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Title Lawrence Spallitta Interview
Author Spallitta, Lawrence
Date 30 Dec 1979 - 10 Jan 1980
Document Type Personal Account
Reference MSIACR 82, Box 47 , Folder 599
Library / Archive Special Collections & University Archives, University Library, University of Illinois at Chicago
Collection Name Italian American Collection Records
Description Oral history interview covering Italian heritage, education in a non-Italian school in Chicago, speaking Italian at home, shopping in Italian neighbourhoods, living outside the Italian community, Sicilian women's activities, food, Italian celebrations, non-Italian attitudes towards Italians, the Great Depression, discrimination, reasons for not fighting in the Second World War, meeting his wife, Italian social cubs and musical activities.
Series Description Series I: Donated Material. Sub Series I: Donations, Information, and Transcripts. The Italian-American Collection was compiled as part of the "Italians in Chicago" project by the Department of History at the University of Illinois at Chicago Circle. The project was funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities and largely conducted during 1979 and 1980. Donations included photographs, sound recordings, video recordings, books, booklets and pamphlets, citizenship papers, church documents, as well as various other family memorabilia. Some donations show life in Italy, many more deal with the immigration process, and others show dominant themes in Italian American lives here in the United States. This sub-series contains the donations and interview transcripts of various Italian Americans who participated in the Italian American research project. Most of the interviews and donations took place in 1979 and 1980 in the city of Chicago. This sub-series and spans from the years of 1880 through 1980.
Theme(s) Arrivals: Ports and Early Experiences; Religion, Ethnic Identity and Community Relations
Places Palermo, Sicily, Italy; Cambridge, Chicago, Illinois, United States
Nationality Italian; European; Italian-American; German; Irish; Greek
People Spallitta, Laurence; DeFiglio, Pamela; Spallitta, Mary
Keywords shopping, languages, family, national identity, education, biography, food, holidays and celebrations, Great Depression, economics, discrimination, Second World War, social life, clubs, music, marriage, occupation, employment, demographics, cost of living, living conditions, housing, cultural identity, Jewish, religion, teacher, language classes, transport, housewife, automobile, Greek Orthodox, Catholicism, church, festival, leisure, social life, public service, police, manufacturing, industry, women, clubs
Language English
Copyright Special Collections & University Archives, University Library, University of Illinois at Chicago