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Steiner Archives (1927-1998)

Albe Steiner (1913 - 1974); Lica Covo Steiner (1914 - 2008)

Documentation on the personal and professional lives of Albe and Lica Covo Steiner in the graphics and industrial design sectors (1932-1974). The fonds comprises 1665 archive units including studies, executive designs, models and prototypes, printed posters and leaflets, collected posters, printed cover pages and advertising, leaflets, brands, letter paper and greetings cards, objects, packaging, photographs (prints, plates, negatives, trials, colour photos, slides, photograms and photographic elaborations), documents and correspondence, writings for publishing and conferences, newspaper and magazine extracts, awards and prizes. The "Fondo Deportazione" is linked to the collection (448 negatives, 665 photographic prints, 12 slides).
The archive also comprises bibliographical material (newspapers, books and reviews) with graphics by Albe Steiner and a specialist library set up in 1939 together with the studio LAS studio (Lica Albe Steiner). The library is sub-divided into three sections: the post 1939 book collection and the graphics publishing comprises a total of 3,277 items including books and periodical print media and can be consulted on the university's OPAC, the modern library contains 254 books and 298 periodicals.

Held at the Archivi Storici since January 2012.

Additional documentation

The archive is organised and described in an inventory attached to the index of clients - Archivio Albe Steiner, dispositions and overview of the work of Anna Steiner with the consultation of Lica Steiner, inventory edited by Graziella Leyla Ciagà, Milano, 2003 - drawn up with the contribution of Ministero per i Beni e le Attività Culturali, Soprintendenza Archivistica della Lombardia. The Deportazione fonds analytical inventory was drawn up in 1998/99 by Monica Di Barbora on behalf of the Istituto Storico della Resistenza e della Società Contemporanea nel Novarese e nel Verbano Cusio Ossola - Piero Fornara.

The library was catalogued in 1981 by the Milan CAeB (Cooperativa Archivistica e Bibliotecaria) on consultation with Leila Di Domenico and funding by the Provincia di Milano and catalogued in SBN in 2006/7 by the Biblioteca del Dipartimento di Progettazione dell'Architettura.
The re-arrangement and reinventory process by Archivi Storici and CAeB is currently being completed and the digital reproduction of the archive material is being organised.

The Albe and Lica Steiner archive was declared of special historical value in 1998 by the Department for Cultural Heritage and Activities pursuant to the current Legislative Decree 42/2004, title I.