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John Pirelli Lodge 1633, Società di Mutuo Soccorso, Records (MS-552)

Identifier: MS-552

Scope and Contents

Series I: Documents includes several types of documents and is subdivided into three subseries:

Subseries IA: Activities and Events contain Columbus Day dinner dance information and pamphlets. It documents celebrations by the lodge like mother’s day, Italia Bella, regional events and spaghetti dinners.

Subseries IB: Administration contains planning for events around Columbus Day and sporting events relating to Italian immigrant culture. There are rules and ritual books for the Pirelli Lodge and the Sons of Italy, with one book going back to the Lodge's founding. Advertising and finances for the Lodge and its events are also included.

Subseries IC: General History has newspaper clippings and biographies regarding members of their lodge.

Series II: Photographs, includes digital and analog pictures from the Pirelli Lodge activities and events, like Bocce, the Kettering Holiday Home Parade, Halloween, a building dedication, and Columbus Day celebrations.

Series III: Oral Histories, includes video and audio oral history interviews with Lodge members Joe DeSaro, Pete Lanasa, Stan Palmiere, and Christine Folino. The interviews were conducted by Gino Pasi and Michael Moss. There is also a video history of the Lodge created by Moss, based on the interviews.


  • Creation: 1938 - 2015
  • Creation: Majority of material found within 1990 - 2015


Conditions Governing Access

Access to original audio and video media is restricted; users may have access to digitized copies. Please contact us in advance if you would like to access audiovisual materials.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright restrictions may apply. Unpublished manuscripts are protected by copyright. Permission to publish, quote, or reproduce must be secured from both the repository and the copyright holder.

Biographical / Historical

Giovanni “John” Pirelli was a WW1 American aviator who had died while testing planes for Wright Patterson Air Force Base in 1919. The lodge was organized soon afterwards and supported hundreds of Italians immigrating to the Dayton area. This chapter is part of the larger Società of the United states. The Dayton chapter held a connection to many local Catholic churches before obtaining a building of their own. They hold Columbus Day Dinners and other activities surrounding Italian heritage, like the Italian Festa, to this day.

For more information, visit the Lodge's web site:


0.63 linear feet

50.4 Gigabytes

Language of Materials



The John Pirelli Lodge was a chapter of the Società di Mutuo Soccorso (Sons of Italy) established in Dayton soon after the death of its namesake Giovanni “John” Pirelli. The collection includes planning and finance information, officer lists, rules and rituals, general histories, newspaper clippings, photographs, and oral histories.


The collection is arranged in 3 series:

  1. Documents
  2. Photographs
  3. Oral Histories

Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

Specialized computer hardware and software will be required to view electronic records, including digital audio, video, and photographs, in this collection. File formats include MP4, WAV, MP3, JPG, and others.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The collection was donated to Wright State University Libraries' Special Collections and Archives by the John Pirelli Lodge in 2015.

Related Materials

Order of the Sons of Italy in America, Grand Lodge of Ohio, Records, in the Italian American Collection, Immigration History Research Center, University of Minnesota

Separated Materials

Electronic media has been separated to the E-Archive.

Guide to the John Pirelli Lodge 1633, Società di Mutuo Soccorso, Records (MS-552)
Jacob Stickel
2023 April 19
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Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections Repository

Wright State University Libraries
Special Collections and Archives
3640 Colonel Glenn Hwy
Dayton OH 45435-0001 USA