Register of the Papers of
Anthony A. Maisano, a native of Salerno, Italy, came to the United States with his family in 1907. After attending the public schools in New Haven, Conn., he entered Washington College of Law (now known as the American University School of Law) from which he received the LLB. and MLL. degrees in 1923, and the MPL. degree in 1924, with graduate work in the field of political science.
An authority on real estate titles, Mr. Maisano became associated with the legal department of the Title Guarantee and Trust Co., Riverhead, N.Y., in 1925. He later served as an officer of the Security Title and Guarantee Co., until organizing the Suffolk County Abstract Co. in 1935. In 1941 he founded Maisano Associates, a real estate, mortgage, and insurance company, and in 1943 he became president of the Columbia Abstract and Mortgage Corp. Mr. Maisano was appointed a member of the State Department of Labor and the State Workmen's Compensation Board in 1946 by Governor Dewey; also, he served both agencies during the administrations of Governors Harriman and Rockefeller. During the 1960s, his interest in real estate led him to the management of a Florida land development operation and to the organization of the Installment Land Sales Development Association.
Anthony Maisano was an active leader in Republican politics. From 1946 to 1949 he served as president of the Columbian Republican League of New York State, and later as an executive officer of its national committee. He was also a governor of the Columbian Republican League of Suffolk County. Upon semi-retirement to Florida during the 1960s, he continued to be active in Republican Party organizations at both the county and state levels, serving on the Florida State Executive Committee from 1964 to 1966.
Also interested in ItalianAmerican and civic affairs, Maisano was instrumental in forming the ItalianAmerican Civic League, an organization which had chapters throughout New York State. He served as the League's first president from its founding in 1929 until 1941. He was a member of many civic organizations, and was quite active in the Helios Foundation, a national club for naturalized citizens which annually sponsored "I Am an American Day." For many years Maisano served on the Helios Foundation's executive board in varying capacities, and in 1958 was president of the organization.
Because of his background in law, labor relations, and political science, Maisano became the first director of the Edward Corsi LaborManagement Institute of Pace College. The Institute was intended as a memorial to Edward Corsi, U.S. Commissioner of Immigration and a longtime friend of Maisano. He was director of the Institute until August 7, 1971 when he died of a heart attack in New York City.
The Anthony A. Maisano Papers were received as a gift of Mrs. Anthony Maisano in 1973.
SCOPE AND CONTENT NOTE
The Anthony A. Maisano Papers, 1923-1973, consist of correspondence speeches, minutes and agendas, constitutions and bylaws, certificates and diplomas, newspaper clippings, printed matter, and miscellaneous items. The papers have been divided into series which reflect Maisano's political activities, association with the Edward Corsi Labor Management Institute, business affairs, personal life, and involvement in Italian American and civic organizations. Within each category, material has been divided according to form, and arranged chronologically therein. Printed matter which relates to Maisano's activities is contained in the collection.
The box list of the register of the papers of Anthony A. Maisano is one page