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Italian American Studies guide

to offer good sources of material on the study of Italian Americans past and present

Introduction to Diversity Month

The month of October, we celebrate the story of Italian immigrants and their contribution to the United States. The following books/ebooks, streaming films/televisions series, streaming music, and scholarly works in Italian-American studies are available through our print and digital collections at the Queens College Library. 

For help with finding more resources about this subject, please contact Carlo Minchillo, Librarian / Research & Information Services Coordinator using the profile to the left. Alternatively, ask any research librarian available for help through our Ask Us research service!

Historical Facts

An Italian-American broke the gender barrier in U.S. politics. Geraldine Ferraro, a schoolteacher turned criminal prosecutor and congresswoman from Queens, was the first woman on a major party ticket, running for vice president alongside presidential candidate Walter Mondale.

Dr. Anthony Fauci, born in Brooklyn, NY, has been the Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases since 1984. He is well-known for his work in HIV-AIDS research and combating outbreaks of the West Nile virus, SARS, Ebola, and COVID-19.

About 5.5 million Italians immigrated to the U.S. between 1820 and 2004. The greatest influx of migration took place between 1880 and 1920 when over 4 million Italians came to America." (cited from Iftekharul Kabir, NYPL Bronx Library Center)

One-third of the Italian immigrants who passed through Ellis Island stayed in New York City. They settled in Manhattan, Brooklyn, The Bronx and parts of New Jersey as well.​

The Marines played Italian-inspired music. Thomas Jefferson recruited a group of musicians from Sicily to form a military band, later to become the nucleus of the U.S. Marine Band

Print Resources: Books

Electronic Resources: Ebooks

Print & Electronic Resources: Books (In Italian)

Electric Resources: Journal Articles

Streaming Films / Television