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Alice M. Ronchetti Papers

Identifier: 097

Collection Overview

This collection contains Alice Ronchetti's professional documents and photographs. The documents include her Certificate of Librarianship and two letters that document her retirement: one acceptance letter from library Director Joseph G. Sakey and one resolution passed by the Board of Library Trustees.

The photographs in this colletion were taken at East Cambridge (now the O'Connell Branch) and Mount Auburn (now the Collins Branch). They depict Alice Ronchetti's work life in the Cambridge Public Library system, including her co-workers and children she worked with. Some of the included photographs were undated and the dates have been estimated.


  • 1935-1973


Access to Collection

This collection is open to research.

Conditions Governing Use

This collection contains a mixture of public domain and copyrighted material. The papers are public domain, whereas the photographs are copyrighted. It is the responsibility of the researcher to understand and observe copyright law and to identify and satisfy the holders of all copyright. The materials for which no copyright exists are believed to be in the public domain. For the materials subject to copyright and other intellectual property restrictions, researchers must obtain written permission from the copyright owner(s) if they wish to publish these documents. Questions concerning copyright should be directed to the Cambridge Room, Cambridge Public Library Archives and Special Collections.


Alice Mary Ronchetti was born on May 24, 1912 to Cesar Ronchetti (b. 1884) and Clotilde Nicoli (1883-1974) in Boston, Massachusetts. She was one of six siblings (Alfred, Joseph, Rose Mary, Mary, and James). Her family moved to Cambridge around 1921.

Ronchetti worked as a librarian at the Cambridge Public Library for thirty-eight years, from 1935 to 1973. On June 13, 1950, she was certified as a Professional Librarian and received her Certificate of Librarianship from the Board of Free Public Library Commissioners of Massachusetts. During her professional life, Ronchetti dedicated herself to the needs of both young people and adults. Her “unselfish and outstanding service to the citizens of Cambridge” was noted by the Board of Library Trustees in their resolution to accept her retirement from her position of head librarian. [1] After thirteen years of retirement, Ronchetti died on October 1, 1986 at age 74 and is buried in the North Cambridge Catholic Cemetery. [2]

[1] Library Retirement Resolution, 1973, Alice Ronchetti Papers, 1935-1973, 097, Professional Documents, 1939-1973, Cambridge Room, Cambridge Public Library Archives and Special Collections.

[2] Cambridge Chronicle, Thursday October 9, 1986, Cambridge Room, Cambridge Public Library Archives and Special Collections.


1 Linear Feet

1 Files (Folder)

32 Items

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Organization of Collection

34 items grouped by series.

Series 1: Professional Documents, 1939-1973

Series 2: Photographs, 1935-1973

Custodial History

Purchased from Ebay by the Cambridge Room on June 17, 2013.

Processing Information

Processed by JiYoung Lee in December 2016 and Lina Raciukaitis in April 2017 under the supervision of Alyssa Pacy


Alice M. Ronchetti Papers, 1935-1973
Jiyoung Lee and Lina Raciukaitis under the supervision of Alyssa Pacy
December 2, 2016
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Repository Details

Part of the Cambridge Room, Cambridge Public Library Archives and Special Collections Repository

Cambridge Public Library
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Cambridge MA 02138 USA