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Title American Committee on Italian Migration Correspondence and Papers, 1957
Date Jan 1956 - Nov 1957
Document Type Correspondence; Ephemera
Reference IHRC159, Box 1, Folder 5
Library / Archive Immigration History Research Center Archives, University of Minnesota
Collection Name American Committee on Italian Migration, Chicago, Illinois Chapter
Description Correspondence between chapters of the ACIM, charities, government bodies, and the Italian Consulate in New York. Information largely relates to organising the passage of refugees, displaced persons and orphans from Italy to the United States, funding of the ACIM's activities and assistance for newly-arrived migrants. A calendar for 1956, listing appointments, is also included.
Series Description This collection contains good details on potential professions for Italian immigrants and in problems caused with local professionals, such as tailors. There is much on relations with the Catholic Relief Services and the Church, and on the use of Opera and Dining as ways of expressing cultural identity and raising funds. Some of the material in the series is in Italian. There is material on loans to immigrants and on overcoming the quota system.
Biographical Note / History ACIM was founded in 1951 to assist refugees. It worked to reform the Refugee Relief Act of 1953 and aided migrants in settling in. The ACIM also played an important role in lobbying Congress for the Immigration Reform Bill of 1965.
Theme(s) Displaced Persons and Refugees; Arrivals: Ports and Early Experiences; Motives for Emigration; Religion, Ethnic Identity and Community Relations
Country (from) Italy; Serbia; Croatia
Country (to) United States of America
Places Chicago, Illinois, United States
Ports New York, United States
Nationality Italian; Serbian; Croatian; European
Keywords orphan, refugee, displaced person, eligibility, shipping, unemployment, charity, fundraising, philanthropy, clergy, Catholicism, child migration, alien, donation, artisans, quota, finance, money
Additional Information Please note: Some of the metadata for this document has been taken from the Immigration History Research Center Archives catalogue.
Catalogue Link Immigration History Research Center Archives Catalogue
Language English; Italian
Copyright Reproduced by kind permission of the Joint Civic Committee of Italian Americans.