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At a Glance
Material is arranged into 3 Series.
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.
Using the Collection
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Restrictions on Access
You will need to make an appointment in advance to use this collection material in the Rare Book and Manuscript Library reading room. You can schedule an appointment once you've submitted your request through your Special Collections Research Account.
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.
Identification of specific item; Date (if known); Joseph Sciorra Papers; Box and Folder; Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Columbia University Library.
No additions are expected
Materials may have been added to the collection since this finding aid was prepared. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Ownership and Custodial History
The Joseph Sciorra Papers were the gift of Joseph Sciorra to the Rare Book & Manuscript Library at Columbia University in April, 2013.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
2012.2013.M150: Source of acquisition--Joseph Sciorra. Method of acquisition--Gift; Date of acquisition--April, 2013.
About the Finding Aid / Processing Information
Columbia University Libraries, Rare Book and Manuscript Library
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.
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.
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.