Fondazione Ansaldo

Fondazione Ansaldo

Declaration of significant historic interest of 13/03/2006

The papers representing the archive of the Finanziaria Marittima (Finmare) company were acquired for free use in November 1999 with the collaboration of the Archival Superintendency for the Region of Liguria.

Finmare, which went into voluntary receivership in 1999, was set up by I.R.I. in 1936 within a state reorganisation and streamlining project of its maritime services, which aimed to coordinate, address and guarantee the activities of the Italian, Lloyd Triestino, Adriatica and Tirrenia lines with adequate financial means; these had also been incorporated in 1936, and Finmare became the majority shareholder.

These lines were assigned the four sectors of maritime traffic which grouped together the passenger and freight lines and services of “primary national interest” with the Americas, Africa, Asia, the Adriatic and the eastern Mediterranean, the Tyrrhenian sea, Libya and the western Mediterranean.

The archival documentation, deposited in three different stages due to the time constraints and legal requirements of the holding company, is composed of around 2,200 items (registers and envelopes), in good condition and partially organised, with documents ranging in date from 1936 to the 1980s, produced both by Finmare and its subsidiaries and associate companies at the time.

To date it has been possible to perform only an initial check and partially catalogue the archival material, which has allowed similar document groups to be identified relating above all to correspondence and corporate, administrative and accounting documentation and a summary list of the size to be prepared.

More specifically, the Foundation is in possession of the minutes of the board of administration, shareholders', board of auditors, management and executive committee meetings, both for Finmare from 1937 to the late 1970s and for the most important shipping companies. It also contains all annual reports, both printed and typewritten, again from 1937 onwards, as well as those for the companies which came into service over time, such as Aurora di Navigazione, Grisella, Mutuamar. Selom, Sirm, Almare, Sidermar, Toremar, Caremar. Siremar.


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