The American-Italian Research Library Grand Opening
The treasure trove of oral histories, immigration records, notes, books, photographs and other artifacts chronicling the local Italian community moved from New Orleans to Metairie. The American Italian Research Library moved its collection from the American Italian Museum in the Central Business District to Jefferson Parish's East Bank Regional Library. The library includes naturalization records from 1800 to 1860 for Italian immigrants seeking citizenship in New Orleans, indexes of Sicilian church registries and copies of Italian newspapers such as La Voce Colonale, which was printed here. The collection also includes the complete works of Giovanni Schiavo, the pioneer of American Italian studies, and his hand-written notes, personal library and research material.