Biographical information on donors and the content of individual collections.

Roberto Barbieri collection (1947-2008)

Publishing agent and historian.

Barbieri showed a lifelong commitment to Catholic movements. He pursued a political career as an exponent of Democrazia Cristiana and PPI. Highly knowledgeable in history, Barbieri wrote and edited texts, including a manual, encyclopaedia volumes and popularisation writings. He contributed to the journal “Social Trends”, and created and edited the cultural insert of “Europa”. He headed the press office for the publishing house Jaca Book.

This collection includes more than 3,500 volumes on political thinking, the history of Italy and the Catholic Church in the 20th Century.

Silvano Burgalassi collection (1921-2004)

A well-known scholar of the evolution of religious matters and sociological problems in Italy, Monsignor Burgalassi was also an enthusiast of the history of Pisa and its vernacular. He was born on 2 August 1921 in Bibbona and was ordained as a priest in 1946. He taught sociology for many years at the Pontificia Università Lateranense and the Catholic University in Milan. In 1981 he was appointed full professor of sociology at the University of Pisa where he taught until 1996. He was a fellow of numerous academies and cultural institutions, and authored numerous essays and treatises in his field.

The collection includes 2,365 SBN catalogued monographic publications.

Domenico Contigliozzi collection (1921–1990)

An activist of Azione Cattolica Italiana (Catholic Action) from 1935, Contigliozzi took part in the creation of the young people’s movement of Democrazia Cristiana (1943).

A journalist (fo “La punta”, “Politica d’oggi”, “Tendenza”) and an antifascist, Contigliozzi was a lawyer and a member of several Catholic associations, and until 1951 he was a member of Democrazia Cristiana in Rome. He was also a member of the executive council a number of times. In 1948 he founded Associazione dei comitati di rione e di borgata (Association of urban and rural committees), with the aim of providing a participation base to support the administrative activity of Democrazia Cristiana in Rome.

Elected at the municipal level in 1952, he abandoned politics in 1960 to dedicate all of his time to his forensic work.

The collection includes 267 SBN catalogued monographic publications.

Carlo Curcio collection (1898-1971)

After earning a degree in law, Curcio fought on the Piave front in World War I. He was a professional journalist from 1922 to 1934, in 1928 he became a professor of political history at the University of Perugia, and then a full professor from 1934. From 1938 to 1943 he was head of the political science faculty in Perugia. In 1950 he moved to Florence, where he remained until 1968, the year he left teaching, having reached the upper age limit. Born in Naples, Curcio lived in an original way the conflicts of the 20th century. He became distinguished for the importance of the research content of his works, which still today attract wide historiographical interest.

The collection includes 1,797 SBN catalogued monographic publications.

Fulvio D'Amato collection

D’Amato was a friend of Luigi Sturzo, and a Catholic in the Italian People’s Party.

The collection contains rare works relating to the political and social thinking of Catholics between the World Wars and on the thinking of the Italian Catholic movement.

The collection includes 927 SBN catalogued monographic publications.

Gabriele De Rosa collection (1917-2009)

De Rosa was an Italian historian and politician.

In 1958 he became the first full professor of contemporary history in Italy. He taught the same subject at the Universities of Padua, Salerno (where he was rector) and Rome.

His work as historian focused on the Catholic movement in Italy and on Democrazia Cristiana. He is recognized as one of the most important Italian authors on both subjects. He was elected as Senator to the Italian Republic in Legislature X and XI, collection in 1993 the role of Whip for Democrazia Cristiana.

In Legislature XII and XIII, he was elected Deputy of the House, first for Democrazia Cristiana and later for PPI. From 1979 until his death (2009) he was President of Istituto Luigi Sturzo in Rome. The collection includes more than 20,000 volumes, more than 50 texts and approximately 600 excerpts on the history of Catholic thinking, the political and religious history in 20th century Italy. The library of Prof. De Rosa and his works together offer a cut-away view of contemporary history and more than anything of Catholic thinking in 20th century Italy, and is of unquestionable importance.

The SBN cataloguing of his monographic material is in the final stages, and includes selections from collective works, doctoral dissertations selected by the Professor personally and the complete collection of his texts and texts donated to him by scholars.

Fernando Della Rocca collection (1908–2001)

Della Rocca was a lawyer, historian, university professor of canon law, Dean of Sacra Rota, Vice President of the Order of Lawyers in Rome, and the author of more than 450 publications including monographic works and articles.

Member of the Defascistization Committee of the Foreign Ministry in the early post war years. He was plenipotentiary of the Italian government, also in the post war period, to restore diplomatic and cultural ties with countries in North and South America.

He was a friend of Luigi Sturzo and one of the founders of Istituto Luigi Sturzo and the Democrazia Cristiana.

This collection includes a multitude of repertoires, Italian and foreign monographic works on legal subjects and, in particular, contemporary history of the Catholic Church and the Catholic movement, as well as dozens of treatises from the Eighteenth and Nineteenth centuries, mostly related to law, preserved in excellent condition. The donation was completed with the works of Professor Della Rocca, including thousands of texts and articles, generally on legal subjects (with particular reference to family law and the history of the Italian Catholic movement), published over the course of his legal career.

The collection includes 2,506 SBN catalogued monographic publications.

Democrazia Cristiana collection

This includes volumes pertaining to the history of Democrazia Cristiana, works by and on the most important representatives of the Italian Catholic movement, in addition to individual collections relating to various sectors of interest, also regarding Italian history in our century (elections, women’s history, school and rights to education, European politics and so on).

The collection contains:

  • histories of the Catholic movement (local and national);
  • works of a general nature on modern and contemporary history;
  • works on the foundation of the Italian People’s Party;
  • works by and on: De Gasperi, Murri, Dossetti, Toniolo, Sturzo, Spataro, Piccioni, Gronchi, Gioberti, Rosmini, Moro, Cavour, Mussolini and others;
  • Various documents on the social history of the Catholic Church (proceedings of the Settimane Sociali conventions).

The collection includes 5,895 SBN catalogued monographic publications.

Fascism collection

This includes volumes published in the fascist period and regarding the history and works on the twenty years of fascist rule (the “Ventennio Fascista”) from the library of Guido Buffarini Guidi (4 January 1895 – 10 July 1945), an Italian politician.

The collection includes 549 monographic publications in the SBN catalogue.

Pio Fedele collection (1911 - 2004)

Professor of history of canon law at La Sapienza University in Rome.

Before moving to Rome to teach at the University, Pio Fedele was a professor in Perugia for 37 years, from 1937 to 1974.

He was originally a civil lawyer, with Roberto de Ruggero and Filippo Vassalli, and later dedicated his time to ecclesiastic and canonistic studies. In 1941, at the age of 30, he published a general essay on canon law (Discorso generale sull’ordinamento canonico), in which he critically focalized on the juridical points of Church law, which in his opinion was intimately influenced by the objective of salus animarum.

The collection includes more than 5,000 volumes on legal subjects and the history of the modern Italian Catholic Church.

Before being collected in the collection, the material was treated by fumigation by a specialist company after parasitic insects or microorganisms were found on the paper. It is not catalogued.

Vittorio Emanuele and Maria Cristina Giuntella collection (1913 – 1996)

Emanuele was an Italian historian, professor and member of the military. After 8th September 1943, a Lieutenant of the Alpini, he was one of the Italian officials who refused to serve the new Nazi-fascist government and was imprisoned in concentration camps in Poland and Germany.

A historian, librarian for the Senate of the Italian republic, professor of history of the age of Enlightenment at the University of Rome, he dedicated his studies to the Republic of Rome. Constantly committed to human rights, he was one of the most authoritative representatives of Opera Nomadi.

His son is TG1 journalist, Paolo Giuntella. The collection also includes volumes belonging to his daughter, Maria Cristina Giuntella, who was also a 20th Century historian and who died at a young age.

The collection includes 5,439 SBN catalogued monographic publications.

Marcello Lelli collection (1944 -1989)

A university professor of Sociology, he was one of the founders of the Department of Economics, Institutions and Society at the University of Sassari.

The collection includes 4,108 SBN catalogued monographic publications.

Fulvio Maroi collection (1891 - 1954)

Maroi was an Italian jurist, and brother to Lanfranco. A former magistrate, he became a university professor in 1929. He was a professor of civil rights at the universities of Parma, Turin and Rome. He contributed to the reform of the Italian Civil Code. A scholar with a broad culture, he cultivated and was assigned to teach legal papyrology. In addition to his courses and monographic works on civil and agrarian law, Roman law, epigraphy and papyrology, he wrote the commentary to the Lehrbuch des Pandektenrechts by B. Windscheid (Italian translation, 3 vol., 1930); he directed the Dizionario pratico di diritto privato and revised Istituzioni di diritto privato by R. De Ruggiero (1940). His legal writings were published in 2 volumes in 1956.

The collection includes approximately 5,000 volumes and journals and 2,000 pamphlets on legal topics (private law, agricultural law, public law, civil procedure and Roman law). The catalogue is available in the form of paper records.

Gianfranco Merli collection (1924 - 1998)

Merli was a writer, historian, deputy in two legislatures (V and VI), president of the parliamentary committee on the problem of water, and is known for lending his name to the first anti-pollution law, no. 319, which was discussed and approved in 1976 and is still in force. Merli was one of the closest collaborators of President of the Republic of Italy Giovanni Gronchi and headed his press office. Promoter of the earliest initiatives on protecting the environment, when the eutrophication emergency struck and the Autorità dell’Adriatico (Adriatic Authority) was constituted, Merli became secretary, providing important information on the infrastructure and on projects to protect the coast and the sea. After having withdrawn from political life, he was deeply involved in historic research. He founded and directed, among other things “Quaderni di storia e cultura sociale”, publishing numerous studies on parliamentary history. In the last months of his life, he promoted a national committee for the recovery of submerged cultural heritage, launching collaboration projects throughout the Mediterranean area. He also founded the environmental association Movimento Azzurro.

The collection includes 4,744 SBN catalogued monographic publications.

Filippo Micheli collection

Micheli was a physician from Rome, and an enthusiast of antique books.

The collection includes 852 SBN catalogued monographic publications.

Giancarlo Pesce collection

Pesce was a physician and an enthusiast of the history of the Catholic Church.

The collection includes 443 SBN catalogued monographic publications.

Desiderio Pirovano collection (1929 - 1997)

Pirovano was a priest. He studied philosophy and theology for the priesthood at the Compagnia di San Paolo brotherhood and was ordained in Rome in San Giovanni in Laterano on 20 December 1952. He earned a degree in theology from the Gregorian University, and asked to be a priest in the Diocese of Rome. He was a pastor, scholar, theologian, friend and collaborator of Don Angelo Tosato, Father Enrico di Rovasenda, Roberto Ruffilli, Don Antonio Acerbi, Francesco Traniello and Pietro Scoppola.

The collection includes 776 SBN catalogued monographic publications.

Piero Pratesi collection (1925 - 2000)

After earning a degree in law, Pratesi entered the world of journalism.

A Catholic, Pratesi contributed to the weekly magazine “Settegiorni” (which he directed with Ruggero Orfei), as well as the daily newspapers “Avvenire” and “Il Popolo” (of which he became director in 1963). In 1966 he won the Saint-Vincent prize for journalism. He was elected in 1976 with Raniero La Valle and other Catholic intellectuals who ran under the Italian Communist Party. In 1979 he was not elected but appointed to take the place of Alberto Asor Rosa, resigning in December 1980 and conceding the post to Luca Pavolini. In 1979 he became co-director of “Paese Sera”, taking over as managing director in 1982, a position he held until 1984. In 1988 he was one of the founders of “Avvenimenti”.

The collection includes 1,406 SBN catalogued monographic publications.

Giuseppe Rossini collection (1923 - )

Rossini joined RAI (Italy’s national broadcasting company) in 1959. With twenty years of experience, in 1979 he was co-founder and the first director of the Rai 3 TV channel as a representative of Democrazia Cristiana for the Fanfani faction of the party. Half an hour after Rai 3, the television news Tg3 came into being directed by Biagio Agnes (Democrazia Cristiana) with co-director Sandro Curzi (Italian Communist Party) vice-director Alberto La Volpe (Italian Socialist Party) and Orazio Guerra. He was Director at Rai 3 until 1987 when Rai 3 and Tg3 came under the influence of the Italian Communist Party, Rai 2 and Tg2 of the Italian Socialist Party, and Rai 1 and Tg1 of Democrazia Cristiana. Rossini became director at Rai 1 taking the place of Emanuele Milano, in the meantime being appointed to head Telemontecarlo, leaving Rai 3 to Angelo Guglielmi. Giuseppe Rossini would remain the director of the Rai flagship channel until 1989.

The Library includes approximately 4,000 monographic volumes, about twenty journals (from different years and some from the 19th Century preserved in excellent condition) on subjects relating to the studies and activity of Professor Rossini, namely classical treatises on Italian history in the 20th Century, history of the political movements of the centre and, in particular, the works of publishers adhering to the values of Democrazia Cristiana such as Edizioni 5 Lune, of which he was one of the founders.

Meuccio Ruini collection (1977-1970)

Italian politician, President of the Senate in 1953; senator for life since 1963.

The collection includes 234 SBN catalogued monographic publications.

Paolo Scandaletti collection

Scandaletti is a writer who has published prize-winning biographies that have been translated into other languages, including Antonio da Padova (Rusconi, 1981, 4 editions - Marietti 2002, Castiglioncello award for the best biography), Galileo Privato (Camunia, 2 editions), Gaspara Stampa in Come ho amato (Rizzoli 1992) and Chiara d'Assisi (Rizzoli BUR 2002). He is also the author of Venezia è caduta on the demise of the Republic of Venice (Neri Pozza 1997, 3 editions), which won the Selezione Estense award and Librai Città di Padova prize. As a journalist, he worked at “II Gazzettino” and at RAI (Italy’s national broadcasting company), he published political essays and essays on communication, he directed “DESK” and conducted research on the professions of communicators at the LUISS University in Rome, he taught history of journalism at the University Suor Orsola in Naples. He is coordinator of the project “Rileggiamo la Grande Guerra” for the Friuli - Venezia Giulia Region.

The collection includes 1,481 SBN catalogued monographic publications.

Mario Scelba collection (1901 - 1991)

Scelba was an Italian politician, president of the Council of Italian Ministers from 10 February 1954 to 6 July 1955, and President of the European Parliament from 1969 to 1971. In the 1948 elections, he became a deputy to the Italian Parliament.

He was Interior Minister from 2 February 1947 to 7 July 1953 (from 11 July to 18 September 1952 he was replaced by Giuseppe Spataro because of an illness), from 10 February 1954 to 6 July 1955 and from 26 July 1960 to 21 February 1961; he was President of the Council of Ministers from 10 February 1954 to 6 July 1955.

The collection includes 280 SBN catalogued monographic publications.

Pietro Scoppola collection (1926 - 2007)

Scoppola was an historian, teacher and Italian politician, and one of the leading Italian exponents of democratic Catholicism.

From 1974 to 1978 he was editor-in-chief for “Il Mulino”.

In the 1960s, he sided in favour of a law on divorce, in contrast with the position taken by his party, Democrazia Cristiana. In particular, “in 1974 he was among the promoters of the Committee in the referendum to legalize divorce. His stance as militant Catholic was clearly very important for the victory of the referendum promoters.” On the other hand, he was in favour of the referendum which intended to cancel law no. 194 legalizing abortion in Italy, deeming that it was an “abortist” law and aimed at “removing the responsibility” for the unborn.

In Legislature IX (1983-1987) he was elected independent senator on the Democrazia Cristiana lists. He was one of the leading scholars of Alcide De Gasperi worldwide.

In 1992, he joined the political movement Unione dei Progressisti 18 ottobre. In more recent years, he moved closer to the Margherita (the Daisy) party, in particular to the Popolari group. From 2003 to 2007, he was national chairman of Rete dei Cittadini. He was ordinary professor of Contemporary History at La Sapienza University in Rome.

The material includes more than 6,000 volumes from his own library.

Social Service collection

This consists of works in Italian language and English in particular, donated by SOSTOSS - Società per la Storia del Servizio Sociale. They primarily regard the history of residential public building, urban planning, territorial policy, the activity of local bodies, social services in urban areas, the methodology of social services, and the work of the social centres since the 1970s; this collection was recently enriched with other journal and monographic material from the collection of Mons. Giovanni Cattaui De Menasce.

The collection includes 820 SBN catalogued monographic publications.

Emo Sparisci collection (1921 - 2005)

Sparisci was a senior official at the Chamber of Deputies and Private Secretary to Giovanni Gronchi in his years as President of the Congress of Deputies and President of the Republic of Italy. He was awarded the Grand Cross, the highest honour of the Republic of Italy.

In his retirement years, he dedicated his time to historical studies, benefitted by his vast and in-depth culture in the humanities: he was a member of the Scientific Committee of the G. Gronchi educational centre in Pontedera, and diligently studied the personality of the Tuscan statesman and the historic events of which he was protagonist. Tied by a strong bond of affection to the city of Fabriano, who he had to leave at a very young age, in 1986 he founded the Centro Studi Don Giuseppe Riganelli, a cultural institution that has established regional importance, of which he was initially acting President, and later honorary President until his death.

He is credited with starting and developing the line of research and studies relating to Catholic movement in Fabriano.

The collection includes 845 SBN catalogued monographic publications.

Giorgio Spitella collection (1925 - 2001)

Provincial secretary to Democrazia Cristiana in Perugia, national vice secretary to Spes (the study, propaganda and press office of Democrazia Cristiana). He was elected for the first time in 1968 and reconfirmed in 1972, later also holding the post of Under-Secretary of Education in the Moro IV and V governments.

In 1976 he was elected as Senator, going on to be re-elected four times, the last time in 1987. He was a member of the Education Commission, Cultural Heritage; Foreign Affairs; Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe and WEU. He was Under-Secretary of Cultural and Environmental Heritage during the Andreotti III, IV and V governments.

In 1982 he was elected as rector at the Italian University for Foreigners in Perugia.

The material includes a few hundred volumes and is not catalogued.

Paolo Emilio Taviani collection (1912 - 2001)

Taviani was an Italian politician, historian and economist. He earned a gold medal as a member of the Resistance, and was one of the heads of the Partisan Movement in Liguria.

He was a member of the Council of State and the Constituent Assembly of Italy, then a member of the Italian Parliament from 1948 until his death, holding the position of Minister several times, and was one of the leading exponents of Democrazia Cristiana. As a university professor, he published economic studies and important works on Christopher Columbus. As a journalist, he worked with numerous newspapers and journals.

The collection includes 1,755 SBN catalogued monographic publications.

Maria Luisa Trebiliani collection (1923 - 2009)

The last heir to a noble family that served the Duchy of Lucca, Trebiliani, a scholar, dedicated her life to the history of the Risorgimento and in particular to the Duchy of Lucca.

Historian and professor of the Faculty of Educational Science, Professor Trebiliani taught the History of Risorgimento at the University of Rome.

It is constituted of approximately 3,000 volumes that have yet to be catalogued.

UCSI collection

The Unione Cattolica della Stampa Italiana (Catholic Union of Italian Press) promotes active Christian testimonials among media operators, favouring the application of the principles of professional ethics and protection of human dignity.

It includes a few hundred texts that do not yet have an SBN code.


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