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Joseph Sciorra papers, 1907-2006, bulk 1984-2006

Summary Information

Abstract

This collection comprises the papers of Joseph Sciorra, academic and folklorist. It includes research materials related to his memorial wall project and other projects on Latin American life in New York.

At a Glance

Call No.: MS#1660
Bib ID 10286286 View CLIO record
Creator(s) Sciorra, Joseph
Title Joseph Sciorra papers, 1907-2006, bulk 1984-2006
Physical Description 2 linear feet (2 record cartons)
Language(s) English , French , Italian , Spanish; Castilian .
Access

This collection is located off-site. You will need to request this material at least three business days in advance to use the collection in the Rare Book and Manuscript Library reading room.

This collection has no restrictions.

Arrangement

Arrangement

Material is arranged into 3 Series.

Description

Summary

The material consists of Sciorra's own research, secondary research material, newspaper clippings, correspondence, photographs, slides, ephemera, architectural plans and elevations, as well as three containers of audio-cassettes. The material relates to Sciorra's research into memorial wall art, Puerto Rican vernacular culture, housing projects, casitas, crime in New York City, and other topics. The material dates from approximately 1984 to 2006.

  • Series I: R.I.P. Memorial Wall Art Project, 1985-2005

    Series I contains research for Sciorra's book project and Bronx Museum of the Arts exhibition on memorial wall art and graffiti in New York City. It also includes newspaper clippings on violent crime, journal articles, notes on wall locations in New York and elsewhere, photographs, funding applications, interview transcripts, and conference correspondence. For audiocassette interviews related to these projects see Series III.

  • Series II: General Research Notes, 1907-2006

    Series II contains general research for Sciorra's academic and community work on Puerto Rican life in New York including newspaper clippings, architectural floor plans and elevations, photographs, journal articles, correspondence, and field notes. Research topics include the Social Club, Puerto Rican casitas, land use, and Rincon Criolla.

  • Series III. Audiocassette Tapes, 1988-1999

    Series III contains audio recordings and interviews related to his research, as well as examples of popular music in the 1990s.

Using the Collection

Rare Book and Manuscript Library

Restrictions on Access

This collection is located off-site. You will need to request this material at least three business days in advance to use the collection in the Rare Book and Manuscript Library reading room.

This collection has no restrictions.

Terms Governing Use and Reproduction

Single photocopies may be made for research purposes. The RBML maintains ownership of the physical material only. Copyright remains with the creator and his/her heirs. The responsibility to secure copyright permission rests with the patron.

Preferred Citation

Identification of specific item; Date (if known); Joseph Sciorra Papers; Box and Folder; Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Columbia University Library.

Accrual

No additions are expected

About the Finding Aid / Processing Information

Columbia University Libraries, Rare Book and Manuscript Library

Processing Information

Papers processed Kathryn Lasdow, GSAS 2017, David Allen, GSAS 2017, Tracy Riggle Young, UTS 2015, Alexander Rocca, GSAS 2016, Vincent Wilcke, GSAPP 2014, Caitlin Beach, GSAS 2017 June, 2013.

Finding Aid written Kathryn Lasdow, David Allen, Tracy Riggle Young, Alexander Rocca, Vincent Wilcke, and Caitlin Beach June, 2013.

Revision Description

2013-06-11 xml document instance created by Adrien Hilton

2019-05-20 EAD was imported spring 2019 as part of the ArchivesSpace Phase II migration.

Subject Headings

The subject headings listed below are found in this collection. Links below allow searches at Columbia University through the Archival Collections Portal and through CLIO, the catalog for Columbia University Libraries, as well as ArchiveGRID, a catalog that allows users to search the holdings of multiple research libraries and archives.

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Subject

Heading "CUL Archives:"
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"CUL Collections:"
"CLIO"
"Nat'l / Int'l Archives:"
"ArchivedGRID"
Graffiti -- New York (State) -- New York Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Mural painting and decoration -- Themes, motives Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Mural painting and decoration, American -- New York (State) -- New York Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Mural painting and decoration, American -- New York (State) -- New York -- 20th century Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Sciorra, Joseph Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Street art -- New York (State) -- New York Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID

History / Biographical Note

Biographical / Historical

Joseph Sciorra is an Associate Director for Academic and Cultural Programs at Queens College CUNY. He is a folklorist who researches vernacular culture, religious practices, cultural landscapes and popular music. He earned a PhD from the University of Pennsylvania in folklore and folklife and an MA from NYU in performance studies. He published R.I.P. Memorial Wall Art (Henry Holt 1994), reprinted in 2002 (Thames and Hudson). Sciorra served as a curator for numerous exhibitions and has coedited several volumes on various cultural topics.