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Audio Recording "There was a lot of Italian tradition in the city."

"There was a lot of Italian tradition in the city."

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  • "There was a lot of Italian tradition in the city."


  • Granata, Giovanni "John" (Narrator)
  • Carroll, Thomas D. (Interviewer)

Created / Published

  • 1994-08-05


  • -  Emigration and Immigration
  • -  Italian Americans
  • -  Oral history
  • -  Interviews
  • -  Sound recordings
  • -  Leisure
  • -  Saints' day celebrations
  • -  Window displays
  • -  Calendar customs
  • -  21st Avenue (Paterson, N. J.)
  • -  Granata Financial Service (Paterson, N.J.)
  • -  Ethnography
  • -  United States -- New Jersey -- Paterson


  • Ethnography
  • Interviews


  • -  Interview with John Granata, owner, Granata Financial Service.
  • -  Summary of audio segment: First impressions of Paterson. JG says when he got here his first residence was at 17th and Madison Avenue, not one of the hottest areas of Paterson. So was a shock. All the houses looked alike, got lost once. But adjusted after 5 or 6 months. Used to go to specific areas he knew where there were all Italians, got together to go to dances, speak the language. At time had two theaters here with programs in Italian. The Plaza on Union Avenue, the other was in Newark. In 1979, Plaza went to American and Spanish movies. Casa Italiana in Newark was then the only choice. Movies. Singers. Weekly dance. Plaza had done that, stopped in 1978. Used to be a big feast, St. Michael's, in the Hillcrest section; that was the last year they did it (1978). So there was a lot of Italian tradition in the city, and it felt like home. Was a local channel, each Sunday showed something about Italy.


  • Digital Audio Tape

Call Number/Physical Location

  • AFC 1995/028: WIP-TDC-A001

Source Collection

  • Working in Paterson Project Collection (AFC 1995/028)


  • American Folklife Center

Digital Id

Online Format

  • audio

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Working in Paterson Project collection, 1993-2002 (AFC 1995/028), American Folklife Center, Library of Congress

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Chicago citation style:

Granata, Giovanni "John", and Thomas D Carroll. "There was a lot of Italian tradition in the city.". -08-05, 1994. Audio.

APA citation style:

Granata, G. ". & Carroll, T. D. (1994) "There was a lot of Italian tradition in the city.". -08-05. [Audio] Retrieved from the Library of Congress,

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Granata, Giovanni "John", and Thomas D Carroll. "There was a lot of Italian tradition in the city.". -08-05, 1994. Audio. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, <>.