Italians in Chicago Oral History Project (CMS 114)
December 20, 2016
CMS 114 contains typed English-language transcripts from over one hundred interviews with Italian American residents of Chicago and its environs, plus photocopied sheets of metadata for each interview. The interviews were funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities and conducted between 1979 and 1981, but the time period covered stretches back to the mid-nineteenth century in some cases, and covers the narrators’ lives in Italy; decisions regarding migration and settlement in the United States; economic, family and social life once settled; and long-term multi-generational adjustment to life in the United States.
CMS 114 is arranged in order using numbers on the front of each transcript. These numbers are generally preceded by the first three letters of the narrators’ last name, in upper-case letters.