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Italian Immigrant Women in New York City's Garment Industry Oral Histories

 Collection
Identifier: SSC-MS-00556

Scope and Contents

This oral history project was undertaken by Colomba Furio-Spigner as part of the research for her Ph.D. dissertation, "Immigrant Women and Industry: A Case Study: The Italian Immigrant Women and the Garment Industry, 1880-1950" (New York University, 1979). The collection consists of nine oral history interviews of Italian immigrants (primarily women) who worked in the U.S. garment industry from 1880 to 1950.

The following interviews consist of both audio recordings * and transcriptions (some transcriptions might be incomplete): Tina Gaeta, Antoinetta Lazarro, Grace Natarelli and Diana Romanik. Two interviews (Tina Cantania and Pauline Newman) have transcriptions only (these may be incomplete). The transcriptions were annotated by Jennifer Guglielmo of Smith College. Interviews of Mary Cacchione, Vincenza Crachhiolo, Ralph Iannantuono, Vanni Montana and Felicie Guiseppe Sagliano are audio only, no transcriptions. There are also summaries provided by Colomba Furio-Spigner of additional interviews with nine unidentified women.

[* Note: Audio recordings have been copied to CD for research use but sound quality is very poor due to deterioration of the original cassette tape. In some cases recordings are inaudible.]

Dates of Materials

  • 1976-1978

Language of Materials

English

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for use without restriction beyond the standard terms and conditions of Smith College Special Collections.

Conditions Governing Access

Until we move into New Neilson in early 2021, collections are stored in multiple locations and may take up to 48 hours to retrieve. Researchers are strongly encouraged to contact Special Collections (specialcollections@smith.edu) at least a week in advance of any planned visits so that boxes may be retrieved for them in a timely manner.

Conditions Governing Use

The Sophia Smith Collection owns copyright to the unpublished works by the creator of this collection. Copyright to materials created by others may be owned by those individuals or their heirs or assigns. Permission must be obtained to publish reproductions or quotations beyond "fair use." It is the responsibility of the researcher to identify and satisfy the holders of all copyrights.

Extent

1 boxes (.25 linear feet)

Overview

Italian immigrants; Garment workers. Nine oral history interviews of Italian immigrants (primarily women) who worked in the U.S. garment industry from 1880 to 1950. Transcriptions and audio recordings.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The oral histories were donated to the Sophia Smith Collection by Colomba Furio-Spigner in 2006.

Additional Formats

Audio recordings have been copied to digital format for research use.

Processing Information

Processed by Burd Schlessinger, 2006
Title
Italian Immigrant Women in New York City's Garment Industry Oral Histories
Subtitle
Finding Aid
Author
Finding aid prepared by Burd Schlessinger.
Date
2008
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
English
Script of description
Latin

Revision Statements

  • 07/26/2017: This resource was modified by the ArchivesSpace Preprocessor developed by the Harvard Library (https://github.com/harvard-library/archivesspace-preprocessor)
  • 2017-07-26T17:48:19-04:00: This record was migrated from InMagic DB Textworks to ArchivesSpace.

Repository Details

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

Contact:
Young Library
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