FONDAZIONE NEGRI ONLUS

Fondazione Negri Onlus


The Negri Foundation takes its inspiration from family traditions and day to day experimentation. More than 100,000 images that cover a period of 120 years plus are stored in a computer archive system that facilitates research, together with dozens of books and exhibition documents used in projects currently under way in collaboration with public and privately owned institutions, as well as with private individuals.

These are images often used in old company catalogues or in newspaper reports about the birth and development of well known companies, (“reportages” ante litteram,) pictures of machinery and machine tools, of products made by specialist workmen, of technicians and fourth generation captains of industry, old photographs of cities and sites in Lombardy and much more besides.

We need to examine the past, the better to understand the present.

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Togni pipe mill,  thirties

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Togni pipe mill, thirties

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As part of the programme of activities intended to make widely available the images held in its archives, the Negri Foundation publishes a range of books under its own name, edited and produced in the offices of the original first Negri studio. High standards of quality are maintained in the choice of paper, the hard-back, the book covers and in the printing techniques, a policy which guarantees the best possible presentation of the historical images contained in the pages of these publications. The texts are composed by a competent Italian expert for each relevant subject.

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The Negri Foundation Archives


It is possible now to consult a considerable proportion of the images currently held in these photographic archives, which are catalogued under three separate database titles.
The number of images contained in these archives is constantly brought up to date as a daily catalogue programme has been implemented.
Nevertheless, this number is currently still a minority of the total quantity of images held in the archives.

  • The Negri Archives: that consist of 15,000 images, all taken by successive generations of the same family, working from the same photographic studio over a period that began at the end of the 19th century and that is still operative today.
  • An Automobile Archive: that consists of about 30,000 images concerning various means of transport, animals, trains, automobiles, trucks, buses, motorcycles, plus automobile and aircraft races.
  • The Curami Archive: that consists of more than 15,000 images that come from the personal collection of the late Professor Andrea Curami, concerning mainly automobiles, military vehicles and weapons.

The Negri Foundation Archives

Negri Archives

The Automobile Archive

The Automobile Archive

The Curami Archive

The Curami Archive

The Virtual Museum

The Virtual Museum

The Exhibitions

The Exhibitions