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A full understanding of the complex history of the Italian Geological Survey requires that close attention be paid to the surviving correspondences between geologists, politicians and civil servants involved in the project. Important collections are well preserved and catalogued. This is the case for the Quintino Sella correspondence, at the Sella Foundation in Biella, or the Giovanni Capellini Correspondence, kept at the Biblioteca dell’Archiginnasio, Bologna. The important collection of letters to Giuseppe Meneghini, President of the Geological Committee from 1879 until his death in 1889, presently at the Dipartimento di Scienze della Terra, Università di Pisa, deserves particular attention, and will be reproduced to the fullest possible extent. For other protagonists, research came too late. Letters to Torquato Taramelli, once preserved in the Library of the Istituto di Geologia, Università di Pavia, have been lost during renovation of the building in the 1990s. In general, awareness of the need to preserve archival material is unfortunately very low, and collections are being dispersed at alarming speed. We will be grateful to all colleagues, librarians and private collectors for making available their holdings and sharing with us their knowledge of surviving correspondence.


Editeur/editor : Pietro CORSI, pietro.corsi@history.ox.ac.uk - Le site internet est hébergé sur la grille de services de la TGIR Huma-Num.