The collective-common memory in the archives
A collection of oral records, documentary and photographic files regarding those people who have lived and operated in the work world during the era between the post-war reconstruction period and the end of the industrialization phase of the Milan metropolitan area (1950-1980).
Freely accessible: a selection of interviews conducted with workers in the industrial Milan area and the Como silk district; the documentary film “Silk. Occupations, labor and production” (for the Como area) and the documentary film “From Manual to Electronic. XX Century work records” (for the Milan metropolitan area).
Three years of educational experiences and labs, carried out with middle and high-school students from the Milan and province area have allowed the production of hundreds of files containing the data gathered from the archive sources concerning more than 10.000 personal files on orphans from the Milan area between 1800 and 1959.
An extremely precious collection of data, graphs and documents, all freely accessible and focusing especially on the working-class activities, starting from the occupations chosen by the orphans to those of their relatives and employers.
Through the project “Creating culture through collective memory”, financed by Fondazione Cariplo, it was possible to collect oral records, documentary and photographic files regarding workers in the period between 1950 and 1980.
The project has reached a threefold objective: to gather records regarding working methods that were very different from those used nowadays, in order to keep certain production sectors memory and oral sources alive; to draw new generations near the use of documentary sources and oral memory; to allow the use of all produced materials to the general public.
The general public and professional specialists can access more than 50 interviews to people who have lived and worked in different sectors between 1950 and 1980; two (2) documentary films reporting the experiences of workers who have operated in the Milan and Como areas; 330 graphs, tables and text files edited by the students of the Milan and province area regarding the archive records preserved in the Martinitt and Stelline Museum and covering a quite long period between the beginning of the XIX century and 1959 with a particular focus on the professions carried out by the lower classes.
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