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Thomas D'Alesandro Jr. (1903-1987), and Nancy Lombardi D'Alesandro (1909-1995), 1980 May 25

Identifier: OH 8702


In this interview, Thomas D'Alesandro Jr. discusses his home life and how his family came to America. He further expands on the jobs he's worked, including almost entering the Navy, and his work in politics and battles against his political rival Palmisano.


  • 1980 May 25


Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open for research use.

Biographical / Historical

Thomas D'Alesandro Jr. was a Delegate in the House of Representatives from 1939-1947, and the 39th Mayor of Baltimore from 1947-1959. He and his wife Nancy explore how their families moved to America, and eventually how D'Alesandro rose to become a strong political figure in Baltimore.


2 Items (90-minute audio recording and tape index)

Language of Materials

From the Collection: English


Bliss, Dewitt, and Rafael Alvarez. "Nancy D'Alesandro Dies Headed Political Family." The Baltimore Sun. April 5, 1995.

Saxon, Wolfgang. "T. D'Alesandro Jr., a Baltimore Mayor, Dies." The New York Times. August 24, 1987.

Scope and Contents

From the Collection:

The Little Italy oral history collection oral history collection was established to better understand the lives of Italian immigrants who settled in Baltimore from the mid-1800s to the early 1900s. This collection includes 16 audio recordings, numerous tape indexes, biographical material, and some additional articles and photographs depending on the interview. There is one full transcript for John Torrieri.

The individuals interviewed helped create Baltimore's Little Italy district into a thriving center of Italian culture. The oral histories focus on a variety of topics: initial American experiences, starting businesses in Little Italy, family life, Italian culture, the Depression, and World War II, among other topics.

The interviews were primarily conducted by Jean Vincenza-Scarpaci, known as "Vincenza," from 1979-1980, except for one recording done by Mary Thayer in 1973. Vincenza is a well-known immigration historian, in particular focusing on Italian American immigration in the United States. While teaching at Towson State University in the 1970s, Vincenza took an interest in the study of groceries and bakeries in Baltimore, Maryland, which led to the creation of this oral history collection. For more information on Vincenza's many works that could be helpful in contextualizing the interviews in this collection, please see the Bibliography.

Narrators of this collection include Thomas D'Alesandro Jr., Maryland's Delegate in the House of Representatives (1939-1947) and Mayor of Baltimore (1947-1959); Joseph Fava who created a successful macaroni brand; brothers Vincent and Michael Pastore who opened a number of groceries; Joe Vaccarino, who owned the Sole D'Italia brand, and a number of other Italian immigrants who settled in the Little Italy area.

Repository Details

Part of the H. Furlong Baldwin Library Repository

H. Furlong Baldwin Library
Maryland Center for History and Culture
610 Park Avenue
Baltimore MD 21201 United States