James Groppi Papers, 1956-1989

Summary Information

Title: James Groppi Papers
Inclusive Dates: 1956-1989

  • Groppi, James, 1930-1985
Call Number: Milwaukee Mss EX; PH 4983; Audio 704A; Milwaukee Tape 5; AE 110; M2001-085; M2004-254

Quantity: 7.7 cubic feet (18 archives boxes), 0.1 cubic feet of photographs (1 folder), 11 audio recordings, and 1 film (16 mm); plus additions of 4.6 cubic feet (2 records center cartons, 2 archives boxes, 1 card box and 2 flat boxes)

Archival Locations:
Wisconsin Historical Society (Map)
UW-Milwaukee Libraries, Archives / Milwaukee Area Research Ctr. (Map)

Papers of James Groppi (1930-1985), a Roman Catholic priest and prominent Milwaukee civil rights activist. The collection tends to be more useful for research on public attitudes toward civil rights activism than for a study of Groppi's life and work particularly in the correspondence. However, there are some materials which do offer a glimpse into the life of Father Groppi, particularly an unfinished manuscript of a proposed autobiography, sermons, and appointment books and calendars. Additionally, there are legal materials, which offer much information about his civil rights work; scrapbooks and newspaper clippings; tapes of speeches concerning his views on the church and its role in racial and social issues and various recordings of other people and activities; personal correspondence and other material about Groppi's activities as president of the Amalgamated Transit Union, Local 998; papers of his wife, Peggy Rozga, also a civil rights activist; and photographs which include images of civil rights protests and unrest in Milwaukee and Madison, Wisconsin and photographs relating to Father Groppi's personal life.


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Language: English

URL to cite for this finding aid: http://digital.library.wisc.edu/1711.dl/wiarchives.uw-whs-mil000ex
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