Frank Annunzio (1915-2001) represented Chicago for 28 years in the U.S. House of Representatives and was an advocate for Italian American causes. Annunzio was born in the Little Italy neighborhood of Chicago. He graduated from Crane Technical High School and received a B.S. and M.A. from DePaul University. Before being elected to the United States House of Representatives, Annunzio worked as a Chicago Public School teacher, assistant supervisor of the National Defense Program at Austin High School, educational representative of the United Steelworkers of America, chairman of the War Ration Board, and a director of labor in the State of Illinois.
Annunzio was elected as a Democrat to the Eighty-ninth Congress in 1965 and served in the U.S. House until 1992 as a Representative for the seventh and later the 11th Districts. During his congressional career, Annunzio chaired the Committee on House Administration and headed a subcommittee on the banking industry. He advocated minting commemorative coins in order to raise money for civic projects and was instrumental in having Columbus Day declared a national holiday. Throughout his life, he championed Italian American issues. Annunzio was a strong supporter of the National Italian American Foundation. He died in Chicago from complications of Parkinson's disease in 2001.
The images in the Congressman Frank Annunzio Digital Images Collection were scanned from negatives in the James S. Parker Collection in the Special Collections Department, University Library, University of Illinois at Chicago. The images in this collection show Annunzio with family and friends, and participating in events such as election campaigns and parades. The image database was funded by a grant from the National Italian American Foundation.