The Fondazione Carlo Donat-Cattin was
established in Torino in 1992 and legally recognized by Ministerial
Decree on March 5th 1998.
Turin, 5 September 1988. Donat-Cattin with the Holy Father John Paul II.
The aims of the foundation are to promote study and research into
the social, political and economic thought in the nineteenth and
twentieth centuries, with particular interest in the Catholic movement
and its presence in Italian and European society. The foundation
gathers and preserves documentary evidence, manages a specialised
library, organises congresses, seminars, exhibitions and debates
relating to its specific field of interest, with particular awareness
of the historical-political aspects, and grants scholarships for
graduates and young researchers.
The foundation also works with the Associazione
per la Valorizzazione Storica della Democrazia Italian - Onlus (The
Association for the Historical Valorisation of Italian Democracy – a
with the Associazione Istituzioni Culturali Italiane (The
Association of Italian Cultural Institutions) and
other important cultural organisations.
The Archive, recognised by
the State to be of considerable historical importance, since “it
is a noteworthy source of historical information on the Catholic
political and trade union movements in Piemonte and throughout
holds the papers of Carlo Donat-Cattin, Alessandro Favero, Carlo
Trabucco, Carlo Chiavezza, Giovanni Battista Marocco, the Piemonte
Section of the U.C.S.I. (Unione Cattolica Stampa Italiana,
Italian Catholic Press Union),
the ADES (Associazione Amici e Discendenti
degli Esuli Giuliani, Istriani, Fiumani, Dalmati. Association of
friends and descendants of the Italian exiles) Archive,
the historical archive of the political parties Democrazia
Cristiana (The Christian
Democrats) and Partito
Popolare Piemontese (The Piemontese
People’s Party) and
of a number of local politicians.
The material held includes significant
documents regarding the local and national social, religious and
Users can consult the documents in both printed and computerized
The Library currently owns around 20,000 volumes
on the history of the Catholic movement (nineteenth and twentieth
centuries) and is regularly updated. There is also a reading room
with historical and contemporary specialist publications. The contents
of the library are currently being catalogued on computer, under
the national library system.
The foundation publishes the Acts of the congresses, journals
and the inventory of the archives.