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Italians of Albuquerque Oral History Project

Identifier: MSS-621-BC

Scope and Content

The collection contains 32 interview sessions. There are full transcripts for the interviews with Charles Menicucci and Henry Viviani, Paul Viviani, Anna Viviani Machemehl. There are tape logs for the other 30 interviews. In most cases, biographical sketches of interviewees are included with the tape logs or transcripts. The collection also includes project research and progress reports, publicity, and related research materials dating from 1890-1996.


  • 1995-1996

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Access Restrictions

The collection is open for research.

Copy Restrictions

Limited duplication of CSWR material is allowed for research purposes. User is responsible for compliance with all copyright, privacy, and libel laws. Permission is required for publication or distribution.

Project History

The Italians of Albuquerque Oral History Project is a community research project sponsored and conducted by the University of New Mexico Oral History Program between 1995 and 1996. Originally conceived in 1992, this project was carried out as part of the Oral History Program's research plan, but was also greatly influenced by the themes developed by Nicholas Ciotola for a Masters thesis in the UNM Department of History. Nicholas Ciotola and Carlos Vasquez were co-principal investigators for the project. Funding was provided by the UNM Oral History Program, UNM's Center for Regional Studies, the UNM Graduate Division, and the UNM Division of Continuing Education.

The project documents the history of Italian-Americans in Albuquerque. Issues of adaptation, assimilation, cultural change, and cultural maintenance are also examined. Since the late 19th century, Italian Americans have been involved in various community enterprises including politics, education, religion, and business. Despite the importance of Italian-Americans to the ethnic, economic, and political development of Albuquerque, the history of the community has been largely undocumented, and therefore understudied. This project attempts to fill that void.

Subjects for the interviews were chosen from families who came to Albuquerque during the last two decades of the 19th century and the first three decades of the 20th century. In most cases, second generation members of the families were interviewed; in some cases, third generation members were interviewed.


2 boxes (.5 cu. ft.)

Separated Material

Master CDs are stored in B3.

Processing Information

Cassettes reformatted to CD in December 2010
Finding Aid of the Italians of Albuquerque Oral History Project, 1995-1996
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Processed by B. Silbergleit
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Finding aid is in English

Revision Statements

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Repository Details

Part of the UNM Center for Southwest Research & Special Collections Repository

University of New Mexico Center for Southwest Research & Special Collections
University Libraries, MSC05 3020
1 University of New Mexico
Albuquerque NM 87131