Ausonia Club Oral History Project oral histories
Scope and Contents
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.
Dates of Materials
- Gandini, Lella (Interviewer, Person)
Language of Materials
Conditions Governing Access
Some of the oral histories in this collection have restrictions on access. Please see the notes attached to an individual interview for information about restrictions that apply to it.
Conditions Governing Use
Biographical / Historical
The Ausonia Club Oral History Project was inaugurated by Lella Gandini in 1984, and carried out with the help of Gisele L'Italien for the next four years. The two women conducted two or more interviews with six of the remaining Ausonia Club members, Silvia Viola Aprile (1905- ), Tranquilla Anna De Bastiani (1904- ), Lucrezia Bellantuono Duseau, (1917- ), Ida Lossani Rescia (1889-1987), Vittoria Giacomina Savino (1898-1987), and Mariannina Grimaldi Venturo (1906- ). Ida Rescia's son, Richard, and Lucrezia Bellantuono Duseau's brother, Vito Bell, were also interviewed. The aim of the project was to preserve the experience of a group of small-town Italian-American women, since most work of this sort has been focused upon immigrants to large urban areas. Lella Gandini, herself Italian-born and raised, brought to the project extensive knowledge of Italian dialects, and experience studying Italian-American women and conducting oral history interviews. Gisele L'Italien, who holds a B.A. in sociology from Smith College, conducted interviews in the course of her studies and is also fluent in Italian.
4 boxes (1 linear feet)
Immediate Source of Acquisition
- Aprile, Sylvia
- Ausonia Club (Northampton, Mass.)
- B., Lucrezia (pseudonym)
- Biographical sketches
- De Bastiani, Tranquilla Anna
- Gandini, Lella
- Italian American women -- Northampton (Mass.) -- Interviews
- Northampton (Mass.)
- Northampton (Mass.)
- Oral histories
- Rescia, Ida
- Rescia, Richard
- Savino, Vittoria
- Venturo, Marianna
- Women -- Societies and clubs
- Women immigrants -- Northampton (Mass.) -- Interviews
- Ausonia Club Oral History Project oral histories
- Finding Aid
- Burd Schlessinger
- Description rules
- Describing Archives: A Content Standard
- Language of description
- Script of description
- Encoding funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.
- 07/26/2017: This resource was modified by the ArchivesSpace Preprocessor developed by the Harvard Library (https://github.com/harvard-library/archivesspace-preprocessor)
- 2005-09-23: mnsss123 converted from EAD 1.0 to 2002 by v1to02-5c.xsl (sy2003-10-15).
- 2017-07-26T17:48:10-04:00: This record was migrated from InMagic DB Textworks to ArchivesSpace.
- 2020-05-14: Updated oral history interviews (8) with access and use notes.
Part of the Sophia Smith Collection of Women's History Repository
7 Neilson Drive
Northampton MA 01063