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Guide to the Mouney Pfefferkorn Papers MS 261
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  • Preferred Citation
  • Conditions Governing Access
  • Conditions Governing Use
  • Processing Information
  • Biographical / Historical Notes
  • Arrangement
  • Scope and Content
  • Immediate Source of Acquisition

  • Title: Mouney Pfefferkorn Papers
    Identifier/Call Number: MS 261
    Contributing Institution: San Diego History Center Document Collection
    Language of Material: English
    Physical Description: 0.25 Linear feet (1 box)
    Date (inclusive): 1904-2003
    Abstract: This collection relates to the life of Mouney Pfefferkorn including his service in the Navy and his retirement from the First Naitonal Bank, San Diego.
    Language of Materials: Collection materials are in English and German.
    creator: Pfefferkorn, Mouney

    Preferred Citation

    Mouney Pfefferkorn Papers, MS 261, San Diego History Center Document Collection, San Diego, CA.

    Conditions Governing Access

    This collection is open for research.

    Conditions Governing Use

    The San Diego History Center (SDHC) holds the copyright to any unpublished materials. SDHC Library regulations do apply.

    Processing Information

    Collection processed by Amanda Hughes on January 10, 2013.
    Collection processed as part of grant project supported by the Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR) with generous funding from The Andrew Mellon Foundation.

    Biographical / Historical Notes

    Born in Vienna, Austria in 1880, Mouney Pfefferkorn immigrated to the United States in 1902 at the age of 22 and enlisted in the Navy. He served for four years eventually achieving the rank of Chief Yeoman. After being discharged in 1906 he settled in San Diego. He took a job with the First National Bank, which he held for fifty years, retiring in 1956 as the Vice President of their Foreign Investments division. Pfefferkorn was very active in developing the Navy presence in San Diego earning him the nickname “Mr. Navy.” He campaigned for the creation of North Island Navy Base and was very active in the San Diego Council for the U.S. Navy. He was also the football coach at San Diego Unified High School and led the campaign to build Balboa Stadium. He was also active in several other civic organizations. Mouney Pfefferkorn died in 1968 at the age of 88. He was survived by his wife Edith Pfefferkorn (nee Stitts) a daughter, Carol Swann, and a son Eric.


    Collection is arranged by subject.

    Scope and Content

    The collection relates to the life of Mouney Pfefferkorn. There is biographical information, correspondence on navy-related matters, and a collection of newspaper articles and images concerning Mouney's many honors and on World War II. Documents related to his retirement from First National Bank and appreciation banquets held in his honor are also included. Additionally, there are several documents related to his son, Eric Pfefferkorn’s survival of a kamikaze attack during his Naval service in WWII.

    Immediate Source of Acquisition

    Accession number 2004.9.

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    Amateur Athletics Union.
    Bunker Hill (Aircraft carrier, CV-17).
    First National Bank of San Diego.
    Navy League of the United States.
    Nimitz, Chester W. (Chester William), 1885-1966
    Nixon, Richard M. (Richard Milhous), 1913-1994
    Pfefferkorn, Edith
    Pfefferkorn, Eric
    Pfefferkorn, Mouney
    San Diego High School.
    Vinson, Carl, 1883-1981
    Balboa Stadium (San Diego, Calif.)
    Naval Air Station North Island (Calif.)
    San Diego (Calif.)