The first published fonds enable reconstruction of Generali’s activity from its founding in 1831 until the outbreak of the First World War.
Statutes and financial statements are major sources for understanding how Generali operated and its development over the course of a century, and digital reproduction of all inventoried papers makes the documentation even more useful and valuable. The Central Secretariat fonds, with more than a thousand volumes of correspondence, leads to the heart of the Company’s business, attesting to business relationships with hundreds of agencies, banks and companies around the world.

Fire plate of Generali in Venice (1920s-1950s)

A widespread heritage: the Generali fire marks

You might happen to look up, to this day, and see plates affixed to the walls of buildings throughout Europe, with the inscription “Assicurazioni Generali”. But what are they for? A hundred years ago they were black, blue, red, gold, with eagles or lions, in various languages (Italian, German, Slovene, Croatian, Hungarian, Greek…), made of ...

Bollettino n. 1 (1893)

“Il Bollettino” – By Generali for Generali

The Generali Group’s in-house magazine, “Il Bollettino“, was launched in 1893, and this year it reached its milestone 125th anniversary (a few periods in which publication was suspended notwithstanding). As one of the longest-running Italian corporate magazines still in print today, it is one of the largest and most detailed historical sources in the Archive’s ...

Statutes (19th century) / ph. Duccio Zennaro

Institutional Deeds: the Statutes Series of the Presidency and Corporate Bodies Fonds.

Statutes are undoubtedly among the most representative sources in a company's historical archive. The juridical nature of the company statute as the founding deed corresponds to that of the social contract; that is, a contract under which a business is set up in the form of a company.

Volumes of the Secretariat / ph. Duccio Zennaro

The Secretariat of the Central Head Office

Assicurazioni Generali had a dual managerial structure, in Trieste and Venice, with distinct responsibilities, laid down in statutes and bylaws. The Italian agencies, from the central agency to all the others, depended on the Venetian Head Office, which was also responsible for dealing with general affairs, reinsurance, advertising, stipulation of agreements, relations with governmental authorities, and buying and selling real estate,

Financial statements (19th century) [ph. Duccio Zennaro]

Settling the accounts: the series of Financial Statements from the Central Accounting

Financial statements represent the main source used for the study of a company's progress and development. Since the founding of Assicurazioni Generali Austro-Italiche, the standards for drafting and verifying the financial statements are governed by the first statute (defined as the "social contract", chapter VII, articles 40-41), dated December 26, 1831.