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Finding Aids to Collections in the Archive of Folk Culture

ITALY COLLECTIONS
IN THE ARCHIVE OF FOLK CULTURE

Compiled by: Sarah J. Cuff, Angie Delcambre, Carolyn Deluca, Vince A. Gagliano, Mini Messore, Simon H. Phillips, and David Sandlund
Series Editor: Ann Hoog
Revised: July 2012


For additional information about Archive of Folk Culture collections, contact the Folklife Reading Room. To request copies, see our webpages regarding audio materials and photographic materials. Please refer to the AFC and/or AFS numbers when requesting information. All indications of time duration listed in this finding aid are estimates.

AFC 1939/007: Alan Lomax Collection of Michigan and Wisconsin Recordings
Two hundred fifty 12-inch discs of instrumentals, songs, and stories recorded in Michigan and Wisconsin by Alan Lomax, August 10-November 1, 1938. The collection includes 1/2-linear inch of cards, correspondence, lists, and notes. [catalog record]

AFS 2368: One disc containing three versions of "The Simpson Disaster" sung by Victor Marinetti, with guitar by John Marinetti. Recorded in Lake Minden, Michigan, September 24, 1938. (5 minutes; LWO 4872 reel 152B)

AFS 2369: One disc containing "The Austrian and Italian War Song" sung by Art Baratono and John and Victor Marinetti, with guitar by John Marinetti; "Viva l'Amore" sung by John and Victor Marinetti; and "Kakouvi" sung by Victor Marinetti, Jr. Recorded in Lake Minden, Michigan, September 24, 1938. (5 minutes; LWO 4872 reel 152B)

AFS 2370: One disc containing "Early in the Morning" sung by Art Baratono and Victor Marinetti; "Italian Immigrant Song" (part 1) sung by Art Baratono; and "Italian Immigrant Song" (fragment) sung by John and Victor Marinetti. Recorded in Lake Minden, Michigan, September 24, 1938. (9 minutes; LWO 4872 reel 153A)

AFS 2371: One disc containing two versions of "Italian Immigrant Song" sung by Art Baratono and John and Victor Marinetti. Recorded in Lake Minden, Michigan, September 24, 1938. (6 minutes; LWO 4872 reel 153A)

AFS 2372A: One disc containing "Anti Black Shirt Song" sung by Victor Marinetti. Recorded in Lake Minden, Michigan, September 24, 1938. (2 minutes; LWO 4872 reel 153A)

AFC 1940/001: W.P.A. California Folk Music Project Collection, 1938-1940
Two hundred thirty-nine discs, 168 photos, and 4 linear feet of correspondence, field notes, musical and textual transcriptions, and scale drawings of musical instruments documenting 17 ethnic groups recorded in northern California folk music by Sidney Robertson Cowell for the Northern California Work Projects Administration (WPA). The project was sponsored by the University of California, Berkeley, and co-sponsored by Library's Archive of American Folk Song. The collection includes one 168 photos, and 4 linear feet of correspondence, field notes, musical and textual transcriptions, and scale drawings of musical instruments. [catalog record] [online presentation]

AFS 3367A1: One disc containing an Italian giga performed on harmonica by Aaron Morgan. Recorded in Columbia, California, July 17, 1939. (2 minutes; LWO 4872 reel 221B)

AFS 3368B2-B4: One disc containing three Italian dances in the mines ("Chandarina," a giga, and "Olligading") performed on harmonica by Aaron Morgan. Recorded in Columbia, California, July 17, 1939. (4 minutes; LWO 4872 reel 221B)

AFS 3851: One disc containing "O Marinaro," "Olivi Salati," and "La Fuatina," sung by Francisco Sanfilippo. Recorded in Martinez, California, February 11, 1939. (14 minutes; LWO 4872 reel 251)

AFS 3852: One disc containing six Italian songs sung by Mario Olmeda. Recorded in Concord, California, February 13, 1939. (11 minutes; LWO 4872 reel 251B)

AFS 3864-3865: Two discs containing 10 Italian, Neapolitan, and Sicilian songs sung by Giuseppe Russo. Recorded in Pittsburg, California, March 11 and 29, 1939. (23 minutes; LWO 4872 reel 252B)

AFS 4261: One disc containing "Garibaldi" (in French), an untitled Italian song, and "Addio, Mamma," sung by Louis Brangone. Recorded in Woodside, California, May 7, 1937. (5 minutes; LWO 4872 reel 291B)

AFC 1939/013: Stetson Kennedy and Robert Cook Florida WPA Recordings
Thirty-four 12-inch discs of conversations, games, imitations, instrumentals, interviews, riddles, songs, and stories of African American, Bahamian, and Cuban cultures throughout Florida. Recorded in Cross City, Jacksonville, Key West, Riviera, and Ybor City (Tampa), Florida, by Robert Cook and Stetson Kennedy, August 1939-January 1940, for the Florida Music and Writers Projects of the WPA. The collection includes 3/4 linear inches of correspondence, notes, song texts, and translations. [catalog record] [online presentation]

AFS 3535B: One disc containing an Italian rhymed prayer and bawdy verse spoken by Augustine Vicari. Recorded in Tampa, Florida, August 26, 1939. (3 minutes; LWO 4872 reel 229B)

AFC 1948/022: University of Wisconsin Project
One hundred and twelve 12-inch discs of instrumentals, songs, and stories recorded in Wisconsin by Charles Hofmann, Phyllis Pinkerton, Aubrey Snyder, and Helene Stratman-Thomas (Blotz), July 23-November 17, 1946, for the Library of Congress and the University of Wisconsin. The collection includes 3/4 linear inch of correspondence and descriptions. [catalog record]

AFS 8395-8396: Two discs containing six Italian instrumentals and songs performed by Thomas St. Angelo and group and Ambrose Degidio. Recorded in Cumberland, Wisconsin, August 9, 1946. (19 minutes; LWO 5111 reel 109A)

AFS 8424-8426: Three discs containing ten Italian and Sicilian songs sung by Mrs. DeNoto and Joe Accardi. Recorded in Beloit, Wisconsin, August 21, 1946. (32 minutes; LWO 5111 reel 111B)

AFS 8449B1-2: One disc containing two Italian songs sung by Irene Ruffalo. Recorded in Kenosha, Wisconsin, August 28, 1946. (3 minutes; LWO 5111 reel 113B)

AFC 1949/009: Italian State Records Library Collection of Italian Folk Songs (Sicily)
Six 10-inch LPs of Italian folk songs (Sicily) recorded under the supervision of the Italian State Records Library. (AFS 9468-9473) (LWO 5111)

AFC 1953/006: Jack Rubak Collection
One 7-inch tape of Italian folk songs recorded by Miss Constance L. Mellen recorded on an unknown date; Indonesian popular songs (Jakarta groups and short interview with Pak Sirat [?]) recorded on an unknown date; and singing of "Battle of Manila Bay" (Spanish-American War song) recorded June 6, 1953. The collection includes a 1-page log.

AFS 10,752A: One 7-inch tape containing 11Italian instrumentals and songs performed with guitar and mandolin before an audience. Recorded by Constance L. Mellen, on an unknown date, prior to 1953. (21 minutes; LWO 2130A)

AFC 1958/021: Discoteca di Stato (Italy) Canti di Lucania
One 7-inch tape of Canti di Lucania. Donated by Anna Baroni of Discoteca di Stato, Rome, Italy, 1956. The collection includes a song list. (AFS 11,410) (LWO 4029) [catalog record]

AFC 1960/007: Sam Eskin duplication project, 1960
Eight 10-inch tapes of instrumentals and songs recorded at various locations throughout the United States by Sam Eskin, 1940-53. The collection includes 1/4 linear inch of correspondence, 1/2 linear inch of song lists and notes. Topics include Irish songs, Jewish songs, Chassidic chant, Israeli songs, Italian songs, Spanish songs, African American blues, a Pennsylvania Dutch recording, cowboy songs, bawdy songs, tales, and a few religious songs and hymns. [catalog record]

AFS 11,714A18, B10-17: One tape containing nine Sicilian songs sung with guitar by Remo Farruggio, Jr. and Sr. Recorded in New York City, November 27 and December 10, 1947. (35 minutes; LWO 2995 reel 3B)

AFC 1976/011: Pekka Gronow Collection of Ethnic Music
Two 7-inch tapes of dance tunes, humor, and songs, mostly immigrant and non-English language material, compiled from 78 rpm commercial recordings of Armenian, Finnish, German, Greek, Hawaiian, Hungarian, Italian, Irish, Lithuanian, Polish, Romanian, Serbian, Sicilian, Swedish, Turkish, Ukrainian, and Yugoslavian material. Gift of Pekka Gronow to Richard K. Spottswood, project coordinator for the Archive of Folk Song's "Folk Music in America" bicentennial series of recordings, for consideration for the series. The collection includes correspondence between Gronow and Spottswood (1975) and a list of the source recordings. [catalog record]

AFC 1981/004: Chicago Ethnic Arts Project Collection
Ninety-nine 7-inch tapes and 245 audiocassettes, 13 linear inches of contact sheets, 8 3/4 linear feet of field notes and logs, 3080 slides, 210 photographs, and 2 videos from the Chicago Ethnic Arts Project Collection, a field survey of ethnic artistic expression including dance, foodways, neighborhood gatherings, religious celebrations, and instrumental and vocal music. Recorded in the Chicago, Illinois, area by various collectors under the direction of Elena Bradunas, February-November 1977; under the joint sponsorship of the American Folklife Center and the Illinois Arts Council. The collection includes a 561-page report on the project published by the American Folklife Center in January 1978. [catalog record] [finding aid]

AFS 20,718A: One audiocassette containing an interview with Alfonzo Davino. Recorded in Chicago, Illinois, by Elizabeth Mathias, May 5, 1977. Topics include ethnic games, family, holiday foodways, images of the Mafia, and stories. (30 minutes; RYA 0737A)

AFS 20,718B: One audiocassette containing an interview with Frank Zanzo and friends. Recorded in Chicago, Illinois, by Elizabeth Mathias, May 5, 1977. Topics include family, Jane Addams and Hull House, and wine making. (30 minutes; RYA 0737B)

AFS 20,719A: One audiocassette containing an interview with former Illinois State Senator Roland Libonati and friends. Recorded in Chicago, Illinois, by Elizabeth Mathias, May 7, 1977. Topics include Chicago politics, ethnic games, family, the impact of the building of the University of Chicago Circle Campus and the Chicago Medical Center on the Italian community, Italian music, and stories. (30 minutes; RYA 0738)

AFS 20,720: One audiocassette containing an interview with former Illinois State Senator Roland Libonati, Joe Labelloarte, and Mickey Carioscia. Recorded at Mama Sue's Restaurant in Chicago, Illinois, by Elizabeth Mathias, May 7, 1977. Topics include desire to pass on culture to children; fundamentals of morra, boss e sot, and other ethnic games; and use and stigma of the Mafia. (30 minutes; RYA 0739)

AFS 20,721A: One audiocassette containing an interview with Alfonzo Davino and friends. Recorded at Al's Bakery in Chicago, Illinois, by Elizabeth Mathias, May 5, 1977. Topics include baking and ethnic games. (30 minutes; RYA 0740A)

AFS 20,721B: One audiocassette containing an interview with Guiseppe Esposito and friends. Recorded at Al's Bakery in Chicago, Illinois, by Elizabeth Mathias, May 5, 1977. Topics include ethnic games and "Peanut Park." (30 minutes; RYA 0740B)

AFS 20,722-20,723: Two audiocassettes containing an interview with Vincenzo Guiseffi. Recorded at Mother Cabrini Convent in Chicago, Illinois, by Elizabeth Mathias, May 8, 1977. Topics include flower making, palm weaving, religious chants, and stories. (1 hour; RYA 0741-0742)

AFS 20,724-20,725A: Two audiocassettes containing an interview with Mary Spallita. Recorded at her home in Chicago, Illinois, by Elizabeth Mathias, May 9, 1977. Topics include the Anti-Defamation League, children, education, Italian organizations, the Mafia, prejudices, and settlement patterns. (1 hour and 30 minutes; RYA 0743-0744A)

AFS 20,725B-20,727: Three audiocassettes containing an interview with Pompeo Stillo. Recorded at Harrison Radio in Chicago, Illinois, by Elizabeth Mathias, May 9, 1977. Topics include folk dance, instruments, Italian music, singing Cante Storia, stories, and tourism. (2 hours; RYA 0744B-0746)

AFS 20,728: One audiocassette containing an interview with Pasquale and Gilda Sottile. Recorded in Chicago, Illinois, by Elizabeth Mathias, May 10, 1977. Topics include instrument playing, stories, and superstitions. (1 hour; RYA 0747)

AFS 20,729: One 7-inch reel containing 7 Calabrian accordion tunes, including a tarantella, performed by Pasquale Sottile. Recorded in Chicago, Illinois, by Nathan W. Pearson, July 13, 1977. (30 minutes; RXA 1062)

AFS 20,730: One audiocassette containing an interview with Alfonzo Davino recorded at Al's Bakery, in Chicago, Illinois, by Elizabeth Mathias, May 11, 1977. Topics include the bakery, baking bread, and stories. (1 hour; RYA 0748)

AFS 20,731: One audiocassette containing an interview with Mary Pacente. Recorded in Chicago, Illinois, by Elizabeth Mathias, May 11, 1977. Topics include the Italian-American community, the Mafia, occupations, prejudices, religious traditions and the role of the Church, and the split between Tuscans and southern Italians. (20 minutes; RYA 0749)

AFS 20,732B: One audiocassette containing the sounds of people playing morr. Recorded at Al's Bakery in Chicago, Illinois, by Elizabeth Mathias, , May 11, 1977. (5 minutes; RYA 0750B)

AFS 20,733-20,734A: Two cassettes containing an interview with Father James Callozzo and Rosalie Callozzo, recorded May 14, 1977. Topics include Eastern-Orthodox iconography, Irish-Catholics, Italian-Catholics, needle point, painting icons, religious leaders, Sicilian traditions, and tour of the Callozo's home. (1 hour and 30 minutes; RYA 0751-0752A)

AFC 1981/018: Ethnic Broadcasting in America Collection
Eighteen 7-inch tapes, two five-inch tapes, and 117 cassettes of ethnic radio broadcasts recorded for the Ethnic Broadcasting in America Project of the American Folklife Center. Recorded mostly off the air by Elena Bradunas, Theodore Grame, Alan Jabbour, and others at various locations in the United States, 1977-78. Documentation includes Theodore Grame's Ethnic Broadcasting in the United States (Washington, D.C.: American Folklife Center, 1980) and nine linear inches of manuscript materials. [catalog record]

AFS 23,050A: One audiocassette containing an Italian religious program on KTYM, Inglewood, California, April 23, 1978. (30 minutes; RYA 2915A)

AFS 23,064B: One audiocassette containing an Italian program on WEDC, Chicago, Illinois, June 13, 1978. (15 minutes; RYA 2923B)

AFS 23,066: One audiocassette containing an Italian program on WEVD, New York, New York, March 20, 1978. (1 hour; RYA 2925)

AFS 23,087: One audiocassette containing an Italian program on WITH, Baltimore, Maryland, November 26, 1978. (1 hour; RYA 2946)

AFS 23,104A: One cassette containing an Italian program on WMZK, Detroit, Michigan, June 6, 1978. (30 minutes; RYA 2962A)

AFS 23,114-23,115A: Two audiocassettes containing an Italian program on WPIT, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, October 30, 1977. (45 minutes; RYA 2971-2972A)

AFS 23,120: One audiocassette sette containing an Italian program on WQVQ, Highland, Illinois, June 8, 1978. (1 hour; RYA 2977)

AFS 23,135B: One audiocassette containing an Italian program on WRYM, New Britain, Connecticut, March 15, 1978. (30 minutes; RYA 2983B)

AFC 1987/042: Lowell Folklife Project Collection
Field project in Lowell, Massachusetts, examining the city's ethnic history and the history of their occupational lore, done in cooperation with the Lowell Historic Preservation Commission and the Massachusetts Council on the Arts and Humanities. The field data were used as the basis for the Center's "Report to the Lowell Historic Preservation Commission." The collection contains audio logs, transcripts of sound recordings, Black-and-white photograph logs, color slide logs, data from the Lowell Neighborhood Map Project, as well as fieldnotes, reports, publications and ephemera. [note: The Italian portion includes six color logs, four contact sheets, and ten pages of field notes]. [catalog record] [finding aid]

AFC 1987/042:SR72: One cassette containing recordings of "That's Amore," "Mamma," and "Sentimente," sung by Fred Voto. Recorded at the Ethnic Covenant Dinner, Lowell, Massachusetts, by Doug DeNatale, October 24, 1987. (1 hour)

AFC 1987/042:SR144-46: Three tapes containing an interview with Adrien Luz discussing Italian stone workers, gravestone artwork, and ethnic markers on graves; family history; and varieties of stone. Recorded in Lowell, Massachusetts, by Martha Narkunas, August 25, 1987. (3 hours)

AFC 1987/042:SR211-13: Three tapes containing an interview with Joe and Lina Tymowicz discussing Lina's Sicilian origins, their life together in Italy during World War II, Lina's immigration to the United States, and stories of discrimination against Italians in the workplace; Joe's family history; detereoration of their neighborhood; and mistrust of the police. Recorded in Lowell, Massachusetts, by Tom Rankin, September 11, 1987. (3 hours)

AFC 1987/043:SR252-253: Two cassettes containing an interview with John DiDomenico discussing the low numbers of Italian immigrants to Lowell, the process of immigration for Italians, the Sons of Italy, overcoming regional identities of Italy in America, his father's Italian grocery store, the Italian-American club, Italian churches in Lawrence, St. Anthony's Italian festival in the North End of Boston, dances, inter-ethnic and inter-religious courtship and marriage, John's work for an Italian wholesale grocery, and bocce at the Italian American club; recent immigration to Lowell; bilingual education; sports in Lowell; and the Great Depression. Recorded in Lowell, Massachussetts, by Doug DeNatale, July 14, 1987. (1 hour and 30 minutes)

AFC 1989/022: Italian-Americans in the West
The collection consists of manuscript materials, sound recordings, graphic materials, and moving images related to the American Folklife Center's field research project that focused on the cultural traditions of Italian Americans in the western United States. The materials in the collection were compiled between the years 1988 and 1993; the field research took place from 1989 to 1991. Teams of professional folklife researchers documented many aspects of Italian American folklife at five project sites: Gilroy and San Pedro, California; Pueblo, Colorado; mining and ranching communities in eastern and central Nevada; Carbon County, Utah; and Walla Walla, Washington. [catalog record] [finding aid]

AFC 1991/021: Paradise Valley Folklife Project Collection
A joint project of the American Folklife Center, the Lowie Museum at the University of California, and the Smithsonian Institution, the Paradise Valley Folklife Project used the ranching community of Paradise Valley, Nevada, as the location of a multi-disciplinary field research expedition. Researchers conducted seasonal visits, between 1978 and 1982, in order to document and analyze traditional life and work. The project also included a survey and examination of one site by a group of historical archaeologists. The documentary materials resulting from the project include nine linear feet of ephemera and manuscripts (fieldnotes, newspaper clippings, and photo and tape logs), approximately 320 sound recordings, 16,500 black-and-white photographic negatives, 14 thousand color transparencies, and 8 hours of motion picture film and video recordings. These materials were used to create several products: an exhibition and accompanying book entitled Buckaroos in Paradise: Cowboy Life in Northern Nevada, by Howard W. Marshall and Richard E. Alhorn (Washington D.C.: Library of Congress, 1980); The Ninety Six: A Cattle Ranch in Northern Nevada, a videodisc with accompanying booklet; and an exhibition and accompanying book entitled The American Cowboy, by Lonn Taylor and Ingrid Maar (Washington D.C.: American Folklife Center, 1983. [note: The Italian portion includes 24 pages of fieldnotes and 1/2 linear inch of recording logs.] [online presentation]

AFS 22,627-22,631: Five 7-inch tapes containing an interview with Joe Boggio and Mrs. Harold (Sandy) Boggio (daughter-in-law) discussing bocce, stonecutting, Italians in Paradise Valley, Northern and Southern Italian regionalism, home wine-making, outdoor ovens, Italian food, and Italian funerals; buckaroo clothing; ranch clothing; sheep ranching; sadddles; sheep husbandry; liquor; Indians; courtship; and local musicians. Recorded at the Boggio Ranch, Paradise Valley, Nevada, by Richard E. Alhorn, July 13, 1978. (2 hours; RXA 4162-4166)

AFS 22,675-22,676: Two 7-inch tapes containing an interview with Anita Cerri Casinelli discussing Italian food, sausage making, and maintenance of Italian identity; the Cowbelles; daily routine; food; butchering; family relationships; and education. Recorded in Anita and Danny Cassinelli's home on the Old Mill Ranch, Paradise Valley, Nevada, by Linda Gastanaga, May 6, 1978. (1 hour; RXA 4210-4211)

AFS 22,687-22,690: Four 7-inch tapes containing an interview with Albino and Merilia Vella discussing Albino's Italian origins, immigration to America, return trips to Italy, family history, stone masons, and Italian food; sheep and sheep herding; Basques; food; Indians; fishing; sheep dipping; early Paradise Valley; Basque language country; and driving. Recorded in the Vella home, Reno, Nevada, by Linda Gastanaga, June 5, 1978. (2 hours; RXA 4222-4225)

AFS 22,691-22,694: Four 7-inch tapes containing an interview with Alfonso Pasquale discussing his family, immigration to America, and learning to speak English; sheep shearing; Basques; early Paradise Valley; Reno, Nevada; the Fourth of July; horses; and snakes. Recorded in the Pasquale home, Paradise Valley, Nevada, by Linda Gastanaga wih Carl Fleischhauer, June 14, 1978. (2 hours, RXA 4226-4229)

AFS 22,699-22,702: Four 7-inch tapes containing an interview with Joe Boggio discussing wine-making, Italian food, gardens, and celebrations; sheepherding; cattle drives; Basques; Chinese in Paradise Valley; willow corrals; and fences. Recorded in the Boggio home, Winnemucca, Nevada, by Linda Gastanaga, July, 1978. (2 hours; RXA 4234-4237)

AFS 22,719-22,721: Three 7-inch tapes containing an interview with Mrs. Loui (Elaine) Cerri discussing Italian food and language; ranch cooking and Indians. Recorded at the Cerri Ranch, Paradise Valley, Nevada, by Suzi Jones, July 26, 1978. (1 hour and 30 minutes; RXA 4253-4255)

AFS 22,727-22,728: Two 7-inch tapes containing an interview with Joe Boggio discussing his father's immigration to and employment in Paradise Valley; his own education; mules; his childhood; and adobe and stone construction. Recorded in Paradise Valley, Nevada, by Carl Fleischhauer with Howard (Wight) Marshall, May 3, 1978. (1 hour; RXA 4261-4262)

AFS 22,743: One audiocassette containing an interview with Dan Ramasco discussing his family history and stoneworking tradition. Recorded in Winnemucca, Nevada, by Howard W. Marshall, October 7, 1978. (1 hour; RYA 2784)

AFS 22,763-22,765: Three 7-inch tapes containing an interview with Joe and Geraldine Boggio discussing Mr. Boggio's home in Italy; photos of Paradise Valley; photos of ranching; photos of farming; ranching; and farming. Recorded in the Boggio home in Winnemucca, Nevada, by Linda Gastanaga with Carl Fleischhauer and William A. Wilson, May 7, 1978. (1 hour and 30 minutes; RXA 4290-4292)

AFS 22,769-22,771: Three 7-inch tapes containing an interview with Loui Cerri discussing his family, immigration to Paradise Valley, wine-making, and sausage-making; ranching; sheepmen-cattlemen conflict; buckaroos; and socializing in Paradise Valley. Recorded at the Cerri Ranch in Paradise Valley, Nevada, by William A. Wilson, May 15, 1978. (1 hour and 30 minutes; RXA 4296-4298)

AFS 22,774-22,776: Three 7-inch tapes containing an interview with Joe Boggio discussing Italian immigration to Paradise Valley; ranching; branding; farming; buckaroos; buckaroo entertainment; and the recent trend towards farming over ranching. Recorded in the Boggio home in Willemucca, Nevada, by William A. Wilson, May 17, 1978. (1 hour and 30 minutes, RXA 4301-4303)

AFS 22,826-22,828: Three 7-inch tapes containing an interview with Bruno Ramasco, Dan Ramasco, and Loui Cerri discussing stonework, family history, and the origins of Paradise Valley Italians; and recreation among the youth of Paradise Valley. Recorded in the Paradise Valley Community Cemetery, Paradise Valley, Nevada, by Howard W. Marshall, October 14, 1979. (1 hour; RXA 4345-4547)

AFS 22,830-22,833: Four 7-inch tapes containing an interview with Carlo Recanzone, Sr., Carlo (Butch) Recanzone, Jr., and Vickie Lawrence Recanzone discussing immigration to Paradise Valley, Carlo's family, and returning to Italy; ranching; the Bureau of Lamd Management; Mrs. Reconzone's family history; the federal government; place names; buckaroo life; and buckaroo gear. Recorded in Carlo (Butch) Recanzone Jr.'s trailer in Paradise Valley, Nevada, by Howard W. Marshall, October 19, 1979. (4 hours, RXA 4349-4352)

AFS 22,853-22,855: Three 7-inch tapes containing an interview with John and Ella Ferraro discussing family history and visiting Italian relatives; ranching; Mrs. Ferraro's family history; and photos of family, ranching, and farming. Recorded at the Ferraro Ranch in Paradise Valley, Nevada, by William Smock, November 1, 1997. (1 hour and thirty minutes, RXA 4369-4371)

AFS 22,866-22,868: Three 7-inch tapes containing an interview with Angie Recanzone Genasci discussing her father's sausage making, old buildings in Italy, her Italian relatives, and family history; childhood in Paradise Valley; gypsies; Indians; farmer's water rights; and food in Paradise Valley. Recorded in the Genasci home in Loyalton, California, by Howard W. Marshall, April 20, 1980. (1 hour and 30 minutes, RXA 4382-4384)

AFS 22,878-22,879: Two 7-inch tapes containing an interview with Felix Scott discussing Italian dialects, Swiss-Italian dialect, and family history; Swiss in Winnemucca; social problems in Winnemucca; and Mrs. Scott's family history. Recorded at Scott's Shady Court Motel in Winnemucca, Nevada, by Howard W. Marshall, April 26, 1980. (1 hour, RXA 4394-4395)

AFS 22,884-22,886: Three 7-inch tapes containing an interview with Angie Recanzone Gerasci and Attilio Genasci discussing photos of family and a trip to Italy, Italian buildings, Italian stonework, family history, immigration, and Italian dialects; and photos from home and trips. Recorded in Loyalton, California, by Carl Fleischhauer, on April 30, 1980. (1 hour and 30 minutes, RXA 4400-4402)

AFS 22,906-22,908: Three 7-inch tapes containing an interview with Mrs. Julia Kirk (Rose Boggio) Day discussing bocce, her Italian origins, her family's regional Italian dialect, family history, and Italian immigration to Paradise Valley; personal history; Catholicism and religion in Paradise Valley; and Indians. Recorded in Washington, D.C., by Howard W. Marshall, February 11, 1981. (1 hour and 30 minutes, RXA 4421-4423)

AFS 22,909: One 7-inch tape containing a recording of the Thanksgiving dinner at the Boggio home, and Stephano "Steve" Boggio discussing his life history and involvement in ranching and building in Paradise Valley. Recorded at the Boggio home in Winnemucca, Nevada, November 22, 1962. (30 minutes; RXA 4165)

AFS 22,912-22,913: Two cassettes containing an interview with Louis Peraldo discussing family history in Italy and Paradise Valley, Italian immigration to Paradise Valley, and the Piedmont origins of Paradise Valley Italians; sheep business; Paradise Valley history; and ranch life in the old days. Recorded in Paradise Valley, Nevada, by Howard W. Marshall. (3 hours, RYA 2799-2800)

AFS 22,914: One 7-inch tape containing a recording of dinner with Tracy Boggio, with discussion of Italian food and her trips to Italy and hunting and cooking game animals and fish. Recorded in the Boggio home in Willemucca, Nevada, by Howard W. Marshall and William A. Wilson, May 13, 1981. (1 hour and 30 minutes, RYA 2801)

AFS 22,921-22,922: Two 7-inch tapes containing an intervew with Joe Boggio discussing stonework, prejudice against Italians, a planned trip to Italy, and Italian immigration to Paradise Valley; ranching; Rocky Mountain oysters; and the Firemen's Father's Day Barbeque. Recorded in Paradise Valley, Nevada, by William A. Wilson. (1 hour, RXA 4432-4433)

AFC 1991/022: Rhode Island Folklife Project Collection
One hundred and thirty-eight 7-inch reels, 59 audiocassettes, approximately 7500 color slides, 8300 black-and-white negatives, 11 linear inches of photo and sound logs, 6 linear inches of fieldnotes, 1 linear inch of interview report forms, 10 linear inches of survey response forms, as well as 1 1/2 linear feet of administrative materials, correspondence, publications, ephemera, final reports, and essays for the Rhode Island Folklife Project. This project documented and analyzed ethnic, regional, and occupational traditions of Rhode Island, especially ethnic traditions (Black, French-Canadian, Greek, Irish, Polish, Portuguese, Ukrainian, and others), maritime activities, material culture, and local history. Collected by Peter Bartis, Michael E. Bell, Thomas Burns, Carl Fleischhauer, Kenneth Goldstein, Nancy Harley, Henry Horenstein, and Geraldine Johnson, July 15 - December 31, 1979. Conducted by the American Folklife Center of the Library of Congress, in cooperation with the Rhode Island Heritage Commission, the Rhode Island Council on the Arts, and the Rhode Island Historical Society. [catalog record]

AFS 22,271-22,273: Three tapes containing an interview with Art and Pat Hoye discussing the Bonnet Shore beach community, including Italian residents. Recorded in Bonnet Shores, Rhode Island, by Thomas Burns, August 20, 1979. (1 hour and 30 minutes; RXA 3927-3929)

AFS 22,285-22,288: Four tapes containing an interview with Del and Ida Bonis, discussing Italian seafood traditions, holidays and songs; summer on the beach; youth in Providence and Cranston; sandsculpting; and their beach house. Recorded in Cranston, Rhode Island, by Thomas Burns, August 29, 1979. (2 hours; RXA 3941-3944)

AFC 1991/023: Pinelands Folklife Project Collection
Two hundred forty-one 7-inch tapes, 6 5-inch tapes, 119 cassettes, 12 linear feet of ephemera, field notes, photograph contact sheets, and photograph and sound recording documentation from the Pinelands Folklife Project, a field project documenting traditional culture within and around the Pinelands Folklife Reserve, to facilitate land-use planning in the Pinelands and along the coast, and to develop products to assist in public education about the relationship between the region and its cultural resources. Documented at various locations in New Jersey by Bonnie Blair, Tom Carroll, Christine Cartwright, Carl Fleischhauer, Mary Hufford, Eugene Hunn, Jens Lund, Rita Moonsammy, Malachi O'Connor, Gerald E. Parsons, Nora Rubenstein, Sue Samuelson, and Elaine Thatcher, August 15, 1983-March 31, 1984. Cosponsored by the American Folklife Center, National Park Service, New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection, New Jersey Department of Human Resources, New Jersey Historical Commission, New Jersey State Council on the Arts, and Pinelands Commission. The project's findings are published in Mary Huffords's 144-page report, One Space, Many Places: Folklife and Land Use in New Jersey's Pinelands National Reserve (Washington, D.C.: American Folklife Center, 1986). [catalog record]

AFS 23,988-23,989: Two tapes containing an interview with Ralph and Salvatore Putiri discussing their family's produce stand business, ethnic crops, mushroom hunting and gathering, home wine-making, jokes, family stories, cemetery blankets, and grave decorations; turtles; local landmarks; government in Mullica township; and casinos. Recorded in Hammonton, New Jersey, by Sue Samuelson, September 28, 1983. (1 hour and 30 minutes; RXA 6053-6054)

AFS 24,019: One tape containing an interview with Nicky DiBlasi discussing fishing and crabbing. Recorded in Waterford, New Jersey, by Elaine Thatcher, September 24, 1983. (10 minutes; RXA 6075)

AFS 24,027-24,028: Two tapes containing an interview with Clara Paolino discussing canning home-grown vegetables, fruits, growing spices, Italian foods, her family, Christmas celebrations, and deaths in the family. Recorded in Ancora, New Jersey, by Elaine Thatcher, October 11, 1983. (2 hours; RXA 6083-6084)

AFS 24,040-24,042: Three tapes containing an interview with Charlie Palmiero, Ralph Putiri, and Salvatore Putiri discussing gathering moss and making grave blankets, Italian language, Christmas, Italian food, Catholic mass, Italian names, Italian bakery, Italian families in previous years, slaughtering pigs and chickens, and Ralph singing "Onward Christian Soldiers." Recorded in Hammonton, New Jersey, by Elaine Thatcher and Carl Fleishchauer, November 17, 1983. (3 hours; RXA 6096-6098)

AFS 24,081: One audiocassette containing an interview with Ralph Putiri discussing the ruins of the Amotol munitions factory and features of the local woods. Recorded in Elwood, New Jersey, by Elaine Thatcher, November 17, 1983. (1 hour; RYA 4910)

AFC 1993/003: Italian-American Holiday Foodways Demonstration Collection
One audiocassette of a demonstration by Lorenzo and Eleonora Lazzaro, owners of Mamma Lucia Italian Delicatessen in Wheaton, Maryland, preparating of Italian-American Christmas foods including fried pastries: Cenci, Crostali, Tortelli de Vino, and Pignolata. Recorded at the Library of Congress, in Washington, DC, December 15, 1993. The presenter was Phyllis A. Lesansky. The collection includes a flyer for the event which includes recipes for the above pastries.

AFC 1994/010: "Saint Joseph isn't just for Italians": A Hispanic Recreation of a Sicilian Home Altar Tradition by Paula Manini
Paula Manini's M.A. thesis (University of Texas-Austin, 1994), based on her experiences in Pueblo, Colorado, when she was part of the American Folklife Center's "Italian-Americans in the West" field project team. Manini describes and analyzed an Hispanic recreation of the Sicilian Saint Joseph's table tradition that she encountered in Pueblo.

AFC 1995/025: Musicantica Audition Tape Collection
One audiocassette of Musicantica, a group consisting of Luciano Miele, Enzo Fina, and Roberto Catalano, which performs Southern Italian music and songs from oral tradition, dating from the 16th to the 19th centuries. Instrumentation includes the native Italian Tamburello (frame drum), the Chitarra Battente (a type of medieval ten-string guitar), the Scacciapensieri (jew's harp), the Bena (a Sardinian cane clarinet), castanets and jingle collars. They also play classical and accoustic guitars, mandolin, mandocello, the Greek Bouzouki, various recorders, flutes, and assorted percussion. The two pieces on the tape are entitled 1) Tarantella del '600, and 2) Pizzica.

AFC 1996/061: Dominic Montecalvo / Vincenza Montecalvo Italian Songs Collection
One cassette of Italian songs sung by Vincenza Montecalvo, recorded in 1959. Donated by her son Dominic Montecalvo of Ravenna, Ohio. The collection includes 11 pages of notes and a photo of the singer. [other notes refer to this recording being made in 1969 when Mrs. Montecalvo was 61 years old.]

AFC 2001/015: September 11, 2001, Documentary Project Collection
The collection documents reactions of ordinary citizens in the immediate aftermath of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks in the United States through sound and video recordings of interviews and personal narratives; as well as photographs, children's drawings, two scrapbooks, letters and e-mail, poems, ephemera, and a few artifacts. Some items were submitted as group projects of schools, libraries, and museums from 30 states in the U.S., and from American military service personnel and their families in Naples, Italy. [catalog record] [finding aid] [online presentation]

AFC 2003/027: Pete and Toshi Seeger Film Collection
Approximately 700 film and audio elements relating to Pete and Toshi Seeger's filmmaking from 1955-1965 at various locations in: Angola, Australia, Austria, Canada, England, Ghana, India, Indonesia, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Jamaica, Japan, Kenya, New Zealand, Nigeria, Poland, Russia, Somoa, Sweden, Tanzania, Trinidad, Ukraine, and the United States. In the United States, locations include Beacon, New York; Circle Pines, Michigan; Hamilton, Ohio; Huntsville, Texas; Los Angeles, California; Madison, Wisconsin; New York, New York; Newport, Rhode Island; Oklahoma City, Oklahoma; and Washington, DC, among others. Collection includes three bamboo flutes. [catalog record]

AFC 2003/054: La presenza italiana a Washington, D.C. : genesi, consistenza, identita by Christina Barbara Assouad
Thesis (laurea)--Università degli studi Macerata, 2001-2002.
2 v. bound, in Italian, with some interviews and documents in English. History of Italian immigration with details on the role of the Italian Catholic Church in Washington, D.C.; information on Italian and Italian American stone carvers and sculptors, some interviews transcribed. [catalog record]

AFC 2004/004: Alan Lomax Collection
Eight hundred forty-five linear feet (appx. 150 linear feet manuscripts; 10,000 sound recordings; 5,500 graphic images; 6,000 moving images) of material created and collected by Alan Lomax and others in their work documenting song, music, dance, and body movement from many cultures. Includes field recordings and photographs Lomax made in the Bahamas, the Caribbean, England, France, Georgia, Haiti, Ireland, Italy, Morocco, Romania, Russia, Scotland, Spain, the United States, and Wales, 1930s-2004. [catalog record]

AFC 2006/045: Lomax the Songhunter by Rogier Kappers
Independent nonfiction film produced by American Documentary, Inc. and broadcast on P.O.V. Season 19. Includes footage of Rogier Kappers visits with Alan Lomax in 2001. Kappers tells Alan Lomax's story through interviews with friends, including Pete Seeger, and through archival footage and sound recordings. Kappers travels to Spain and Italy to interview people whom Alan Lomax recorded in the 1950s. Press preview copy, (DVD) and unpackaged fine cut version (VHS).

AFC 2009/012: Built with Faith: Place Making and the Religious Imagination in Italian New York, Lecture by Joseph Sciorra
Video recording and photographs of a lecture delivered by Joseph Sciorra in the Mary Pickford Theater, Library of Congress, on September 23, 2009, as part of the Benjamin Botkin Folklife Lecture lecture series. He describes how Italian Americans create and use vernacular architecture, material culture, and ceremonial display, such as yard shrines, sidewalk altars, Christmas displays, and other creative productions to transform everyday urban space in New York City into unique, communal sites of religiosity. The lecture is illustrated by color slides. [catalog record] [event flyer and webcast]

 

 

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