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Title American Committee on Italian Migration Correspondence and Papers, 1959
Date Jan-Aug 1959
Document Type Correspondence; Financial Papers; Leaflet
Reference IHRC159, Box 1, Folder 8
Library / Archive Immigration History Research Center Archives, University of Minnesota
Collection Name American Committee on Italian Migration, Chicago, Illinois Chapter
Description Papers consist of copies and drafts of correspondence sent to other charities, congressmen, religious organisations and churches. includes attempts to obtain support for reforms to immigration law, particularly HR 5896, introduced by Congressman Francis Walter to allow the entry of 'certain relatives of legally resident aliens'. Includes a copy of the 'World Refugee Year' leaflet distributed by the United States Committee for Refugees, May 1959.
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; Motives for Emigration; Politics, Legislation and Governance; Religion, Ethnic Identity and Community Relations
Country (from) Italy
Country (to) United States of America
Places Washington D.C., Chicago, Illinois, United States; London, Great Britain; Rome, Italy
Ports New York, United States
Nationality Italian; European
People DeSerto, Joseph; Douglas, Paul H; Rostenkowski, Dan; Collier, Harold; Kennedy, John Fitzgerald; Derwinsky, Edward; Walter, Francis E
Keywords alien, refugee, naturalisation, citizenship, lobbying, United Nations, charity, donation, artisans, visa, quota, United Nations, Catholicism, employment, National Catholic Resettlement Council, legislation, 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.