If you wish to travel far and fast, travel light. Take off all your envies, jealousies, unforgiveness, selfishness and fears.
—Cesare Pavese

Our Storied Past: Preserving a Historical Narrative

Beginning in Little Italy and reaching beyond, Convivio (through its auxiliary, the Italian Historical Society of San Diego), is preserving Italian heritage and creating a lasting historical tableau through research, archival work, and historical projects, exhibitions, and events coordinated in conjunction with local universities and other organizations.

The Italian Historical Society of San Diego

(established 2006)

The Italian Historical Society of San Diego is a Convivio auxiliary and comprises the following:

  • Italian Community Archives of San Diego (at UCSD)
  • Italian Community Digital Archives (ItalianArchives.org)
  • Little Italy Heritage Commission

The cornerstone of Convivio’s preservation focus is the Italian Community Digital Archives, established in 2006, which preserves the local Italian community’s history through photographs, documents, and oral histories. In 2007, Convivio partnered with the University of California, San Diego (UCSD), to establish the physical counterpart to the digital archives at the university’s Mandeville Special Collections Library. As a result of this landmark development, original materials such as photographs, documents, manuscripts, books, and film, are housed at the library for preservation as well as public access and research.

To have your historical materials included in the archives, please contact us.

Italian Community Digital Archives

Visit our auxiliary site to view local Italian community historical photographs. If you have materials you would like to contribute, please contact us.

Jim Bregante, circa 1945
Jim Bregante, circa 1945

Our Publications

Available through Convivio, online, or at your local bookstore. Proceeds benefit Convivio.

San Diego's Fishing Industry
San Diego's Fishing IndustryArcadia Publishing, 2009
San Diego's Little Italy
San Diego's Little ItalyArcadia Publishing, 2007

Waterfront-History Lectures

Local Historian Jim Bregante is a docent for Convivio and the Maritime Museum of San Diego. Mr. Bregante narrates a multimedia journey on the history of Little Italy and San Diego’s Waterfront. For more information, please visit www.myhistoricalpresentation.com.

Jim Bregante
Jim BreganteLocal Historian