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Luigi Marmorino Collection

An inventory of the collection at Syracuse University

Finding aid created by: MRC
Date: 22 Apr 2010

Biographical History

Luigi Marmorino (1873-1940) was an Italian singer, comedian and actor. As a young soldier during the Italo-Ethiopan war he was captured at the First Battle of Adua, March 1, 1896, and spent many months as the prisoner first of an Ethiopian chief and later of Emperor Menelik II. He eventually acquired a servant and a wife, and started a small theatre for his fellow prisoners, before being released. Marmorino later published a book on his experiences. He came to the United States in 1902 and embarked on a stage career that lasted nearly forty years. In addition to his memoirs he wrote lyrics, scripts, songs and other pieces for the stage.

Scope and Contents of the Collection

The Luigi Marmorino Collection includes writings and memorabilia (correspondence, clippings, photographs and other items).

Arrangement of the Collection

No particular order.


Access Restrictions:

The majority of our archival and manuscript collections are housed offsite and require advanced notice for retrieval. Researchers are encouraged to contact us in advance concerning the collection material they wish to access for their research.

Use Restrictions:

Written permission must be obtained from SCRC and all relevant rights holders before publishing quotations, excerpts or images from any materials in this collection.

Subject Headings


Marmorino, Luigi.
Menelik II, Negus of Ethiopia, 1844-1913.


Musicals -- Italy.
Prisoners of war -- Ethiopia.
Prisoners of war -- Italy.
Vaudeville -- Italy.
Vaudeville -- United States.


Adwa, Battle of, Adwa, Ethiopia, 1896 -- Personal narratives.
Adwa, Battle of, Adwa, Ethiopia, 1896 -- Prisoners and prisons.

Genres and Forms

Clippings (information artifacts)



Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Preferred citation for this material is as follows:

Luigi Marmorino Collection,
Special Collections Research Center,
Syracuse University Libraries

Acquisition Information

Gift of Mrs. Maria dell'Unto, 1971, 1982.

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