Elio Gasperetti ethnic studies collection

Collection 3400

circa 1967-circa 2007
(4.4 Linear feet ; 11 boxes)

Summary Information

Historical Society of Pennsylvania
Gasperetti, Elio
Elio Gasperetti ethnic studies collection
circa 1967-circa 2007
4.4 Linear feet ; 11 boxes
Finding aid prepared by Benjamin David Walter-Range.
Elio Gasperetti is a graphic artist and retired multiethnic curriculum specialist for the District of Columbia public school system. For over sixty years, he has collected and created images documenting a wide range of ethnic groups, and he has put together numerous displays and some slide presentations on ethnic history for schools, churches, federal agencies, and others. The captions and many of the illustrations in the displays are his own. This collection dates primarily to the mid to late 20thn century and contains captioned images from Mr. Gasperetti's ethnic history collection, including both his own drawings and pictures he collected and captioned. Most of the items are mounted on board and many of them are laminated. The majority of the items focus on notable individuals of an ethnic group with some that describe an ethnic group's history or aspects. Also included are several published works written or illustrated by Mr. Gasperetti, including curriculum guides and popular history booklets, mainly about African-American and African history as well as documenting different ethnic groups in the armed services. These published works are contained in boxes 10 and 11. The works include "Nation of Nations," "Hispanics in Americas," "Afro-American Studies: A Guide for Teachers," "African Heritage in the Catholic Church," and "Hispanic America's Indian Heritage."

Preferred citation

Cite as: [Indicate cited item or series here], Elio Gasperetti ethnic studies collection (Collection 3400), Historical Society of Pennsylvania.

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

 Historical Society of Pennsylvania ; 2019.

1300 Locust Street
Philadelphia, PA, 19107

Access restrictions

The collection is open for research.

Usage restrictions

Some of the printed images in the collection, though removed from their original sources for educational purposes, may be under copyright. R&R requests may be subject to potential copyright restrictions.


Gift of Elio Gasperetti, 1986, 2008.

Accession numbers: M86-42, 2008.062.

Processing note

Two separate accessions that were formerly numbered 3400A and 3400B have been combined into this single collection under number 3400.

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Collection Inventory


Native Americans in the Revolution 


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Native Americans in the Revolution; Italian Americans; Italians in the Civil War 


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Italians in the Revolution; Jews 


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Blacks in the Bible; Black Cowboys; Blacks in the West 


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Black Explorers; Black Olympians, Non-US 


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Black Olympians, US; Chinese Missionaries; Byzantine Rite Catholics 


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Byzantine Rite Catholics; Armenian Rite Catholics; Early Roman Christian Saints 


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Turkish Americans; Iranian Americans; Lebanese Americans; Irish Americans 


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Irish Americans; Irish American Entertainers 


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Irish American Entertainers; Irish American Clergy; articles by Elio Gasperetti 


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Articles by Elio Gasperetti 


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