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Italian Immigrant Women in New York City's Garment Industry Oral Histories, 1976-1978
1 box (.25 linear ft.)
Collection number: MS 556

Abstract:
Italian immigrants; Garment workers. Nine oral history interviews of Italian immigrants (primarily women) who worked in the U.S. garment industry from 1880 to 1950. Transcriptions and audio recordings.

Terms of Access and Use:

Restrictions on access:

The papers are open to research according to the regulations of the Sophia Smith Collection.

Access to audiovisual materials may first require production of research copies.

This collection has not been fully processed and therefore may be difficult to use.

Restrictions on use:

The material in this collection may be protected by copyright. It is the responsibility of the researcher to identify and satisfy the holders of all copyrights for permission to publish reproductions or quotations beyond "fair use." Permission must also be obtained from the Sophia Smith Collection as owners of the physical property.

Sophia Smith Collection
Smith College
Northampton, MA

Scope and Contents of the Collection

This oral history project was undertaken by Colomba Furio-Spigner as part of the research for her Ph.D. dissertation, "Immigrant Women and Industry: A Case Study: The Italian Immigrant Women and the Garment Industry, 1880-1950" (New York University, 1979). The collection consists of nine oral history interviews of Italian immigrants (primarily women) who worked in the U.S. garment industry from 1880 to 1950.

The following interviews consist of both audio recordings * and transcriptions (some transcriptions might be incomplete): Tina Gaeta, Antoinetta Lazarro, Grace Natarelli and Diana Romanik. Two interviews (Tina Cantania and Pauline Newman) have transcriptions only (these may be incomplete). The transcriptions were annotated by Jennifer Guglielmo of Smith College. Interviews of Mary Cacchione, Vincenza Crachhiolo, Ralph Iannantuono, Vanni Montana and Felicie Guiseppe Sagliano are audio only, no transcriptions. There are also summaries provided by Colomba Furio-Spigner of additional interviews with nine unidentified women.

[* Note: Audio recordings have been copied to CD for research use but sound quality is very poor due to deterioration of the original cassette tape. In some cases recordings are inaudible.]


Information on Use
Terms of Access and Use
Restrictions on access:

The papers are open to research according to the regulations of the Sophia Smith Collection.

Access to audiovisual materials may first require production of research copies.

This collection has not been fully processed and therefore may be difficult to use.

Restrictions on use:

The material in this collection may be protected by copyright. It is the responsibility of the researcher to identify and satisfy the holders of all copyrights for permission to publish reproductions or quotations beyond "fair use." Permission must also be obtained from the Sophia Smith Collection as owners of the physical property.

Preferred Citation

Please use the following format when citing materials from this collection:

Italian Immigrant Women in New York City's Garment Industry Oral Histories, Sophia Smith Collection, Smith College, Northampton, Mass.

Additional Formats

Audio tapes have been copied to digital format CDs) for research use.

History of the Collection

The oral histories were donated to the Sophia Smith Collection by Colomba Furio-Spigner in 2006.

Processing Information

Processed by Burd Schlessinger, 2006


Additional Information
Contact Information
Sophia Smith Collection
Smith College
Northampton, MA 01063

Phone: (413) 585-2970
Fax: (413) 585-2886

Email Reference Form: http://www.smith.edu/libraries/libs/ssc/emailform.html
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Language
English

Contents List
SERIES I Interviews



Mary Cacchione and Vincenza Crachhiolo: audio recording and transcription


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Tina Cantania: transcriptions only


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Tina Gaeta, by Colomba Furio, Nov 22, 1976: audio recording and transcription


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Ralph Iannantono: audio recording and transcription


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Antoinetta Lazarro, by Colomba Furio, Mar 29, 1977: audio recording and transcription


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Howard Molisani, by Colomba Furio, Feb 23, 1978


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Vanni Montana: audio recording and transcription


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Grace De luise Natarelli, by Colomba Furio, Sep 22, 1978: audio recording and transcription


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Pauline Newman, by Colomba Furio, Nov 17, 1976: transcriptions only


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Diana Romanik, by Colomba Furio, Apr 1, 1977: audio recording and transcription


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Felicie Guiseppe Sagliano: audio recording only


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Subjects
  • Cacchione, Mary
  • Cracchiolo, Vineenza
  • Furio, Colomba M.
  • Gaeta, Tina
  • Iannantuono, Ralph
  • Immigrants--United States--Biography--Sources
  • Italian American women--New York (N.Y.)--Biography--Sources
  • Labor--United States--History--20th century--Sources
  • Lazarro, Antoinetta
  • Montana, Vanni
  • Natarelli, Grace DeLouise
  • New York (N.Y.)--History--Sources
  • Romanik, Diana
  • Sagliano, Felicie Guiseppe
  • Women clothing workers--United States--History--Sources
  • Women immigrants--New York (N.Y.)--Biography--Sources

Genre terms
  • Oral history--Archival resources


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