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Collection Summary

Biographical Note

Scope and Contents

Arrangement

Restrictions

Index Terms

Related Material

Separated Material

Administrative Information

Description of Series

Franzetti Grocery Company Records, circa 1920-1929

Franzetti Family, 1914-1959

Photographs, circa 1890s-1930s

Austin History Center

Franzetti Family Papers

An Inventory of the Collection



Collection Summary

Creator: Franzetti family
Title: Franzetti Family Papers
Dates: 1890-2012
Dates (Bulk): 1914-1959
Abstract: The papers represent members of the Franzetti family of Austin, Texas: Joseph (Joe) C. Franzetti and his parents, Guiditta and Angelo Franzetti. Store ledgers, correspondence, and financial documents reflect the Franzetti family's grocery business and rental real estate activities. Additional correspondence documents personal relations among the family and their friends.
Accession number: AR.I.002
Quantity: 0.8 linear feet (2 boxes)
Location: Archives Stacks
Language: English, Italian
Repository: Austin History Center, Austin Public Library,
810 Guadalupe, PO Box 2287, Austin, TX 78768

Biographical Note

Angelo Franzetti was born in 1878 to Giuseppe and Angela Franzetti in Malgesso, Italy. He was the seventh of fourteen children. He immigrated to Austin, Texas in 1902 to join his brother Enrico Carlo (known to his family as Carlo) who owned grocery stores in Austin. In 1907, Angelo married his cousin Guiditta Starr Franzetti and they had four children: Louis Joseph, Joe Carlo, Julia, and Arthur. Guiditta’s mother Enrichetta Stella Franzetti came to Austin to live with Angelo and Guiditta and their children in 1910.

Angelo worked in the grocery business for several years. Together with his brother Carlo, they ran the Franzetti Bros. Staple and Fancy Groceries and Feed at 1601 East 6th Street. Angelo retired from the grocery business in 1925, and in 1927, he and Guiditta moved into a new home they had built at 2001 Chicon Street. They also accrued rental properties on that block where their children’s families lived. Angelo died in 1931, and Guiditta expanded his building and rental businesses. In 1941, she sold the store and property at 1601 East 6th Street to Safeway Corporation. Guiditta died in 1960.

Angelo and Guiditta’s children worked in the grocery and real estate business as well. Joe C. worked in the family grocery store on East 6th during his adolescence and after his father’s death he took over managing the store. In 1937, he married Martha Sundberg. Joe C. eventually earned a real estate license and went into property management. He served on the Austin Board of Realtors for several years. He died in 1995.

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Scope and Contents

Ledgers, correspondence, legal documents, and financial documents illustrate the business and private lives of members of the Franzetti family of Austin, Texas. Arranged in three subgroups, Franzetti Grocery Company Records, Franzetti Family, and Photographs, the records document the family's grocery and rental real estate businesses, as well as their relationships among family and friends.

The Franzetti Grocery Company Records contain several store ledgers from the early- to mid-1920s. The Franzetti Family subgroup includes personal correspondence of Joe and Guiditta Franzetti, as well as miscellaneous correspondence associated with various other family members. Of special interest are several World War II letters, and letters from the family's country of origin, Italy. A small portion of the correspondence is written in Italian. This subgroup also includes Joe's and Guiditta's monthly rental income receipts for the various residential properties that they owned in East Austin, and receipts and contracts related to debts owed to Angelo Franzetti. In 2016, an addition of genealogical research compiled by descendents of the Franzettis was added to this subgroup. The research was used in the writing of Italy Comes to Austin.

The 72 black-and-white photographs included in the collection were reported by the donor to have been found in one of the rental properties owned by the family in East Austin, and feature African American subjects. They appear to date from as early as the 1890s through the 1930s.

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Arrangement

The collection is arranged in three subgroups: Franzetti Grocery Company Records, Franzetti Family, and Photographs.

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Restrictions

Restrictions on Access

None

Restrictions on Use

None

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Index Terms

This record series is indexed under the following controlled access subject terms.
Persons:
Franzetti, Angelo, 1878-1931.
Franzetti, Arthur, 1922-2009.
Franzetti, Enrico Carlo, 1868-1916.
Franzetti, Guiditta, 1884-1960.
Franzetti, Joseph Carlo, 1911-1995.
McWhorter, Julia Franzetti, 1914-1995.
Franzetti, Louis, 1910-1984.
Organizations:
Franzetti Grocery Company.
Harrison-Wilson Company.
Joe C. Franzetti Real Estate.
Payne & Wiley Company.
Subjects:
African Americans--Social life and customs.
Family history--Texas--Austin.
Italian Americans--Texas--Austin.
Italian American grocers--Texas--Austin.
Grocery trade--Texas-Austin.
Rental housing--Texas--Austin.
Places:
Austin (Tex.)--Genealogy.
Austin (Tex.)--Commerce.
Italy.
Document Types:
Black-and-white photographs.
Cartes-de-visite.
Correspondence.
Financial documents.
Genealogies (histories).
Legal documents.
Ledgers.
Picture postcards.

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Related Material

General Collection


  • A 976.408951 IT, Italy Comes to Austin. 2016.
  • A 976.400451 IT, The Italian Texans. 1994.
  • A 976.400451 BE, The Italian Experience in Texas. 1983.

Austin Files


  • AF Biography - Franzetti, Nat
  • AF Subject - Groceries G4200
  • AF House/Building - 2001 Chicon

Archives & Manuscripts


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Separated Material

The following books were returned to the donor:


  • Public Speaking Library: Analyses of Oratorical Style (R.E. Pattinson Kline, 1930)
  • Public Speaking Library: Authorities on Oratory, Use of Illustrations, After-Dinner Speaking Arguments (R.E. Pattinson Kline, 1930)
  • Public Speaking Library: Speeches Selected for Practice (R.E. Pattinson Kline, 1930)
  • Effective Public Speaking, Lessons No.1-No.24 (North American Institute, 1930)

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Administrative Information

Custodial History

Donated by a member of the Franzetti family in 1970. A subsequent donation was made in 1996. The photographs included in this collection were found in one of the rental houses that the family owned in East Austin (Tex.).

Preferred Citation

Franzetti Family Papers (AR.I.002). Austin History Center, Austin Public Library, Texas.

Acquisition Information

Donor #: DO/1969/027

Donation Date: 1970 March, 1996 September, 2016 November

Processing Information

Initial inventory by Michael Passman and Ruth Baker, December 2000. Final processing, finding aid, and encoding by Ashley Adair, August 2012. Updated by Kelly Hanus in 2018.

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Detailed Description of the Collection

Franzetti Grocery Company Records, circa 1920-1929

Box Folder
1 Store ledgers, circa 1920-1925
1 Correspondence, 1928-1929, undated

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Franzetti Family, 1914-1959

Joseph (Joe) C. Franzetti, 1939-1946
Box Folder
1 2 Correspondence, 1943-1945
3 Rental receipts, 1939-1946
Guiditta Franzetti, 1931-1959
Box Folder
2 1 Correspondence, 1931-1959
2 Rental receipts, 1939-1958
Angelo Franzetti, 1914-1929
Box Folder
2 3 Correspondence, 1929
4 Loan contracts and receipts, 1914-1928
Additional family correspondence, 1929-1948, undated
Box Folder
2 5 Miscellaneous correspondence, 1929-1948, undated
Genealogy, 1984-2012, undated
Box Folder
2 6-7 Genealogy research, 1984-2012, undated

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Photographs, circa 1890s-1930s

Box Folder
2 8 Portraits (#011, 012, 016, 019, 021, 025-030, 036, 038, 039, 045-054, 067-070, 072), circa 1890s-1930s
9 Candid (#001-010, 013-015, 017, 018, 020, 022-024, 031-035, 037, 040, 041-044, 055-066, 071), circa 1890s-1930s

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