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The Centro studi Piero Gobetti is a cultural institute dedicated to the study of 20th century history and political thought. (Via Fabro 6 - 10122 Torino, tel. and fax 011/531429 - tel. only 011/535655, e-mail: [to0250@biblioteche.reteunitaria.piemonte.it] and [info@centrogobetti.it].

Opening hours: Monday to Friday access to collections from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. and study facilities 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.

" The Centro Studi named after Piero Gobetti is today one of Italy’s most important and prestigious cultural institutes. It is a non-profit association, accorded legal status in 1972.   The Board of Directors  is appointed by the General Assembly of Members on a three-year term. The Board nominates the President and her/his Deputy among its members.
The Centro was founded in 1961 at the initiative of Gobetti’s wife, Ada Prospero, his son Paolo and spouse Carla, and of a number of friends, influential personalities of Italy’s culture and artistic world, including  Franco Antonicelli, Norberto Bobbio, Felice Casorati, Walter Maturi, Piero Pieri,  Renato Treves, Franco Venturi.  Its original mission was to preserve Piero Gobetti’s  library, documents and personal archives, and provide comprehensive access to scholars and interested public.  Since its inception the Centro has collected historical materials, promoted scientific projects, organized Conferences  and Exhibits, sponsored research on Gobetti’s life and times, his studies, political and cultural initiatives, as well as on the numerous personalities who collaborated with his   activities as a publisher and as a promoter of political ideas and ideals that permeated the entire history of Italy’s Novecento.               
In the course of over forty years of activity, the Centro has constantly expanded  its collections of books and documentary materials. Today’s holdings include 60,000 volumes, 4,000 historical collections of journals and newspapers, and 40 archives of personal documents of historical interest.  The most recent outstanding bequest is Norberto Bobbio’s research collection and personal archives. Professor N. Bobbio was among the founders of the Centro, and the main inspirator of  the Centro’s cultural and scientific activities.  He served as President for over 30 years, and passed away in  2004.
Bobbio’s library and archives are a corpus of outstanding historical relevance.  In addition to invaluable collections of historical volumes dealing with history, philosophy, jurisprudence and politics, they include most of Professor Bobbio’s personal correspondence and study notes since the Thirties. They document his professional life and events since the beginning of his academic career (Bobbio lectured at the University of Siena in 1939-40 ) , and fundamental aspects of the cultural life of  the last century in Italy and abroad.   Since  1999 the Centro has digitalized  most of the works of and on Norberto Bobbio, in order to respond to the increasing requests of consultation by scholars and researchers (accessible at and www.centrogobetti.it.  The Centro Studi Piero Gobetti  aims at completing the development of digital resources on the opus of  N. Bobbio and at providing access to all interested parties:  this initiative will become one of the missions of the Centro’s activities  in the years to come.
In addition to Piero e Ada Gobetti’s papers and documents, which are the original nucleus of the Center, the historical archive also contains numerous resources for the study of 20th century history, antifascism and the labour movement. Among the most important are Franco Antinicelli Collection, the Collection of the Piedmont Consigli di gestione (worker’s run councils which managed the factories of Northern Italy immediately after the end of World War II), the Silvio Trentin Collection, the Giuseppe Rapelli Collection, and Marcello Vitale Collection of works on political and social movements during the 1960s and 70s. Adjoining the historical archive collections are the photo archives (approximately 5.560 photos, negatives and photographic plates)."

Last updated the 27th of February 2008.