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Greater Danbury Intercultural Association

Identifier: MS 064

Scope and Content Note

This is a small collection of forty-six tapes, three reel-to-reels, five interview transcripts and newspaper clipping from the Greater Danbury Intercultural Association. The tapes consist of interviews with local immigrants about their heritage. Topics of the interviews include folk tales, language, history, and music. There are five transcribed interviews that correlate with interviews on tape in this collection. [Tape 3 and 11 were blank and removed from the inventory].

In 2016 an accretion to the collection expanded the materials in the collection to include administative materials, clippings, and materials related to the country pavillions that were present at different festivals.


  • 1980-1993


Access Restrictions

Open for research with some restrictions.

Use Restrictions

Permission to publish materials must be obtained in writing from the:
Ruth A. Haas Library
Archives and Special Collections
181 White Street
Danbury, CT 06810
Phone: 203-837-8992

Historical/Biographical Note

The Greater Danbury Intercultural Association was created by the City of Danbury in an effort to preserve the heritage of the local people. Dr. Harold Burke was chairman and Andrew DeGrazia was the president. One of Greater Danbury Intercultural Association's projects was to seek out persons from the wide variety of ethnicities that make up the western Connecticut area and interviewing them on topics they felt it was important to preserve regarding their ethnic cultures. That project is present in the forty-six tapes and the five transcripts in our collection. Another project of the Greater Danbury Intercultural Association was the Danbury Ethnic Cultural Festival which ran from 1980 - 1995.

The Danbury Ethnic Cultural Festival was a volunteer project, and related activities/events were free and open to the public. The festivals were annual 3-day events and relied upon volunteer support and the sale of raffle tickets to remain in operation. WCSU was acknowledged as a supporter of the Danbury Ethnic Cultural Festival.


3.5 Linear Feet (, 4 boxes)

Language of Materials



This collection contains many clippings, administrative materials, and materials related to the different international pavillions. The collection also contains 60 tapes and supporting materials of interviews conducted through by Greater Danbury Intercultural Association to document the contituent groups that make up the greater Danbury area.


Tapes are arranged in the same order that they were arranged when delivered to the Archives.

The materials are grouped into 4 series:

Missing Title

  1. Administrative Files
  2. International Pavilions and Regional/Ethnic Participation
  3. Audio
  4. Transcripts and Clippings


Likely tranfered to the Archives through Dr. Ellen Rosenbeg. 2016 accretion, gift of Mary Burke.

Guide to the Greater Danbury Intercultural Association Interviews
Unverified Full Draft
Lynn Schoenbeck and Kara Swenson
Language of description
Script of description
Code for undetermined script
Language of description note
Description is in English.
Edition statement
This version was derived from GDI_SC_BH.doc

Repository Details

Part of the Western Connecticut State University Archives and Special Collections Repository

Haas Library
181 White St
Danbury 06810 USA US
203.837.8322 (Fax)