A TALE OF TWO CITIES: THE MIAMI-GENOA CONNECTION

Just yesterday, Mellon-grant recipient FIU Professor A. Douglas Kincaid came up to the library with the fifteen students taking his summer course, “Work and Society” for an orientation and presentation by the librarians. The students have been organized into five teams of three, and each group has been tasked with a research project drawing comparisons between American and Italian society, culture, and history. The students have already begun setting library appointments and conducting the first phase of their research by tapping into the holdings of The Wolfsonian-FIU. Later in the semester, the students will be traveling to Genoa, Italy, to do some more research in the collection of our “sister” organization, the Wolfsoniana.

Yesterday’s student visitors were presented with a display of library materials roughly representing five class themes. Here you can see some examples of the materials the class viewed on the following subjects:

IMMIGRANTS AND THE MAKING OF THE INDUSTRIAL LABOR FORCE

  

                      GIFT OF CHRISTOPHER DENOON

 LABOR UNIONS AND THE CHALLENGE TO INDUSTRIAL CAPITALISM

 

  

 WOMEN’S WORK AND OTHER ROLES

 

LOANED BY MITCHELL WOLFSON, JR. 

 MASS PRODUCTION AND THE RISE OF CONSUMERISM

 

GIFT OF CHRISTOPHER DENOON 

SOCIAL POLICIES: THE NEW DEAL AND ITALIAN FASCISM

 

GIFTS OF CHRISTOPHER DENOON

  

The Wolfsonian has an extremely strong collection of materials produced in New Deal America (augmented last year with a generous donation made by Christopher DeNoon), as well as a very good sampling of Italian items from the same period. The Wolfsoniana collection in Genoa, which is more specifically focused on Italian art and artifacts, will provide the students with a rich resource of primary source materials from which they will be able to shape their comparisons (and contrasts) of the two nations.

~ by "The Chief" on May 11, 2011.

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