The Institute of the History of Paper "Gianfranco Fedrigoni" ISTOCARTA, dedicated to one of the most tenacious and enlightened entrepreneurs in Italian and international paper production, was created on the 8th of March 2011 in Fabriano (Italy), 'City of Paper' par excellence.

The Foundation was founded by the Fedrigoni S.p.A., a family owned business that has dedicated passion and expertise to paper for five generations and in 2002 acquired the historic paper mill, Cartiere Miliani Fabriano and its precious paper heritage. The Foundation, which is a non-profit organisation, aims to support the promotion of the study of the history of paper and related disciplines and promote the development and dissemination of paper science; to protect and manage the Historical Archives of Miliani Fabriano Paper Mills, the first business archives declared “historically interesting” in Italy on the 20th of July, 1964.

The size and importance of the archival heritage, library and historical paper that the Foundation has, make it a unique institution in Italy in its genre, thanks to the founder, Fedrigoni S.p.A., which has decided to offer an ample support to the culture, scientific and technical research, the protection and enhancement of its heritage, source of wealth, and intellectual social and economic development.