Guide to the Santa Cruz Italian Fishing Families collection MS.050

Debra Roussopoulos, Kate Dundon
University of California, Santa Cruz
1156 High Street
Santa Cruz 95064

Language of Material: English
Contributing Institution: University of California, Santa Cruz
Title: Santa Cruz Italian Fishing Families collection
Identifier/Call Number: MS.050
Physical Description: 2 Linear Feet 4 boxes, 1 oversize folder
Date (inclusive): 1930-1999


Collection is open for research.

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Preferred Citation

Santa Cruz Italian Fishing Families collection. MS 50. Special Collections and Archives, University Library, University of California, Santa Cruz.

Scope and Content

This collection contains correspondence, family papers and newspaper clippings about Italian fishing famlies from Riva Trigoso, Italy and their descendants in Santa Cruz, California. Box 1 includes correspondence and writings collected by Santa Cruz resident Mary Carniglia that document the experience of Italian immigrants and Italian-Americans living and working in Santa Cruz in the mid-20th century.

Subjects and Indexing Terms

Italian Americans -- California -- Santa Cruz
Fishers -- California -- Santa Cruz.

Box 1, Folder 1

Correspondence 1939-1941

Box 1, Folder 2

Correspondence 1942

Box 1, Folder 3

Correspondence 1943-1944

Box 1, Folder 4

Correspondence 1945-1949

Box 1, Folder 5

Correspondence 1950-1973

Box 1, Folder 6

Correspondence undated

Box 1, Folder 7

Writings: 50th Wedding Anniversary undated

Box 1, Folder 8

Writings: National Navy Mothers Club undated

Box 1, Folder 9

Writings: Santa Cruz Sons of Italy meeting notes undated

Box 1, Folder 10

Writings: Tribute to Stefano Ghio undated

Box 1, Folder 11

Writings and drafts circa 1932-1970, undated

Box 1, Folder 12

Greeting cards 1961-1974

Box 2, Folder 1

Clippings: Mary Carnglia – "Italian Woman of the Year" 1946, 1969, undated

Box 2, Folder 2

Notebooks, realia, and ephemera: Mary Carniglia 1950-1970

Box 2, Folder 3

Photographs 1930-1970

Box 2, Folder 4

Scrapbook - fisherman 1942

Box 2, Folder 5

Clippings Ghio/Stagnaro family 1949-1970

Box 2, Folder 6

Photographs Ghio/Stagnaro family 1880-1970

Box 3, Folder 1

Declarations of Intention [for naturalization to the United States] for fishermen from the families of: Canepa, Ghio, Luceti, Brusco 1913-1924

Box 3, Folder 2

Canepa family - clippings circa 1941-1974

Box 3, Folder 3

"Italian Pioneers of California" by Frank Nicosia 1960

Box 3, Folder 4

"75th Anniversary Banquet, Italian American Chamber of Commerce of the Pacific Coast" 1960

Box 3, Folder 5

Proposal for "La Baranca: The History of the Santa Cruz Italian Fishing Colony" 1979

Box 3, Folder 6

Resolution no. NS-13, 442 for a sister city to Santa Cruz with Riva Trigosa, Italy 1979

Box 3, Folder 7

Oral history critiques: Bill Wagner; Malio Stagnaro; by Riccardo Gaudino 1979

Box 3, Folder 8

La Baranca project : La Famiglia Canepa di Santa Cruz circa 1979

Box 3, Folder 9

La Famiglia Bassano – excerpt from an oral history of John Bassano circa 1979

Box 3, Folder 10

Ephemera: "A Photographic History of Eight Italian Fishing Families" invitation; CIAO Study Group pamphlets – "The Pacific Coast Commercial Fishing Industry: Past, Present, and Future"; Malio's Restaurant dining room sketch 1979-1981

Box 3, Folder 11

Marco Carniglia death announcement posters 1980

Box 3, Folder 12

CIAO Study Group project files for "Day on the Bay" publication 1980

Box 3, Folder 13

"Day on the Bay" – clippings 1980

Box 3, Folder 14

Audio tape produced by Ricco Gaudino; accordion, Dave Ferrari; players: voice, John Cecchini. circa 1980

Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

Reel to reel audio tape. 60 minutes.

Conditions Governing Access

Audiovisual media is unavailable until reformatted. Contact Special Collections for information regarding access.
Box 4

Poster: A Photographic History of Eight Santa Cruz Italian Fishing Families 1979

Box 4

"Columbus Souvenir Program" San Francisco 1978 1978

Box 4

Columbus: The Publication of the Columbus Celebration – 1977. Historical Issue: Italians in California 1977

Box 4

Sestri Levante: Inedita Storia e Folkore by Quinzio Razzetta 1978

Box 4

Cottardo by Susan George 1966

Box 4

Scrapbook of newspaper clippings: fishing life, etc. circa 1963-1964

Box 4

"A Photographic History of Eight Santa Cruz Italian Fishing Families" reception poster 1979

Oversize_Folder 1

Italian family trees 1984

Scope and Contents

Includes family trees of the Bassano, Bregante, Canepa, Carnigua, Cechini, Ghio, and Loero families.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Ricco Gaudino