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    Historical Archive of Assicurazioni Generali


    Holdings - The Central Head Office in Trieste (1927)

    The Historical Archive of Assicurazioni Generali is staffed by an internal team of specialized archivists and preserves the documents created or acquired by the Central Head Office of Trieste during its activity and includes a wide variety of papers, ranging from the minutes of governing bodies’ meetings to the paperwork of the various internal departments, from 1831, the year the Company was established, to the end of the 20th Century.

    Holdings - Hail insurance charts (1884)

    After a wide-ranging preliminary survey, the original order of documents, series and fonds is being restored to a great extent and papers are thus available to users thorough proper IT tools (searchable databases), reports, guides and digital reproductions.

    Holdings - Royal decree signed by King Charles Albert, authorizing Generali to operate in the Kingdom of Sardinia (1840)

    The 19th Century: the archive houses complete rearranged collections of: deeds of incorporation, articles of association, financial reports, minutes of governing bodies’ meetings, accounting books, the Central Secretariat correspondence since 1879, the Venetian Head Office circulars since 1884.

    It also contains other isolated but significant records, such as collections of life and non-life policies, agency mandates, government licenses for operation in foreign countries, photographic albums as well as manuscripts of prominent Company leaders.

    The 20th Century: the volume of documents from the 1900s is far larger than that of the 1800s.

    Complete series include – in addition to the papers required by law, such as the minutes of the governing bodies’ meetings and accounting books – senior managers’ correspondence, the technical papers of various Central Head Office departments (Life, Non-Life, Personnel, Foreign Business Office, Central Secretariat, Central Accounting, Real Estate, Legal Affairs, the Representative Office in Rome) and an ample collection of advertising material.

    Holdings - Job application received from Franz Kafka (1907), internal pages with handwritten curriculum vitae
    Holdings - Postcard reproducing the project designed by architect Umberto Di Segni for the Assicurazioni Generali pavilion at the Tripoli exhibition (1933)
    Holdings - Headquarters of Assicurazioni Generali in Prague (1937)

    In brief


    • Approx. 65,000 items (boxes, folders, registers, loose documents, etc.) covering an area of 15 linear kilometers of shelving;
    • Approx. 3,000 fully digitized and searchable volumes (accounting books, minutes of governing bodies’ meetings, articles of association and financial statements, together with a rich collection of loose photographs, photo albums and historical printed material);
    • 56 fonds;
    • 24 archives of single departments under the Central Head Office of Trieste;
    • Numerous related archives (of agencies and companies not directly dependent upon the Trieste Central Head Office), as well as fonds of the Chairman’s Office, the Head Offices of Venice and Milan, and the Anonime Grandine e Infortuni (the companies that provided insurance cover against damage from hail and accidents).



    Upon appointment, Mondays through Thursdays from 9.30 to 12.30 / 14.30 to 16.30, on Fridays from 9.30 to 12.00.



    A reading room, a cloakroom, pc work stations and archive search tools. Guided visits to the Archive may be organized upon appointment.



    All collections may be freely accessed in accordance with current Italian laws, except as otherwise provided by the Archive staff, and are available to both internal and external researchers within the confines of the Archive location. Photographic reproductions—also with personal equipment—and publication of Archive documents are allowed subject to authorization.



    Archivio Storico Assicurazioni Generali
    largo don Bonifacio, 1
    I-34125 Trieste
    T: +39 040 671750
    F: +39 040 6799664