Italian diplomat’s scrapbooks received by the Hoover Archives

Count Mauro Tosti Valminuta
Count Mauro Tosti di Valminuta, Uruguay, 1925. (Courtesy of the Hoover Institution)

Two albums containing an eclectic mix of materials gathered by Count Mauro Tosti di Valminuta, one of Benito Mussolini’s trusted diplomats, have been added to HOOVER INSTITUTION holdings. The collection covers Tosti’s assignments from 1919 until 1933 in Europe and South America. The albums offer interesting vignettes from the daily life of a career Italian foreign service officer.

Tosti, scion of an old Neapolitan noble family, began his diplomatic career before World War I as secretary in the Italian Embassy in Washington. Later he was posted successively to Romania, Spain, Uruguay, Argentina, Ecuador and Panama. In 1930, he presented his credentials as minister to Estonia. He saved just about anything in the public domain about his assignments: photographs, postcards, newspaper clippings, invitations, menus, concert programs and speeches he delivered.

The bulk of the material covers Tosti’s life in Buenos Aires and Quito, and the Italian communities in Quito, Montevideo, Buenos Aires and Panama in the 1920s. There are also some 30 pages on Estonia and his visits to Finland and Leningrad in the early 1930s.

The collection is a trove of information for research on the diplomatic history of pre-World War II Italy and the lifestyle of its foreign service elite.

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