Library of Assicurazioni Generali in Trieste started to grow right from the Company’s
incorporation in 1831. Later the Company's Chairman Marco Besso, an enthusiastic
bibliophile and tireless book collector, officially created a second library at
what was then the Venice Office in St. Mark’s Square. At present, the Trieste
Library that also includes the Venetian collections, contains some 30.000 publications on insurance science, law, economics, actuarial mathematics and statistics.
The "A. Donati" Library, founded in Rome in 1912 at the same time as the Istituto Nazionale delle Assicurazioni
(INA), contains some 32.000 books and over 250 journal titles, both contemporary and historic, on the Company’s special line subjects. When INA was acquired in 2000, its library went to increase the library holdings
of Generali Group.
access the Trieste Library by appointment
photocopy its material subject to the legal limits
borrow its books (this service is restricted to employees of the Group)
For further information, please e-mail the Trieste Central Library.
Those willing to further explore the subject of insurance history can visit the
Fondazione Mansutti (Italian language only).
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