Descriptive inventory for the Anthony Sorrentino papers, part 1, ca. 1928-1995, bulk 1938-1978

Anthony Sorrentino papers, part 1

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Descriptive inventory for the Anthony Sorrentino papers, part 1, ca. 1928-1995, bulk 1938-1978

Prepared by Kendra A. Hay; ed. by Rachel Juris, 2011; Gretchen Neidhardt, 2017.
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Chicago History Museum, Research Center
1601 North Clark Street
Chicago, IL 60614-6038
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Collection Overview +/-

Title: Anthony Sorrentino papers, part 1, circa 1928-1995 (inclusive), 1938-1978 (bulk)
Creators: Anthony Sorrentino
Chicago Area Project
Illinois. Dept. of Corrections
Illinois Youth Commission
Institute for Juvenile Research (Ill.)
Italian Welfare Council (Chicago, Ill.)
Joint Civic Committee of Italian Americans
Near West Side Community Committee (Chicago, Ill.)
Dates: circa 1928-1995 (inclusive), 1938-1978 (bulk)
Accession number: M1972.0004; M1973.0065; M1974.0020; M1978.0014
Bib number: 00064562
Call number: MSS Lot S, pt1
Size: 7 linear feet (18 boxes)
Language of material:Collection is written in English.

Provenance statement:

Gift of Anthony Sorrentino in 1972 and later (accession #: M1972.0004; M1973.0065; M1974.0020; M1978.0014).

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.


Box 9 is closed until 2028.

Please cite this collection as:

Anthony Sorrentino papers, part 1 (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; the Chicago Area Project photograph collection; the Peter R. Scalise papers; the Lawndale Community Committee records; the publication Fra Noi; and other writings by Anthony Sorrentino.

Related materials at the University of Illinois at Chicago, Daley Library Special Collections Dept. include the Near West Side Community Committee records and a collection of Anthony Sorrentino papers.

Collection Summary +/-

Biographical materials, correspondence, articles, manuscripts, reports, studies, minutes, newspaper clippings, pamphlets, photographs, and other papers of Anthony Sorrentino, a Chicago sociologist, scholar, and civic leader of Italian descent. Included are articles and reports written by Sorrentino on the subject of delinquency prevention and treatment programs; administrative records from Sorrentino's tenure with the Chicago Area Project, and his colleagues Clifford R. Shaw and Henry D. McKay; his work with the Institute for Juvenile Research, the Illinois Youth Commission, and the Illinois Department of Corrections; as well as records related to Sorrentino's involvement with the Italian Welfare Council (1945-1965), the Joint Civic Committee of Italian Americans (1952-1968), and other civic and cultural organizations. Also present are biographical materials, including manuscript drafts of an autobiography, which describes Sorrentino's experience as a community worker, and drafts of a work entitled "It's an Inside Job: the Story of the Near West Side Community Committee."

Biographical/Historical Note +/-

Anthony Sorrentino (1913-2005) was a Chicago sociologist, scholar, and civic leader of Italian descent. Sorrentino began his work in delinquency prevention and treatment as an employee of the Chicago Area Project (1934-1938). He later worked as a sociologist at the Institute for Juvenile Research (IJR; 1938-1957). In 1957, Sorrentino's work at the IJR was transferred to the Illinois Youth Commission, and in the 1970s to the Illinois Department of Corrections. In 1975, Governor Daniel Walker appointed Sorrentino executive director of the newly formed Commission on Delinquency Prevention. Sorrentino authored several books and numerous scholarly articles on the subject of neighborhood involvement in delinquency prevention. Sorrentino was founder of the West Side Community Committee, later known as the Near West Side Community Committee; co-founder of the Joint Civic Committee of Italian Americans; and active in other neighborhood and Italian American civic and cultural organizations, such as the Villa Scalabrini in Stone Park, Illinois, and Our Lady of Pompeii Roman Catholic Church on the Near West Side of Chicago. Sorrentino also wrote regularly for the publication Fra Noi.

Catalog Subject Headings +/-

Catholics--Illinois--Chicago--20th century
Columbus Quincentenary, 1992-1993
Community organization--Illinois--Chicago--Societies, etc
Community-based corrections--Illinois--Chicago--20th century
Gangs--Illinois--Chicago--20th century
Italian Americans--Illinois--Chicago--20th Century
Italian Americans--Illinois--Chicago--Societies, etc
Juvenile corrections--Illinois--20th century
Juvenile delinquency--Illinois--20th century
Juvenile delinquency--Illinois--Chicago--20th century
Juvenile delinquency--Illinois--Chicago--Prevention
Juvenile delinquents--Rehabilitation--Illinois--Chicago
Social work with juvenile delinquents--Illinois--Chicago--20th century
Social workers--Illinois--Chicago--20th century
Sociologists--Illinois--Chicago--20th century
Youths--Illinois--Chicago--20th century
Edgar, Jim--Portraits
McKay, Henry D.(Henry Donald), 1899-1980
Shaw, Clifford R.(Clifford Robe), 1895-1957
Sorrentino, Anthony--Archives
Washington, Harold, 1922-1987--Portraits
Chicago Area Project
Columbus Day Parade (Chicago, Ill.)
Illinois--Department of Children and Family Services
Illinois--Department of Corrections
Illinois--Youth Commission
Institute for Juvenile Research (Ill.)
Italian American Chamber of Commerce--Midwest (Chicago, Ill.)
Italian Welfare Council (Chicago, Ill.)
Italo American National Union Foundation
Joint Civic Committee of Italian Americans
Joint Civic Committee of Italian Americans--Photographs
Near West Side Community Committee (Chicago, Ill.)
Our Lady of Pompeii Church (Chicago, Ill.)
Villa Scalabrini Nursing and Rehabilitation Center (Northlake, Ill.)
Manuscripts for publication
Newspaper clippings
Photographic prints
Research (document genres)
Chicago (Ill.)--Social conditions--20th century
Near West Side (Chicago, Ill.)
West Side (Chicago, Ill.)

Organization and Arrangement of Collection +/-

The collection is arranged in four series:

Click on heading to view series description.

Series 1. Personal papers, ca. 1928-1995 (box 1)
Series 2. Publications, ca. 1938-1977 (box 1-4)
Series 3. Project and committee records, ca. 1936-1987 (box 4-9) [Box 9 is CLOSED until 2028]
Series 4. General records, ca. 1931-1986 (box 10-18)

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Creation: Finding aid encoded by Grace Sergeant using Oxygen Editor, 2016; edited by Julie Wroblewski, 2016.
Language: Finding aid is written in English.
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