Guide to the Ronald T. "Rocky" Sorrentino Papers 1957-1999MG 1540

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Descriptive Summary

Biographical Note

Scope and Content Note

Access Points

Administrative Information

Container List

New Jersey Turnpike Authority Documents and Personal Documents, 1957-1999

Guide to the Ronald T. "Rocky" Sorrentino Papers 1957-1999MG 1540Inventory prepared by Stephen Yautz.

Guide to the Ronald T. "Rocky" Sorrentino Papers
1957-1999

MG 1540



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Inventory prepared by Stephen Yautz.

Finding aid encoded by Julia Telonidis. February 2005. Production of the EAD 2002 version of this finding aid was made possible by a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Finding aid written in English.

Descriptive Summary

Creator: Sorrentino, Ronald T.
Title: Ronald T. "Rocky" Sorrentino Papers
Dates1957-1999
Quantity: .50 linear feet
Collection Number: MG 1540

Biographical Note

Ronald Sorrentino, a resident of Cliffside Park, New Jersey, was employed as a toll collector for the New Jersey Turnpike Authority from 1957 to 1988. During his tenure with the New Jersey Turnpike Authority, he served as Grievance Chairman for the New Jersey Turnpike Employees' Union, Local 194. Additionally, Sorrentino was Safety Representative for the Northern Division of the New Jersey Turnpike Authority. He also owned a business, Art 'N' Things by Sorrentino, located in Fairview, New Jersey.

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Scope and Content Note

The papers consist largely of Ronald Sorrentino's personal documents, artifacts, and photographs. The items are of various dates, covering approximately the years 1957 to 1999. The documents pertain mostly to Sorrentino's employment and subsequent retirement from his position as a toll collector for the New Jersey Turnpike Authority. Included are citations for his thirty years of service to the Turnpike Authority, and two issues of Pike Interchange, an internal newsletter, which mention Sorrentino's retirement in February 1988. Also included is a life membership certificate (with letter) to the Veterans of Foreign Wars National Home, dated July 13, 1990. The collection also contains a 1999 catalogue from Sorrentino's collectibles business, "Art 'N' Things by Sorrentino". The catalogue mainly lists products for sale such as antique and reproduction model kits, lead soldiers, Aurora repro boxes, action figures, and war memorabilia. Of particular interest in the catalogue is an article from Kitbuilder. magazine, which highlights Sorrentino's handmade diorama of the George Washington Bridge (which, incidentally, is listed for sale in the same catalogue for the sum of $25,000.00). There are also photo albums containing personal photographs, which for the most part are unidentified. Some photographs are stamped with dates such as "November 1969" and "February 1972". Items and photographs from Sorrentino's retirement celebration in May 1988, as well as additional loose miscellaneous photographs are also included in the collection.

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Access Points

The entries below represent persons, organizations, topics, forms, and occupations documented in this collection.
Subject Names:
Sorrentino, Ronald T.
Subject Organizations:
New Jersey Turnpike Authority.
Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States.
Subject Topics:
Express highways--New Jersey
Italian Americans.
Labor unions--New Jersey.
Parties--New Jersey.
Subject Places:
New Jersey Turnpike (N.J.)
Document Types:
Catalogs.
Certificates.
Forms (Documents).
Letters (Correspondence).
Photographs.

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Administrative Information

Custodial History

This collection is the gift of Ronald T. "Rocky" Sorrentino, September, 1999.

Preferred Citation

This collection should be cited as: Manuscript Group 1540, Ronald T. Sorrentino Papers, The New Jersey Historical Society.

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Container List

 

New Jersey Turnpike Authority Documents and Personal Documents, 1957-1999

BoxFolderTitleDate
11New Jersey Turnpike Authority related documents, inlcuding New Jersey Turnpike Authority Blood Drive letter and sticker, Turnpike Employee Safety Committee Resolution, New Jersey Turnpike Service Awards banquet invitation and program, New Jersey Turnpike Authority Certificate of Merit, Pike Interchange Newsletters.1986-1988
12New Jersey Turnpike Authority blank forms and envelopes, including Inter-Office Correspondence Envelopes, Collector's Report Forms, Official Suggestion Forms, and Inter-Office Memorandum Forms.n.d
13Union related documents (New Jersey Turnpike Employees' Union Local 194, Highland Park, NJ) including letter referring to Sorrentino's appointment as grievance chairman, an internal telephone directory, and driving directions to the union headquarters.ca. 1978
14New Jersey Turnpike Authority Northern Division Safety Policy Committee documents, including newsletter from Sorrentino to New Jersey Turnpike Authority employees and a notebook containing a log of safety issues concerning employees.ca. 1978-1988
15New Jersey Turnpike Authority Minutes of Safety Commitee Meeting1978-1981
16New Jersey Turnpike Authority Minutes of Safety Commitee Meeting1982-1984
17New Jersey Turnpike Authority Minutes of Safety Commitee Meeting1985-1987
18New Jersey Turnpike Interoffice Memoranda and Inspection Reports1978-1985
BoxFolderTitleDate
21New Jersey Turnpike Authority Employee Safety Manualca. 1974 (with revised documents dated 1984)
22"Art 'N' Things By Sorrentino" documents, including blank stationery and collectibles catalogca. 1999
23 Veterans of Foreign Wars documents, issued to Ronald Sorrentino1990 July 13
24Small photo album labeled "Rocky Sorrentino-1957", contains 24 photographs1957-1970
25Sorrentino retirement party invitation, banner and photographs1988
26Miscellaneous loose photographs n.d.
27Large photograph, 30th Officers Training Institute, Department of New Jersey ca. 1991
28Newspaper clippings (copies and originals)1950s-1960s

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