Philip Laudani (1925-2009)

1939 Falcons Football Team (Lawrence, MA)

Philip A. Laudani was one of ten children born in Lawrence, Massachusetts to Joseph and Rosa (Fascione), September 4, 1925.  He was educated in the Lawrence Public Schools and graduated from Lawrence High School in 1947 after he returned from the army.  He entered the United States Army November 29, 1943, Company C, 59th Signal Battalion as a telephone and telegraph lineman in northern France, Rhineland, Ardennes, and central Europe.  He was an expert rifle marksman and was awarded several decorations for this.  After his military service he worked as a Licensed Medical Social Worker for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.  He was a graduate of Northeastern University.

Phil loved politics and regularly attended Lawrence City Council meetings often addressing the council on a variety of local issues.  He was an amateur historian penning three works: the Lawrences of Groton, the Mayors of Lawrence, and Essays in Time.  He was a member of the Lawrence Historical Commission and the Lawrence HistoryCenter.  Phil died November 8, 2009.

Mr. Laudani had numerous interests and this collection reflects this.  He was both an amateur photographer and videographer consequently the numerous photographs and a number of VHS tapes (now converted to DVDs) that correspond with Laudani’s interests:Lawrence history and politics, Italian Americans, and music.

The video tapes in the collection are a mix of original filming, taping from television, and professionally made tapes.    The originally filmed tapes are not necessarily dated, but appear to be from the 1990s.  Most of the pictures are from Laudani’s camera as he again attempts to document various aspects of the city particularly views in the cemeteries, city buildings and the Great Stone Dam.  There are a few family photographs.

Other materials were found in Laudani’s home at the time of his death.  They include projects that Laudani was researching: the Central Theatre and various buildings and monuments in Lawrence. Another copy of the information about the Central Theatre is cataloged separately as The Last picture show in Lawrence. The files include clippings, notes, and other ephemera.  They were lated donated to the Library by his cousin.

Finally there is a loose leaf binder containing material about the Pemberton Mill disaster and a folder in a map case containing twelve posters, many of them signed, of Fasanella’s works.  Laudani was very involved when an exhibit took place at the Lawrence Public Library in 1978 (LH 2006.24)

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