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The Historic Archive: a heritage of documents, images and videos

Our Historic Archive is in Turin. It is the biggest business archive in Italy and one of the biggest in Europe. Our shelves of documents stretch for more than 12 miles.

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It covers the evolution of the power grid between the late 19th century and 1962, and of the telephone network from its origins to the 2000s.

The archive assembles sources and memories to reconstruct the story of these two great technologies in Italy.

It is more than an archive; it is a museum that tells a lively story of our companies, of technological innovation, and of the work of those who came before us. To visit it you will need to book ( Since opening to the public in 2018 it has welcomed more than 2,000 visitors.

It was set up in 1992 and recognised in the same year as being of "notable cultural interest" by the Department of Archival Heritage for Piedmont and the Aosta Valley, part of the then Ministry for Cultural Heritage and Environments. 

On the Archive's  website, academics, students, researchers, employees and enthusiasts can learn more online about the story of telecommunications.

One particularly innovative section of the site is "The history of conection", an immersive experience that takes you, on your mobile phone or computer, through the evolution of telecommunications. Objects in the archive are photographed and reproduced in 3D, then, along with the documents, sent on a trip down a telephone wire to take us into different places and times leading right up to the present day.

Figures for the Archive

20 linear km

miles of documentary archive, 24 files and 18,000 items, from the late 19th century to the late 20th

70,000 images

in the visual archive and 2,500 videos

800 copies

of the main Italian newspapers in the newspaper archive from every year since the 1930s.  Every edition of 38 company journals connected to Telecom Italia

4,000 volumes

on the history and technology of telecommunications in the library, along with dissertations and essays by students researching material in the Archive