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Gustavo Trombetti.
Bologna, 1947.

Gustavo Trombetti was born in Castel San Pietro Terme (Emilia-Romagna) on October 12th 1905 son of Ambrogio Trombetti and Virginia Biavati. Active political militant connected to the communist movement, he was compelled to go away from Bologna and became clandestine during the twenty years of the fascist regime, being also prisoner in the prison of Turi (Bari), where he was acquainted with Antonio Gramsci. The “Quaderni del carcere” (Copy-books from prison) written by Gramsci during his reclusion were brought out from the prison properly by Trombetti.

Member of the CNL from autumn 1944, he came back to Bologna and became Communal Counselor after the Liberation. Since 1945 Trombetti joined his life to Camst's, one of the first cooperatives of restauration founded in this field, traditionally considered far from the cooperation experience. As he remembered in his last interview: “The category of workers in canteens and hotels is very special ; restaurateurs use to become owners of the restaurants and bar where they work. They do not have the cooperative mentality and behave only according to an individual way of thought. It had been very difficult to convince restaurateurs and hotel-keepers to become associated in cooperative. ”

Gustavo Trombetti in more than forty years work in Camst carried out the functions of President and General Manager.

He died in Bologna on April 27th 1991.

Lunch of solidarity offered by Camst. Gustavo Trombetti and Giuseppe Dozza.
Bologna, 26 December 1954.

The documents of Gustavo Trombetti

The inventory of the archive fund of Gustavo Trombetti, realized by the Centro Italiano di Documentazione sulla Cooperazione e l’Economia Sociale with the help and support of Camst, can be easily consulted.

Gustavo Trombetti.
Rimini, Villa Isotta, 1929.

The personal documents of Trombetti were given by the family to the Centro in 1994, and in July 2014 further unedited documents were donated, mainly consisting in the correspondence (more than 300 letters) between Trombetti and his family, during the detention period in the Prison of Turi.

The documents of the archives: reports, communications, manuscripts, correspondence and objects, put in order and inventoriated, are related to his political commitment and his long activity in the cooperation.

The inventory was made in cooperation with the Soprintendenza per i Beni Librari e Documentari dell’Istituto per i Beni Artistici Culturali e Naturali della Regione Emilia-Romagna, through the use of the IBC-xDams platform, and is published in the portal IBC Archivi.  

The dates of the material conserved refer to the period 1903-2005.

As from the last quarter of 2015 it will be possible to consult on-line the digitalization of some documents coming from the archive fund of Gustavo Trombetti.

Gustavo Trombetti, Delio and Giuliano Gramsci, Memo Gottardi in front of the shrine of the fallen partisans.
Bologna, Piazza Maggiore, February 1948.

Inventory by
Lorena Cerasi and Gianni Borgognoni (Open Group), 2015

Editorial intervention by
IBC - Soprintendenza per i Beni Librari e Documentari dell’Istituto per i Beni Artistici Culturali e Naturali della Regione Emilia-Romagna (Superintendence for libraries and documentaries of the Emilia-Romagna region), 2015

The inventory of the archive is available on IBC Archives Institute for artistic, cultural and natural heritage of the Emilia-Romagna - Superintendence for Libraries and documentaries page: See the inventory

Gustavo Trombetti.