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Valentino Ciullo papers

Identifier: IHRC1840


Collection consists of records pertaining to Ciullo's involvement in the Michigan state and local lodges of the Order Sons of Italy in America. Included are newspaper clippings, officer lists, correspondence, photographs and audio/visual materials.


  • 1929-1995

Language of Materials

English, some Italian

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

Valentino Ciullo, resident of Grand Rapids, Michigan, and the grandson of immigrants from Frigento, Province of Avellino in Italy. He performed on radio, television and theater. and worked as a producer and director for the U.S. Army in Alabama and Korea. In 1955 he became an exhibition dancer and ballroom dance teacher. He later became a salesman at Mutual of New York, working in insurance and similar industries. After retirement in 1983, he started Variable Concepts, a small private financial firm specializing in voluntary employee benefits.

As an active member of OSIA, Ciullo served as Chairman of the 1985 State Convention, Co-Chairman of the 1987 National Convention, State President in Michigan, and Chairman of the Investment Commitee. He also served on OSIA's Membership Committee, Social Justice Committee, Fund Raising Committee, Convention Committee, Budget Committee, and Cabinet Committee. Ciullo recieved multiple awards for his charitable work, including a "Grand Rapids Hometown Hero" award and a "special tribute from the State of Michigan for contributions to Ethnic Activities."

Ciullo was also President of the Concerned Citizens for Equal Rights for the Deaf and was active as a board member and consultant for the Kent County Handicapped Riding Program. He also served as President of Grand Rapids Downtown Management Board, focusing on the renovation of the Downtown Business District.

Ciullo and his wife Carolyn Ciullo had three sons, Cameron, Scott, and Marc, who were active in OSIA as well.


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