The Documentation Centre

MAUTO’s Documentation Center preserves a rich cultural heritage, consisting of monographs, publications and vintage photos. Working closely with the Conservation and Restoration Center, it conducts important archiving and research activities, supporting the maintenance and recovery of historic vehicles.


The Library offers a wide range of volumes ranging from the history of locomotion and automotive factories, biographies and autobiographies of influential figures in the field, to illustrated catalogs and technical works. It also features a section devoted to antique books, containing true rarities on the history of mechanics and science from the 16th to the 19th centuries. The Emeroteca, on the other hand, preserves more than 800 titles, from the first automotive magazine dated 1899 to contemporary periodicals, offering a broad overview of the history of the automobile through the decades.

The documentary holdings have been acquired over the years thanks to important donations, first and foremost that of the founder Carlo Biscaretti di Ruffia, who, in addition to having collected, since the establishment of the Museum, the documents accompanying the acquisitions of the museum collection, donated his valuable documentary collection and a collection of graphic works, which he executed, that tell the story of the automobile from its beginnings to the first half of the 20th century.

To this initial documentary nucleus, organized by macro-themes related to the automobile world, further important acquisitions have been added over the years: among them, the archives of sports journalist Giovanni Canestrini, after whom the Documentation Center is named, a man of culture and protagonist of the automobile scene until the 1970s, and the archives of the Luigi Bertazzini Photographic Studio, active from the 1940s to the late 1970s, with a selection of over 10. 000 negatives, mostly on glass plate, of automotive subjects, and in particular dedicated to the Turin Motor Shows.

To learn about the documentary material in our archives register and consult the Archid’HOC database for free. In addition to document descriptions, you can view photographs and graphic works in digital format.

Consult the online catalog to learn about the bibliographic holdings stored in the library and newspaper library.

Consultation by appointment


from 10:00 to 13:00
from 10:00 to 13:00 and from 14:00 to 17.30
from 10:00 to 13:00 and from 14:00 to 17.30
from 10:00 to 13:00 and from 14:00 to 17.30
from 10:00 to 13:00 and from 14:00 to 17.30
10:00 - 13:00
10:00 - 13:00 e 14:00 - 17.30
10:00 - 13:00 e 14:00 - 17.30
10:00 - 13:00 e 14:00 - 17.30
10:00 - 13:00 e 14:00 - 17.30

Info and Reservations

The Documentation Center is accessible by reservation only, write to us to arrange an appointment:

The Documentation Center is a living place and is enriched by documents, photographs, graphic works, drawings, books, journals and publications donated by anyone who wants to pass on a part of their history to make it collective. If you would also like to contribute, write to us at

Discover MAUTO's

Scroll to Top