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Little Italy Heritage Foundation

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

Recounting a Historical Narrative

Beginning in Little Italy and extending to the broader Italian community, Convivio is preserving San Diego’s Italian American historical narrative and creating a lasting historical tableau through education, research, archival work, historical projects, exhibitions, and events.

With the Italian Archives of San Diego, we now have a digital repository to safeguard and share photographs, documents, manuscripts, and other historical material donated by community members to help tell the story of the Italians of San Diego.

At Amici House in Little Italy—the community’s event, heritage, and visitor center under the auspices of the Little Italy Heritage Foundation (a Convivio auxiliary) and overseen by the Little Italy Heritage Commission (a Convivio committee), guests can learn about local Italian history and participate in diverse programs and events offering something for everyone.

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Italian Archives of San Diego

The cornerstone of Convivio’s preservation focus is the Italian Archives of San Diego, established in 2006, which preserves the local Italian community’s history through photographs, documents, and oral histories in digital format. 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.

Visit our auxiliary site to view local Italian community historical photographs.
To have your historical materials included in the archives, please contact us.

Shoebox Memories

Host your own Shoebox Night

Are you part of a community group looking to archive your individual and collective materials? Our preservation team can come speak to your group about how to properly preserve your historical artifacts, and they will lead a digitizing session for you as well! Contact us for more information! Enjoy a lively atmosphere while we digitize your artifacts for inclusion in the Italian Archives of San Diego!

Our Publications

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

san diego's fishing industry book

San Diego's Fishing Industry

Arcadia Publishing, 2009

san diego's little italy book

San Diego's Little Italy

Arcadia Publishing, 2007