University of Connecticut, Peoples of Connecticut Project Records
Scope and Content
The collection contains a wide variety of materials more specifically detailed in the series descriptions. All aspects of the project are documented in the collection from the working papers of the grant to the published curriculum guides and bibliographies. Reference and resource materials pertinent to the ethnic groups represented by Connecticut's residents are included in Series IV-VII. The collection also includes some general reference materials pertaining to these ethnic groups in the United States, as well.
Series IX-XI include similar information to that found in Series I-III. The later series appears to be materials added at a later date and not integrated into the processed collection.
The collection is open and available for research.
Restrictions on Use
Permission to publish from these Papers must be obtained in writing from the owner(s) of the copyright.
The "Peoples of Connecticut" Project was begun in 1974 under a grant from the Ethnic Heritage Program, Office of Education, Department of Health, Education and Welfare (now Health and Human Services). The goal of this program was to increase awareness, within Connecticut secondary schools, of different ethnic groups. Using curriculum guides and other instructional materials, the project endeavored to provide teaching and learning tools for discovering the cultural diversity of Connecticut's residents.
The Project is divided into three distinct parts. Dr. Frank Stone, School of Education, is primarily responsible for the publication of the curriculum guides. Dr. Bruce Stave, History Department, is responsible for the oral histories, and Dr. William D'Antonio, Sociology Department, and Fred Grupp (Administrative Assistant for the project) have been in charge of collecting research materials and for some demographic mapping. By 1978, seven curriculum guides were published in pilot editions. These guides focuses on the Armenians, Irish, Italians, Jews, Puerto Ricans, Poles and Scots/Scots- Irish.
Responsibility for the papers that are now collectively labeled "The Peoples of Connecticut Project" comes from several sources. Because the project was actually split into three distinct parts, the papers themselves came from different places before they were combined to form this collection. Dr. Frank Stone was responsible for the publishing of the curriculum guides and his files. Dr. Bruce Stave was responsible for the oral histories, which are now available through the Center for Oral History Catalog of Interviews (available online). The remaining materials were collected by Dr. William D'Antonio and Mr. Fred Grupp.
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The "Peoples of Connecticut" Project was begun in 1974 under a grant from the Ethnic Heritage program, Office of Education, Department of Health, Education and Welfare. The goal of this program was to increase awareness, within Connecticut secondary schools, of different ethnic groups. Using curriculum guides and other instructional materials, the project endeavored to provide teaching and learning tools for discovering the cultural diversity of Connecticut's residents.
SERIES I: ADMINISTRATIVE RECORDS (undated, 1974-1979) contains the records of the administrative and financial aspects of the project. Included are progress reports and press releases, as well as personnel information and budget and grant proposals.
SERIES II: WILLIAM D'ANTONIO FILES (undated, 1946-1976) contain the papers and research materials of Professor William D'Antonio of the Sociology Department, one of the principle creators of the collection. Of significance within this series is a fairly large body of information pertaining to voluntary associations, as well as some ethnic and sociological newsletters and articles.
SERIES III: FRANK STOME FILES (undated, 1971-1980) are comprised of the papers of another creator of the collection, Professor Frank Stone of the School of Education. Works of Stone himself constitute a major part of this series, but also included are the works of students of Stone.
SERIES IV: CURRICULUM GUIDES (undated, 1975-1978) contains the pilot editions of the curriculum guides that were published between 1974 and 1978. Both the rough drafts and the published guides are included for each ethnic group.
SERIES V: RESEARCH MATERIALS OF BESSIE BLOOM WESSEL (1924-1944) are the papers of Mrs. B. B. Wessel, a woman who conducted extensive research on ethnicity in Connecticut, particularly the New London area, During the 1930s and 1940s. Also of interest in this series is a group of clippings from the New London Day (1933-1940), collected by Mrs. Wessel.
SERIES VI: RESARCH MATERIALS ON ETHNIC GROUPS (undated, 1897-1980) constitutes the major bulk of this collection. This series contains the research materials on each ethnic group within Connecticut. The material in this series is first arranged alphabetically by ethnic group (regardless of geographical location). Within each ethnic-group subseries the materials are then arranged by geographical location, from the most specific to the most general (i.e. first pertaining to city within Connecticut, then to the State of Connecticut, then regarding no specific location). Within each of these divisions, the organization is by the type of document. Included are biographies, oral histories, newspaper clippings, ethnic newspapers and newsletters as well as a small number of ethnic cookbooks.
SERIES VII: RESEARCH MATERIALS ON ETHNICITY AND IMMIGRATION (undated, 1936-1979) contains the research materials relating to the general topics of ethnicity and immigration with special emphasis on Connecticut. Again the type of material within this series is varied, including reference works (such as bibliographies and directories) and research papers, as well as information on other ethnic heritage programs within the United States.
SERIES VIII: RESEARCH MATERIALS ON LOCAL HISTORY (undated, 1930-1979) includes a small amount of information on localities outside of Connecticut. This series contains church and religious community histories for some of the localities.
SERIES IX: ADDENDUM: ADMINISTRATIVE RECORDS (undated) contains office files from the Ethnic Heritage project, and includes correspondence, grant project data, minutes of Project meetings, and information on similar projects at other institutions.
SERIES X: ADDENDUM: WILLIAM D'ANTONIO FILES (undated) contains papers relevant to the Ethnic Heritage Project, and includes bibliographies, a course prospective, and studies and thesis relevant to the subject of ethnicity.
SERIES XI: ADDENDUM: RESEARCH MATERIALS ON ETHNIC GROUPS (undated, 1974-1976) contains printed materials such as association guides, newsletters, and ethnic newspapers.
SERIES XII: ADDENDUM: PHOTOGRAPHS (undated) contains mounted photographs of Italian-Americans, many from around the turn of the century.
Location of Copies or Alternate Formats
Digital reproductions of materials in this collection may also be found in the Archives & Special Collections digital repository.
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- 2002 June
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