Antonino Crivello papers
Papers (1939-1965) of Antonino Crivello (1888-1969), an Italian American labor organizer and poet, comprise correspondence; drafts of his poetry; and some published material. Correspondence relates largely to the I.L.G.W.U., in which Crivello was a director of Local 144 in Newark, New Jersey and a representative for Local 25 in New York.
- Creation: 1939-1965
- Crivello, Antonino, 1888-1969 (Person)
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English and Italian
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AntonAntonino Crivello was born in Palermo on March 17, 1888 and immigrated to the U.S. when he was fifteen. His mother taught him the trade of a tailor. Beginning in 1904 he participated with his mother in all the union struggles to organize tailors and dressmakers in New York. He was one of the principle founders of the Circolo Libertario Pensiero ed Azione in New York. In 1917 Crivello was hired as the Italian representative in the Education Dept. of Loca 25 I.L.G.W.U. He was then assigned to the Organization Dept. of the same Local.
He belonged to the Camera del Lavoro Italiana di new York, the Italian Labor Educational Bureau, the Antifascist Alliance, and various literary academies both here and in Italy. He was district manager in brooklyn, first for local 25 and then for the Dressmakers' Joint Board. In 1930 he was elected secretary-treasurer of the Dress Joint Board of New York. Later he was sent to direct Local 144 of Newark, N.J. where he was Manager for 23 years.
Crivello was well known for his anti-war writings during the First World War. The Crivello papers consist primarily of his poetry, translations and song lyrics.
(Translated and taken from La Parola del Popolo, December 1958)
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