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APICE Archives  

APICE is an acronym for “Archivi della Parola, dell'Immagine e della Comunicazione Editoriale” (“Words, Images and Publishing Communication Archives”).

The centre, established in October 2002, collects, preserves and utilises valuable and rare books and archives.

Starting with a core group of University-owned works, including the Alfieri book store, the APICE Centre has acquired the libraries and archives of several important 20th century publishing houses, as well as private collections, which document the history of publishing in the modern and contemporary age, giving an insight into the lives of those who worked in the sector: writers, artists, illustrators, typographers, printers, critics, publishers.

At the present time, APICE holds approximately 60,000 volumes, as well as the following archive collections and book stocks:

  • Valentino Bompiani Archive and Book Stock
  • Gina Lagorio Archive
  • Antonio Porta Archive and Library
  • Ricciardi Archive and Library
  • Scheiwiller Archive and Library
  • Alberto Vigevani Archive
  • Giovanni Gandini Archive
  • Alfieri Book Stock
  • Marengo Book Stock
  • Gabriele Mucchi Library
  • Rapisarda Book Stock
  • Sergio Reggi ‘900 Collection
  • Sonzogno Book Stock

The APICE Centre also manages:

  • the University of Milan’s Historical Archive (Archivio Storico), which preserves the University’s official records. It also incorporates the Archivi aggregati (Aggregated Archives), which document the work of higher education institutions that existed in the region prior to the foundation of the University, as well as the documentary legacies of several affiliated institutions;
  • the Historical Paper Mill Archive (Archivio Storico delle Cartiere) - which provides extensive documentation on the foundation and activities of numerous paper mills between 1932 and 1990, declared to be of historical interest by the Regional Cultural Heritage Board for Friuli Venezia Giulia;
  • a series of smaller book stocks such as: the Paolo Franci Collection, which includes a selection of first editions of 19th century poetry and literature publications; the Wick Book Stock, which consists of approximately 200 children’s books and the Cederna Archive, which documents the activity of the publishing house, primarily through the publisher’s correspondence.

This important cultural heritage is available for study, research and educational activities.

The books are catalogued in the University OPAC while documents are inventoried according to ISAR and ISAD regulations. The most delicate material has been converted to digital format for easy consultation.

The books and documents can be consulted, by appointment, at the Centre in Via Noto 6, Milan (Monday to Friday, from 9.00 a.m. to 5.00 p.m.).

Centro Apice (Italian text)

Via Noto 6
20141 Milan


For information and bookings contact:

Raffaella Gobbo
Tel: 02/503.32054 Fax: 02/503.32052

Claudia Piergigli
Tel: 02/503.32051 Fax: 02/503.32052