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Guide to the Edgar Hastings Board of Supervisors Collection MS 192
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  • Biographical / Historical Notes
  • Preferred Citation
  • Processing Information
  • Conditions Governing Use
  • Conditions Governing Access
  • Arrangement
  • Scope and Content
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  • Title: Edgar Hastings Board of Supervisors Collection
    Identifier/Call Number: MS 192
    Contributing Institution: San Diego History Center Document Collection
    Language of Material: English
    Physical Description: 0.75 Linear feet (2 boxes)
    Date (inclusive): 1926-1940
    Abstract: The collection contains documents related to Edgar F. Hastings' time as a County Supervisor for District 1 in San Diego County.
    creator: Hastings, Edgar F.

    Biographical / Historical Notes

    Edgar F. Hastings (1884-1961) was a carpenter and building contractor for 44 years, finally retiring in 1957. He is best known in San Diego as a longtime member of the San Diego County Board of Supervisors, serving as the Supervisor for District 1 from 1929-1936 and as Chairman of the Board from 1935-1936. As a member of the Board of Supervisors, he was heavily involved with the County Road Commission and the Welfare Commission as well as bringing several New Deal opportunities to San Diego during the Great Depression. He was also a representative on the San Diego City Board of Education from 1923-1927. In November 1956, he established the San Diego Historical Society’s County History Project, a program of locating and interviewing County Pioneers in order to record the oral history of San Diego County.

    Preferred Citation

    Edgar Hastings Board of Supervisors Collection, MS 192, San Diego History Center Document Collection, San Diego, CA.

    Processing Information

    Collection processed by Amanda Hughes on July 30, 2012.
    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.

    Conditions Governing Use

    The San Diego History Center (SDHC) holds the copyright to any unpublished materials.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

    Conditions Governing Access

    This collection is open for research.


    Arranged by subject.

    Scope and Content

    The collection contains documents pertaining to Hastings’s time as County Supervisor. A majority of the collection consists of correspondence with constituents and other elected officials together with newspaper articles and letters to the editor, committee reports and board resolutions. The documents concern various subjects including the County Road Commission, the Welfare Committee, the Mattoon Act and several New Deal Programs such as the Works Progress Authority and the Civilian Conservation Corps. The documents also reflect Hastings’s involvement with several high profile projects such as the Palomar Mountain Observatory, the La Playa Trail memorial, road construction to the Old Spanish Lighthouse and the completion of State Highway 101.


    Edgar F. Hastings file from Document Files Collection added to this collection.

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    Burnham, George
    Civilian Conservation Corps (U.S.).
    County Supervisors Association of California.
    Davidson, Winifred
    Fletcher, Ed
    Hastings, Edgar F.
    Marston, George White, 1850-1946
    Palomar Observatory.
    United States. Works Progress Administration.
    Cabrillo National Monument (San Diego, Calif.)
    Fort Rosecrans
    Imperial County (Calif.)
    Kamia Indians
    La Playa Trail (Calif.)
    Mattoon Act
    New Deal, 1933-1939
    Old Spanish Lighthouse (San Diego, Calif.)
    San Diego (Calif.)
    San Diego County (Calif.)