Italian American Collective
Miami University


Miami University

Italian American Collective

formerly IAOOHP (Italian American in Ohio Oral History Project)

Our Mission:

Italian American Collective (IAC) is an Oral History Project created and developed by the Italian faculty of the Department of French, Italian, and Classical Studies at Miami University, Ohio. This project represents an evolution of the Italian Americans in Ohio Oral History Project (IAOOHP) born in 2019; the aim is to record and preserve the memory of the Italian American experience through video and audio interviews of Italian Americans / Americans of Italian descent. Given the success of this initiative, we decided to broaden our project including interviews of Italian Americans in all of the United States. Italian American Collective also includes a section that collects documents such as letters, photographs, reproduction of drawings and paintings, diaries, and images of various artifacts. The project is intended as a scholarly and educational resource available to researchers and to the general public. The website also includes articles and news about Italian American culture, as well as links to institutions and other websites related to Italian American culture. If you are interested in contributing to the project, or if you have suggestions, please email


Sante Matteo
Peter Pedroni
Alexandria Chiaberta
Robert Rosa
Corrina and Angela Siciliano
Vincent Palozzi
Rocco Manzo
Linda Fishbach
Nicoletta Serenata
Kim Rubino Ceccarelli
Steve Milano
Arthur Petrini
Suzanne Perazzo
Emma K. Coleman
William Bausano
Annie and Susan Settevendemie
Linda Settevendemie Kelly
Joe Geraci
Louisa Scarpelli Dreety
Gloria Talarico
Corey Hart
Michael Angelo DiLauro
Gerardo Perrotta
Mike Sanson
Dan Minelli
Noah Montague

If you are interested in sharing your story or if you want to contribute to the project, please contact us.

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(Many thanks to Nicolette Utsinger for creating the header)


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