Collection ID: M.36

Collection context

Summary

Date:
1940-1955
Abstract:
Sando Bologna was a long-time time resident of Waterbury, CT and wrote for the local newspapers. The collection contains various documents published and collected by Sando Bologna. The collection is largely newspaper articles collected by Bologna pertaining to the second World War. In addition to the newspaper articles the collection also contains press releases from the America First Committee and correspondence from Sando Bologna to elected officials. In addition, the collection also contains articles written by Bologna for the Waterbury American. Interesting to note is the Waterbury American Service Edition articles.
Extent:
.44 Linear Feet and 2 legal manuscript boxes
Language:
English .

Background

Rules or conventions:
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Scope and Content:

The Sando Bologna Papers contains various collected and published documents from 1940-1955. The collection is split in to two series. The World War II Files contains documents collected by Sando Bologna detailing the second World War. The documents include newspaper articles on War Brides and children, the Freedom Train, Infantry Divisions, and reports from the Secretary of War. The Published Writing Series contains newspaper articles that Bologna wrote about Beth El and the Service Edition of the Waterbury American. Also included is an academic conference manuscript, in which Bologna attended.

The collection contains various records published and collected by Sando Bologna. The collection is largely newspaper articles collected by Bologna pertaining to the second World War. In addition to the newspaper articles the collection also contains press releases from the America First Committee and correspondence from Sando Bologna to elected officials. In addition, the collection also contains articles written by Bologna for the Waterbury American. Interesting to note is the Waterbury American Serice Edition articles.

Biographical / Historical:

Sando Bologna was born in Portland, Ct in 1915. Four days after his birth his parents Rosario and Teresa, both from Sicily, moved to Waterbury, Ct. From then on Sando was a proud Waterbury resident for his entire life.

Bologna graduated from Driggs Grammar School and Wilby High School. In 1935 he began his career as a reporter for the Waterbury Republican. In 1941 he transferred to the Waterbury-American where he worked until 1970 when he became a feature writer for the Sunday Magazine of the Waterbury Republican. He retired from the paper in 1980 and worked as a freelance writer until his death in 2005. His articles shed light on the City of Waterbury that he loved so much. Bologna wrote articles detailing the architecture and landmarks of town. He also wrote articles detailing his travels. A charter member and treasurer of the Society of American Travel Writers and a Bicentennial World Tour Committee member, his travel articles were featured in The Sunday Magazine, Yankee Travel Magazine, and Modern Maturity. Furthermore, he was a proud Italian and wrote feature articles about Italian culture for the New York Times, Christian Science Monitor, Chicago Tribune, Washington Post, and the Boston Globe.

Besides contributing to Waterbury journalism Bologna was also involved as the founder and officer of the Waterbury Jaycees, directory of the Waterbury Boys' Club, organizer and first president of the Sienna Music Scholarship Committee, incorporator of the YMCA, and a member of the Circola Dante, Sons of Italy, the National Italian American Foundation and the American Italian Historical Society.

Bologna was also a recipient of many awards and honors. In 1981 he was the recipient of the Ciro P. Lanza Award of the Lega Siciliano Social Club. He was also the Italian Mayor-for-the-day on October 12th, 1989. Bologna is also an honoree in the Silas Bronson Hall of Fame.

Bologna combined his love for writing, Waterbury, and Italian culture by writing two books. In 1993 he published "The Italians of Waterbury" and in 1997 "Growing up Italian and American in Waterbury."

Access

LOCATION OF THIS COLLECTION:
63 Prospect St
Waterbury, CT, USA
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