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Identifier: R-MC 140

Remigio U. Pane Papers


  • 1937-1991

Scope and Content Note

The 11 boxes that make up the Pane collection allows for a detailed window into Rutgers during the 60s and 70s, as well as a look at Pane's varied interests. Most of the collection is comprised of research notes, correspondence with organizations, and departmental communications.

Some correspondence and research is in Italian.


11 Cubic Feet (11 record cartons)

Language of Materials



Professor Remigio U. Pane was a professor of Italian at Rutgers University from 1939-1990s. As head of the romance language department he oversaw the department's transformation, helped to create the Rutgers Junior Year in Italy programme, and was highly active in educational communities as well as Italian-American ones. This collection reflects Pane's varied interests as well as his tenure at Rutgers.

<emph render="bold">Biographical Sketch of Remigio U. Pane</emph>

Remigio Ugo Pane was a professor of Italian at Rutgers University starting in 1939 and continuing until his retirement in the 90s. Born in Sicgliano, Cosenza, Italy on 5 February 1912, he immigrated to America and became a US citizen on 1 April 1929. He received his bachelors of arts degree from Rutgers in 1938 and went on to receive his masters of arts from Rutgers in 1939. From there, he went on to complete further graduate studies in Italian at Columbia University, receiving his doctorate in 1941.

Pane was the first full time instructor for Italian appointed by Rutgers University, beginning his career at the university in 1939. From 1952-1971, he served as the chair of the romance languages department at Rutgers, where he oversaw the reorganization of the department. During this time he also served as the director of the Italian graduate programme, reorganized Dante's 700th anniversary lectures and concert at Rutgers, directed the NDEA Institute for undergraduates preparing to teach Italian and Russian after graduating - the first programme of its kind in the United States - as well as established the Rutgers Junior Year in Italy programme in 1971.

In addition to the countless hours he worked at Rutgers, Professor Pane was a part of a number of projects and organizations, working at local as well as nation-wide levels. From 1954-1955 he presented fourteen weekly half hour programmes on Italian culture over channel 13 TV, and two half hour Italian language programmes through WCAU channel 10 in Philadelphia from 1959-1960. He presented a vast number of lectures for both academic associations such as the Modern Language Association, Italian-American organizations and for the general public, with topics ranging from Italian history to the modern Italian-American experience. He served the chairman of the College Entrance Examination Board's Italian Achievement Test from 1964-1971, assistant editor of Italian for the Modern Language Journal from 1965-71, chairman committee to evaluate Italian materials prepared by the Defense Language Institute from 1965-1966, the president of the American Association of Teachers of Italian (1968-1971), vice president and then president of the National Federation of Modern Language Teachers Associations (1969-1970), an evaluator of the Italian department of York College of the City University of New York (1975), member of the Italian Heritage Committee planning for the 41t International Eucharistic Congress (1975-1976), and evaluator of the Italian Department of the School of Languages and Linguistics of Georgetown University (1977), among other positions. He was also a member of organizations such as the Modern Language Association of America, American Association Teachers of Italian, and American Italian Historical Association.

Various awards and honours received by Pane include the Lateran Cross awarded by the Vatican (1954), il Croce della Solidarieta Italian, Commendatore (knight commander) by the Italian Republic (1955), the Leonardo da Vinci Medal of Award by the Leonardo da Vinci Society of Fort Lee, New Jersey, Grande Ufficiale dell'Ordine della Stella della Solidarieta Italiana by the Republic of Italy (1970), was inducted into the Sovereign Order of St. John of Jerusalem, Knights of Malta (1976), in addition to a number of others. The Pane room at Rutgers New Brunswick's Alexander Library also bears his name.

Pane retired in the early 1990s and died 4 April 2000.

Arrangement Note

The Pane papers had little order to them, excluding his folders of recommendations and the organization of various Italian poems and text excerpts in the collection. The order of these two sections have been maintained. The rest of the collection has been placed in alphabetical or chronological order, where appropriate, in order to make it easier to use.

Due to the variety of Pane's interests, the collection has been divided into the following series:

  1. I. Correspondence
  2. II. Rutgers
  3. III. National Defense Language Institute and NDEA at Rutgers
  4. IV. Research (with sub-series)
  5. V. Papers of Mrs. Pane
  6. VI. Teaching Material
  7. VII. Organizational Involvement
  8. IX. Index Cards
Guide to the Remigio U. Pane Papers, 1937-1991 R-MC 140
Edited Full Draft
Meghan Rinn
May 2013
Language of description note
Finding aid is written in English.

Revision Statements

  • March 2009: Items listed as n.d. changed to undated, per DACS

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