In the field of studies about State and state-controlled bodies there are many contributions, but there has been a very limited interest in the sectorial ones. The enapi is one of them; created by the fascism to support artisans and small business and to regulate the government’s relations with economy, it worked until 1977. The purpose of my doctoral research is to reconstruct its history and particularly its connections with the political context, the Confederation of Industry and Handicraft and the economic growth. This study has been developed above all thanks to some documents from the archive of Confindustria. I also gained access to other sources preserved in local archives as in the State’s Central one; but it was often difficult, particularly for those of the ’70s, because of some inefficiencies due to the poor financial resources for these institutes.
Keywords: Enapi, ente parastatale, fonti, archivi, anni Settanta del XX secolo, ostacoli alla ricerca)