The Central Salesian Archive includes three sections: Historical Archive, Current Archive and Photo Archive.
The Historical Archive is the section of the Central Salesian Archive which preserves documents of received realities, in the "archival" sense, at the end.
The current practices, of current use, and still 'open', are preserved in the Current Archive (particular section of the Central Salesian Archive).
The photographic material is kept in the Photographic Archive (another section of the Central Salesian Archive).
He was born with the same beginning of Salesian life in Valdocco. At the same Don Bosco, in fact, the punctual and orderly documentation of what happened at the Oratory was at heart.
The archival material is coded according to the current criteria of the archival discipline and the work structures and equipment are also updated and improved.
The material in the archive is divided into organic units (called "Fondi"), kept in special archival cabinets, stored in special containers (already 7000).
Precise criteria regulate the consultation of the Archive. Those who access it, after the research work, send a copy of their research or thesis to the same Archive.
The material that arrives in the Central Salesian Archive is divided into
All the archival material is kept in the large storage room, divided according to organic units (called "Fondi") in archival cabinets, and kept in special containers.
Here we give the overview of the main Funds, with the relative archival positions (Placement Numbers) affixed to the containers themselves.
The Archivists' Work Room
It is a large and bright room equipped with work desks and chairs with computers, yearbooks, catalogs, dictionaries and reference tools, equipment for reading microfilm, etc. It is the usual place where the staff carries out the work inherent in the documents.
The Consultation Room
It is a room adjacent to the previous one, equipped with desks, where scholars and researchers are welcomed, who, for their thesis, studies or exercises, ask to consult certain documents.
The collection of Salesian Historical Researches (published by the Salesian Historical Institute), the Degree or Doctorate Theses of scholars, and some books on Salesian life are preserved there for the benefit of researchers.
The Storage Room
It is located on the ground floor, below the work and consultation rooms. All the archival patrimony of the Salesian Congregation is preserved in this large room. There are two sets of archival cabinets installed.
The first series (50 cabinets) contains over 7000 containers of various archival collections. The second series (40 cabinets) was built, in parallel with the previous one, in the summer period of 1999, in anticipation of the material that will flow into the ASC in the future.
The size of this room allows you to receive groups of people who, by their profession, wish to visit the ASC: for them there is also a small "permanent exhibition" of copies of documents that offer an emblematic idea of what is kept in the ASC.
The Funds of Don Bosco and Don Rua have their "microfilmoschedatura": 2664 microfilm of the Don Bosco Fund and 1758 microfilm of the Don Rua Fund.
The microfilm is a work subsidy for Archivists and a means of knowledge of the document available to scholars.
Other equipment and work tools
At the disposal of the Archivists there are Lists and Yearbooks of ecclesiastical and civil extraction, the Volumes of Biographical Memoirs, the collections of the Salesian Bulletin, the Annals of the Congregation, Dictionaries, Photocopier, and other equipment.
careful repositioning in the right way and in the;
by scholars and researchers, regardless of the identity or profession of the users, or the type and consistency of the work, it is regulated by a careful criteria:
Personal identification of the researcher and relative registration (personal document; letter of presentation by his professor or higher; compilation of identification card and appropriate register).
Verification of the extent and purpose of the work for which the researcher-researcher came to the Archive.
Sufficient guarantee premises for card processing (maximum attention to the document)
Accompaniment of the researcher's work with basic methodological notions both in relation to the intact preservation of the cards, and in relation to the work process.
Check after the consultation: position, order, integrity of the cards.
The above must be practiced at any time or stage of the scholars' stay in the Archive: research, study, writing, computerization, etc.
Scholars and researchers, having completed their studies, research or thesis, send copies of their papers to the ASC.
It is part of the Central Salesian Archive and has been preserving photographic material for about 150 years. There are over a million photographs and other iconographic material classified by topic.
The preserved material refers