University of Connecticut, Peoples of Connecticut Project Records - Finding Aid
The collection contains a wide variety of materials more specifically detailed in the series descriptions. The "Peoples of Connecticut" Project was begun in 1974 under a grant from the Ethnic Heritage program, Office of Education, Department of Health, Education and Welfare. The goal of this program was to increase awareness, within Connecticut secondary schools, of different ethnic groups. Using curriculum guides and other instructional materials, the project endeavored to provide teaching and learning tools for discovering the cultural diversity of Connecticut's residents.
The "Peoples of Connecticut" Project was begun in 1974 under a grant from the Ethnic Heritage Program, Office of Education, Department of Health, Education and Welfare (now Health and Human Services). The goal of this program was to increase awareness, within Connecticut secondary schools, of different ethnic groups. Using curriculum guides and other instructional materials, the project endeavored to provide teaching and learning tools for discovering the cultural diversity of Connecticut's residents. The Project is divided into three distinct parts. Dr. Frank Stone, School of Education, is primarily responsible for the publication of the curriculum guides. Dr. Bruce Stave, History Department, is responsible for the oral histories, and Dr. William D'Antonio, Sociology Department, and Fred Grupp (Administrative Assistant for the project) have been in charge of collecting research materials and for some demographic mapping. By 1978, seven curriculum guides were published in pilot editions. These guides focuses on the Armenians, Irish, Italians, Jews, Puerto Ricans, Poles and Scots/Scots- Irish. Responsibility for the papers that are now collectively labeled "The Peoples of Connecticut Project" comes from several sources. Because the project was actually split into three distinct parts, the papers themselves came from different places before they were combined to form this collection. Dr. Frank Stone was responsible for the publishing of the curriculum guides and his files. Dr. Bruce Stave was responsible for the oral histories, which are now available through the Center for Oral History Catalog of Interviews (available online). The remaining materials were collected by Dr. William D'Antonio and Mr. Fred Grupp.
All aspects of the project are documented in the collection from the working papers of the grant to the published curriculum guides and bibliographies. Reference and resource materials pertinent to the ethnic groups represented by Connecticut's residents are included in Series IV-VII. The collection also includes some general reference materials pertaining to these ethnic groups in the United States, as well. Series IX-XI include similar information to that found in Series I-III. The later series appears to be materials added at a later date and not integrated into the processed collection.
SERIES I: ADMINISTRATIVE RECORDS (undated, 1974-1979)
SERIES II: WILLIAM D'ANTONIO FILES (undated, 1946-1976)
SERIES III: FRANK STOME FILES (undated, 1971-1980)
SERIES IV: CURRICULUM GUIDES (undated, 1975-1978)
SERIES V: RESEARCH MATERIALS OF BESSIE BLOOM WESSEL (1924-1944)
SERIES VI: RESARCH MATERIALS ON ETHNIC GROUPS (undated, 1897-1980)
SERIES VII: RESEARCH MATERIALS ON ETHNICITY AND IMMIGRATION (undated, 1936-1979)
SERIES VIII: RESEARCH MATERIALS ON LOCAL HISTORY (undated, 1930-1979)
SERIES IX: ADDENDUM: ADMINISTRATIVE RECORDS (undated)
SERIES X: ADDENDUM: WILLIAM D'ANTONIO FILES (undated)
SERIES XI: ADDENDUM: RESEARCH MATERIALS ON ETHNIC GROUPS (undated, 1974-1976)
SERIES XII: ADDENDUM: PHOTOGRAPHS (undated)
Permission to publish from these Papers must be obtained in writing from the owner(s) of the copyright.
[Item, Folder #], University of Connecticut, Peoples of Connecticut Project Records. Archives & Special Collections at the Thomas J. Dodd Research Center, University of Connecticut Libraries.