The library

NI.R.C.I. library includes more than 10.000 books, covering all kind of themes and is therefore an essential resource for all research and consultation about Istrian, Fiuman and Dalmatian history and culture. It includes collections of works dedicated to one specific author thanks to endowment funds, donations and purchases. These collections are named after their donators. 

Very important examples are Tommaseo’s works, D’Annunzio’s corpus, the complete work of historian Giovanni Quarantotti and, most of all, his son’s works, writer Pierantonio Quarantotti Gambini.. The library of the I.R.C.I. Institute acquired new entries from the collections donated by Maria Laura Iona (Depiera/Iona foundation) and Stelvio Polita. 

The collection reached national interest and counts some rare volumes written by the most prominent Julian authors operating in the 19th and beginning of the 20th century.We are working on a digital cataloguing through the “ISIS biblio” system in order to digitalize all of the material afterwards.

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Photo archive

The photo and print archive includes a lot of interesting elements (mostly digital prints, only some photographies are originals), some of which unreleased, that give an insight - especially for young people - into the development and social life of these territories. You can find photos and portraits of the most important personalities of this region as well as documentation regarding the exodus, pointing out the reasons behind it. These reasons will not be explained here in detail, even though they could be ascribed to one main reason: lack of the most basic human rights, which led to an exodus of more than 90% of Italians living in those territories.

The image archive is constantly updated and available on our digital platform.


I.R.C.I. offers a great collection of magazines, special issues and single texts of limited availability, published between the 19th and the first half of the 20th century.   

A lot of newspapers of the 1920s as well of the post-war period are available thanks to Luigi Papo de Montona and Olinto Parma’s donations. Many others contributed to the collection. Some examples: all issues of  “Il nostro Avvenire”, published in Trieste during the 40-day-occupation by Titus; “El Spin”, published weekly in Pola; “Italia repubblicana”, “Grido dell’Istria”, etc.  

A very important part of the archive is the complete and regularly updated collection of periodicals - published once or twice a year - as well as “Atti e Memorie”, i.e. the memoirs of the Società Istriana di Archeologia e Storia Patria and of other similar institutions. In order to get the latest publications, the library turns to bookshops or publishers. Some of the publications I.R.C.I. is interested in - because of their themes or the possible links they provide - are made available through subscriptions or exchanges with other institutes and universities.

Documentation archive and funds

C.L.N. Istria Archive

(Archive of the The National Liberation Committee of Istria). In this archive a large number of registers covering the period from 1946 to the 1960s inform us about the situation of the exiled people before the exodus until their re-settlement. Furthermore, there are hundreds of sworn statements and personal records of thousands of exiled people from Istria, Fiume and Dalmatia. To get a rough idea of the available contents, the material can be overviewed in the digital index of the sworn statements (Antonio Sema, I.R.C.I., 1999). The archive has been completely re-organized. All sworn statements have been indexed in order to facilitate name-based consultations.

Please note that the archive can be consulted by prior appointment only.

Sworn Statements (PDF file)

Luigi Papo Archive

This archive collects documentation about institutions and their activities. Part of the material comes from prominent Istrian families. The collection has a wide range of pamphlets, papers, newspapers, many of which dating back to the exodus.
The photographic gallery, together with other collections, such as the newly born print section, consists acquisitions of ancient fine art materials and future donations. We are expecting new material from donations such as from the Italico Stener fund.
The material has been already partly digitized (Flavio Portolan, digitized photo archive, I.R.C.I., 2000).