our storied past

Preserving the Historical Narrative of San Diego’s Italian Community. . .

Convivio cultivates community and fellowship while advancing Italian cultural identity through education and research, social enrichment, and innovative programming.

Insofar as historical preservation, Convivio strives to preserve San Diego's Italian heritage and create a lasting historical tableau through research, archives, and historical projects and events coordinated in conjunction with local universities and other organizations.

The cornerstone of Convivio's historical-preservation focus is the Italian Community Digital Archives (, 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, to establish the physical counterpart to the digital archives at the university’s Mandeville Special Collections Library. As a result of this landmark development, we are now accepting original materials such as photographs, documents, manuscripts, books, and film, which will be housed at the library for preservation as well as public access and research. Our research team continues to duplicate the community’s historical materials for inclusion in the digital archives.

To contribute materials, please contact us.
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