Luigi Sturzo Institute

The Luigi Sturzo Institute, established in 1951, is a cultural foundation based in Rome in the name of Luigi Sturzo, founder of Italian Popular Party in 1919 and father of the politic Catholicism.

Following its founder’s thought, the Istitute is committed to preserving the heritage of the Italian Christian Democrat party by collecting and spreading historical, political, sociological and economic knowledge and by addressing with concrete proposals the main issues posed by the changing society.

The Institute is committed to the preservation and valorisation of cultural heritage, and carries out training activities and research in historical, sociological, political and economic fields. The Institute develops many of its projects in collaboration with other institutes, national and international.

The Institute conducts five main activities:

The Historical Archive holds over 10.000 folders of documents, which have been recognised by the State to be of considerable historical interest. It specialises in retrieval and awareness-raising initiatives, and publications/studies carried out by researchers and intellectuals concerning sources on the history of the Catholic movement. The Library specializes in the social sciences; modern and contemporary history with a focus on political history and social philosophy, the history of political parties, and local history. Lately the Library published the Luigi Sturzo’s Opera Omnia on-line.

The Digital Laboratory is focused on innovative digital technologies applied to bibliographic and archival research. The laboratory began its activities in 2005, developing new methods of digital cataloguing to preserve iconographic, photographic, and audio-visual materials. The records, uploaded onto digital databases, are now accessible on-line. The Research and Studies Area promotes and develops programs of study in contemporary history and the social sciences. Investigation methods are focused towards understanding social structures and knowledge of political institutions. The Training and Development Area develops integrated training systems and supports local development, primarily in the fields of cultural and heritage studies (systems of lifelong learning for employees of cultural organizations and courses to promote young people’s employability). It also carries out activities focused on improving the accessibility of cultural heritage.