Credit: Center for Migration Studies of New York


Note: A box and folder list is available in the repository.

Located at the corner of 117th Street and Amsterdam Avenue, Columbia University’s Casa Italiana was founded in 1927. The Casa Italiana housed the Istituto di Cultura Italiana negli Stati Uniti until 1929 and served as headquarters to organizations engaged in the dissemination of Italian culture, such as the Italian Historical Society, the Italian Teacher’s Association, and others. Casa’s activities included the sponsorship of lectures, recitals, and exhibits, and the administration of fellowships, language classes, as well as the running of a library.

The collection documents the history of Columbia University’s Casa Italiana from its inception to 1976. The collection contains clippings, photographs, programs, printed materials, journals, correspondence, meeting minutes, invitations, newsletters, lecture notes, and course descriptions related to Casa Italiana activities and cultural events, as well as financial records of the organization. The arrangement is based upon the order of microfilming.

Series I: General Correspondence
Subseries A: General Correspondence
Subseries B: Italian House Fund
Subseries C: John L. Gerig Files
Series II: Financial Records
Series III: General Correspondence, Later Accession
Subseries A: General Correspondence, 1927-1957
Subseries B: General Correspondence, 1925-1926
Subseries C: General Correspondence, 1927
Subseries D: General Correspondence, 1924-1928
Subseries E: Henry Burchell
Subseries F: Giuseppe Prezzolini
Subseries G: Committee on Awards
Subseries H: John L. Gerig
Subseries I: Columbia University, Romance Language Department
Subseries J: Italian Metropolis Club
Subseries K: Account books, Financial Statements, and other Financial Records
Subseries L: Correspondence Reports, Lists
Series IV: Press Clippings
Series V: Mimeo and Printed Materials, Photographs, and Journals
Series VI: 1977 Accession
Subseries A: General Correspondence
Subseries B: Maristella Lorch, Director
Subseries C: Maristella Lorch, Director, Personal, Restricted
Subseries D: American Ariosto Centennial Celebration

Note: A box and folder list is available in the repository.

Collection Title Casa Italiana, Columbia University Records, 1905-1976
Call Number CMS 013
Extent 6 boxes and 53 microfilm reels