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Title Maria Valiani Interview
Author Valiani, Maria
Date 1980
Document Type Personal Account
Reference MSIACR 82, Box 50 , Folder 646
Library / Archive Special Collections & University Archives, University Library, University of Illinois at Chicago
Collection Name Italian American Collection Records
Description Oral history covering the arrival of her parents at Ellis Island, her work as a seamstress in the tailor shops at Kuppenheimer and Hart, Schaffner and Marx, and other smaller plants and her activities with the Amalgamated Clothing Workers' Union.
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.
Biographical Note / History Maria Valiani was born in Tuscany in 1902, and came to the Oakley district of Chicago in 1911. She was involved in the setting up of the Clothing Workers' Union.
Theme(s) Arrivals: Ports and Early Experiences; Permanent Settlement and Successive Generations
Country (from) Italy
Country (to) United States of America
Places Tuscany, Italy; Melrose Park, Chicago, Illinois, United States
Ports New York, United States
Nationality Italian; Italian-American
Keywords employment, seamstress, trade union, strike, children, family, marriage, immigrant, health and sickness, food, religion, priest, shipping, Ellis Island, education, holidays and celebrations, Catholicism, clubs, socialism, tailor
Language English; Italian
Document(s) linked to Maria Valiani, Clippings
Maria Valiani, Programs
Maria Valiani Photographs
Copyright Special Collections & University Archives, University Library, University of Illinois at Chicago