|DIGITAL ARCHIVES OF MARCONIAN DOCUMENTATION|
The Guglielmo Marconi Foundation has long been committed to a thorough archiving work which has led to the creation of the Radio and Telecommunications Historical Documentation Centre.
The current project is aimed at launching a special research program involving foreign and Italian archives in order to collect the most complete Marconi records on paper, audio and video, and held them in one virtual electronic archive.
During his long career Marconi frequently moved from one place to another, so there are various locations where documents of notable interest are preserved.
The most important are:
In its first step the project will complete a census of the various foreign and Italian sources and secondly save in electronic format all the documents preserved by the organisations joining the program. Its final aim is to make such archives available to the public, in ways and methods that will be decided by all the parties involved. Further archives, in particular those belonging to the area around Bologna, will join the census, providing the project with information vital for gaining an understanding of the origins of the 'Father' of radio and telecommunications. Private archives, some located in the United States, will also be contacted.
Conferences and patents played an important role in Marconi’s career. The Marconi Foundation has completed a census of most of his speeches and conferences and also digitalised and put onto the internet around fifty texts. Another aim of the project is to find and collect his original writings together with patents, which form a fundamental testimony of Marconi’s work.