Guide to the Ethnic Fraternal Organizations Oral History Project Collection, 1975-1976 AIS.1976.25

ULS Archives & Special Collections

Summary Information

Repository
ULS Archives & Special Collections
Title
Ethnic Fraternal Organizations Oral History Project Collection
Creator
University of Pittsburgh. Department of History.
Collection Number
AIS.1976.25
Date
1975-1976
Extent
2.5 linear feet  (plus 445 audiocassette tapes)
Location
The cassette tapes are located in Audio Cabinet 1, Drawers 3-6.
Abstract
The Ethnic Fraternal Organizations Oral History Project consists of taperecorded oral interviews from a project conducted by the University of Pittsburgh Department of History which explores the roles and influences of ethnic fraternal organizations in the Jewish, Black, Croatian, Italian, Polish and other ethnic communities in the Pittsburgh area; partly transcribed; limited indexing.

Preferred Citation

Ethnic Fraternal Organizations Oral History Project Collection, 1975-1976, AIS.1976.25, Archives & Special Collections, University of Pittsburgh Library System

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History

In June 1975, through a grant from the Buhl Foundation, the Oral History Program for Western Pennsylvania was established at the University of Pittsburgh. Using interviewers from the University and the community, the program sought to explore the roles and influences of ethnic fraternal organizations in the principally Jewish Black, Croatian, Italian, and Polish communities in the Pittsburgh area. There are a few interviews with individuals of Austrian, French Lithuanian, Greek, Irish, Rumanian, Slovak, and Spanish descent.

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Scope and Content Notes

The Ethnic Fraternal Organizations Oral History Project consists of taperecorded oral interviews from a project conducted by the University of Pittsburgh Department of History which explores the roles and influences of ethnic fraternal organizations in the Jewish, Black, Croatian, Italian, Polish and other ethnic communities in the Pittsburgh area; partly transcribed; limited indexing.

Contains: project data; case files; interview cassettes; photographs; Pennsylvania Oral History Conference tapes; and non project files including Italo American interview tapes and commentary sheets; and three transcriptions from the Bradford community interviews.

Project administrators were Stephen P. Zupcic and Margie Gillcrese.

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

ULS Archives & Special Collections, October 2011

University of Pittsburgh Library System
Archives & Special Collections
Website: library.pitt.edu/archives-special-collections
412-648-3232 (ASC) | 412-648-8190 (Hillman)
Contact Us: www.library.pitt.edu/ask-archivist

Access Restrictions

No restrictions.

Copyright

The University of Pittsburgh holds the property rights to the material in this collection, but the copyright may still be held by the original creator/author. Researchers are therefore advised to follow the regulations set forth in the U.S. Copyright Code when publishing, quoting, or reproducing material from this collection without the consent of the creator/author or that go beyond what is allowed by fair use.

Acquisition Information

On deposit from the Department of History, University of Pittsburgh, August 1976.

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Controlled Access Headings

Corporate Name(s)

  • Ethnic Fraternal Organizations Oral History Project (University of Pittsburgh).

Genre(s)

  • Audiocassettes
  • Interviews
  • Oral histories (Document genres)
  • Photographs
  • Transcripts

Subject(s)

  • African Americans -- Pennsylvania -- Pittsburgh -- Societies and clubs
  • Associations, institutions, etc. -- Pennsylvania -- Pittsburgh
  • Croatian Americans -- Pennsylvania -- Pittsburgh -- Societies and clubs
  • Ethnic groups
  • Ethnicity -- Pennsylvania -- Pittsburgh -- Societies and clubs
  • Fraternal organizations -- Pennsylvania -- Pittsburgh
  • Italian American fraternal organizations -- Pennsylvania -- Pittsburgh
  • Italian Americans -- Pennsylvania -- Bradford -- Societies and clubs
  • Italian Americans -- Pennsylvania -- Pittsburgh -- Societies and clubs
  • Jews -- Pennsylvania -- Pittsburgh -- Societies and clubs
  • Polish American fraternal organizations -- Pennsylvania -- Pittsburgh
  • Polish Americans -- Pennsylvania -- Pittsburgh -- Societies and clubs

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Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

The ASC can provide an audio cassette player for listening to the cassette tapes in the reading room.

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Previous Citation

Ethnic Fraternal Organizations Oral History Project Collection, 1975-1976, AIS.1976.25, Archives Service Center, University of Pittsburgh

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Collection Inventory

Series  I. Project Data, 1975-1976 

Scope and Content Notes

Includes questionnaires and a brief descriptive narrative of the project.

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Project Data 11

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Series  II. Project Files, 1975-1976 

Scope and Content Notes

Individual files contain case files and taped interviews. Although not all case files are complete, a case file is in three parts: the interview cover sheet, indexing and interview transcription. All case files contain the interview cover sheet. This contains information on: ethnicity; respondent's name; address; telephone number; interviewer's name; his address and telephone; date of interview; place of interview; tape length; fraternal membership; outstanding features about interview; comments of the interviewer.

If the case file contains indexing or an interview transcription, it is indicated below with an "x". The index is more accurately described as a table of contents. An "x" in front of the name means a duplicate tape has been made.

Subseries  1. Interviewees 

Scope and Content Notes

Although not all case files are complete, a case file is in three parts: the interview cover sheet, indexing and interview transcription. All case files contain the interview cover sheet. This contains information on: ethnicity; respondent's name; address; telephone number; interviewer's name; his address and telephone; date of interview; place of interview; tape length; fraternal membership; outstanding features about interview; and comments of the interviewer.

A master inventory exists in the collection case file which indciates if an interview transcription exists, if the interview was indexed, the length of the interview, number of tape cassettes and if a photograph(s) exists of the respondent. Please check with Archives Service Center staff for more information.

There are no file folders containing cover sheets, indexing, etc. for the following names: Kuswa, Mrs. (Slovak) and Lanier, Elizabeth L. (Italian). However, tapes of the two interviews can be found in the cassette cabinet.

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Ambromovich, John (Croatian) 12
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Aika, Thomas (Black) 3
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Alberts, Ann (Jewish) 4
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Alexander, Joyce (Black) 5
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Allen, Dorothy (Black) 6
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Allesberry, Ellen (Black) 7
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Alonzo, Jose (Spanish) 8
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Antoncic, Magdalene (Croatian) 9
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Arnold, Minnie (Black) 10
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Baccelli, Angela S. (Italian) 11
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Baer, Stanley (Jewish) 12
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Bailey, Henry R. (Black) 13
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Bartolomucci, A. R. (Italian) 14
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Baruch, Herbert A. (Jewish) 15
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Baum, Ludwig (Jewish) 16
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Baum, Margaritta (Jewish) 17
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Beamer, Delmas (Black) 18
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Beckum, Mrs. OtLabrice (Black) 19
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Bedic, Amelia (Croatian) 20
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Benedict, Mrs. Rea (Jewish) 21
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Berman, Helen (Jewish) 22
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Biggs, Lillian (Black) 23
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Birnkrant, Saul (Jewish) 24
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Bogess, Charles S. (Black) 25
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Borgna, Mrs. Lucia T. (Italian) 26
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Bosiljevac, Anna (Croatian)    Tape missing as of June 19, 1992 27
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Brock, William X. (Black) 28
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Brown, Clare (Black) 29
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Buchwald, Anna (Jewish) 30
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Buchwald, Frank (Jewish) 31
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Burke, Ethel (Jewish) 32
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Caddle, Elizabeth (Black) 33
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Cafardi, Alexander (Italian) 34
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Cafardi, Jennie J. (Italian) 35
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Caplan, Henry (Jewish) 36
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Capozoli, Pasquale (Italian) 37
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Carey, Frances (Jewish) 38
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Carr, Mary (Croatian) 39
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Carr, Walter E. (Irish) 40
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Cascaito, Emma (Italian) 41
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Churilla, Stephen (Slovak) 42
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Cohen, Lena (Jewish) 43
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Colpo, Alfonso (Italian) 44
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Contis, Tom (Greek) 45
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Cooper, Charlotte (Russian-Jew) 46
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Cooper, Peter R. (Russian-Jew) 47
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Davis, John (Black) 48
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Davis, Dr. LaFayette (Black) 49
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De Lostratto, J. & M. (Italian) 21
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Del Bianco, Albert (Italian) 2
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Del Bianco, Trancuillo (Italian) 3
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Devurich, Stephen (Croatian) 4
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Di Cecco, Susan (Italian) 5
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Di Ricco, Peter L. (Italian) 6
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Dickson, Corrine (Black) 7
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Diggs, Samuel L. (Black) 8
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Dorsey, Mrs. Zuber (Black) 9
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Dudzinski, Stanley J. (Polish) 10
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Dujmic, Barbara (Croatian) 11
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Dujmic, Matthew (Croatian) 12
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Duralia, Daul (Croatian) 13
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Elovitz, Celia (Jewish) 14
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Esther, Mrs. Henrye (Black) 15
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Ferrainolo, Joseph (Italian) 16
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Finch, Lester (Black) 17
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Franchini, Romeo (Italian) 18
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Frederick, George (Croatian) 19
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Frediuni, Mrs. Pi (Italian) 20
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Freedman, Leah (Jewish) 21
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Freeman, Hyman (Russian-Jew) 22
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Freemar, Lillian (Russian-Jew) 23
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Freuthal, Paul (Jewish) 24
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Gallo, Frank S. (Italian) 25
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Gardner, Catherine (Black) 26
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Gasparich, Mary (Croatian) 27
  Folder
Gedunsky, Anna (Jewish) 28
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Gelb, Morris (Jewish) 29
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Giampolo, Carl, Sr. (Italian) 30
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Gibbs, Viola (Black) 31
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Givens, Joseph (Black) 32
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Glick, Lea (Jewish) 33
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Golomb, Bernard (Jewish) 34
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Graham, Mrs. Bern (Black) 35
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Grasha, Michael (Croatian) 36
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Green, Mrs. Laura Lee (Black) 37
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Green, Mrs. Paulene (Black) 38
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Hairston, Bessie R. (Black) 39
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Harring, Anna Mae (Black) 40
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Hersh, Dr. Joseph (Jewish) 41
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Hicks, Lucille (Black) 42
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Hischuck, George (Austrian) 43
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Hitchcock, Lillian (Black) 44
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Hoechstetter, Frances (Jewish) 45
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Hoffman, Hyman (Jewish) 46
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Howard Moore, Fannie D. (Black) 47
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Hunt, Helen (Black) 48
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Iaquinta, Micheline (Italian) 49
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James, Thelma (Black) 50
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Janeski, Antoinette (Polish) 51
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Johnson, Marshall S. (Black) 52
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Johnson, Rosalee (Black) 31
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Jones, Lillian (Black) 2
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Jones, Matthew (Black) 3
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Kaplan, Naomi (Jewish) 4
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Katonik, John (Croatian) 5
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Keys, Emma (Black) 6
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Kincaid, Laiary (German-Irish) 7
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Kladusan, Anthony (Croatian) 8
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Kondrit, Anna (Polish-Ukrainian) 9
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Korn, Reuben (Jewish) 10
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Krajncich, Mrs. Zlata (Croatian) 11
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Krotec, Sophia (Croatian) 12
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Kwalwasser, Jacob (Jewish) 13
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Laban, George E. (Black) 14
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Laboon, John F. (French-Lithuanian) 15
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Lamberti, Joseph (Italian) 16
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Landes, Rabbi Morris (Jewish) 17
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Lanzetta, Frank (Italian) 18
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Laurella, Mr. Carmen (Italian) 19
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Lavine, Rose (Jewish) 20
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Lebovitz, Bernard (Jewish) 21
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Lebowitz, Harry (Jewish) 22
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Lech, Joseph (Polish) 23
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Lee, Elizabeth (Black) 24
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Levenson, Yetta (Jewish) 25
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Levin, Celia (Jewish) 26
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Lindsay, Willie May (Black) 27
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Lippman, Walter (Jewish) 28
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Lloyd, Eva (Black) 29
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Lucas, Ralston (Black) 30
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Lagram, Sam (Jewish) 31
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Majetich, Antonia 32
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Markus, Alfred (Jewish) 33
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McKula, Stephen (Austrian) 34
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McNairy, Gladys B. (Black) 35
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Melani, Louis (Italian) 36
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Melman, Morris (Jewish) 37
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Miller, Helen (Black) 38
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Miller, Joseph J. (German) 39
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Mintz, Ida (Jewish) 40
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Mitchell, Mattie (Black) 41
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Monroe, James B. (Black) 42
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Moore, Howard L. (Black) 43
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Morton, Carrie (Black) 44
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Moutry, Juanita (Black) 45
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Munley, Pauline (Italian) 46
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Murdoch, Ethel (Black) 47
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Newman, Esther (Jewish) 48
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Nixon, Anne (Black) 49
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Norman, Willie C. (Black) 50
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Orringer, Morris (Jewish) 51
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Ottenheimer, Fritz (Jewish) 52
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Pace, Mrs. Frankie W. (Black) 53
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Pace, Ms. Frankie W. (Black) 54
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Pacella, Raphael M. (Italian) 55
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Palilla, Lena (Italian) 56
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Parrish, Frazier (Black) 57
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Paterni, Agnes (Italian) 58
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Pausics Carolyn (Rumanian) 59
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Pausic, Matt (Rumanian) 60
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Perkovic, Barbara (Croatian) 61
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Pervin, Abraham (Jewish) 62
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Pervin, Stella (Jewish) 63
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Pettet, Rev. Weldon D. (Black) 64
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Phister, Ann Bozic (Croatian) 65
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Pinkus, Ernst (Jewish) 66
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Pitts, Robert (Black) 67
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Przybylek, Walter P. (Polish) 41
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Puskarich, John (Croatian) 2
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Raphael, Frances (Russian) 3
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Rapoports Harry (Jewish) 4
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Reinkrant, Dr. Pauline (Jewish) 5
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Rosenfield, Ernestine Ann (Jewish) 6
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Rosenthal, Ida (Jewish) 7
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Rubenstein, Beatrice (Jewish) 8
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Rubenstein, David (Jewish) 9
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Rubenstein, Frieda (Jewish) 10
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Rubinstein, Louis (Jewish) 11
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Sallie, James C. (Black) 12
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Sambol, Theresa (Slovenian) 13
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Sands, Harold (Black) 14
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Saul, Joseph (Jewish) 15
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Schatzel, Alcuin (German) 16
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Scheinberg, Helen (Jewish) 17
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Schey, Sigmund (Jewish) 18
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Sestric, Mary (Croatian) 19
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Shaginaw, Barbara 20
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Siegman, Joseph (Jewish) 21
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Silvestri, Silvestri (Italian) 22
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Simon, Dora (Jewish) 23
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Slawkin, Harry (Jewish) 24
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Smith, David Miller (Scottish) 25
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Smith, Henry (Black) 26
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Smith, Lawrence R. (Black) 27
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Smith, Lester (Black) 28
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Smooke, Zoltan (Jewish) 29
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Sodini, Joseph (Italian) 30
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Sorace, Mary (Italian) 31
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Sparks, Noble B. (Black) 32
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Spudich, Nicholas (Croatian) 33
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Stark, Sadie 34
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Stern, Martin (Jewish) 35
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Stewart, Rachel (Russian-Jew) 36
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Sumpter, Louise (Black) 37
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Taylor, Richard (Black) 38
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Thomas, Clara E. (Black) 39
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Thomass, Grace (Black) 40
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Thomas, Mrs. Nathan (Black) 41
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Tisdale, Alberta M. 42
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Topolsky, Bess (Jewish) 43
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Tridina, Catherine (Croatian) 44
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Tuckers Ruth L. (Black) 45
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Tucker, Zebedee (Black) 46
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Turk, Natnan (Jewish) 47
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Uvodich, Angelina (Croatian) 48
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Vranes, Milan (Croatian) 49
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Vranesh, George 50
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Washington, Althea (Black) 51
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Washington, Calvin (Black) 52
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Wasserman, Lillian (Jewish) 53
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Wedner, Flarence (Jewish) 54
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Weissman, Radie (Jewish) 55
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West, George L. (Black) 56
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Whites Mary (Black) 57
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Wyland, Stephanie (Polish) 58
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Yohovich, Joseph (Croatian) 59
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Young, Ars. Jessie (Jewish) 60
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Zahorsky, Michael (Slovak) 61
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Zgainer, Gabriel (Croatian) 62
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Zsainer, Mrs. Louise (Croatian) 63
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Zionts, Samuel E. (Jewish) 64
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Zupcic, Joseph (Croatian) 65
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Zupcic, Stephen (Croatian) 66
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Zwang, Jacob 67

Subseries  2. Photographs 

Scope and Content Notes

Photographs exist for 60 individuals but only 26 of them have been identified.

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Photographs 5

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Series  III. Pennsylvania Oral History Conference, Balch Institute, Philadelphia, June 4-5, 1976 

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Series  IV. Non Project Files, 1976 

Subseries  1. Italian American Tape Project, 1976 

  Box

Tape Commentary Sheets 

4

Includes project questionnaire and comments of two interviewers, William Goncar and Carmen D. Piccirillo.

Tapes 

Includes Piccirillo interviews with Francisco Basilone, Josephine Martucci, and Patricia Martucci (2 tapes); and Goncar interviews with four generations of Italo Americans (1 tape).

Subseries  2. Bradford Tapes, 1976-1977 

Includes three transcriptions of interviews with Bradford residents regarding their viewpoints towards the history of the community. Contains interviews with Margaret Bacon, Antimo Bagnoli, Joseph Cici, Marty McIntyre, and Angelo Statti.

Subseries  3. Miscellaneous Tapes, 1968, 1975-1976 

Includes four separate interviews on various topics. There are two full and two partial interviews. Contains: partial interview with Bartol Francic concerning the Croation Fraternal Union; full interview with Luigi Gurrere concerning the Italian immigrant experience and Pittsburgh ethnic history; partial interview with Mrs. J. Leonard Levy concerning Jewish-American home life; and full interview with Bernard J. Piatt regaridng his life and the town of his residence, Angelica, N.Y.

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