Eni’s historical archive is at the centre of a wide digitalization campaign which will allow to preserve all the various precious historical materials and which will terminate on the first half of 2020. Consultations of all the archival descriptions are available through different modalities. The minutes of the Board and the Board of Directors, the balance sheets of Eni and Agip plus the two magazines of “Gatto Selvatico” and Ecos, as well as a substantial number of images and some historical films are freely browsable.
The document archive results from long and complex searching, selecting and ordering of cards, making it possible to reconstruct the history of Eni and its companies, the oil industry and Italian energy policy. The stored documents date back to the first years of the 20th century and are gradually increasing in number as Eni's Historical Archive takes on the material no longer in use in the company. All documents which were created over 30 years ago can be freely accessed. The cards provide detailed descriptions and can be reproduced for study and research purposes.
The historical photo archive holds around 500,000 images. The photo fonds cover the history of Eni and its founder Enrico Mattei, its technicians and managers in work and social life, the development of the search for oil, methanisation, the development and exportation of techniques for constructing infrastructure, service station networks, petrochemical and refining plants, real estate for offices and employees. This includes artistic photography by individual and famous studios such as Bruno Stefani, Federico Patellani, Aldo Ballo, Sam Waagenaar, Heinz Roettinger, John Phillips, Mimmo Jodice, Olivo Barbieri, Franco Fontana, Bruno Barbey, Donata Pizzi, Carlo Bavaglioli, Gianni Giansanti, Marco Anelli, Studio Rotofoto, Studio Giacomelli, Publifoto and Magnum Photos. The Archive also has a large collection of advertising from the 1920s to the 1990s.
Published audiovisual content
Eni's historical archive contains more than 5,000 audiovisual records. The organisation of this dates to June 2006, when the first films, Betacam and VHS, were retrieved from the Agi Film Collection, the depositories of the former Snam, Agip and Agip Petroli companies, Italian Shell (formerly IP), the advertising material held by Eni Communication and the personal archive of Jean Michel Folon. Film contributions of great artistic value are stored and restored in Pomezia, documentaries filmed for Eni by directors such as Bernardo Bertolucci, the Taviani brothers, Vittorio De Seta, Giuseppe Ferrara and Gillo Pontecorvo, starting from the early 1950s. Today, most of them are available also in digital format.
The technical drawings stored in Eni's Historical Archive bear witness to the vast dimensions of the property portfolio of Eni and its companies: from office buildings to service stations and from motels to buildings devoted to company welfare, such as homes for employees, churches, sports facilities and holiday camps. Some of them also illustrate more strictly technical subjects such as oil pipelines, natural gas pipelines and ships in the company fleet. The creators of these works are mostly internal designers in the technical sections of the companies (Agip, Snam etc.), but there are also plenty of "big names" like Mario Bacciocchi, Marcello Nizzoli, Mario Ridolfi, Marco Bacigalupo and Ugo Ratti.
The company's most important past magazines, 'Il Gatto Selvatico' and 'Ecos', are available. There are 319 issues in total dedicated to employees, but also covering other areas. They can be read in digital format and can be searched in a great variety of ways down to the smallest detail of the individual terms used. This is a wealth of original stories, reports, columns, news and images covering the activities, evolution and success of Eni from 1955 to 2002, with a constant eye on the cultural, political, social and energy contexts of the time, in Italy and the wider world.