This archive of Filippo Tommaso Marinetti and Benedetta Cappa Marinetti papers consists primarily of material from the 1920s and 30s, though correspondence and newspaper clippings date from before and after those decades. It offers a view of FTM in the ceremonial rather than incendiary role that he played during Futurism’s second phase. Pieces such as “Ritratti futuristi del Duce” suggest the extent to which he served as a propagandist for the Fascist government and adapted the tenets of Futurism to that purpose. There are a number of minor manuscripts on art and Futurist artists, generally typewritten, occasionally with corrections, and some minor literary manuscripts as well.
The material on Benedetta includes handwritten corrected drafts of her three novels and a number of essays, speeches and notes on women and art, women and Fascism, Futurism, and FTM. Benedetta’s letters to her brother, Alberto Cappa, and to FTM at the Russian Front, offer an intimate view of this woman who, as clippings in her Librone document, was presented in the 1930s Italian press as a role model for Italian women. Her correspondence with fellow Futurists and with American collectors and institutions after FTM’s death show her active role in preserving the accomplishments of Futurism for posterity.
Various media comprise the archive, including manuscripts, photos, clippings, slides, posters, scrapbooks, and scores. Through all these media in combination the archive selectively documents the activities of the inner circle of the Futurist movement.