Guglielmo Giannini: A digital archive of theatre, film, entertainment and political activism

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About the collection

In June 2014, Sabina Ciuffini–Giannini’s granddaughter and herself a famous media presence in Italy–granted access to her family’s holdings of Guglielmo Giannini’s theatrical and political documents. This was the first time Giannini’s cache of invaluable materials was entrusted to someone outside the family. This privileged access enabled these exceptional holdings to be systematically sorted, identified, documented and digitally preserved. Because we were unable (and reluctant) to move the materials from Ciuffini’s apartment in Milan, most were scanned there. We collected roughly 7000 digitised pages from these holdings. Scanning took over two years to complete.

In addition to Giannini’s family holdings, we have collected over 3000 pages consisting of

  • plays written by Giannini and published in the review Il Dramma and other theatre magazines
  • holdings (photographs as well as clippings) generously shared with us from the Centro Studi del Teatro Stabile in Turin
  • issues of the magazine Kines (founded and directed by Giannini)
  • all the surviving issues of Kines' supplement Cinema-Star, which was also founded and headed by Giannini. 

The collections have been divided into their sources. Below is an index of what you can find:

  1. L'uomo qualunque, Giannini family sources
  2. Giannini family holdings (theatre, film, entertainment and literature)
  3. Kines
  4. Il Dramma
  5. Il Dramma/ Photos (from the collection held at Centro Studi del Teatro Stabile di Torino)

Together, we are organising a international conference for April 2020 entitled Guglielmo Giannini: a protagonist of Italian entertainment and politics with publication and exhibition outcomes. The archive and research committee consists of:

Victoria Duckett, (Deakin University, Australia; CI), Maria Cambiaghi (State University of Milan), Raffaele De Berti (State University of Milan), Stefano Locatelli (La Sapienza, University of Rome), Elena Mosconi (University of Pavia), Irene Piazzoni (State University of Milan)

The conference will be hosted by the State University of Milan in Milan, in partnership with Deakin University. 

Research Assistants who have helped access and digitise collections include:

Annalisa Caffa (State University of Milan, Giannini family holdings), Maria Pia Pagani (University of Pavia, Il Dramma & materials from the Centro Studi del Teatro Stabile in Turin), Cristina Formenti (State University of Milan, Kines)

Special thanks to Anna Peyron and the Archive of the Centro Studi del Teatro Stabile in Turin.

**If you would like scholarly access to materials for this research project, please send us a message through this link, identifying your institutional affiliation and/or scholarly purpose**: