The Deiro Archive
Deiro Archive consists of a wealth of documents—printed
and recorded—pertaining to the lives and careers of the
brothers Guido (1886-1950) and Pietro (1888-1954) Deiro, who
together introduced the piano accordion to the United States
in the early twentieth century and then played a
half-century-long role in popularizing the instrument. Thus
the material is of paramount importance to anyone interested
in the history of the accordion in our country. Moreover,
since the brothers forged major careers on the vaudeville
stage, the Archive is an important source of information for
that phase of American popular entertainment. Finally, the
Archive’s documents shed light on one particular aspect of
the Italian American immigrant experience on our shores.
is divided into two sections: the Guido Deiro Section
and the Pietro Deiro Section, the latter also
containing material about the life and career of Pietro
(“Lee”) Deiro, Jr. (1913-1999). The catalogue of materials
in each section is then organized in a manner that best
suits its contents.
Archive is housed in the Mina Rees Library, The Graduate
Center, The City University of New York. Its materials can
be consulted by appointment. Enquiries should be made
either to Prof. Allan Atlas (email@example.com) or to Ms.
Caroline Fuchs (firstname.lastname@example.org).