Guide to the L'Unione Italiana records, 1902-1989

Descriptive Summary

Title : L'Unione Italiana records
Creator: Unione Italiana (Tampa, Fla.)
Dates : 1902-1989
ID Number : U05
Size: 4 boxes; 14 ledgers
Language(s): English

Repository: Special Collections
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Administrative Summary

Provenance: Unione Italiana (Tampa, Fla.)
Acquisition Information: unknown
Access Conditions: None. The contents of this collection may be subject to copyright. Visit the United States Copyright Office's website at more information.
Processing History: Complete
Preferred Citation: L'Unione Italiana Records, Special Collections Department, Tampa Library, University of South Florida, Tampa, Florida.
Biographical Note

Most commonly referred to as the "Tampa Italian Club," L'Unione Societa Italiana di Mutue Socorrose (the Italian Mutual Benefit Society of Tampa) was founded April 4, 1894 under the direction of first club president A.B. "Bartolo" Filogamo. Created as a mutual aid society for Italian immigrants, L'Unione Italiana was established to provide member assistance during periods of sickness, to offer financial assistance to families of deceased members, and to provide lectures, night school and other educational means of auxiliary studies. At its inception, 127 Tampa residents- mostly Italian immigrants from Sicily's Agrigento Province - established membership. During the organization's 1902-1905 administration, the name was changed officially to L'Unione Italiana. In 1935, the club merged with rival organization La Societa Sicilia, during which time membership peaked significantly. Although not currently at the heights reached during that time, the organization has seen steady rates of membership throughout its history. Prominent members of the society have included Tony Pizzo and Pietro Rittini. Today, the club focuses on preserving Italian culture, the Italian language, their historic building and cantina, and L'Unione Italiana cemetery. Present day members do not need to be of Italian ancestry but must have an interest in the preservation and education of Italian culture. The original L'Unione Italiana clubhouse in Ybor City was destroyed by fire in 1914. Less than five years later, a new building was erected at 1731 East Seventh Avenue. The rebuilt clubhouse is listed in the National Register of Historic Places. Sources: Ackerman, Sherri. "Taking Grave Security Steps." TampaTribune (29 July 2002): 1. Ackerman, Sherri. "Traditions Live On." TampaTribune (6 July 2002): 1. "Ceremony Set at Club Italia: Remodeled Building will be Dedicated Tomorrow Night with Dance." TampaDaily Times (18 Sept 1936). Clary, Susan. "L'Unione Italiana Marks 100 Years." St. PetersburgTimes (31 March 1994): 4B. Hawes, Leland. "Italian Imprint." TampaTribune (4 April 2004): 10 Baylife "Italian Club." TampaDaily Times (22 August 1894): 8. Samek, Robert. "Italian Club is Feuding; Club Ex-president is Caught in Middle." St. PetersburgTimes (27 Jun 1989): 1. "L'Unione Italiano Served Tampa Italians for 28 Years." TampaDaily Times (19 December 1922): 8B. Woodward, Edward. "History in the Remaking: The Italian Club will be Rededicated this Weekend on the Heels of a Major Renovation." TampaTribune (23 September 1999).

Scope Note

This collection primarily consists of organizational documents and publications. Also includes photographs, club histories, contracts, circulars, and the society's ledgers which record the names of members and dues records.

Arrangement Note: Primarily alphabetical


Primarily alphabetical

Subject Headings

Corporate Names: L'Unione Italiana (Tampa, Fla.)
Subject Terms: Cemeteries -- Florida -- Hillsborough County
Immigrants -- Florida -- History
Italian Americans -- Florida -- Tampa -- History.
Tampa Italian Club
Ybor City (Tampa, Fla.) -- History


BOX 1 : Subjects B-L, Minutes

      FOLDER 1 : Collection Guide

      FOLDER 2 : Building

      FOLDER 3 : Cemetery

      FOLDER 4 : Charters & Amendments, 1902-1917, 1976
      FOLDER 5 : Circolares

      FOLDER 6 : Correspondence

      FOLDER 7 : Earthquake Relief for Sicily, March 1968
      FOLDER 8 : Events

      FOLDER 9 : Events - Columbus Day Celebrations

      FOLDER 10 : History of Italian Club

      FOLDER 11 : Immigration of Italians to Florida

      FOLDER 12 : Italian Business Directory, 1901-1911
      FOLDER 13 : Legal Papers

      FOLDER 14 : Minutes-- Directors, February 6, 1925 to December 29, 1933
Scope/Content: Photocopies
      FOLDER 15 : Minutes-- Directors, January, 1934 to January, 1938
Scope/Content: Photocopies
BOX 2 : Minutes

      FOLDER 1 : Minutes-- Directors, February, 1938 to December, 1942
Scope/Content: Photocopies
      FOLDER 2 : Minutes-- Directors, January, 1943 to December, 1946
Scope/Content: Photocopies
      FOLDER 3 : Minutes-- Directors, January, 1947 to December, 1949
Scope/Content: Photocopies
      FOLDER 4 : Minutes-- Directors, 1954 -- 1957
      FOLDER 5 : Minutes-- Directors, 1958-1960
      FOLDER 6 : Minutes, 1950-1953
BOX 3 : Subjects M-S

      FOLDER 1 : Miscellaneous Printed Ephemera [coat checks, tickets, etc.]

      FOLDER 2 : Mormino, Gary- Notes, Working Papers, Etc.

      FOLDER 3 : Publications - Gestione Amministrativa

      FOLDER 4 : Publications - L'Organizzatore

      FOLDER 5 : Publications - Union Italiana

      FOLDER 6 : Sports

BOX 4 : Newsletters, Photographs, and Publications

      FOLDER 1 : Newsletters

      FOLDER 2 : Photographs (6 unique photos)

      FOLDER 3 : Publications - Il Pensiero

   ITEM : Membership Ledgers

   ITEM : Membership Ledgers

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   ITEM : Membership Ledgers

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