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Guide to the Girolamo Valenti Papers TAM.040

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Description is in English. using Describing Archives: A Content Standard

Descriptive Summary

Creator: Valenti, Girolamo
Source - dnr: Valenti, Sylvia
Title: Girolamo Valenti Papers
Dates [inclusive]: 1925-1977, (Bulk 1930-1958)
Dates [bulk]: 1930-1958
Abstract: Girolamo Valenti (1892-1958) was an anti-Fascist, anti-Communist editor, socialist, and labor leader who emigrated to the United States from Italy in 1911. The papers include correspondence, radio scripts, manuscripts, clippings and obituaries, the majority in Italian, relating to labor and political issues concerning Italy and Italian Americans.
Quantity: 1 Linear Feet (2 boxes)
Language: Materials are in English and Italian.
Call Phrase: TAM.040

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Historical/Biographical Note

Girolamo Valenti was an anti-Fascist, anti-Communist socialist, editor, and labor leader. Born April 16, 1892 in Valguarnera, Italy, he immigrated to the United States in 1911. He helped organize the Italian Socialist Federation (1913-1916), the Italian Chamber of Labor (1920-1921) and was active in the Amalgamated Clothing Workers of America (1916-1917). He edited Avanti, the organ of the Italian Socialist Federation (1917-1919), La Folla (1919-1920), La Parola del Popolo, organ of the Italian Socialist Federation of the Socialist Party (ca. 1921- ca.1948), and Il Nuovo Mondo and its successor La Stampa Libera, liberal dailies (ca. 1925 – 1940s). During World War II he consulted for the OSS (Office of Strategic Services), and in the post-war years, he was an Italian-language radio commentator whose programs were broadcast in New York, several other U.S. cities, and in Italy. He wrote several pamphlets concerning socialism and participated in socialist campaigns and strikes. He was a member of the Socialist Party, and a leader of the Circolo Matteotti, an anti-fascist organization. He died in New York City on February 20, 1958.

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Scope and Content Note

The papers include correspondence, radio scripts, manuscripts (article-length), clippings and obituaries, the majority in Italian, relating to labor and political issues concerning Italy and Italian Americans, and to his radio career. Among the letters are two from Estelle Sylvia Pankhurst regarding Circolo Matteotti, and a few letters each from Velia Matteotti, Pietro Nenni, Count Carlo Sforza, and Ignazio Silone. Included are scripts from Italian language radio shows on current events that were broadcast on WOV (New York), WHNC (New Haven, Connecticut), Italy, and elsewhere; a file containing obituaries and other biographical portraits, material on the Pope Affair, and letters to Valenti's wife, Sylvia, after his death, including several from Norman Thomas.


The folders are arranged alphabetically.

The files are grouped into 1 series:

Missing Title

  1. Container list.

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Access Points

Subject Names

  • Matteotti, Velia, 1890-1938
  • Pankhurst, E. Sylvia (Estelle Sylvia), 1882-1960.
  • Nenni, Pietro, 1891-1980.
  • Sforza, Carlo, conte, 1872-1952
  • Pope, Generoso.
  • Thomas, Norman, 1884-1968
  • Silone, Ignazio, 1900-1978
  • Valenti, Sylvia
  • Valenti, Sylvia

Document Type

  • Obituaries.
  • Manuscripts for publication.
  • Radio scripts.
  • Clippings (information artifacts)
  • Correspondence.

Subject Organizations

  • WHNC (Radio station : New Haven, Conn.)
  • WOV (Radio station : New York, N.Y.)
  • Circolo Matteotti

Subject Topics

  • Socialists -- United States.
  • Anti-fascist movements -- United States.
  • Italian American labor leaders.
  • Italian American newspaper editors.
  • Italian American socialists.
  • Italian Americans

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Administrative Information

Conditions Governing Access

Materials are open without restrictions.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright (or related rights to publicity and privacy) for materials in this collection, donated by Sylvia Valenti was not transferred to New York University. Permission to use materials must be secured from the copyright holder.

Preferred Citation

Published citations should take the following form:

Identification of item, date; Collection name; Collection number; box number; folder number;
Tamiment Library/Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives
Elmer Holmes Bobst Library
70 Washington Square South
New York, NY 10012, New York University Libraries.

Separated Materials

Photographs were separated from this collection during initial processing and were established as a separate collection, the Girolamo Valenti Photographs (PHOTOS 039).

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Purchased from Sylvia Valenti in 1965. The accession number associated with this gift is 1965.002. Typescripts by Sylvia Valenti were found in repository in April of 2014 and were added to this collection. The accession number associated with this material is 2014.081.

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Container List

Container list

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 1 Folder : 1 Bibliography: Valenti Writings in Newspapers, 1933-1937
Box: 1 Folder : 2 Biographical (includes John Nicholas Beffel notes and Sylvia Valenti Writings)
Box: 1 Folder : 2a Carl Tresca Memorial Meeting: Flier
Box: 1 Folder : 3 Clippings (Mainly Italian)
1957 , undated
Box: 1 Folder : 4 Condolences
Box: 1 Folder : 5 Correspondence
Box: 1 Folder : 6 Correspondence
Box: 1 Folder : 7 Correspondence
Box: 1 Folder : 8 Correspondence
Box: 1 Folder : 9 Correspondence
Box: 1 Folder : 10 Correspondence: Matteotti, Velia
Box: 1 Folder : 11 Correspondence: Nenni, Pietro
Box: 1 Folder : 12 Correspondence: Pankhurst, Sylvia
Box: 1 Folder : 13 Correspondence: Sforza, Carlo
1943 , undated
Box: 1 Folder : 14 Correspondence: Silone, Ignazio
Box: 1 Folder : 15 Correspondence: Valenti, Sylvia
Box: 1 Folder : 16 "Fascist Propaganda in the United States" (Typescript)
Box: 1 Folder : 17 Giovannitti, Arturo
Box: 1 Folder : 18 Obituaries
Box: 1 Folder : 19 Pope Affair: Clippings from Il Progresso Italo-Americano
1955-1957, Undated
Box: 1 Folder : 20 Pope Affair: Fascism, Anti-Semitism Rampant in Editorial Room of "Il Progresso Italo-Americano," An Open Letter to its Editor and Publisher Fortune R. Pope [Girolamo Valenti]; also includes "The Story of the Pamphlet," by Sylvia Valenti
Box: 2 Folder : 1 Pope Affair: General
c.1941-1958, Undated
Box: 2 Folder : 2 Radio Programs
1955 , undated
Box: 2 Folder : 3 Radio Programs
1955-1956 , undated
Box: 2 Folder : 4 Radio Programs
1956 , undated
Box: 2 Folder : 5 Radio Programs
1957 , undated
Box: 2 Folder : 6 Scrapbooks
Box: 2 Folder : 6a Socialist Party: Flier (in Italian)
Box: 2 Folder : 7 Writings, Manuscripts & Typescripts
Box: 2 Folder : 8 Writings, Published (articles & pamphlets)
1920 , 1954-1957
Box: 2 Folder : 9 Sylvia Valenti Writings (The Journey A-Cross, The $50 Psychiatrist, personal notes)

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