Record Group 64/42 - Faculty Collections

Fred Gardaphe Collection

Collection Description


Collection size: 0.5 cubic ft.
Content: edited manuscript and notes of former Professor of Italian Studies related to The American Gospels by Pietro di Donato (co-edited with Richard Alexander).
Organization: files are maintained in the order in which they were received.
Donated by Fred Gardaphe, August 2011.
Online finding aid by Kristen J. Nyitray, Head, Special Collections and University Archives/University Archivist, August 2011.

Biographical Note

Fred Gardaphe is Distinguished Professor of English and Italian American Studies at City University of New York/Queens College and the John D. Calandra Italian American Institute. He formerly held the positions of Professor of Italian American Studies and director of Stony Brook University's American and Italian American Studies programs.

Dr. Gardaphe is Associate Editor of Fra Noi, editor of the Series in Italian American Culture at State University of New York Press, and co-founding/co-editor of Voices in Italian Americana. He is past President of MELUS and current President of the Working Class Studies Association. His books include Italian Signs, American Streets: The Evolution of Italian American Narrative; Dagoes Read: Tradition and the Italian/American Writer; Moustache Pete is Dead!; Italian/American Oral Tradition Preserved in Print; Leaving Little Italy: Essaying Italian American Studies; From Wiseguys to Wise Men: Masculinities and the Italian American Gangster; and The Art of Reading Italian Americana. His edited books include: New Chicago Stories, Italian American Ways; and From the Margin: Writings in Italian Americana and Anti-Italianism. His most recent book is Importato dall’Italia, a collection of short fiction, translated into Italian. He is an editor of I-Italy.org and hosts the monthly webcast, Nota Bene.  He is a Fulbright Scholar to Italy (Spring 2011) where he taught a course in American Identities through Humor. He is currently at work on a novel and a study of irony and humor in American culture.


In 2005 Gardaphe was awarded the John Fante and Pietro di Donato Literary Award for his contributions to Italian American Literature by the New York State Lodge of the Order Sons of Italy in America. The American Italian Cultural Roundtable honored him and author Helen Barolini in 2001 for their distinguished service to Italian American culture. Along with U.S. Senator Charles Schumer, Gardaphe received the 1999 Lehman-LaGuardia Award for Civic Achievement from the Commission for Social Justice of the Order Sons of Italy in America and the Tri Boro/Long Island Region of B’nai B’rith International.

Box List

Folder 1

Typescript, spiral bound manuscript of The American Gospels by Pietro di Donato; edited by Fred Gardaphe and Richard Alexander;
197 pp.

Folder 2 and Folder 3
Corrected manuscript.

Folder 4
Notes; 3 pp.

Folder 5 and Folder 6
The American Gospels by Pietro di Donato; 165 pp.; photocopy.