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Inventory of the Felix Forte Papers, 1927-1975.

Summary Information
Title: Felix Forte Papers,
Dates: 1927-1975
Creator: Forte, Felix.
Extent: 0.5 linear in.
Language: In English.
Collection Number: ITA
Repository: University of Minnesota Libraries. Immigration History Research Center

Access and Use

Biographical/Historical Note

The son of Italian immigrants, Felix Forte was born in the North End of Boston, Massachusetts. He received a law degree from Boston University in 1916 and became a long-time member of its faculty. In 1930, he was appointed to the Somerville District Court and in 1939 was named to the superior court bench. He presided at the Brinks robbery trial in 1956. Forte served the Order Sons of Italy in America as Assistant Grand Venerable (1923-1925), Grand Venerable of Massachusetts (1933-1937), Assistant Supreme Venerable (1939-1940), and Supreme Venerable (1940-1947). He was the first American-born national leader of the Order.


Collection Scope and Content Note

Papers of Felix Forte include biographical sketches, a speech entitled "What Makes America Tick," and 1947 convention materials from the Order Sons of Italy in America, including a telegram from President Truman.

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Subject Terms
Index Terms
  • This collection is indexed under the following headings in the catalog of the University of Minnesota Libraries. Researchers desiring materials about related topics, persons or places should search the catalog using these headings.
  • Forte, Felix.
  • Truman, Harry S., 1884-1972--Correspondence.
  • Order Sons of Italy in America.
  • Italian Americans--Societies, etc.
  • Italian Americans--Massachusetts--Boston.