University of Minnesota

D' Amelio, Dan, Papers

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

Descriptive summary

Creator: D' Amelio, Dan
Dates: 1880-2003
Abstract: Published and unpublished poems, stories, and movie script re. Italian immigrant experience.
Quantity: 5
Language: English
Collection ID: IHRC3333


Collection donated to the IHRC by Dan D' Amelio of Yucaipa, California in 2003-2004.


Autobiographical note
Born in 1927, raised in Long Island, New York, attended New York University, graduated in 1954. For most of his work career, he was a journalist (reporter and editor for Connecticut newspapers, and on the editorial staff of CBS-TV News in New York City), as well as a teacher (teaching at the elementary, secondary and community college levels).

Author of Taller than Bandai Mountain, a biography of a Japanese-American Scientist, Dr. Hideyo Noguchi, published by Viking Press, 1968. (The book, written for children 8-12, was nominated in 1969 for the Dorothy Canfield Fisher Children’s Book Award.)

Co-author of an elementary textbook in social studies, published by Scott, Foresman and a high school journalism textbook, published by Lyons and Carnahan Co.

Author of Silvabamba, an adventure book for teenage readers, published by Fearon-Pitman Publishers.

Author of Severely Retarded Children: Wider Horizons, a book written for parents and teachers, which was based on his teaching experience with this group of children. Published by the Charles Merrill Co., it is used as a supplemental textbook in teacher-training colleges.

His articles on historical subjects have appeared in a number of publications, including Northeast (the Sunday supplement of the Hartford Courant) and True West magazine. In 1992, his article “They built the Great Wall of China, Didn’t they?, which appeared in True West, received the Spur Award from the Western Writers of America. The article focused on the contribution Chinese laborers made to the building of the first American transcontinental railroad. In 2002 his article, “Italian Women in the Resistance, World War II,” which was published in the Italian Americana, received the Joseph DeAnglis prize.

His most recent article, “Making It in America,” about his immigrant parents, appeared in the winter 2003 issue of the Ambassador, a quarterly published by the National Italian American Foundation.

Several poems from his completed collection of poems about the Italian immigrant experience, entitled, Say Hello to America have been published in Voices in Italian Americana (VIA) and the Long Island Quarterly.

He lives in Yucaipa, CA, with his wife Fanny, who he describes as his “best editor.”


Collection consists of three bound volumes (Notebooks 1-3) of Dan D'Amelio's writings (typescripts, print-outs, photocopies), including poems, articles, memoirs, and "A scene-by-scene treatment for a movie".


The D' Amelio, Dan collection is available for public research.


The D' Amelio, Dan collection is the physical property of the Immigration History Research Center, University of Minnesota.

For further information regarding the copyright, please contact the IHRC.


The D' Amelio, Dan Papers, Italian American Collection, Immigration History Research Center, University of Minnesota

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Description of Series

This section briefly describes each series in the collection. A more detailed description of the contents of each series may be found in the following section.

SERIES 1. Notebook 1

Articles and Miscellaneous Poems

SERIES 2. Notebook 2

Say Hello to America (Poems of the Great Migration, 1880-1924)

SERIES 3. Notebook 3

Poems, Articles, and a Movie Treatment

Detailed Description of the Collection

SERIES 1. Notebook 1

Articles and Miscellaneous Poems
BOX 1.

SERIES 2. Notebook 2

Say Hello to America (Poems of the Great Migration, 1880-1924)
BOX 1.

SERIES 3. Notebook 3

Poems, Articles, and a Movie Treatment
BOX 1.
FOLDER 3. Poems, Articles and a Movie Treatment
ITEM 1. Twelve new poems for "Say Hello to America"
ITEM 2. Who was Saint Albans? (a memoir)
ITEM 3. Memories of Dining Out (a memoir)
ITEM 4. Santina ot the Bells (a scene-by-scene treatment for a movie)

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