“Edith the Welder”: Papers of Edith Gentile

Ida Gentile, circa 1940

Edith Gentile, circa 1945

Special Collections announces the opening of the Edith Gentile Collection. One of the first female stainless steel welders to work for Republic Aviation Corporation in Farmingdale, New York, Ida Gentile (known as Edith) was born in 1924 to Italian immigrant parents and was a lifelong resident of Long Island. A respected welder, she worked on Republic P-47 Thunderbolt airplanes in the 1940s in support of the war effort and was awarded the Army-Navy Production emblem, “a much sought after award for excellence in stainless steel welding.”

The Edith Gentile Collection is comprised of World War II era papers and artifacts about the production of the Republic P-47 Thunderbolt airplane and document Edith’s contributions to the manufacturing of them. The collection was generously donated by her nephew, Richard Gentile, a graduate of Stony Brook University (class of 1965).

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Kristen Nyitray

Kristen Nyitray

Associate Librarian; Director, Special Collections and University Archives; and University Archivist at Stony Brook University Libraries
Contact her for research assistance with rare books, manuscript collections, historical maps, and SBU history. E-mail: kristen.nyitray@stonybrook.edu.
Kristen Nyitray
Posted in History, Italian American Studies, Special Collections & University Archives, Women's Studies