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Page from the Salvatore Rocco Calandra Photograph Album of the Italian Service Unit Program (SC 01583)
June 19, 2019
Map, Salvatore Rocco Calandra Photograph Album of the Italian
Service Unit Program (SC 01583)

During World War II, thousands of Italian prisoners of war were sent to the United States to help fill labor shortages created by the war. However, following the fall of Italy to Allied Forces in 1943, a majority of those POW’s agreed to support the United States war efforts and joined Italian Service Units. These units were established to help streamline war manufacturing and provide logistical support to United States troops. Tens of thousands of Italian nationals participated in the...

Previous Posts

Mar 2011

  • March 15, 2011
    One of the neat things about working at the SCRC is the sheer variety of projects we oversee. Last time, I told you a bit about the rewards and challenges of putting together an exhibit, but, recently, I got to try my hand at another major part of archival work: processing a collection.

Jan 2011

  • January 24, 2011
    At some point most of us have pondered this question.
  • January 11, 2011
    Here are the new accessions for 12/1/2010 through 12/30/2010, a little longer than normal due to the holiday rush:
  • January 11, 2011
    Here are the new collections accessioned by the Special Collections Research Center from 11/15/2010 to 11/30/2010:
  • January 4, 2011
    Do you ever stop to ogle the contents of the numerous display cases spread throughout Swem Library? Me neither. Or, at least, I didn’t. Now, every so often when I’m hunting for a book on the third floor, I venture over to the small flat case outside the Brown Board Room, just to check that everything is how I left it.

Nov 2010

  • November 30, 2010
    Here are the new collections accessioned by the Special Collections Research Center from 11/8/2010 to 11/12/2010:
  • November 29, 2010
    I freely admit: I am a self-proclaimed craft nerd. In kindergarten, I was the kid who truly enjoyed gluing sticks into haphazardly-formed structures and insisted that every painting my little fingers lovingly created be prominently displayed on the family refrigerator. This creative passion has continued into adulthood as I thoughtfully knit gifts for friends and family and scrapbook every vacation taken.
  • November 23, 2010
    Throughout the past month, as a part of my graduate apprenticeship I have been working with the Johnson-Nance Family Papers, a manuscript collection from the early twentieth century at Special Collections Research Center, Swem Library, at the College of William
  • November 10, 2010
    How often have you stopped to think about the wonder that is the copy machine? If you were like me, not often at all—as students, interns, and young professionals most of us probably spent more time being warmed by the light of the copy machine than we would like to think about.
  • November 9, 2010
    Here are the new collections accessioned by the Special Collections Research Center from 11/1/2010/11/5/2010: Manuscripts: