The Banca Intesa Group has very ancient historical roots, going back to the year 1539.
The many diverse components of this Group have developed strong links according to peculiar business models with their respective territories.
The records generated by the business of the legacy banks has been collected to form a huge reservoir of knowledge for all researchers and scholars, to-day and tomorrow, that has to be made available and also to the larger public.
The Archives were established in 1984 under the style of historical Archives of Banca Commerciale Italiana. Banca Intesa established the unified historical Archives in January 2003 to collect the very large documentary inheritance left by the main three legacy banks, namely Cassa di Risparmio delle Provincie Lombarde (established in 1823), Banco Ambrosiano Veneto (1892) and Banca Commerciale Italiana (1894).
As of March 2009 the Archives manage also the historical records of IMI – Istituto Mobiliare Italiano, established in Rome in 1931.
The San Paolo historical Archives are open to the public in Turin, in the professional care of Compagnia di San Paolo.
The historical Archives embody in perspective the living memory of Intesa Sanpaolo and is also a tool to learn and propagate its traditions, the development of the web of branches and the beneficial influence deriving to the territories, such as infrastructures and charitable investments that have built up, over time, a bond of trust with the customer base.
The remit of the historical Archives is to coordinate the protection and the availability of the records of the member banks and of the network.
The construction of the family trees of over two hundred legacy banks, with the mapping of documentary sources of the history of Intesa Sanpaolo is in progress.