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Amabile Peguri Santacaterina papers

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: IHRC2358


Papers consist of Amabile and Vincenzo Santacaterina's correspondence, including that of Amabile with Ferdinando Offeli; Vincenzo's notes about a trip to South America in 1965; photographs; clippings; "Il calicanto non cresce a Chicago" (1990), Amabile's autobiography; "Chiuppano nel Mondo" (n.d.), by Ferdinando Pffeli; and "Decenale di Vincenza All'Estero, 1953-1962."


  • 1959-1992

Conditions Governing Access

Open for use in the Elmer L. Andersen Library reading room.

Conditions Governing Use

This collection may be protected by the Copyright Law of the United States (Title 17, U.S. Code). It is the user's responsibility to verify copyright ownership and to obtain all necessary permissions prior to the reproduction, publication, or other use of any portion of these materials. Researchers may quote from the collection under the fair use provision of the copyright law.

Biographical / Historical

Born 1905 in Chiuppano, Italy, Amabile Peguri met Vincenzo Santacaterina in an anti-fascist youth group, and they married in 1928. Persecuted in Italy for their political views, they fled to the United States, settling in Roseland, Illinois, a suburb of Chicago. As cultural as well as political activists, they fought negative stereotypes of Italian Americans and founded the "Roseland Operetta Club." Amabile was an announcer for an Italian-language radio program from 1935 to 1960. Her son, Lino, went to fight in World War II; as a member of the Italian Mothers Club, Amabile bid him farewell over the airwaves. After the war, she was active in American Relief for Italy. She also helped with Vincenzo's frozen foods business. Upon his death in 1974, she retired to Italy.


7.5 linear inches

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Inventory of the Amabile Peguri Santacaterina papers.
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