Augusto Borselli papers
MSBors70

 An inventory of the collection at the University of Illinois at Chicago

Summary Information

Repository
Richard J. Daley Library Special Collections and University Archives
Creator
Borselli, Augusto, b. 1891
Title
Augusto Borselli papers
ID
MSBors70
Date [inclusive]
1916-1966
Extent
8.25 Linear feet
Language
Miscellaneous languages
Abstract:
Augusto Borselli was a prominent lawyer, diplomat, and educator born in Naples, Italy in 1891 who later became a U.S. citizen in 1943. He practiced law in Naples, Milan, and Rome during the 1920s and 1930s and his career included work on behalf of the Polish Consulate in southern Italy. Borselli taught at DePaul University, Northwestern University, the University of Chicago, and the University of Illinois, worked as a consultant and translator, and served as Public Relations Officer for the Italian Consulate in Chicago during the 1950s. The Augusto Borselli Papers include scrapbooks, correspondence, photographs, clippings, notes, official documents, reports, pamphlets, brochures, business cards, certificates, postcards, an academic diploma for his doctoral degree from the University of Naples, and academic course materials.

Preferred Citation

Augusto Borselli papers, Special Collections and University Archives, University of Illinois at Chicago

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Biographical Sketch

Augusto Borselli was born on October 25, 1891 in Naples, Italy to a prominent family of lawyers and educators. He studied at the Universities of Bologna and Naples, earning a Doctor of Jurisprudence from the latter institution. Borselli also earned the equivalent of an American doctoral degree in the Humanities with four years of advanced work in literature and philosophy. Borselli enjoyed a diverse professional life that included military and diplomatic service, legal practice, professional writing and translation, historical research, and teaching in Europe and the United States.

Major Borselli served as a reserve artillery officer and later staff officer in the General Staff of the Italian Army during World War I and then practiced law in Naples, Milan, and Rome during the 1920s and 1930s. He worked for the Polish consular service in Naples and southern Italy from 1930 to 1937 and received the honor of "Commander in the Order of the Polonia Restituta." Borselli married Therese Lynch of Libertyville, Illinois in 1937 and became a naturalized U.S. citizen in 1943. Borselli's work in the United States included university instruction in European civilization and the Italian language at DePaul University, the University of Chicago, Northwestern University, and the University of Illinois. Augusto Borselli used his knowledge of English, Italian, German and other languages for independent projects such as the translation of the Ciano Diaries for the Chicago Daily News. He also worked as a research assistant for the Historical Division of the American National Red Cross, 1947-1948, as a consultant for the International Trade Development Company in Chicago, and as Public Relations Officer for the Italian Consulate in Chicago from 1954 to 1958. Augusto Borselli was also an active member of the World Peace Through Law Center and other professional and philanthropic organizations.

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Scope and Contents

The Augusto Borselli Papers include scrapbooks, correspondence, photographs, clippings, notes, official documents, reports, pamphlets, brochures, business cards, certificates, postcards, an academic diploma for his doctoral degree from the University of Naples, academic course materials, and a poster advertising the translation of excerpts from the Count Ciano Diaries in the Chicago Daily News. Most of this material is in English and Italian, but some items are in the Polish or Lithuanian languages. Some of the scrapbooks originally received by the university have been partially disassembled for preservation purposes.

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

Richard J. Daley Library Special Collections and University Archives 2004-09-27

801 S. Morgan Street
Chicago, Illinois, 60607
312.996.2742

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Controlled Access Headings

Corporate Name(s)

  • World Peace Through Law Center.

Personal Name(s)

  • Borselli, Augusto, b. 1891 -- Archives

Subject(s)

  • Chicago Ethnic Groups.
  • Italian Americans -- Illinois -- Chicago -- Biography.
  • Universities and colleges -- Illinois -- Chicago -- Faculty -- Biography.

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Collection Inventory

Series I: Augusto Borselli Papers 

Box Folder

Contents of disassembled scrapbook - Correspondence, clippings, personal identity documents, business cards, postage stamps, 1917-1962 

1 1

Personal identity documents, correspondence, and Norme sul funzionamento delle Commissioni Revisione Affitti e Requisizioni (C.R.A.R.) delle Intendenze di Armata. Bologna: Stab. Ausiliaro Domenico Longo, 1918., 1918-1957 

1 2

Photographs, postcards, clippings, 1918-1963 

1 3

Correspondence, clippings, photographs, political tracts, printed speeches given by notables, 1924-1963 

1 4

Resumes, biographical information, correspondence, automobile club membership and other documents, 1924-1963 

1 5

Scrapbook - Photographs, business cards, certificates, 1924-1935 

1 6

Scrapbook - Photographs, business cards, certificates, invitations, copies of documents, 1932-1937 

1 7

Photographs, postage stamps, 1934 

2 8

Scrapbook - Business cards, postage stamps, 1934-1936 

2 9

Scrapbook - Business cards, postcards, 1934-1940 

2 10

Clippings, correspondence, 1934-1964 

2 11

Scrapbook - Photographs, clippings, postcards, 1935-1942 

2 12

Scrapbook - Postcards, postage stamps, photographs, correspondence, 1939-1964 

2 13

Contents of disassembled scrapbook - Clippings, correspondence, postage stamps, photographs, 1941-1953 

3 14

Correspondence, biographical information, clippings, 1941-1953 

3 15

Contents of disassembled scrapbook - Clippings, correspondence, postcards, postage stamps, 1941-1953 

3 16

Speeches, press releases, clippings, correspondence, 1941-1953 

3 17

Clipping and The International Red Cross Committee in Geneva, 1863-1943, a published history of the Red Cross, 1943-1966 

4 18

Legal directory for Naples, historical pamphlet for the American Red Cross, Program for the International Bar Association Twelfth Conference (1968), Dublin, 1944-1968 

4 19

Academic course materials, Northwestern University, 1946 

4 20

Borselli, Augusto. The History of the American National Red Cross. Vol. 31. The Evolution of the Principles of the Geneva Convention. Washington, D.C.: The American National Red Cross [Draft Copy], 1950 

4 21

Contents of disassembled in scrapbook - Correspondence, clippings, documents, invitations, postcards, postage stamps, 1950-1962 

4 22

Correspondence, clippings, business cards, invitations, 1955 

4 23

Clippings, correspondence, photographs, 1955 

5 24

Clippings, business cards, correspondence, photographs, consular directories for Chicago, 1955-1957 

5 25

Directories of foreign consulates in Chicago published by the World Trade Dept. of the Chicago Association of Commerce and Industry, 1955-1958 

5 26

Clippings, correspondence, programs, business cards, 1956-1957 

5 27

Clippings, correspondence, programs, business cards, 1956-1958 

5 28

Clippings, correspondence, programs, business cards, 1957 

5 29

World Peace Through Law Center - Bulletins, pamphlets, correspondence, project proposals, and other materials , 1963-1966 

6 30

Correspondence, programs, reports, resolutions, pamphlets, and brochures, 1963-1966 

6 31

World Peace Through Law Center - Bulletins, conference materials, brochures, 1963-1966 

6 32

World Peace Through Law Center - Correspondence, research studies, notes, 1965 

6 33

Correspondence, published reports of the [British] Law Commission (1965), Law Society materials, 1968 

6 34

Lecture notes, undated 

6 35

Lecture notes, undated 

7 36

Scrapbook - Documents, clippings, correspondence, photographs, postcards, biographical information, business cards, 1918-1966 

8 - Oversize 37

Scrapbook - Clippings, correspondence, photographs, business cards, 1937-1961 

8 - Oversize 38

Contents of disassembled scrapbook - Clippings, correspondence, notes, pamphlets, 1939-1961 

8 - Oversize 39

Clippings, 1939-1943 

9 - Oversize 40

Clippings, 1942-1943 

9 - Oversize 41
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Diploma for doctoral degree in Jurisprudence from the University of Naples (1916) and poster advertising translated excerpts of the Count Ciano Diaries by the Chicago Daily News, 1916-1943 

Folder 42

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