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Italians in Chicago Oral History Project records

Identifier: IHRC1105

Scope and Contents

Italian Americans -- Illinois -- Chicago -- Personal narratives.

Italian Americans -- Illinois -- Chicago -- Employment.

Italian Americans -- Illinois -- Chicago -- Social life and customs.

Italian Americans -- Illinois -- Chicago -- Religious life and customs.

Neighborhood -- Illinois -- Chicago.


  • 1980


Language of Materials

English and Italian


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


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The Italians in Chicago Project was a two-year program based at the University of Illinois at Chicago Circle, History Department, and was funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities. The project's purpose was to document the Italian American experience in Chicago. Oral history interviews with 113 Italian Americans living in the Chicago area were one component of the project. Men and women from three generations were interviewed regarding such topics as work, leisure, neighborhoods, family life, religion, interethnic events, and other special events. People from the following neighborhoods were interviewed: Belmont-Cragin, Bridgeport, Chicago Heights, Grand Avenue, Highwood, Kensington-Pullman-Rosseland, Melrose Park, Near North, Twenty-Fourth and Oakley Avenue, and the Near West Side.


3 Linear Feet


The Italians in Chicago collection consists of 113 transcripts and 7 video tape cassettes of oral histories of Chicago area Italian Americans. The video tapes include an interview with Egidio Clemente and scenes from a Melrose Park Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Feast, ca. 1920s.

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