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Guide to the Vincenzo Beltrone Collection
 MS 3029

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Collection processed by Joseph Ditta, June 2017

This finding aid was produced using ArchivesSpace on November 30, 2018 using Describing Archives: A Content Standard

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Series II. Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) documents and Roslyn Bernstein research, 1940-2017 (bulk, 1940-1947). 0.208 Linear Feet (0.5 boxes)

Scope and Contents

While researching her article "Alien Enemy M68-279: The Unresolved Case of Vincenzo Beltrone," published in the May/June 1987 issue of Attenzione, Roslyn Bernstein (donor of this collection) requested and received by the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) a copy of Beltrone's WWII Alien Enemy Detention and Internment Case File from the U.S. Department of Justice. It contains correspondence, questionnaires, affidavits, and other documents dating between 1940 and 1947.

Series II also includes both iterations of Bernstein's published article (1987 and 2017), as well as a 1984 letter to her (in Italian) from one Antonino Muzzí, regarding Beltrone's life and family in Italy (see box 4, folder 8).

The researcher should consult the complete FOIA documents in conjunction with Bernstein's article to best understand the timeline of Beltrone's arrest, internment, and eventual release.


The original sequence of the FOIA documents in Series II is unclear, but it may have been reverse chronological order, i.e., 1947 back through 1940. While all of the documents are photocopies, some appear to be copies of copies, since their group numbers (handwritten in marker) are partially cut off. Bernstein renumbered (in red ink) the documents in box 4, folder 6, which remain in that order. Those in box 4, folder 7 remain in the order in which they were hole-punched together.

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 4 Folder : 5-7 FOIA documents (3 folders)
Box: 4 Folder : 8 Roslyn Bernstein research

Scope and Contents

Contains three items:

1. A letter, in Italian, dated 14 November 1984, from Antonino Muzzí to Roslyn Bernstein, on Beltrone's family background in Stignano, Italy.
2. Roslyn Bernstein, "Alien Enemy M68-279: The Unresolved Case of Vincenzo Beltrone,"  Attenzione, May/June 1987 [photocopy].
3. Roslyn Bernstein, "Alien Enemy M68-279: The Unresolved Case of Vincenzo Beltrone,"  Italian Americana, vol. 35, no. 1 (Winter 2017) [journal contributed by Joseph Ditta].


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