[A letter in Giuseppe Garibaldi's own hand]

The Historical Museum of Bergamo archives have been catalogued and computerized and are available to scholars during Museum opening time . The computerized archives form the Camozzi Data Bank, which can be consulted from computers arranged in different sites of the exposition.

In the Museum archives unpublished papers can be found, which are of great interest for italian and Bergamo history and are waiting for scholars willing to study them.

Picture: the first page in the Mille's Honour Album with Giuseppe Garibaldi's autographic dedication.

The theme of the month

Monthly Museum papers related to a topic or a personage will be presented in this section. Please send us your requests by electronic mail.

Vittorio Lorioli's donation

Vittorio Lorioli, who was owner of the firm "Lorioli; Fratelli" in Cernusco sul Naviglio (Mi), closed in 1989, gave a wide collection of samples of his firm production to the Historical Museum of Bergamo on October and December 1996. The Museum received 1045 items: medals, brooches and pins, little plates for sticks, little devotion plaques and badges.

The firm was established in 1919 by the brothers Filippo and Michele Lorioli, engraver and goldsmith, with the collaboration of the engraver Riccardo Castelli. The Loriolis began their production striking medals devoted to the just ended I World War but soon after they decided to strike medals to commemorate national events. During fascism the firm produced badges and little plates for the demonstrations organized by the government, pendants and enamelled plates; famous masters designed and striked medals.
In 1928 Arturo, Edgardo and Gualtiero Lorioli took the place of their father in the management of the firm: they faced in a first time the slackening of production and then the shutting during the II World War. In 1955 Vittorio, Filippo and Giampaolo began to manage the firm and they succeeded in resuming production.
Recently the Lorioli firm produced as publisher numismatic sets and special artistic multiples, in collaboration with the most famous masters of contemporary art: Giò Pomodoro, Bodini, Varisco, Messina, Longaretti.
It produced also badges, brooches and pins, key-rings, decorations, armorial bearings and number-plates, all commissioned for competitions, shows, clubs, corporations and institutions.

Among the 1045 items given to the Museum can be found commemorative medals of the I World War, devoted to war orphans and soldiers; medals striked on the occasion of encyclics and national meetings of military associations; medals which commemorate birth and death anniversaries of personages from the literary, religious and historical world (Pico della Mirandola, Don Luigi Palazzolo, San Bernardo di Chiaravalle, Guglielmo Marconi); pins and badges made for fascist organizations (Opere Nazionali Dopolavoro, Gruppi Universitari Fascisti, Opere Nazionali Balilla, Partito Nazionale Fascista, Gioventù Italiana del Littorio, Federazione Fasci Combattenti); pins and medals made for the Club Alpino Italiano and the Automobil Club; badges made for the Rotary Club e the Lions Club; little plates for sticks which represent the most famous mountain refuges and mountain places; little devotion plaques used to decorate albums, boxes and paintings.