Summary Information
Title: Ethnic Fraternal Organizations Oral History Project Collection
Collection Number: AIS.1976.25
Creator: University of Pittsburgh. Department of History.

Collection Dates: 1975-1976
Extent: 2.5 linear feet (plus 445 audiocassette tapes)
Location: The cassette tapes are located in Audio Cabinet 1, Drawers 3-6.

Language: English

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.
Publisher:

ULS Archives Service Center
University of Pittsburgh Library System
7500 Thomas Boulevard
Pittsburgh, PA, 15260
412-648-3232
archives-ref@mail.pitt.edu
Date Published:

October 2011
Author:

Finding aid prepared by Archives Service Center staff.
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.


Collection 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.


Subject Terms

Topics
  • African Americans -- Pennsylvania -- Pittsburgh -- Societies and clubs
  • Associations, institutions, etc. -- Pennsylvania -- Pittsburgh
  • Croatian Americans -- Pennsylvania -- Pittsburgh -- Societies and clubs
  • 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

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

Genres/Forms
  • Audiocassettes
  • Interviews
  • Oral histories (Document genres)
  • Photographs
  • Transcripts

Category
  • Ethnic groups

Access and Use
Access Restrictions:

No restrictions.

Acquisition Information:

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

Physical Characteristics & Technical Requirements:

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

Preferred Citation:

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

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.


Collection Inventory

Series I. Project Data, 1975-1976

Scope and Content Notes:

Includes questionnaires and a brief descriptive narrative of the project.


Box 1
Folder 1 Project Data

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.


Box 1
Folder 2 Ambromovich, John (Croatian)
Folder 3 Aika, Thomas (Black)
Folder 4 Alberts, Ann (Jewish)
Folder 5 Alexander, Joyce (Black)
Folder 6 Allen, Dorothy (Black)
Folder 7 Allesberry, Ellen (Black)
Folder 8 Alonzo, Jose (Spanish)
Folder 9 Antoncic, Magdalene (Croatian)
Folder 10 Arnold, Minnie (Black)
Folder 11 Baccelli, Angela S. (Italian)
Folder 12 Baer, Stanley (Jewish)
Folder 13 Bailey, Henry R. (Black)
Folder 14 Bartolomucci, A. R. (Italian)
Folder 15 Baruch, Herbert A. (Jewish)
Folder 16 Baum, Ludwig (Jewish)
Folder 17 Baum, Margaritta (Jewish)
Folder 18 Beamer, Delmas (Black)
Folder 19 Beckum, Mrs. OtLabrice (Black)
Folder 20 Bedic, Amelia (Croatian)
Folder 21 Benedict, Mrs. Rea (Jewish)
Folder 22 Berman, Helen (Jewish)
Folder 23 Biggs, Lillian (Black)
Folder 24 Birnkrant, Saul (Jewish)
Folder 25 Bogess, Charles S. (Black)
Folder 26 Borgna, Mrs. Lucia T. (Italian)
Folder 27 Bosiljevac, Anna (Croatian) (Tape missing as of June 19, 1992 )
Folder 28 Brock, William X. (Black)
Folder 29 Brown, Clare (Black)
Folder 30 Buchwald, Anna (Jewish)
Folder 31 Buchwald, Frank (Jewish)
Folder 32 Burke, Ethel (Jewish)
Folder 33 Caddle, Elizabeth (Black)
Folder 34 Cafardi, Alexander (Italian)
Folder 35 Cafardi, Jennie J. (Italian)
Folder 36 Caplan, Henry (Jewish)
Folder 37 Capozoli, Pasquale (Italian)
Folder 38 Carey, Frances (Jewish)
Folder 39 Carr, Mary (Croatian)
Folder 40 Carr, Walter E. (Irish)
Folder 41 Cascaito, Emma (Italian)
Folder 42 Churilla, Stephen (Slovak)
Folder 43 Cohen, Lena (Jewish)
Folder 44 Colpo, Alfonso (Italian)
Folder 45 Contis, Tom (Greek)
Folder 46 Cooper, Charlotte (Russian-Jew)
Folder 47 Cooper, Peter R. (Russian-Jew)
Folder 48 Davis, John (Black)
Folder 49 Davis, Dr. LaFayette (Black)

Box 2
Folder 1 De Lostratto, J. & M. (Italian)
Folder 2 Del Bianco, Albert (Italian)
Folder 3 Del Bianco, Trancuillo (Italian)
Folder 4 Devurich, Stephen (Croatian)
Folder 5 Di Cecco, Susan (Italian)
Folder 6 Di Ricco, Peter L. (Italian)
Folder 7 Dickson, Corrine (Black)
Folder 8 Diggs, Samuel L. (Black)
Folder 9 Dorsey, Mrs. Zuber (Black)
Folder 10 Dudzinski, Stanley J. (Polish)
Folder 11 Dujmic, Barbara (Croatian)
Folder 12 Dujmic, Matthew (Croatian)
Folder 13 Duralia, Daul (Croatian)
Folder 14 Elovitz, Celia (Jewish)
Folder 15 Esther, Mrs. Henrye (Black)
Folder 16 Ferrainolo, Joseph (Italian)
Folder 17 Finch, Lester (Black)
Folder 18 Franchini, Romeo (Italian)
Folder 19 Frederick, George (Croatian)
Folder 20 Frediuni, Mrs. Pi (Italian)
Folder 21 Freedman, Leah (Jewish)
Folder 22 Freeman, Hyman (Russian-Jew)
Folder 23 Freemar, Lillian (Russian-Jew)
Folder 24 Freuthal, Paul (Jewish)
Folder 25 Gallo, Frank S. (Italian)
Folder 26 Gardner, Catherine (Black)
Folder 27 Gasparich, Mary (Croatian)
Folder 28 Gedunsky, Anna (Jewish)
Folder 29 Gelb, Morris (Jewish)
Folder 30 Giampolo, Carl, Sr. (Italian)
Folder 31 Gibbs, Viola (Black)
Folder 32 Givens, Joseph (Black)
Folder 33 Glick, Lea (Jewish)
Folder 34 Golomb, Bernard (Jewish)
Folder 35 Graham, Mrs. Bern (Black)
Folder 36 Grasha, Michael (Croatian)
Folder 37 Green, Mrs. Laura Lee (Black)
Folder 38 Green, Mrs. Paulene (Black)
Folder 39 Hairston, Bessie R. (Black)
Folder 40 Harring, Anna Mae (Black)
Folder 41 Hersh, Dr. Joseph (Jewish)
Folder 42 Hicks, Lucille (Black)
Folder 43 Hischuck, George (Austrian)
Folder 44 Hitchcock, Lillian (Black)
Folder 45 Hoechstetter, Frances (Jewish)
Folder 46 Hoffman, Hyman (Jewish)
Folder 47 Howard Moore, Fannie D. (Black)
Folder 48 Hunt, Helen (Black)
Folder 49 Iaquinta, Micheline (Italian)
Folder 50 James, Thelma (Black)
Folder 51 Janeski, Antoinette (Polish)
Folder 52 Johnson, Marshall S. (Black)

Box 3
Folder 1 Johnson, Rosalee (Black)
Folder 2 Jones, Lillian (Black)
Folder 3 Jones, Matthew (Black)
Folder 4 Kaplan, Naomi (Jewish)
Folder 5 Katonik, John (Croatian)
Folder 6 Keys, Emma (Black)
Folder 7 Kincaid, Laiary (German-Irish)
Folder 8 Kladusan, Anthony (Croatian)
Folder 9 Kondrit, Anna (Polish-Ukrainian)
Folder 10 Korn, Reuben (Jewish)
Folder 11 Krajncich, Mrs. Zlata (Croatian)
Folder 12 Krotec, Sophia (Croatian)
Folder 13 Kwalwasser, Jacob (Jewish)
Folder 14 Laban, George E. (Black)
Folder 15 Laboon, John F. (French-Lithuanian)
Folder 16 Lamberti, Joseph (Italian)
Folder 17 Landes, Rabbi Morris (Jewish)
Folder 18 Lanzetta, Frank (Italian)
Folder 19 Laurella, Mr. Carmen (Italian)
Folder 20 Lavine, Rose (Jewish)
Folder 21 Lebovitz, Bernard (Jewish)
Folder 22 Lebowitz, Harry (Jewish)
Folder 23 Lech, Joseph (Polish)
Folder 24 Lee, Elizabeth (Black)
Folder 25 Levenson, Yetta (Jewish)
Folder 26 Levin, Celia (Jewish)
Folder 27 Lindsay, Willie May (Black)
Folder 28 Lippman, Walter (Jewish)
Folder 29 Lloyd, Eva (Black)
Folder 30 Lucas, Ralston (Black)
Folder 31 Lagram, Sam (Jewish)
Folder 32 Majetich, Antonia
Folder 33 Markus, Alfred (Jewish)
Folder 34 McKula, Stephen (Austrian)
Folder 35 McNairy, Gladys B. (Black)
Folder 36 Melani, Louis (Italian)
Folder 37 Melman, Morris (Jewish)
Folder 38 Miller, Helen (Black)
Folder 39 Miller, Joseph J. (German)
Folder 40 Mintz, Ida (Jewish)
Folder 41 Mitchell, Mattie (Black)
Folder 42 Monroe, James B. (Black)
Folder 43 Moore, Howard L. (Black)
Folder 44 Morton, Carrie (Black)
Folder 45 Moutry, Juanita (Black)
Folder 46 Munley, Pauline (Italian)
Folder 47 Murdoch, Ethel (Black)
Folder 48 Newman, Esther (Jewish)
Folder 49 Nixon, Anne (Black)
Folder 50 Norman, Willie C. (Black)
Folder 51 Orringer, Morris (Jewish)
Folder 52 Ottenheimer, Fritz (Jewish)
Folder 53 Pace, Mrs. Frankie W. (Black)
Folder 54 Pace, Ms. Frankie W. (Black)
Folder 55 Pacella, Raphael M. (Italian)
Folder 56 Palilla, Lena (Italian)
Folder 57 Parrish, Frazier (Black)
Folder 58 Paterni, Agnes (Italian)
Folder 59 Pausics Carolyn (Rumanian)
Folder 60 Pausic, Matt (Rumanian)
Folder 61 Perkovic, Barbara (Croatian)
Folder 62 Pervin, Abraham (Jewish)
Folder 63 Pervin, Stella (Jewish)
Folder 64 Pettet, Rev. Weldon D. (Black)
Folder 65 Phister, Ann Bozic (Croatian)
Folder 66 Pinkus, Ernst (Jewish)
Folder 67 Pitts, Robert (Black)

Box 4
Folder 1 Przybylek, Walter P. (Polish)
Folder 2 Puskarich, John (Croatian)
Folder 3 Raphael, Frances (Russian)
Folder 4 Rapoports Harry (Jewish)
Folder 5 Reinkrant, Dr. Pauline (Jewish)
Folder 6 Rosenfield, Ernestine Ann (Jewish)
Folder 7 Rosenthal, Ida (Jewish)
Folder 8 Rubenstein, Beatrice (Jewish)
Folder 9 Rubenstein, David (Jewish)
Folder 10 Rubenstein, Frieda (Jewish)
Folder 11 Rubinstein, Louis (Jewish)
Folder 12 Sallie, James C. (Black)
Folder 13 Sambol, Theresa (Slovenian)
Folder 14 Sands, Harold (Black)
Folder 15 Saul, Joseph (Jewish)
Folder 16 Schatzel, Alcuin (German)
Folder 17 Scheinberg, Helen (Jewish)
Folder 18 Schey, Sigmund (Jewish)
Folder 19 Sestric, Mary (Croatian)
Folder 20 Shaginaw, Barbara
Folder 21 Siegman, Joseph (Jewish)
Folder 22 Silvestri, Silvestri (Italian)
Folder 23 Simon, Dora (Jewish)
Folder 24 Slawkin, Harry (Jewish)
Folder 25 Smith, David Miller (Scottish)
Folder 26 Smith, Henry (Black)
Folder 27 Smith, Lawrence R. (Black)
Folder 28 Smith, Lester (Black)
Folder 29 Smooke, Zoltan (Jewish)
Folder 30 Sodini, Joseph (Italian)
Folder 31 Sorace, Mary (Italian)
Folder 32 Sparks, Noble B. (Black)
Folder 33 Spudich, Nicholas (Croatian)
Folder 34 Stark, Sadie
Folder 35 Stern, Martin (Jewish)
Folder 36 Stewart, Rachel (Russian-Jew)
Folder 37 Sumpter, Louise (Black)
Folder 38 Taylor, Richard (Black)
Folder 39 Thomas, Clara E. (Black)
Folder 40 Thomass, Grace (Black)
Folder 41 Thomas, Mrs. Nathan (Black)
Folder 42 Tisdale, Alberta M.
Folder 43 Topolsky, Bess (Jewish)
Folder 44 Tridina, Catherine (Croatian)
Folder 45 Tuckers Ruth L. (Black)
Folder 46 Tucker, Zebedee (Black)
Folder 47 Turk, Natnan (Jewish)
Folder 48 Uvodich, Angelina (Croatian)
Folder 49 Vranes, Milan (Croatian)
Folder 50 Vranesh, George
Folder 51 Washington, Althea (Black)
Folder 52 Washington, Calvin (Black)
Folder 53 Wasserman, Lillian (Jewish)
Folder 54 Wedner, Flarence (Jewish)
Folder 55 Weissman, Radie (Jewish)
Folder 56 West, George L. (Black)
Folder 57 Whites Mary (Black)
Folder 58 Wyland, Stephanie (Polish)
Folder 59 Yohovich, Joseph (Croatian)
Folder 60 Young, Ars. Jessie (Jewish)
Folder 61 Zahorsky, Michael (Slovak)
Folder 62 Zgainer, Gabriel (Croatian)
Folder 63 Zsainer, Mrs. Louise (Croatian)
Folder 64 Zionts, Samuel E. (Jewish)
Folder 65 Zupcic, Joseph (Croatian)
Folder 66 Zupcic, Stephen (Croatian)
Folder 67 Zwang, Jacob

Subseries 2. Photographs

Scope and Content Notes:

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

Box 5 Photographs

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

Series IV. Non Project Files, 1976

Subseries 1. Italian American Tape Project, 1976

Section: Tape Commentary Sheets

Scope and Content Notes:

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

Section: Tapes

Scope and Content Notes:

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

Scope and Content Notes:

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

Scope and Content Notes:

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.