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Fondo Fusi (1

During 2004, the Historical Library "Giuseppe Grosso" acquired a corpus of books, documents and ancient prints that constituted the family's library.

The collection consists of about 2000 volumes, almost exclusively modern, fifty prints, 200 archival units (letters, postcards, photographs, handwritten notes) and hundreds of daily sheets and periodicals. Most of the works concern Italian and foreign literature, especially Anglo-American, art and local history, with particular attention to the history of the Partisan Resistance and Fusi's ties with the CLN. Finally, a small juridical sector recalls the lawyer's forensic activity: among these materials stands out the degree thesis in civil procedural law, The powers of the judge in the matter of evidence, discussed with the rapporteur Mario Ricca Barberis in 1934.

Fondo Fusi (3

Among Fusi's works are "Fiori rossi al Martinetto", present in several editions, the volume "Torino un po'" (published posthumously in 1976) and the testimonies on the same Fusi collected by Luigi Firpo in the volume published by the Centro Studi Piemontesi in 1988.

Born in Pavia on 9th May 1911 and disappeared in Isola d'Asti on 2nd July 1975, Valdo Fusi was a militant of Catholic Action since 1924. After 8th September 1943 he was among the organizers of the Resistance in Piedmont. Captured on 31st March 1944 with the other members of the National Liberation Committee, he was tried in Turin on 3rd April and acquitted for lack of evidence (during the famous trial in which eight members of the committee were convicted and shot at the Martinetto Shooting Range). Fusi then joined the partisans of the "Piave" Division and while his training retired to Val Formazza, he was seriously injured. After the liberation he became a member of the Turin City Council, then a provincial councillor and on 18th April 1948 he was elected deputy for the Turin-Novara-Vercelli constituency. In the late 1950s Fusi resumed his professional activity as a lawyer. In 1965 he became president of the Mauritian Order, a position he held until 1970. In 1971 the city of Pavia proclaimed him a citizen of merit and in April 1974 Turin gave him honorary citizenship.