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Title First National Symposium on Italian Immigration
Date 18 May-8 Jul 1959
Document Type Periodical; Correspondence; Report
Reference IHRC159, Box 7, Folder 57
Library / Archive Immigration History Research Center Archives, University of Minnesota
Collection Name American Committee on Italian Migration, Chicago, Illinois Chapter
Description Report from the first national symposium on Italian immigration. The text draws on the United States' long history of immigration and features photographs of politicians greeting attendees, while also commenting on conditions in post-war Italy. Includes a programme of events and 'ACIM Dispatch', a newsletter featuring articles about the 'World Refugee Year', the plight of Italian refugees in North Africa, the Kennedy Bill and a pilot project in South America.
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) Permanent Settlement and Successive Generations; Responses to Immigration; Politics, Legislation and Governance; Displaced Persons and Refugees
Country (from) Italy
Country (to) United States of America
Places Egypt; Tunisia
Ports New York, United States
Nationality Italian
People Kennedy, John F; Eisenhower, Dwight; Truman, Harry; Donanzan, Caesar; McCollum, Robert S; Keating, Kenneth B; Symington, Stuart; Pastore, John O; Marchisio, Juvenal P
Keywords immigration, refugee, Second World War, legislation, foreign policy, family, dispossession, United Nations, National Catholic Resettlement Council, religion, Catholicism, politics, communism, American Committee on Italian Migration
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
Copyright Reproduced by kind permission of the Joint Civic Committee of Italian Americans.