[Place of publication not identified] : [publisher not identified], ca. 1310-1987.
approximately 395 linear feet
"Although the collection is still in the process of expansion, all of the material is available for study. The collector has provided a brief English summary of each document or groups of items and these files may be searched on site in the Department of Special Collections."
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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