Paisano Club of Upper Michigan records
MSS-116

Summary Information

Repository
Central Upper Peninsula and Northern Michigan University Archives
Creator
Paisano Club of Upper Michigan.
Title
Paisano Club of Upper Michigan records
ID
MSS-116
Date [bulk]
Bulk, 1963-1985
Date [inclusive]
1959-1990
Extent
3.0 Cubic feet
Language
Language of Materials
This collection contains documents in English and Italian.

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], in the Paisano Club of Upper Michigan records, MSS-116, Central Upper Peninsula and Northern Michigan University Archives, Northern Michigan University.

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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.

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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).

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Arrangement

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

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

Central Upper Peninsula and Northern Michigan University Archives 4/26/2013

Harden Learning Resources Center 126
1401 Presque Isle Ave
Marquette, Michigan, 49855
906-227-1225
archives@nmu.edu

Revision Description

 Glenda K. Ward 06/13/2014

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.

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.

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Controlled Access Headings

Corporate Name(s)

  • Federated Italian American Societies.
  • Paisano Club of Upper Michigan--Membership.
  • Paisano Club of Upper Michigan--Photographs.
  • Paisano Club of Upper Michigan--Records and correspondence.
  • Paisano Club of Upper Michigan.
  • Paisano Club of Upper Michigan.

Subject(s)

  • Earthquake relief--Italy--Irpinia
  • Italian Americans--Michigan--Upper Peninsula--History.
  • Italian Americans--Michigan--Upper Peninsula--Societies, etc.
  • Italian Americans--Michigan--Upper Peninsula.
  • Italian Americans--Social life and customs.
  • Italian Americans--Societies, etc.

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Collection Inventory

Box

Series 1-15, Box 1 of 3 

20-07-05

By-Laws 

Membership Drives (1964, 1967, 1972, 1974, 1976-1978, 1980, 1982, 1984) 

Membership Rosters (1964, 1971-1976) 

Federated Italian American Societies (1962-1963): Annual Convention Meeting-Calumet (1963); "Stella della Solidarieta" Awards (1963) 

Convocations (1965, 1969, 1971, 1972, 1975, 1977, 1978, 1980, 1981, 1983-1986, 1987, 1990) 

International Migration Review, V.8 Winter 1974 

Italian Heritage Project Correspondence (1977-1985) 

"Patterns of Italian Immigrant Settlement in Rural/Small America" by Ryan Rudnicki (1981) 

"Project Report" by Russell M. Magnaghi (1982) 

"Upper Michigan's Italian Heritage" by Russell M. Magnaghi, no date 

Paisano Group Flight #1 (1968) 

Paisano Group Flight #2 (1969-1970) 

Columbus Day Banquet (1979-1980) 

Southern Italy Earthquake Relief (1980-1982) 

Associated Italian Organizations: Americans of Italian Descent, Inc.; American Italian Historical Association (AIHA); National Italian American Foundation 

Consulate of Italy 

Italian Language Documents and Correspondence 

"Il Piu' Completo Libro Di Discorsi" 

Societa' Italiane Membership Books 

"Quarant'anni Della Costituzione Italiana" 1948-1988 

Costitutizione e Libretto di Pagamenti della Federazione Italo-Americana fra le Societa' Italiane dell' Upper Penisola 

Statuto e Regolamento della Nuova Societa' di Beneficenza Itialan de Calumet, MI 

Fundamental Constitution of the Society M.S. Giordano Bruno, Iron River, Michigan 

Costituzione e Regolamento della Societa' Italiana di Mutuo Soccorso Lomabardo-Veneta, Negaunee, Michigan 

General Subject and Correspondence 

Bank Records -- Paisano Club of Upper Michigan (1965-1981) 

Bank Records -- Marquette Country Chapter, Paisano Club of Upper Michigan (1974-1981) 

Bank Records -- St. John's Holy Name Society (1974-1981) 

Pope John XXVIII Seminary News (1972-1981) 

Newspaper Clippings 

Photographic File 

Societa' Italiana M.S. Lombarda Veneta Documents 

Unico National 

Fiesta Itialiana (1983) 

"Michigan's Italian Community: A Historical Perspective," by Vittorio Re (1981). 

Flyers and Handouts 

The National Italian American Foundation, Inc. -- Washington Newsletter (1977-1981) 

Historical Italian American Calendar (1981) 

Societa' Italiana M.S. Lombarda Veneta -- Record Book (1933-1967) 

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Membership Cards Index File, Box 2 of 3 

Box
20-07-06

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Series 16. Societa' Italiana M.S. Lombarda Veneta -- Membership and Dues Ledger (1959-1974), Box 3 of 3 1959-1974 

Box
20-07-09

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