University of Minnesota

Crivello, Antonino, Papers

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Immigration History Research Center, College of Liberal Arts, University of Minnesota

Descriptive summary

Creator: Crivello, Antonino, 1888-1969.
Dates: 1939-1965
Abstract: Papers (1939-1965) of Antonino Crivello (1888-1969), an Italian American labor organizer and poet, comprise correspondence; drafts of his poetry; and some published material. Correspondence relates largely to the I.L.G.W.U., in which Crivello was a director of Local 144 in Newark, New Jersey and a representative for Local 25 in New York.
Quantity: 5 linear ft.
Language: In English and Italian.
Collection ID: IHRC479


Antonino Crivello (1888-1969) was born in Palermo, Sicily and immigrated to the United States at the age of fifteen. He learned the trade of tailoring from his mother and thereafter was active in union organizing of tailors and dressmakers in New York. He was a principal founder of the Circolo Libertario Pensiero ed Azione in New York, and in 1917 was hired as the Italian representative in the Education Department of I.L.G.W.U. Local 25 and became manager of Local 144 in Newark, New Jersey. Crivello belonged to numerous labor and anti-fascist groups, among them the Camera del Lavoro Italiana di New York, the Antifascist Alliance, and the Italian Labor Educational Bureau. He was also a poet and held membership in various literary academies in the United States and Italy. He was well-known for his anti-war writings during World War II.



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The Crivello, Antonino Papers, Italian American Collection, Immigration History Research Center, University of Minnesota

Index Terms

Labor movement.
Labor unions.
Italian Americans--Labor leaders.
Italian American poets.
Labor unions--Clothing workers.

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