CMS 124 consists of fifty-three letters written between 1903 and 1911 by a group of friends and relatives originating from the town of Girgenti (Agrigento) in Sicily who had immigrated to various places in the United States, finding work in the agricultural, manufacturing and railways sectors. The addressee is their padrone in Italy, Federico Amoroso, who suggested useful contacts, intervened on behalf of individual townspeople and served as a banker in charge of remittances. Amoroso’s position as a shop owner back home rather than a fellow immigrant based in the United States marks a significant departure from the usual set-up of the early twentieth-century padrone system. The collection, which is of social, economic and linguistic interest, contains letters from about twenty individuals, many of them including money orders for distribution among the home community.
Series I: Correspondence