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Descriptive inventory for the Peter R. Scalise papers, 1912-1986, bulk 1956-1978

Peter R. Scalise papers

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Descriptive inventory for the Peter R. Scalise papers, 1912-1986, bulk 1956-1978

Prepared by Julie Wroblewski; ed. by Rachel Juris, 2010; Gretchen Neidhardt, 2017.
Processed with funding provided by the National Historical Publications and Records Commission.
  
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Chicago, IL 60614-6038
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Collection Overview +/-

Title: Peter R. Scalise papers, 1912-1986 (inclusive), 1956-1978 (bulk)
Creators: Scalise, Peter R., d. 1913-1990.
Arrigo, Victor A.
Scalise, Nella
Chicago (Ill.). Mayor's Commission on Human Relations
Chicago Area Project
Chicago Federation of Community Committees
Illinois Federation of Community Committees
Illinois. Youth Commission
Joint Civic Committee of Italian Americans
United States. Dept. of Health and Human Services
United States. Dept. of Health, Education, and Welfare
Near West Side Community Committee (Chicago, Ill.)
Dates: 1912-1986 (inclusive), 1956-1978 (bulk)
Bib number: 00066189
Call numbers: MSS Lot S
MSS AlphaV S
Size:6.25 linear ft (8 boxes)
3 vols
Language of material:Collection is written in English.

Terms governing use:

Copyright may be retained by the creators of items, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law, unless otherwise noted.

Restriction(s):

One original item is in security storage. Please consult the photocopy instead.

Please cite this collection as:

Peter R. Scalise papers (Chicago History Museum) plus a detailed description, date, and box/folder number of a specific item.

Additional Materials +/-

Related material:

Related materials at Chicago History Museum, Research Center, include the Joint Civic Committee of Italian Americans records; the Joint Civic Committee of Italian Americans visual materials (1974.0020); the Chicago Area Project records; and the Chicago Area Project photograph collection (1985.0392).

Separated material:

Separated materials at Chicago History Museum, Research Center, include the Peter R. Scalise photograph collection.

Collection Summary +/-

Personal and professional correspondence; bulletins, event programs, newsletters, and minutes from civic and community organizations; educational, religious, and other personal memorabilia; certificates of award and membership; and printed materials such as brochures, newspaper clippings, and pamphlets; and other papers of Peter R. Scalise. Materials relate primarily to Scalise's achievements as a civic leader and federal judge, and to Italian American issues and events. Some materials pertain to the administration and activities of organizations in which Scalise was involved, including the Joint Civic Committee of Italian Americans (JCCIA), the Mayor's Commission on Human Relations, the Chicago Area Project, the West Side Community Committee, the Illinois Youth Commission, the Chicago Federation of Community Committees, and the Illinois Federation of Community Committees. Also included are scrapbooks containing photographs, newspaper clippings, and other memorabilia collected by Scalise and his wife Nella (also known as Nellie).

Biographical/Historical Note +/-

Peter R. Scalise (1913-1990) was a Chicago lawyer, federal judge, and local civic leader. Scalise was admitted to the Illinois Bar Association in 1936 and graduated from John Marshall Law School in 1937. He worked as a lawyer in private practice (1937–1974) and then as an administrative law judge for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (1974-1985; formerly known as the Department of Health, Education, and Welfare). Scalise was an active member of many civic organizations, including the Mayor's Commission on Human Relations (1951-1975), the Chicago Area Project (ca. 1936-1986), the West Side Community Committee, and the Illinois Youth Commission. He also served as the chairman of the Chicago Federation of Community Committees (1948-1952) and president of the Illinois Federation of Community Committees (1950-1952).

A leading figure in Chicago's Italian American community, Scalise was president of the Joint Civic Committee of Italian Americans (JCCIA; 1961-1962) and belonged to the Italo American National Union. Under his leadership, JCCIA organized a protest of The Untouchables television series due to its portrayal of Italian Americans, created the "Sojourn in Italy" program of courses in language and culture, assisted immigrants in the processes of immigration and naturalization, and forged alliances with the Villa Scalabrini retirement facility and the Chicago area Italian American newspaper Fra Noi. In 1965, Scalise received the Cavalier Award from the Republic of Italy in recognition of his work.

Catalog Subject Headings +/-

Subjects:
Civic leaders--Illinois--Chicago--20th century
Examiners (Administrative procedure)--United States--20th century
Italian Americans--Illinois--Chicago--20th century
Lawyers--Illinois--Chicago--20th century
Persons:
Arrigo, Victor A.
Scalise, Nella
Scalise, Peter R.--1913-1990--Archives
Organizations:
Chicago (Ill.)--Mayor's Commission on Human Relations
Chicago Area Project
Chicago Federation of Community Committees
Illinois Federation of Community Committees
Illinois--Youth Commission
Joint Civic Committee of Italian Americans
Near West Side Community Committee (Chicago, Ill.)
United States--Dept. of Health and Human Services
United States--Dept. of Health, Education, and Welfare
Genre/Form:
Brochures
Bulletins
Certificates
Correspondence
Minutes
Newsletters
Newspaper clippings
Pamphlets
Photographic prints
Photographic prints -- Color
Programs (documents)
Scrapbooks
Geographic:
Chicago (Ill.)--Social conditions--20th century
Chicago (Ill.)--Social life and customs--20th century
Near West Side (Chicago, Ill.)

Organization and Arrangement of Collection +/-

The collection is arranged in three series.

Click on heading to view series description.

Series 1. Biographical materials, 1912-1986 (box 1-2)
Series 2. Community organizations, 1937-1985 (box 3-6)
Series 3. Scrapbooks, 1929-1986 (box 6-8, vols. 1-3)

About This Finding Aid +/-

Creation: Finding aid encoded by Danny Reid using Oxygen editor, 2016; revised by Julie Wroblewski, 2016.
Language: Finding aid is written in English.
Other Finding Aids: Finding aid also submitted to the Explore Chicago Collections portal.
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