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Victoria L. Cavagnaro journal
SFH 125  
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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Access
  • Publication Rights
  • Preferred Citation
  • Acquisition Information
  • Biography/Administrative History
  • Scope and Content of Collection
  • Indexing Terms

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Victoria L. Cavagnaro journal
    Dates: November 10, 1902 – December 23, 1902
    Collection Number: SFH 125
    Creator/Collector: Cavagnaro, Victoria L., 1880-1942
    Extent: 1 volume
    Repository: San Francisco Public Library. San Francisco History Center
    San Francisco, California 94102
    Abstract: Journal of a New Yorker who travelled around the United States and spent three weeks in San Francisco
    Language of Material: English


    The collection is available for use during San Francisco History Center hours, with photographs available during Photo Desk hours. Collections that are stored offsite should be requested 48 hours in advance.

    Publication Rights

    All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the City Archivist. Permission for publication is given on behalf of the San Francisco Public Library as the owner of the physical items.

    Preferred Citation

    Victoria L. Cavagnaro journal. San Francisco Public Library. San Francisco History Center

    Acquisition Information

    Gift, 1987.

    Biography/Administrative History

    Victoria Louise Cavagnaro was born in New York to John and Cresencia Cavagnaro, one of five children. A school teacher, she married banker James F. Cavagnaro in Manhattan, New York in 1909. The couple had four children and lived in Ridgewood, New Jersey. Victoria died in Paterson, New Jersey in 1942.

    Scope and Content of Collection

    Cavagnaro's journal, My Trip West, describes her railroad train trip with her parents from New York City to Chicago, via New Orleans, El Paso, Los Angeles, Santa Barbara, San Francisco, Asti, Salt Lake City, Pueblo, Denver, and Kansas City. The three weeks of San Francisco entries (November 24 – December 13) describe parties and dinners, and the guests; horseback rides; euchre games; attractions and businesses in San Francisco and the Bay Area. The Cavagnaros were also hosted by Romolo Sbarboro during a side trip to Asti and the Italian-Swiss Colony Winery. Many of Victoria's acquaintances had Italian surnames. Her last journal entry is Dec. 19, but this is followed by lists of Letters Received, Letters Written, and Postals Sent Out, which are dated as late as Dec. 23.

    Indexing Terms

    Italian Americans—California—San Francisco—History—20th century
    Italian Americans—California—History—20th century
    Wineries—California—Sonoma County--History
    Railroad travel—United States
    Sbarboro, Romolo, 1879-1963
    Cavagnaro family
    Sbarboro family
    Italian Swiss Colony (Asti, Calif.)
    San Francisco (Calif.)—Social life and customs
    San Francisco Bay Area—Social life and customs
    United States—Description and travel