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REGENOLD, MICHAEL. SC 1881. “An Analysis of the Development of the Midtown Community By An Urban Campus.” One folder. No collection guide available. IUPUI term paper, 1982.


BOVA CONTI, JOHN. Account Book, 1924-1927. BV 2180. One bound volume. No collection guide available. Sicilian native who came to the United States and operated an Italian grocery store in Indianapolis.

BUENNAGEL, FREDA. Correspondence, 1924-1964. SC 2002. Thirty-six items. Three folders. No collection guide available. Housekeeper for Monsignor Marino Priori of Holy Rosary, Indianapolis. Contains cards and notes thanking her for her charitable donations in Italy.

GIOSCIO, GIOVANNI. Account Books, 1892-1923. F 0635. One reel of microfilm. No collection guide available. Italian Fresco painter located in Indianapolis. In Italian and English.

LOGGIA COLONIA ITALIANA. Wayne County, no. 933. Record books, 1919-1950. BV 2044-2047. Four bound volumes. No collection guide available. Meeting minutes, dues, etc. In Italian until January 1942.

MONTANI, GAETANO. Family Papers, 1883-1988. M 0377, BV 2219-2235, BV 2541-2542, OM 0236. Ten boxes, 19 bound volumes, one oversize folder. Collection guide online. The Montani family immigrated to the U.S. from Italy in 1878 and moved to Indianapolis in 1881. Gaetano (Guy) Montani worked in the family businesses (grocery stores and an orchestra) and was a violinist with the Indianapolis Symphony. The collection contains family and business correspondence and records of the family businesses. Correspondence includes letters to Gaetano (Guy) Montani, World War II letters from brother Anthony (Tony), and service letters from the 1920s and 1930s from John Yacopino while he served in the Navy. There are also letters in Italian to family members in Indianapolis dating from 1883 to 1926. The financial records of Montani and Co. grocery (1880s-1977), including ledgers, invoices, receipts, correspondence and import records, and records of the Montani Brothers orchestra (1884-1957), including engagement books, programs, correspondence and materials from the Indianapolis Protective Musicians Union Local #3 are all part of the collection.

PRIORI, MARINO. Correspondence, 1922-1939. OMB 0029. One oversize box. No collection guide available. Born in Montefalcene, Italy, and ordained a priest in Rome in 1901, Priori immigrated to the United States in 1909 and founded Holy Rosary Catholic Church in Indianapolis. Collection includes letters to Priori from various cardinals and Catholic Church officials, many in Rome.

VIGO, FRANCIS. Papers, 1751-1873 (bulk 1785-1820). M 0289, OM 0060, F 0655-0657. Three boxes, one oversize folder, three reels of microfilm. Collection guide online. Born in Mondovi, Italy, Vigo served with the Spanish Army in New Orleans. In 1772, he became a fur trader in St. Louis and later had a secret business partnership with the Spanish lieutenant Fernando de Leyba and aided George Rogers Clark with financial assistance and intelligence. In 1783, Vigo moved to Vincennes, continued in the fur trade and assisted Anthony Wayne and William Henry Harrison in negotiations with Native Americans. The collection contains Vigo’s business and personal papers. Topics include the fur trade at Vincennes, Fort Wayne, Detroit and Montreal; John Askin and the Miami Company; business dealings with the Piankeshaw and other Native Americans; land transactions at Vincennes, including lands donated by Congress to the original French settlers; Vigo’s work on behalf of Anthony Wayne and William Henry Harrison; and his efforts to collect repayment from Congress for loans to George Rogers Clark during the American Revolution. Also included is the inventory of Fernando de Leyba’s