Fry Collection of Italian History and Culture : archival and published materials from Italy, ca. 1310-1987

Fry Collection of Italian History and Culture
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  • The Fry Collection of Italian History and Culture was assembled and donated by William F. "Jack" Fry, professor emeritus of physics at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. It includes manuscripts and correspondence, broadsides, printed ephemera, periodicals, newspapers, and books from the early Renaissance through the 20th century. The largest category consists of materials from the period of Italian Fascism, including but not limited to: Fascist propaganda, educational policies and practices, youth and women's activities, racial policies, Italian colonialism, and anti-Fascist opposition, including partisan activities in Italy during World War II. The collection includes a large archive documenting the Veneto, mostly the Padova and Venice areas, from the 15th to 19th centuries, including the Austian occupation in the 19th century. Other collecting areas include Italian religious practice and the Fascist regime, 20th-century Italian Communism, political culture in postwar Italy, documentation of Italian marshland reclamation, theater and music in Italy, the period immediately preceding the Fascist period, the Italian postal and telegraph service, and other rare books and manuscripts mainly from Italy (15th-20th century) including archives of the Lazara, Colloredo, and Canonici families.
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