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Order of the Sons and Daughters of Italy in America

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  • Private (1903 - 1976)
This Project is dedicated to the largest and oldest Italian-American fraternal orgainzation in the United States. 

Order of the Sons and Daughters of Italy in America

Founded on June 22, 1905 by Vincenzo Sellaro to help assimilate Italians into American society during the immigration boom of the early 20th Century. The organizations primary objectives are preserving Italian American traditions, culture, history and heritage, and encouraging the study of the Italian language and culture in American schools and Universities.

The Order contains two subsidiaries:

  • The Sons of Italy Foundation (SIF), is a private, philanthropic institution established by OSIA in 1959. The SIF has given nearly US$163 million to scholarships, medical research, cultural preservation, disaster relief, and other causes.
  • The Commission for Social Justice (CSJ), founded in 1979 to protest the stereotyping of Italian Americans by entertainment, advertising and news industries. In 2009, the CSJ successfully worked to remove from the air what CSJ deemed offensive and derogatory national advertising campaigns by major US companies.
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