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Paisano Club of Upper Michigan records

 Collection
Identifier: MSS-116

Scope and Content

This collection includes records of the Paisano Club of Upper Michigan. They provide information about the social club and associated Italian societies. This collection contains information about the culture of these Italian immigrants, the efforts they made to keep their culture and values alive, the efforts they made to send assistance to Italians in need in Italy, and the efforts they made to visit the places of their birth.

Series Descriptions

Record Series I. Membership, (1964-1984). (3 folders). This series is arranged by subject and divided into the following folders: By-Laws; Membership Drives; and Membership Rosters.

Record Series II. Federated Italian American Societies, 1962-1963. (1 folder).

Record Series III. Convocations, 1965,1969, 1971,1972, 1975, 1977, 1978, 1980, 1981, (1 folder).

Record Series IV. International Migration Review, V.8, Winter 1974. (1 folder).

Record Series V. Italian Heritage Project, 1977-1985. ( 4 folders). This series is arranged by subject and divided into the following folders: Correspondence; "Patterns of Italian Immigrant Settlement in Rural/Small America" by Ryan Rudnicki; "Project Report" by Russell M. Magnaghi; and "Upper Michigan's Italian Heritage" by Russell M. Magnaghi.

Record Series VI. Activities and Events. (4 folders). This series is arranged by subject and divided into the following folders: Paisano Group Flight #1; Paisano Group Flight #2; Columbus Day Banquet; and Southern Italy Earthquake Relief.

Record Series VII. Associated Italian Organizations. (1 folder).

Record Series VIII. Consulate of Italy. (1 folder).

Record Series IX. Italian Language Materials. (3 folders). This series is arranged by subject and divided into the following folders: Italian Language Documents and Correspondence; "Il Piu' Completo Libro Di Discorsi"; and "Quarant'anni Della Costituzione Italiana"

Record Series X. General Subject and Correspondence. (1 folder).

Record Series XI. Banking Records. (3 folders). This series is arranged by subject and divided into the following folders: Paisano Club of Upper Michigan; Marquette County Chapter, Paisano Club of Upper Michigan; and St. John's Holy Name Society.

Record Series XII. Pope John XXVIII Seminary News. (1 folder).

Record Series XIII. Newspaper Clippings. (1 folder).

Record Series XIV. Photographic File. (1 folder).

Record Series XV. Membership Cards Index File. (1 box)

Record Series XVI. Societa' Italiana M.S. Lombarda Veneta. (1 folder and 2 items).

Dates

  • 1959-1990
  • Majority of material found within 1963 - 1985

Creator

Language of Materials

This collection contains documents in English and Italian.

Conditions Governing Access

No restrictions. Open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Permission to publish material from the records of the Paisano Club of Upper Michigan must be obtained from the University Archivist. The University Archivist may be reached by phone at 906-227-1225, or e-mail, mrobyns@nmu.edu. The University Archivist may also be reached in Room 126 of the Learning Resource Center, Northern Michigan University, Marquette, MI.

Biographical/Historical

The Paisano Club of Upper Michigan was founded in 1965 under the leadership of Msgr. David P. Spelgatti of St. John's Catholic Church of Ishpeming, Michigan. The Paisano Club was to established to commemorate, preserve, and highlight the contribution of the Italian immigrant and his American born children to the growth of the Upper Peninsula. The Club also established a loan fund for Italo-American students in Upper Michigan colleges. The Club staged an annual Paisano Day each summer in different Upper Peninsula communities. The Paisano Club cited the public service of worthy Italo-Americans in the community. The Paisano Club of Upper Michigan conducted Group Flights to Italy for its members and financed a research project called the Italian Heritage Project that consisted of historical research and oral history interviews.

Extent

3 Cubic Feet

Arrangement

This collection is arranged by topic and consists of sixteen series.

Custodial History

The Paisano Club of Upper Michigan records were donated to the Central Upper Peninsula and Northern Michigan University Archives by Dr. Russell M. Magnaghi. Working with Dr. Magnaghi, University Archivist Dr. Clifford F. Maier completed the donor agreement on 29 November 1988. This collection was processed and the Finding Aid completed by Archives Student Assistant Glenda Ward in April 2013.
Title
Paisano Club of Upper Michigan records
Status
Completed
Author
Glenda K. Ward
Date
4/26/2013
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
English

Repository Details

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

Contact:
Harden Learning Resources Center 126
1401 Presque Isle Ave
Marquette 49855 United States
906-227-1225
906-227-1333 (Fax)

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