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Lucrezia B.


Scope and Contents

From the Collection:

This collection of 18 oral histories on audio cassette tapes, is supplemented by biographical material and photographs (some originals, but mostly reproductions). Five of the interviews have been translated from Italian to English transcriptions.

The interviews reveal the life stories of this group of Italian-American women in all their variety, from their experiences as immigrants (including their continuing ties to Italy), to their family responsibilities, education, and above all, work experiences in the United States. Ida Rescia captured the centrality of work--for most of them both within and outside of the home: "...I arrived on Thursday, Monday I went to work and...I always continued to work...." The interviews also document the importance of the Ausonia Club and the life-long friendships maintained within it. The collection is arranged alphabetically by interviewee. The transcriptions of the interviews with Tranquilla De Bastiani and Ida Rescia are indexed.


Language of Materials

English and Italian

Conditions Governing Web Access

This interview may not be placed on the web because there was no formal web access agreement signed. Please consult with special collections staff at to inquire about the existence of or access to digital copies.

Conditions Governing Access

At the direction of the narrator, this interview is not available for research use because it must be anonymized before being opened. Please consult with special collections staff at to begin this process.

The unedited version of the interview is not available for research.

Conditions Governing Use

The interviewer and narrator have transferred copyright of this interview to Smith College.

Repository Details

Part of the Sophia Smith Collection of Women's History Repository

Neilson Library
7 Neilson Drive
Northampton MA 01063