Records (1954-1967) of the American Committee on Italian Migration, Chicago Chapter (Ill.), include a brief history; correspondence; organizational papers; souvenir journals and symposia; photographs and newspaper clippings; and publicity concerning special events. Correspondents include United States senators and church dignitaries, the Italian ambassador and consulate, and other figures in the Italian government, Mayor Richard Daley of Chicago, Everett M. Dirksen, Jacob H. Javits, Birch Bayh, Frank Annunzio, Edward M. Kennedy, and President Lyndon B. Johnson.
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The American Committee on Italian Migration (ACIM), Chicago Chapter (Illinois) resulted from a meeting called by the National Catholic Resettlement Council in 1951. Suggestion for the organization came from His Eminence Cardinal Stritch Archbishop of Chicago; it was headed by Judge Juvenal Marchisio. The ACIM was formed officially in 1952 in New York City; the Chicago Chapter, composed of priests and laymen, was also formed in 1952. The purposes of the ACIM were to: become familiar with the problem of overpopulation in Italy; publicize the need for Italian migration; cooperate with other groups regarding the overpopulation problem; promote legislation permitting Italians to enter the United States; work for revision of the McCarran Act; cooperate with the Bishop's Resettlement Council; raise funds for Italian resettlement; and publish a monthly bulletin. After passage of the 1965 Immigration Act, goals were reformulated.
The American Committee on Italian Migration, (Chicago Chapter Illinois) records, IHRC Archives, University of Minnesota http://archives.lib.umn.edu/repositories/6/resources/3887 Accessed November 18, 2017.