Fonds F003 - Guido Pugliese fonds

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Guido Pugliese fonds


  • 1969-2019 (Creation)

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78 cm of textual records (6 boxes)
c. 284 print photographs
c. 28 negatives
c. 18 video recordings (3 CDs; 7 VHS tapes; 8 DVDs)
3 audio recordings (CDs)
c. 130 GB of electronic records (including graphic, audio and video recordings)

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Biographical history

Guido Pugliese was born on 1 October 1940 in Malito, Consenza, Italy and in 1954 immigrated with his family to Toronto, Canada. He studied at the University of Toronto, graduating with a BA in English, French & Italian in 1965; an MA in Italian & French in 1966; and a PhD in Italian Language & Literature in 1974. Pugliese began his academic career at Brock University in St. Catharines, Ontario in 1968, where he established the Italian section of the Department of Romance Studies.

While on sabbatical in 1975, Pugliese was called to join the Department of Italian Studies at Erindale College (now University of Toronto Mississauga or UTM) to design academic programs in response to an increase in Italian immigration to Mississauga. He remained at UTM until his retirement in 2011, serving as Discipline Representative for Italian (1975-1986) and Associate Chairman of Italian (1986-1988), and was responsible for teaching Italian literature, film, theatre and language. His areas of expertise were Dante, Boccaccio, Conti, Goldoni, Leopardi, Manzoni, Verga and questions relating to pedagogy, especially the use of theatre as a vehicle for teaching and learning language. For almost two decades, Pugliese directed or co-directed 23 Italian comedies performed by UTM students under the group name of Maschere Duemondi, including two scripts written by Pugliese himself. Throughout his career and together with his wife Prof. Olga Pugliese, he established, contributed to, and raised funds for a number of scholarships to support students studying Italian at the University of Toronto.

Pugliese was also active in local community and professional associations, including serving in executive roles for The Dante Society of Toronto and the Canadian Society for Italian Studies. Guido Pugliese died in Toronto on 12 January 2016.

Archival history

Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

Donated by Olga Pugliese, 2020.

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Scope and content

Fonds consists of material documenting the career of Prof. Guido Pugliese as Associate Professor in the Department of Language Studies at the University of Toronto Mississauga (UTM), and to a limited extent, his involvement in the local Italian Canadian community. Records include textual records such as CVs, correspondence, course material, play scripts and programs, as well as photographs and video recordings mostly related to Italian plays at UTM.

Appraisal, destruction and scheduling


No further accruals expected.

System of arrangement

Fonds has been arranged by the archivist into the following series:
• Series 1: Personal life & career
• Series 2: Correspondence
• Series 3: Dept. of Italian Studies
• Series 4: Teaching
• Series 5: Writing & research
• Series 6: Community & professional associations
• Series 7: Play scripts
• Series 8: Theatrical performances
• Series 9: Photographs
• Series 10: Audiovisual & digital records

Individual file folders and material within them were organized and labelled by Guido Pugliese’s widow prior to donation, and this arrangement has been retained whenever possible.

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Conditions governing access

All files are open with the exception of the files listed below. See series descriptions for additional information.
• Series 3: A2021.005/B002(12)
• Series 3: A2021.005/B002(15)
• Series 6: A2021.005/B004(12)

Conditions governing reproduction

UTM Library does not hold copyright to all material in the fonds. The user is responsible for obtaining permission from all applicable rights holders to publish any part of the material.

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  • English
  • Italian

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Created: 18 Apr. 2022, T. Shida




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