IL Collection Isuf Luzaj

Documents from [1913] to [2000]

Identity Statement

Reference Code
Reference Archivists

Meyer, Ruth


Administrative and Biographical History

The collection has been handed over to the Historical Archives of the European Union by Redon Pilinci on the 26/08/2021 in Florence.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Redon Pilinci contacted the Historical Archives from Albania in September 2020 offering the deposit of the material. According to him, the collection is the result of extensive research in the life and works of Isuf Luzaj which is related also to the European integration process. By depositing the material in Florence, Redon Pilinci intends to enhance and promote research on Luzaj.

Content and Structure


The collection consists of 46 photocopies of archival items, 9 copies of photographs and 2 printed books.

After attending high school in Albania and studying some semesters in Paris, Isuf (also Yusuf) Luzaj (*13/02/1913 Kanina (Albania) † 25/11/2000 Chicago) teaches languages in Tirana. Because of his opposition to Italian invasion of Albania in 1939, he is arrested and deported to Ventotene on 18/03/1940. In 1942 he returns to Albania and in 1944 he is again in Italy. From 1948 until 1965 he teaches languages and humanities in Argentinian (Buenos Aires); from 1965 to 2000 he lives and teaches in the United States of America (New Hampshire, Indiana and Illinois). Luzaj published poetry and philosophical, political and pedagogical writings.

Conditions of Access and Use

Access Conditions

Open for consultation


Albanian, English, French

Type of Archival Materials

Photograph, Textual

Physical Characteristics

Paper copies in very good condition.

Allied Materials

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