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Diplomatic Historical Archive is created

Efficiency, effectiveness and economy are the bywords of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs’ new Diplomatic Historical Archive for the efficient, effective and economic access to the immense reservoir of historical and diplomatic material. Users are ensured rapid access to the documentation of nearly 200 years of Italian pre- and post-unification history.

A rich patrimony now accessible to all

In addition to the private papers of numerous personalities, the archive “holds a rich patrimony of documentation that ranges from materials dating back to the pre-unification States to that produced by the Ministry in Rome and foreign missions – as far back as documentation of the former Italian Ministry of Africa”, explained Stefania Ruggeri, State Archive Coordinator, Section III of the Diplomatic Historical Archive during her presentation of the initiative at the Forum PA on the 30th of May. And thanks to the new portal this precious patrimony – over 13 kilometres of material documenting nearly two centuries of diplomatic history – will now be more easily accessible to researchers and students.

A new portal for more rapid results

Thanks to the new portal it will now be possible to make on-line requests for authorisation to consult documents, reserve a place in the study hall and signal the documentation to be consulted. Moreover, it will also be possible to book research at a distance that will be performed by the ministry staff, the results of which will be sent directly to the e-mail or postal address of the person requesting. All instruments created with one clear goal in mind: to simplify and improve the relationship between citizens and the institution through efficient and effective service.