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Ruotolo, Onorio, 1888-1966, Papers

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

Descriptive summary

Creator: Ruotolo, Onorio, 1888-1966.
Dates: 1915-1966
Abstract: Papers (ca. 1915-1966) of sculptor and poet Onorio Ruotolo (1888-1966) include biographical information, organizational papers and correspondence of the Leonardo Da Vince Art School, photographs, illustrations, poetry and prose works; articles and criticisms of his works; and works of and about other individuals. Correspondents include Helen Keller, Fiorello La Guardia, Arturo Giovannitti, Alberto Viviani, Armando Mazza, Dorothy Caruso, Rosita Carotti Leoparddi di Lesparto, and many others.
Quantity: 2.5 linear ft.
Language: In English and Italian.
Collection ID: IHRC2321


A sculptor and poet, Onorio Ruotolo (1888-1966) was born in Cervinara, Italy. He came to the United States in 1908. The struggle and poverty he observed in New York City engendered in him a concern for society, which he expressed in cartoons, poetry, and sculpture. During World War I, he produced a number of sculptures showing the horrors of war. In 1914, he and Arturo Giovannitti became co-directors of Il Fuoco, a magazine of art and politics. After an ideological split, Ruotolo began Minosse, a socio-literary publication. He also worked during this time to found the Leonardo Da Vinci Art School (in 1922). In the 1940s and 1960s, he turned his efforts to poetry and prose, and from 1950-1957 served as an aide of the Amalgamated Clothing Workers of America.



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The Ruotolo, Onorio, 1888-1966 Papers, Italian American Collection, Immigration History Research Center, University of Minnesota

Index Terms

Italian American sculptors.
Italian American poets.
Art schools.

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