University of Minnesota

Ets, Marie Hall, b. 1895, Papers

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IHRC


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

Descriptive summary

Creator: Ets, Marie Hall, 1895- Rosa, The Life of an Italian Immigrant.
Dates: ca 1930-1969
Abstract: Papers (1930s-1960s) of author-illustrator Marie Hall Ets (b. 1895) consist of stories told to Mrs. Ets by Rosa Cassettari, as well as research notes and manuscript drafts forming the basis of Mrs. Ets' book, Rosa, The Life of an Italian Immigrant (Minneapolis, University of Minnesota Press, 1970).
Quantity: 1.5 linear ft. (24 folders).
Language: Mainly in English; some titles in Italian.
Collection ID: IHRC633

PROVENANCE

The papers of Marie Hall Ets relevant to her book, Rosa, were deposited in the Immigration History Research Center in October of 1971. They were presented as a gift to the author, and secured by Professor Rudolph J. Vecoli, Director of the Immigration History Research Center, and also writer of the Foreword to Rosa. The collection is in English (with a few story titles in Italian), and consists of 1.5 linear feet of papers. It was processed during 1975 by Philip F. Notarianni. Finding aid included in IHRC VITRAGE in 2005.

HISTORICAL SKETCH

Marie Hall Ets was born in North Greenfield, Wisconsin, December 16, 1895. The daughter of Walter and Mathilde (Carhart) Hall, she married Harold Norris Ets (deceased) and later Milton T. Rodig (deceased). Her formal education culminated in a Ph. D. degree from the University of Chicago, and also graduate study at the Art Institute of Chicago. Mrs. Ets’ career is best known as one of author-illustrator, primarily of numerous children’s stories (many of Mrs. Ets’ papers and children’s stories are housed in the Kerlan Collection, University of Minnesota Libraries). Her writing span from approximately 1935 to the present, and have won for her the New York Herald Award (for Oley, the Sea Monster, 1947), the Hans Christian Andersen honor (for Play with Me, 1956), and the Caldecott Medal, 1960 (for Nine Days to Christmas). In 1918, Mrs. Ets journeyed to Chicago where she became a social worker at the Chicago Commons, a settlement house on the northwest side of the City. It was there that she met, and immediately befriended Rosa Cassettari, an Italian immigrant who had arrived in America in 1884. Throughout their relationship (1918 to 1943 when Rosa died) Rosa related to Mrs. Ets many of the stories she had heard as a child growing up in Italy. It was the story of Rosa Cassettari’s life, of the fears and beliefs of the people in her village, that interested Marie Hall Ets. The result was Rosa, the Life of an Italian Immigrant, published in 1970 by the University of Minnesota Press.


DESCRIPTION OF THE COLLECTION


ORGANIZATION OF MATERIALS

The arrangement of this collection has been basically to leave intact the original organization of the author. The materials (all relevant to the book Rosa), in each folder were found together, but the organizer tried to place them in a manner which lead the researcher from the “first” to the “final” stages of the manuscript, Rosa, the Life of an Italian Immigrant. The collection was arranged in four series:

I. Correspondence (Folder 1)

II. Stories told to Marie Hall Ets by Rosa Cassettari (Folders 2-12)

III. Outline and Research Notes for Rosa (Folders 13-19)

IV. Drafts of the manuscript, Rosa (Folders 20-24)


ACCESS RESTRICTIONS

The Ets, Marie Hall, b. 1895 collection is available for public research.

OWNERSHIP & LITERARY RIGHTS

The Ets, Marie Hall, b. 1895 collection is the physical property of the Immigration History Reseach Center, University of Minnesota.

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


CITE AS

The Ets, Marie Hall, b. 1895 Papers, Italian American Collection, Immigration History Research Center, University of Minnesota

Index Terms

Italian Americans--Personal narratives.
Illustrators.
Women authors.

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. Correspondence (Folder 1)

This correspondence (of four pieces) is incoming replies to questions Mrs. Ets asked concerning the story of Rosa.

SERIES 2. Stories told to Marie Hall Ets by Rosa Cassettari (Folders 2-12)

These stories were those told by Rosa Cassettari to Marie Hall Ets. Folder 2 contains a “Contents” that lists categories and stories which were included in the collection (with the exception of two). This “Contents” forms the basis of organization for Folders 2-9; Folders 10-11 also contain stories by Rosa, while Folder 12 has two drafts of Rosa’s story of her involvement with the Chicago Commons.

SERIES 3. Outline and Research Notes for Rosa (Folders 13-19)

The notes, sketches, clippings, bibliographic note cards, and outlines used by the author in the research and writing of Rosa were found clipped together in the order in which they now appear. The folder descriptions give a brief scan of areas covered in the notes. The outline (Folder 13) provides the story of Rosa in brief.

SERIES 4. Drafts of the manuscript, Rosa (Folders 20-24)

Typed drafts of the manuscript read by James Grossman, Lea D. Taylor, with corrections, comments and notations.


Detailed Description of the Collection

SERIES 1. Correspondence (Folder 1)

This correspondence (of four pieces) is incoming replies to questions Mrs. Ets asked concerning the story of Rosa.
BOX 1.
FOLDER 1. Correspondence concerning "Rosa" 1946
Four pieces of correspondence to Mrs. Ets in reply to the question concerning particular areas, phases and procedures with regard to the story of Rosa Cassettari. Included are sketches of an early cottage and the Chicago Commons Settlement House (published sketch, 1894).


SERIES 2. Stories told to Marie Hall Ets by Rosa Cassettari (Folders 2-12)

These stories were those told by Rosa Cassettari to Marie Hall Ets. Folder 2 contains a “Contents” that lists categories and stories which were included in the collection (with the exception of two). This “Contents” forms the basis of organization for Folders 2-9; Folders 10-11 also contain stories by Rosa, while Folder 12 has two drafts of Rosa’s story of her involvement with the Chicago Commons.
BOX 1.
FOLDER 2. "Stories from Mamma Lena"
This folder, also labeled "Stories from Cuggiono," is composed of seven stories: "The Dote," "The Christmas Story," Sapiente Salomone," "Tobia and Tubiolo," The Rain of Gold," "Il Centesimo Rubato," and "The Little Chapel in the Black Woods." Also included is the "Contents" of stories that exist in the collection, and forms the basis for the organization of Folders 2-9.
FOLDER 3. "Stories from Pa Bataia"
The following stories are collected here: "Lasagnone," "The Gozzo," ("Story of the Wolf and Fox," as listed on the "Contents," is missing), "Il Mostro," and "Regina Foca."
FOLDER 4. "Stories from the Barn"
In accordance with the Contents, Folder 4 contains the stories "Told by the Men": "The Three Artists." "The Blacksmith," "La Bella Caterina and Pif Paf Poltri," "Story of the Caselle," "Ostina Bella," "Margheritina," "Gentilina," and "Cenereola".
FOLDER 5. "Stories from the Barn"
Folder 5 is composed of those tales "Told by the Women": "La Sposa alla Prova," "Le Due Focacce," "The Little House in the Woods," and "Leunsio."
FOLDER 6. "Stories from the Sisters in the Istituto,"
Stories told by the French Sisters of Charity in the Insitutio at Cannolio; and as follows: "The Scimmia," "The Fire-Furnace," "A Yo'ng Man and the Devil," "Bro-ther Carbine," "Radisson," "The Story of Sant'Alessio," "Roselier," and "Teresa di Gesu."
FOLDER 7. "Stories from the Missionario"
Included are: "The Last Soul of Purgatory," "The Saturday Night Twelve O'Clock Story," "The Volto Santo," "Gerardo Maiella," "Sant'Antoni," ("Il Bue Muto," as listed in the "Contents", is missing), "A Farmer-Girl," "The Holy Trinita," "The Goo-d Habit and the Bad Habit," and "Pavolo."
FOLDER 8. "The Story of Gabriel"
FOLDER 9. "Geno'Effa"
The Medieval Legend of Genevieve.
FOLDER 10. "The Stories from Cuggiono"
Stories also told by Rosa Cassettari, and include: "The Country Boy," "Penance," and "Once Serva."
FOLDER 11. Stories told by Rosa Cassettari
The contents comprise the following stories that were found dispersed throughout the collection: "Scares," (The Fiametta). "Lots of Miracles," Frankie and the end of War, an untitled tale from Mrs. Z from the "Neighbor House" in Chicago, and "That Time I Went to Pine Creek."
FOLDER 12. "Rosa Cassettari as Told to Marie Hall Ets"
Two drafts, one complete and another seemingly incomplete, of Rosa's story of her involvement with the Chicago Commons.


SERIES 3. Outline and Research Notes for Rosa (Folders 13-19)

The notes, sketches, clippings, bibliographic note cards, and outlines used by the author in the research and writing of Rosa were found clipped together in the order in which they now appear. The folder descriptions give a brief scan of areas covered in the notes. The outline (Folder 13) provides the story of Rosa in brief.
BOX 1.
FOLDER 13. "Outline for 'Not To Be Afraid', a Novel"
An outline that states the theme and presents the story of what became a major portion of the book, "Rosa." Rosa's involvement with the Chicago Commons is not represented in the outline.
FOLDER 14. Research Notes for "Rosa" 1930's-1960's
Notes on "Marriage in Italy" and "Child Labor."
FOLDER 15. Research Notes for "Rosa" 1930's-1960's
Comprised primarily of sources and information relevant to "Silk Making."
FOLDER 16. Research Notes for "Rosa" 1930's-1960's
Deals with iron mining, Italian dialects, and steamship travel.
FOLDER 17. Research Notes for "Rosa" 1930's-1960's
Contains notes pertaining to the City of Chicago (ca. 1880's-1890's), life and costumes in Italy, and to the Catholic faith (i.e., Religious Orders and feast days).
FOLDER 18. Research Notes for "Rosa" 1930's-1960's
Most prevalent here are notes and references to the State of Missouri.
BOX 2.
FOLDER 19. Research Notes for "Rosa" 1930's-1960's
Collected in this folder is a list of the names Mrs. Ets assigned to the "real" characters and places in "Rosa," as well as a partial listing of chapter titles, map Lombardy, Italy, and news clippings and photographs of Rosa Cassettari (listed below).

ITEM 1. Newspaper clipping from /Chicago Daily Tribune/ of May 2, 1934 which includes a reproduction of a photograph of RC with four other persons taken at the celebration of the 40th anniversary of the Chicago Commons

ITEM 2. Newspaper clipping from /Chicago Daily News /of September 29, 1938 which includes a reproduction of a photograph of RC with Margaret Hamilton taken at the funeral of Graham Taylor, founder of the Chicago Commons

ITEM 3. An undated photo of a scene from Mother's Club /Nativity Play/ depicting ten actors on stage (looks like it was cut out from a published material - program brochure, poster, or similar), in the upper right corner there is a handwritten note in pencil reading "Rosa as St. Joseph"



SERIES 4. Drafts of the manuscript, Rosa (Folders 20-24)

Typed drafts of the manuscript read by James Grossman, Lea D. Taylor, with corrections, comments and notations.
BOX 2.
FOLDER 20. Drafts of "Rosa, the Life of an Italian Immigrant," by Marie Hall Ets 1960's
Folders 20-23 contain a copy of the manuscript read by Mr. James Grossman.
FOLDER 21. Drafts of "Rosa, the Life of an Italian Immigrant," by Marie Hall Ets
FOLDER 22. Drafts of "Rosa, the Life of an Italian Immigrant," by Marie Hall Ets
FOLDER 23. Drafts of "Rosa, the Life of an Italian Immigrant," by Marie Hall Ets
FOLDER 24. Drafts of "Rosa, the Life of an Italian Immigrant," by Marie Hall Ets 1960's
Folder 24 is a copy read by Lea D. Taylor, daughter of Dr. Graham Tayler, founder of the Chicago Commons.



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