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Title Mary Argenzio Interview
Author Argenzio, Mary
Date 24 Feb-2 Jul 1980
Document Type Personal Account
Reference MSIACR 82, Box 1 , Folder 11, (ARG-89)
Library / Archive Special Collections & University Archives, University Library, University of Illinois at Chicago
Collection Name Italian American Collection Records
Description Oral history interview transcript covering involvement with Chicago Commons, education, mother working as a 'quack doctor', family origins, white slavery, successful relatives in the United States, Italian food, prohibition and Italian organised crime, community leaders, inter-ethnic relations, the Great Depression, marriage, her florist business, religion and changes in traditional Italian neighbourhood in Chicago. Includes a picture of Mary Argenzio.
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) Religion, Ethnic Identity and Community Relations; Arrivals: Ports and Early Experiences; Permanent Settlement and Successive Generations
Country (from) Italy
Country (to) United States of America
Places Peoria, Chicago, Illinois, United States; Tokyo, Japan
Nationality Italian; Italian-American; European; Swedish; Scandinavian; Polish
People Argenzio, Nicholas; Porto, Joe; Porto, Felix; Porto, Milly; Porto, Dominic; Porto, Mary; Batmick, Mary Ellen; Rego, Johnnie; Tayler, Leah; Mondino, John; Rago, Henry; Amoned, Tessie; LaRocce, Grace
Keywords government, emigration, employment, health and sickness, prohibition, food, family, crime, community relations, ethnic organisation, organised crime, occupation, Great Depression, economics, finance, religion, white slavery, fraud, living conditions, exploitation, music, family, pull factor, chapel, housing, food, entertainment, medical treatment, medicine, alcohol, culture, factory, university, award, poetry, death, pregnancy, railroad, violence, language classes, broadcasting, murder, police, domestic violence, politics, women, clubs, labourer, property, theatre, loan
Language English
Copyright Special Collections & University Archives, University Library, University of Illinois at Chicago