James Visceglia was born in 1896 in the town of Aquavina delle Fonti in the province of Bari, Italy. He received a Doctor of Economics and Business Administration degree from the University of Genoa. During World War I, he was a fighter pilot with the Italian Air Force and earned the Croix de Guerre. In 1928, he emigrated to the United States, married and settled in California. He took part in charitable campaigns, active in the USO and the United Crusade and Community Chest, and gave assistance to Italian seaman visiting the harbor of San Pedro.
This small collection documents the activities of James Visceglia, his involvement in Catholic causes (including the Southern California Chapter ACIM), business ventures, charitable drives, civic enterprises, and his interest in journalism. The materials consist of correspondence, photographs, souvenirs booklets, autobiographical writings, and a scrapbook of clippings from 1929-1975.