The Pirelli Historical Archive contains over three kilometres of documents on the history of the Group, from its foundation in 1872 through to the present day. This truly outstanding legacy of documents, photographs, drawings and films has been proclaimed a cultural heritage by the Italian State and is consulted by dozens of researchers every year. The original holding of the historical archive is the collection of “documents on the history of Pirelli industries”, which was compiled in 1942 and 1943 to celebrate the company's seventieth anniversary. Since then, documents produced and received from Pirelli Group companies have been added, covering more than 140 years of history, with sections on “photographs”, “drawings and posters”, “audio-visuals”, a complete collection of company journals – including the famous Pirelli magazine – as well as Alberto Pirelli’s private archive.
The original collection of the Pirelli Historical Archive consists of loose folders and documents, which were selected from the company archives in 1942 in order to recreate the “history of Pirelli industries”.
This section contains about one million photographs of products, factories, trade fairs and exhibitions, company events, vehicles fitted with Pirelli tyres (cars, motorcycles, bicycles, aeroplanes and farming machines) and racing cars on Pirelli tyres.
The audio-visuals section includes hundreds of movies on film and magnetic tape from 1912 to the 1990s, with documentaries, cinema and television commercials, and episodes of Carosello
Pirelli has published a number of magazines since the war, both for our employees in Italy and abroad, and for the general public: some of these are for particular targets, such as tyre retailers and hauliers, and others, like the famous Pirelli. Rivista di informazione e di tecnica, for the general public.