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Order Sons of Italy in America, Umberto Primo Lodge No. 750 (Susquehanna, PA) collection

 Collection
Identifier: Mss-0088
The Order Sons of Italy in America, Umberto Primo Lodge No. 750 (Susquehanna, PA) collection documents the history and activities of the Umberto Primo Lodge of Susquehanna, Pennsylvania. This collection dates from 1917 to 1981 and mostly comprises financial records and reports, membership records, and meeting minutes. The collection also contains a small assortment of artifacts and officer regalia.

This collection will prove useful for researchers interested in the history of early Order Sons of Italy in America lodges. In addition, researchers interested in the history of the Italian American experience during the early 20th century will find this collection useful, particularly meeting diaries.

Dates

  • 1917-1981

Language of Materials

English, Italian

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research use.

Conditions Governing Use

All materials available in this collection (unless otherwise noted) are the property of the Monsignor William Noé Field Archives & Special Collections Center and Seton Hall University, which reserves the right to limit access to or reproduction of these materials. Reproduction of materials or content is subject to United States copyright restrictions and may be subject to federal or state privacy regulations. Permission to publish exact reproductions must be obtained from the Director of the Archives and Special Collections Center.

Extent

4.1 Linear Feet

Abstract

Order Sons of Italy in America (OSIA) was founded on June 22, 1905 in the Little Italy neighborhood of New York City by Dr. Vincenzo Sellaro and five compatriots who came to the United States during the great Italian migration of the late 19th and early 20th centuries. The Order Sons of Italy in America, Umberto Primo Lodge No. 750 (Susquehanna, PA) collection documents the history and activities of the Umberto Primo Lodge of Susquehanna, Pennsylvania from 1917 to 1981.

Biographical / Historical

Originally called "Figli d'Italia" and later renamed "L'Ordine Figli d'Italia in America," Order Sons of Italy in America (OSIA) was founded on June 22, 1905 in the Little Italy neighborhood of New York City by Dr. Vincenzo Sellaro and five compatriots who came to the United States during the great Italian migration of the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Initially established as a mutual aid society for early Italian immigrants, OSIA aimed to create a support system that would assist Italian immigrants with obtaining citizenship, provide health and death benefits and educational opportunities, and offer assistance with assimilation into American society. So far reaching were the organization's early efforts that the Italian government designated OSIA as its official representative of Italians in the United States in 1922. Today OSIA is the oldest service and advocacy organization for individuals of Italian heritage in the United States and is dedicated to preserving and promoting Italian American culture, heritage, and traditions.

The Umberto Primo Lodge No. 750 of Susquehanna, Pennsylvania, a now defunct lodge of OSIA, was established in 1920 as a local lodge under the jurisdiction of the Grand Lodge of Pennsylvania. The lodge was active until 1991 when it merged with the Roma Madre Lodge No. 1342 of Sayre, Pennsylvania.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Collection is the gift of Dominic Pucci on behalf of the New Jersey Grand Lodge, Order Sons of Italy in America to the Archives and Special Collections Center on November 3, 2014.
Title
Order Sons of Italy, Umberto Primo Lodge No. 750 (Susquehanna, PA) collection, 1917-1981
Status
completed
Date
11 May 2015

Repository Details

Part of the The Monsignor Field Archives & Special Collection Center Repository

Contact:
Archives, Walsh Library
400 South Orange Ave
South Orange NJ 07079 US
973-761-9476