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Carmen Barasa Bonslett Interview (Part of the Italian American Oral History Project)

 Digital Record


  • 1982-09-03



Bonslett's father followed friends of the family to Marquette, Michigan. The family traveled with a group of families, mostly Irish, with who they became good friends. Her father had many jobs, including blacksmith, grocer and saloon owner. After a fire destroyed their homestead, they sold their property to John M. Longyear, who built a town. The family always regretted this decision, as Longyear made money and they did not. Bonslett also shares a great deal of information on the life of an Italian woman. Interview conducted by Russell M. Magnaghi. Recorded at McHenry, Illinois.

Conditions Governing Use

Permission to publish Carmen Barasa Bonslett Interview (Part of the Italian American Oral History Project), must be obtained from the University Archivist. The University Archivist may be reached by phone at 906-227-1225, or e-mail, The University Archivist may also be reached in Room 126 of Harden Hall, Northern Michigan University, Marquette, MI.


1 item (1 sound file (66 min.))

Language of Materials


Existence and Location of Originals

MSS-202, Italian American Oral History Project


Repository Details

Part of the Central Upper Peninsula and Northern Michigan University Archives Repository

Harden Learning Resources Center 126
1401 Presque Isle Ave
Marquette 49855 United States
906-227-1333 (Fax)


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