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Via E. De Sonnaz 13 - 10121 Torino (Italia)
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The Archives are divided in 9 sections (Local Cremation Societies, the
Archives of the Italian Federation for Cremation, Laws and Funerary Police
Regulations, Personages, Funerals of Celebrities, Funerals of Subversive
Persons, Religious Minorities, Death during the French Revolution, Iconography)
with a total of 850 fascicles of
documents and records from all over Italy, and specifically from the State
Central Archives, the different local State Archives, the Municipalities
Archives, the local Cremation Societies and the Italian Federation of the
Cremation Societies. The chronological period covered by these documents goes
from the French Revolution to II World War.
Local Cremation Societies:
with its 664 fascicles, divided in 210 bundles, it is the largest section of
the Archives and includes records related to the establishment and history of
the Italian Cremation Societies of Arezzo, Asti, Bergamo, Bologna, Bra,
Cremona, Firenze, Forlì, Genova, Livorno, Lodi, Lugano, Mantova, Milano,
Modena, Novara, Parma, Pavia, Pisa, Pistoia, Perugia, Reggio Emilia, Roma,
Siena, Spoleto, Torino, Venezia, Verona, Udine; of particular importance
are the Historical Archives of the
Turin SOCREM (Cremation Society) with all original documents that go back to
1882 (190 bundles, 570 fascicles).
Archives of the Italian Federation
for Cremation: this section includes part of the
documents related to the history of the Italian Federation for Cremation (national
and international correspondence, conferences, meetings, by-laws, and
statistics). Including so far 94 fascicles divided in 14 bundles, it will soon
be enlarged by more documents from the Federation (mainly records of various
meetings held all over the world).
Laws and Funerary Police Regulations: with 24 fascicles (3 bundles) includes
the funerary police regulations, the legal procedures concerning bodies and
their transport, and, partially, the correspondence between the Ministry of
the Interior and some cremation societies.
with its 31 fascicles in 4 bundles this section includes biographical
documents concerning those personages that played a fundamental role in the
making of the ‘idea’ of cremation.
“Funerals of Celebrities” and Funerals of Subversive
these are two sections, with 28 fascicles in 4 bundles and 6 fascicles in 1
bundle respectively, that include mainly documents from the Ministry of the
Interior and from the Central Political Registry, concerning the death of
people that either played an important role in the political life of Italy
after its unification, or that were considered dangerous due to their
political ideas, particularly during the fascist period (republicans,
socialists, communists, anarchists, freemasons).
this section includes documents and records concerning the death of Jews,
Waldesians, and Protestants, and the different funerary procedures of each of
these religious minorities. It is now divided in three fascicles (1 bundle).
Death during the French Revolution:
it includes the 40 ‘mémoires’ presented to the Institut de France for the
competition concerning funerary ceremonies and cemeteries in the year VIII
(1801) and other documents related to interment.
includes drawings, plans, projects and photographs mainly concerning the Turin
Cremation Society, but also those of Florence and Perugia. The number of
photographs is being increased in these months.