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Title American Committee on Italian Migration Correspondence and Papers, 1959
Date Aug-Dec 1959
Document Type Correspondence; Financial Papers; Leaflet; Ephemera
Reference IHRC159, Box 1, Folder 9
Library / Archive Immigration History Research Center Archives, University of Minnesota
Collection Name American Committee on Italian Migration, Chicago, Illinois Chapter
Description Papers consist of material related to World Refugee Year, the passing of HR 5896, migrants' appeals for assistance in finding work, and lobbying for further liberalisation of migration law, including draft letters for lobbying in favour of draft bills HR 7904 and S 2222.
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; Indonesia
Country (to) United States of America
Places Washington D.C., Chicago, Illinois, United States
Ports New York, United States
Nationality Italian; Indonesian; European; Asian
People DeSerto, Joseph; Derwinsky, Edward
Keywords alien, refugee, displaced person, employment, quota, Catholicism, lobbying, charity, 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.