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Rocco De Russo papers

Identifier: IHRC524


Collection consists of autobiography, plays, poetry, music, flyers, newspaper clippings, and publications.


  • 1938-1971


Language of Materials

Italian, English


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


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Comm. Rocco De Russo was born in Italy, and began writing plays in 1914. His life was dedicated to the work of a playwright and actor, with his company, “Arte Vera,” touring various cities of the United States presenting De Russo’s productions. The performances were presented in auditoriums and high school gyms, in the 1940s and 50s according to flyers in the collection (Folder 53). De Russo’s career in Italian-American theater was followed in Italian-American newspapers. Later in life the playwright turned poet and published some of his work in La Follia Di New York. Comm. De Russo also wrote musical compositions, some of which were made into recording. He died June 14, 1975.


1 Linear foot


The organization of the collection retains its original structure as deposited in the Center. However, De Russo’s plays have been placed in individual folders and arranged according to the type of play and in alphabetical order by title. The other materials have been divided according to their nature. The collection consists of seven categories: I. Autobiography (Folder 1) II. Plays (Folders 2-50) III. Poetry (Folder 51) IV. Music and Verse (Folder 52) V. Flyers (Folder 53) VI. Newspaper Clippings (Folder 54) VII. Publications


The papers of Rocco De Russo were deposited in the Immigration History Research Center between November, 1971 and April, 1973. They were given as a gift by De Russo and secured through the efforts of Pietro Greco and Rudolph J. Vecoli, Director of the Immigration History Research Center. The Collection consists of 1.5 linear feet of De Russo’s plays and papers, primarily in Italian (much in Neopolitan dialect). It was processed during 1975-1976 by Philip F. Notarianni.

  • Artists Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
  • Italian Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
  • Language Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
  • Music Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
  • Theater Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
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