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Il Fondo L’Adunata Collection

 Collection — Container: MS 3290
Call Number: MS 3290

Scope and Contents

This collection contains the correspondence of  major figures in the writing, editing, publication, and dissemination of L’Adunata. In addition, subjects also include matters of the leadership and development of the Italian-American Anarchist movement.


  • 1917-1985
  • Other: Date acquired: 00/00/1986


Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Items in this collection may be subject to copyright restrictions. In most cases, the Boston Public Library does not hold the copyright to the items in our collections. It is the sole responsibility of the user to make their own determination about what types of usage might be permissible under U.S. and international copyright law.

Biographical / Historical

L’Adunata dei Refrattari (L’Adunata) was founded in New York as a newspaper and public forum for the Italian-American Anarchist community in New York and Boston, as well as nationwide and internationally. Over its 49 year run, L’Adunata was the authoritative source of information for Italian Anarchists,featuring news-stories and announcements relating to the activities of anarchist social and political groups, fund raisers, and relevant news items, particularly those stories not covered by the mainstream press. L’Adunata was instrumental in keeping the Italian Anarchist movement informed of matters both trivial and vital.


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Language of Materials



This collection is arranged into 15 series:

1.  Max Sartin Correspondence, boxes 1-8.

2.  Pio Turroni Correspondence, boxes 9-14.

3.  Osvaldo Maraviglia Correspondence, boxes 15-17.

4.  Other Correspondence, boxes 18-23.

5.  Manuscripts/Typescripts, box 24-31.

6.  Rossi Family Correspondence, box 32.

7.  Theses on Anarchism, box 33.

8.  Max Sartin’s Notebooks, boxes 34-36.

9.  Max Sartin’s Bibliographic Notecards, box 37.

10.  Photographs, box 38.

11.  Postcards, box 39.

12.  The End of Anarchism?, boxes 40-41.

13.  L’Adunata Index Notebooks and Other Administratice Materials, box 42.

14.  Unidentified Manuscripts, box 43.

15.  Printed Material, boxes 44-58.

Physical Location

This collection is stored off-site and will require additional time to review, retrieve, and make available in the reading room.

Method of Acquisition

Donated to the Boston Public Library by Fiorina and Hugo Rossi in 1986.

Related Materials

Il Fondo l'Adunata Collection of Anarchist Periodicals

Processing Information

Finding aid written by Robert D’Attilio, William Faucon, and Anthony Reed, 1998-2000.

Processing Information

This electronic finding aid is transcribed from legacy data. In many cases, transcriptions were not verified against collection materials at the time of transcription. As a result, this finding aid could be incomplete and might only reflect a partial understanding of the material.

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