The Institute’s research library contains books, journals, magazines, and newspapers pertaining to Italian American and Italian history and culture, including unique holdings on economics, literature, and politics.
In addition to the Institute’s general holdings, the library has four significant collections:
Il Progresso Italo-Americano
A near-complete collection of the most widely circulated, longest-running Italian-language daily newspaper (1880–1988) in the United States, archived on microfilm.
The Saraceno Collection
This 13,500-volume collection, a gift from the estate of Professor Pietro Saraceno (University of Rome), contains books and periodicals from the eighteenth century, from the Kingdom of Italy—including rare volumes of the Leggi e Decreti—to the Italian Republic up to 1959.
The Cammett Collection
This 5,500-volume collection, a gift from the estate of Professor John Cammett (John Jay College of Criminal Justice, CUNY), includes the complete works of Antonio Gramsci and books on Italian Communism and anti-Fascism.
The Cannistraro Collection
This 2,000-volume collection, a gift from the estate of Professor Philip V. Cannistraro (Queens College, CUNY) contains books on Italian Fascism.
To inquire about making an appointment to access materials in our Library for research purposes, please call 212-642-2094.