"Fondazione Ugo Spirito e Renzo De Felice" is a cultural institute which was established in Rome in 1981 on the basis
of the personal library and archive of the philosopher Ugo Spirito. It became legally recognized by
the Ministerial Decree on 5th February 1994 and in 2011 a reference to the historian Renzo De
Felice was added to the previous name of the foundation.
The foundation's main scope of functions is:
to maintain and to further expand its own librarian and archival heritage and to make it
available for online usage through the Italian National Librarian Service (SBN);
to promote any research and study on the works of Ugo Spirito and Renzo de Felice as well as on
the history and culture of the 20th century;
to spread the outcomes of the foundations scientific activities through publications edited
directly by the Foundation. Since 1989 our foundation publishes the annual "Annali della Fondazione
to carry out a variety of training activities to students, scholars and teachers of different
degrees within the ambit of politics, history, philosophy, economics and sociology.
Over the past years the Foundation has constantly expanded its librarian and archival heritage;
currently the foundation exhibits 51 archival funds and 18 librarian funds, with a total of
approximately 45.000 books. The Foundation takes part in the "Archivi Online" project which is
promoted by the Italian Senate of the Republic and has the aim to provide archival heritages online.
Furthermore, the Foundation participates in the similar project "Archivi del Novecento - la memoria
in rete" ('20th century Archivals - the memory online') which was promoted by the Consorzio BAICR
Sistema Cultura on the Lazio Region's initiative in 1991.
Since 2006 the Foundation is furthermore collectivizing a large variety of documents which are
related to the young political trade unionist movements of the Italian "rights" (Archivio delle
destre italiane). Therefore, the Fondazione Ugo Spirito e Renzo de Felice is today's only cultural
institute with a librarian and archival heritage as well as an annual newspaper representing the
different stages of the Italian right wing culture.
From 1992 until 1996 the Foundation was led by the eminent Italian historian Renzo De Felice. The current President is Professor Giuseppe Parlato who is also teaching Contemporary History at the Libera Università San Pio V (Luspio), Rome.
The Foundation is based in Rome, Via Genova, 24 00184.
The offices are open from Monday to Friday from 10 am to 6 pm. The library is open from Monday to Thursday from 10 am to 6 pm and on Friday from 10 am to 2 pm.