• Creator Names Sorrentino, Anthony.
  • Title Anthony Sorrentino papers, part 1 and part 2 [manuscript], 1926-2004, bulk 1938-2003.
  • Physical description 14 linear ft. (35 boxes)
  • Collection arrangement Organized in part 1 (boxes 1-18; ca. 1928-1995, bulk 1938-1978) and part 2 (boxes 1-17; 1926-2004, bulk 1962-2003).
  • Access and usage restrictions Box 9 of Part 1 is closed until 2028.
  • Collection summary
    • Part 1 contains 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 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 of a work entitled "It's an Inside Job: the Story of the Near West Side Community Committee."
    • Part 2 contains newspaper clippings, publications, programs, meeting minutes, reports, correspondence, articles, manuscripts, speeches, notes, and photographs relating to Anthony Sorrentino and his work as a sociologist working with at risk youths and his service to Italian American organizations in Chicago (Ill.).
  • Terms Governing Use and Reproduction Copyright may be retained by the creators of items, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law, unless otherwise noted. Dolores Sennebogen, the donor of part 2, deeded all rights owned by her to Chicago Historical Society.
  • Location of Other Archival Materials Note
    • 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.
  • Biographical or 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.
  • Finding Aids Note Descriptive inventory available for Parts 1 and 2 on the Chicago History Museum Collection Online (http://digitalcollection.chicagohistory.org/cdm/).
  • Acquisition information Part 1 was the gift of Anthony Sorrentino in 1972 and later (M1972.004; M1973.0065; M1974.0020; M1978.0014); part 2 was a gift of Dolores Sennebogen (accession number 2012.0072.1)
  • Names
    • Sorrentino, Anthony Archives.
    • Edgar, Jim Portraits.
    • McKay, Henry D. (Henry Donald), 1899-1980.
    • Shaw, Clifford R. (Clifford Robe), 1895-1957.
    • Washington, Harold, 1922-1987 Portraits.
    • Chicago Area Project.
    • 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.)
    • Columbus Day Parade (Chicago, Ill.)
    • Chicago Area Project.
    • Illinois. Department 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.)
  • Subjects
    • Catholics Illinois Chicago 20th century.
    • Columbus Quincentenary, 1992-1993.
    • Community-based corrections Illinois Chicago 20th century.
    • Community organization 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 delinquents Rehabilitation Illinois Chicago.
    • Juvenile delinquency Illinois 20th century.
    • Juvenile delinquency Illinois Chicago 20th century.
    • Juvenile delinquency Illinois Chicago Prevention.
    • Social work with juvenile delinquents Illinois Chicago 20th century.
    • Social workers Illinois Chicago 20th century.
    • Sociologists Illinois Chicago 20th century.
    • Youth Illinois Chicago 20th century.
  • Geographic coverage
    • Chicago (Ill.) Social conditions 20th century.
    • Near West Side (Chicago, Ill.)
    • West Side (Chicago, Ill.)
  • Genre
    • Articles. aat
    • Autobiographies. aat
    • Correspondence. aat
    • Manuscripts for publication. aat
    • Minutes. aat
    • Newspaper clippings. aat
    • Pamphlets. aat
    • Photographic prints. gmgpc
    • Reports. aat
    • Research (document genres) aat
    • Speeches. aat
  • Geographic name United States Illinois Cook County Chicago.
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