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Title Second National Symposium on Italian Immigration
Date 7-13 May 1961
Document Type Report
Reference IHRC159, Box 7, Folder 58
Library / Archive Immigration History Research Center Archives, University of Minnesota
Collection Name American Committee on Italian Migration, Chicago, Illinois Chapter
Description Report from the second symposium of Italian migration, including a pamphlet of compliments issued at the 10th anniversary dinner dance of the ACIM and a booklet of photocopied Italian press coverage. Includes photographs of the delegation visiting Italy, where they attended church services in Rome and visited a refugee camp in Canzanella. Speeches given at the symposium touch on fears of immigration in the US, and outline urgent goals such as the reunification of refugee families and charitable drives by a women's committee.
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 Rome, Naples, Canzanella, Italy; Egypt; Tunisia; Cleveland, Ohio, United States
Nationality Italian
People Marchisio, Juvenal P; Kennedy, John F; Donanzan, Caesar
Keywords American Committee on Italian Migration, forced migration, Second World War, immigration, foreign policy, refugee, Catholicism, religion, legislation, politics, poverty, unemployment, anti-immigration, communism, ImMigration and Nationality Act, charity, women, clothing, furniture, education, family, reunion, language classes, citizenship classes
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.