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Guide to the Virginia DeMarais Anza Borrego Region Collection MS 228
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Series I: Virginia DeMarais Personal Papers

 

"A New Journal," 1992 April 9-1994 February 16

Scope and Content

Virginia is 76 at the start of this journal. She dies in September 1994. A sprial bound notebook is utilized as the journal. It is a log of her daily activities, including phone calls, the weather, real estate deals, days spent at the Ranchita office, and shopping trips.
Box-folder 1:2

Correspondence, 1953 February 20-1993 May 3 and undated

Box-folder 1:3

Club Memberships and Donations, 1954 February 17-1993 June 25

Box-folder 1:4

School District and San Diego County Elections, 1949 April 5-1988 November 8

Box-folder 1:5

"Do You Recall" Column Drafts, 1972-1987

Box-folder 1:6

"Do You Recall" Column Drafts, 1988-1992

Box-folder 1:7

"Then and Now" Slideshow Presentation, 1986 October 16-1994 March 16 and undated

Box-folder 1:8

Miscellaneous diversions, undated

Includes:

Card and dice games, jokes, cartoons, inspirational quotes and prayers, articles on etiquette, teacher humor.
Box-folder 1:9

Hobbies, 1978 April 11 and undated

Includes:

Crafts (ornaments, potpourri)
CB radio license and CB radio codes
Box-folder 1:10

Cooking, 1960-1974 and undated

Box-folder 1:11

Flags, 1962 June 2-1984 October 29 and undated

Box-folder 1:12

Gardening, 1955 January 16-1987 May 24 and undated

Box-folder 1:13

Golf, 1954-1959 and undated

Box-folder 1:14

Songs and Poems, 1954 and undated

Box-folder 1:15

"A Spur Discovered," 1979 August 2-1980 February 28 and undated

Includes:

Correspondence, receipts, and newspaper articles pertaining to an antique spur Virginia found and had appraised.
 

Series II: Anza-Borrego Region: History

Box-folder 1:16

Maps, 1935-1980 and undated

Includes:

“Scenic Map of the Imperial Valley Desert Area,” November 17, 1941 (in Oversize Collections D4)
“Draft Preview of the California Desert Conservation Area Plan and Environmental Statement,” December 1979 (in Oversize Collections D4)
Two copies of “A Hysterical Map of Palm Springs,” 1948 (in Oversize Collections D4)
Map of Borrego Springs by Road-Runner Realty (in Oversize Collections D4)
Rincon Springs menu and map of Southern California, c. 1949 (in Oversize Collections D4)
Map of Ensign Ranch development plan from Borrego Sun newspaper, July 1962 (in Oversize Collections D4)
Four copies of “Points of Interest in Borrego Valley” map from Borrego Sun newspaper, undated (in Oversize Collections D4)
Box-folder 1:17

Local Indian History, 1946–1993 and undated

Includes:

Informational flyers from the CUPA Cultural Center at Pala Indian Reservation
Magazine and newspaper articles
Box-folder 1:18

Local History, 1950-1992 and undated

Includes:

Manuscript: “Borrego Springs” by Ann Allen
Essays by Virginia DeMarais
Box-folder 2:1

Personal Memories, 1950-1989 and undated

Includes:

Letters, notes from interviews, and articles
Box-folder 2:2

Place Name Origins, 1947-1985 and undated

Box-folder 2:3

Cattle Brands, 1954 June 2-1994 June 2 and undated

Includes:

“Day of the Dons” map of San Diego with images of brands printed around the border (in Oversize Collections D4)
Napkins with cattle brands on border (in Oversize Collections D4)
Articles on barbed wire
Box-folder 2:4

Local Legends, 1949 December 18-1992 May 7 and undated

Box-folder 2:5

Song and Poems, 1948-1975 and undated

Includes:

Borrego Springs Kiwanis Club lyrics and sheet music, April 1, 1959 (in Oversize Documents D4)
 

Series III: Anza-Borrego Region: Environment

Box-folder 2:6

General Wildlife, 1946-1984 and undated

Box-folder 2:7

Birds, 1968 September 28-1983 November 24 and undated

Box-folder 2:8

Insects and Arachnids, 1968 November 23-1978 May 25 and undated

Box-folder 2:9

Mammals, 1949 January 18-1983 July 20 and undated

Box-folder 2:10

Reptiles and Amphibians, 1952-1993 and undated

Box-folder 2:11

Earthquakes and Fires, 1954-1989 and undated

Box-folder 2:12

Flowers and Plants: General, 1956 April 20-1980 October 19 and undated

Box-folder 2:13

Flowers and Plants: Wildflower Season, 1948-1985 and undated

Box-folder 2:14

Fossils and Artifacts, 1952 June 1-1994 February 10 and undated

Box-folder 2:15

Trees, 1945-1982 and undated

Box-folder 2:16

Weather, 1948-1993 and undated

 

Series IV: Anza-Borrego Region: People

Box-folder 2:17

Early Residents, 1932-1993 and undated

Includes:

Lists of early residents and their addresses
Box-folder 2:18

Late 20th century Residents, 1949-1993 and undated

Includes:

Lists of P.O. Boxes and addresses
Funeral and wedding notifications
Box-folder 2:19

Famous Celebrity Visitors, 1953-1982 and undated

Includes:

Visits to Borrego Springs by Bing Crosby, Dwight D. Eisenhower, and Ronald Reagan
Box-folder 2:20

Juan Bautista de Anza and the Californios, 1938-1993 and undated

Box-folder 2:21

Alfred (Doc) Beaty, 1949-1994 and undated

Box-folder 3:1

Burnand Family, 1949 October 17-1982 December 30 and undated

Box-folder 3:2

Ted De Grazia, 1982 and undated

Box-folder 3:3

DiGiorgio Family, 1950-1981 and undated

Box-folder 3:4

DuVall Family, 1952-1993 and undated

Box-folder 3:5

Ensign Family, 1946-1993 and undated

Box-folder 3:6

Gale Gordon, 1956 December 24-1981 January 1 and undated

Box-folder 3:7

Amorita Hood, 1948-1998 and undated

Box-folder 3:8

James Hubbell, 1972 August 26-1993 July 1 and undated

Box-folder 3:9

James L. Lynn, 1955 February 21-1967 January 7 and undated

Box-folder 3:10

Albert L. Mathes, 1929-1964

Box-folder 3:11

Harry Oliver, 1949-1977 and undated

Box-folder 3:12

Lewis Orell, 1988 April 16-1993 February 20

Box-folder 3:13

Phimster B. Proctor, 1960-1970

Box-folder 3:14

Eugene (Nugget Gene) Roberts, 1952-1953 and undated

Box-folder 3:15

Warner Family, 1952-1993

Box-folder 3:16

William M. Wharton, Jr., 1952 July 17-1954 October 13 and undated

 

Series V: Anza-Borrego Desert State Park

Box-folder 3:17

Development, 1953-1992 and undated

Box-folder 3:18

Staff and Volunteers, 1952-1993 and undated

Box-folder 3:19

Brochures, 1932-1992 and undated

Includes:

Four issues of Anza-Borrego Desert State Park publication: Winter/Spring 1988, 1989, 1991, and 1992 (in Oversize Collections D4)
Tea towel - topographic map of Anza Borrego Region
Box-folder 3:20

Fiftieth Anniversary, 1982 November 24-1983 June 5 and undated

Includes:

Correspondence, flyers, stickers, and articles
Box-folder 3:21

Hiking and Camping, 1947-1984 and undated

Box-folder 3:22

Historic Sites, 1950 July 23-1983 April 15 and undated

Box-folder 3:23

Off-Road Vehicles, 1966 February 6-1989 June 24 and undated

Box-folder 3:24

Paleontology and Archaeology, 1955 January 23-1983 June 2 and undated

Box-folder 4:1

Tourism, 1947-1984 and undated

Box-folder 4:2

Travel Articles, 1939-1984 and undated

 

Series VI: Anza-Borrego Desert Natural History Association

Box-folder 4:3

Officers and Members, 1971 June 30-1990 April 27 and undated

Box-folder 4:4

Minutes, 1974 March 27-1986 June 4

Box-folder 4:5

Minutes, 1986 October 1-1990 January 3 and undated

Box-folder 4:6

Finances, 1971 June 30-1989 February 28 and undated

Box-folder 4:7

Projects and Proposals, 1981 April 27-1988 October 5 and undated

Box-folder 4:8

Visitor Center, 1966 August 4-1991 March 14 and undated

Includes:

Plans for the state park Visitor Center
Information for the architect
Brochures
Articles
Box-folder 4:9

Correspondence, 1971 June 30-1992 December 2 and undated

Box-folder 4:10

Miscellanea, 1979 March 2-1991 March 16 and undated

Includes:

Assorted pamphlets, envelopes, blank contracts and order forms
Anza-Borrego Desert Natural History Association brown paper gift bag (in Oversize Collections D4)
 

Series VII: Borrego Springs: Development, Real Estate, Publicity

Box-folder 4:11

Homesteads, 1927 November 7-1975 January 15

Includes:

Receipts from the U.S. Land Office and a copy of the L.A. Land Office map from 1929
“Borrego Homesteaders 1930” laminated map (in Oversize Collections D4)
Box-folder 4:12

Farming, 1948 March 27-1993 May 6 and undated

Includes:

Postcards
Brochures
Produce labels
Articles
Box-folder 4:13

Mining, 1901 February 18-1992 February 23 and undated

Box-folder 5:1

Streets and Highways, 1948-1993 and undated

Box-folder 5:2

Streets and Highways: Salton Seaway, 1963-1977 and undated

Box-folder 5:3

Streets and Highways: Christmas Circle, 1953 October 23-1986 October 30 and undated

Box-folder 5:4

Signs and Billboards, 1955-1983

Box-folder 5:5

Telephone and Cable TV, 1952-1986 and undated

Includes:

1967 Borrego Directory Courtesy of Yuhas Nursery (in Oversize Collections D4)
Draft of 1967 Borrego Directory Courtesy of Yuhas Nursery, with types and written edits (in Oversize Collections D4)
Box-folder 5:6

San Diego Gas and Electric, 1953 May 10-1982 June 27 and undated

Box-folder 5:7

Water, 1946 March 18–1981 April 23 and undated

Box-folder 5:8

Borrego Springs: Market Potential, 1961-1980 and undated

Box-folder 5:9

Real Estate: Borrego Valley Associates "Bee" newsletter, 1958 December 6-1962 April 26

Box-folder 5:10

Real Estate: Brochures and Advertising, 1948-1964 and undated

Includes:

Borrego Valley Realty invitation, “By the Waterfall,” December 1964 (in Oversize Collections D4)
Borrego Valley Associates flyer for Ocotillo Heights, March 1939 (in Oversize Collections D4)
Two-page spread advertisement for Deep Well Trail and Morgan Manor, April 1960 (in Oversize Collections D4)
Borrego Springs Company sales map (in Oversize Collections D4)
Box-folder 5:11

Real Estate: Homes, 1951 February 25-1980 January 24 and undated

Box-folder 5:12

Real Estate: Newspaper Articles, 1946 June 22-1982 March 19 and undated

Box-folder 5:13

Realtors and Reports to Property Owners, 1949 March 7-1961 June 19 and undated

Box-folder 5:14

Promotional Material, 1931-1966 and undated

Includes:

Brochures and radio transcripts
Box-folder 5:15

Travel Literature, 1947-1985 and undated

Box-folder 5:16

Film and Television, 1948 April 22-1976 May 27 and undated

 

Series VIII: Borrego Springs: Institutions and Public Services

Box-folder 5:17

Airport, 1948-1989 and undated

Box-folder 5:18

Chamber of Commerce, 1948-1988

Box-folder 6:1

Churches, 1948 December 10-1993 December 30 and undated

Includes:

Cards, invitations, flyers, history, and clippings related to various churches in Borrego Springs.
Churches include: St. Richard’s Catholic Church, St. Charles Borromeo Church, Iglesia Metodista de Mexico, The Christian Center, St. Barnabas Episcopal Church, Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, Assembly of God Church, and Sun City United Methodist Church.
Box-folder 6:2

Community Methodist Church, 1954-1994 and undated

Includes:

Histories, charter member lists, meeting minutes, correspondence, a newsletter, and the pastor’s report
Box-folder 6:3

Community Methodist Church: Services and Women's Circle, 1954-1994 and undated

Box-folder 6:4

Elections, 1932-1983 and undated

Includes:

Official Consolidated Primary Election Ballot, June 3, 1952 (in Oversize Collections D4)
School District Governing Board Member Election Official Ballot, March 4, 1975 (in Oversize Collections D4)
Index to Great Register (Borego Precinct), 1932, 1948
Box-folder 6:5

Flood Control Commission, 1966 October 6-1976 January 8

Includes:

“Tentative Map of Borrego Racquet Club Estates,” July 12, 1968 (in Oversize Collections D4)
Box-folder 6:6

Library, 1949 April 11-1989 May 11

Box-folder 6:7

Medical Services, 1949 March 10-1993 May 20

Box-folder 6:8

Police and Emergency Services, 1949 March 16-1994 February 10 and undated

Box-folder 6:9

Post Office, 1948-1993 and undated

Box-folder 7:1

Schools: History and Development, 1937 December 20-1966 July 26 and undated

Box-folder 7:2

Schools: Administrative Records and Internal Correspondence, 1949-1977 and undated

Box-folder 7:3

Schools: Handbooks and Correspondence to Parents, 1952 December 12-1993 June 8 and undated

Box-folder 7:4

Schools: School Newsletters, 1960-1968

Box-folder 7:5

Schools: "Desert Whirlwind," Borrego Elementary School Newsletter, 1952-1962

Box-folder 7:6

Schools: "The Roadrunner," Borrego Elementary School Newsletter, 1967-1972

Box-folder 7:7

Schools: Parent-Teacher Club Newsletters, 1966-1969

Box-folder 7:8

Schools: Special Events, 1950-1972

Box-folder 7:9

Schools: Special Events, 1973-1990 and undated

Box-folder 8:1

Schools: Sports, 1967 September 17-1984 November 1 and undated

Box-folder 8:2

Schools: County, State, and Regional Material, 1966-1975

Includes:

Map of San Diego County school districts
Newsletters
Conference programs
Box-folder 8:3

Schools: Newspaper Articles, 1879-1993

Box-folder 8:4

Schools: Miscellanea, 1966-1979 and undated

Includes:

Thank you letters from eighth grade students for a history presentation by Virginia DeMarais
Notes for an Educational Secretary’s workshop on diction
Poetry/prose compilations by students
Two Borrego Springs textbook covers (in Oversize Collections D4)
Box-folder 8:5

Town Hall and Community Action Committee, 1990 August 27-1991 September 30

 

Series IX: Borrego Springs: Businesses

Box-folder 8:6

Borrego Lumber Company, 1952-1954 and undated

Box-folder 8:7

Borrego Springs Shopping Center (The Mall), 1965 October 16-1981 September 24 and undated

Box-folder 8:8

Borrego Sun Newspaper, 1953 March 1-1994 June 16 and undated

Box-folder 8:9

Cafes, 1960-1981 and undated

Box-folder 8:10

La Casa del Zorro, 1960-1987 and undated

Includes:

La Casa del Zorro area map of Anza-Borrego region (in Oversize Collections D4)
La Casa del Zorro area map of Borrego Springs (in Oversize Collections D4)
Box-folder 8:11

The Center Theater, 1980 January 31-1992 February 8 and undated

Box-folder 8:12

Ceyone Clothing Line, 1953 February 14-1954 May 3 and undated

Box-folder 8:13

The Desert Lodge, 1948-1985 and undated

Box-folder 8:14

Hacienda Borrego, 1948 September 6-1993 September 9 and undated

Box-folder 8:15

Hacidend Borrego Scrapbook, 1947-1952

Scope and Content

Scrapbook documents the construction of the hotel with photos and articles.
Box-folder 8:16

Hotels and Resorts, 1948-1992

Box-folder 9:1

Newspaper Articles, 1949-1982 and undated

Box-folder 9:2

Miscellaneous Businesses, 1949 May 16-1980 December 3 and undated

Includes:

San Diego Federal Savings and Loan pamphlet (in Oversize Collections D4)
 

Series X: Borrego Springs: Organizations and Recreation

Box-folder 9:3

American Legion, 1950-1955 and undated

Box-folder 9:4

Beta Sigma Phi: Administrative (1 of 2), 1979-1994 and undated

Includes:

By-laws, officers, member profiles, annual budgets, assorted note cards and clipped illustrations.
(Original order retained)
Box-folder 9:5

Beta Sigma Phi: Administrative (2 of 2), 1938-1988 and undated

Includes:

Booklets on pledge procedures, exemplar ritual, “Paths to Loveliness” meetings programs, and 1987-88 Mission California Council program.
(Original order retained)
Box-folder 9:6

Beta Sigma Phi: "Resources for Librarian Chairman," 1987-1989 and undated

Includes:

Program chairman’s guide, notes for presentations and potential programs, and correspondence.
(Original order retained)
Box-folder 9:7

Beta Sigma Phi: Publicity, 1970-1994 and undated

Includes:

Correspondence, news bulletins, programs, and articles.
(Original order retained)
Box-folder 9:8

Beta Sigma Phi: Event Programs, 1985-1992

Box-folder 9:9

Beta Sigma Phi: Blank Award Forms, undated

Box-folder 10:1

Beta Sigma Phi: "Women," 1975-1986 and undated

Box-folder 10:2

Beta Sigma Phi: Miscellanea, 1970-1994 and undated

Includes:

Boy Scout book on tips to throw meetings
Order forms for exemplar pins
Blank order forms
Tea party invitation
Instructions for organization certification
Box-folder 10:3

Borrego Springs Park and Country Club, 1961-1979 and undated

Box-folder 10:4

Borrego Veteran's Detachment, 1983 September 22-1987 June 25

Box-folder 10:5

Boy Scouts, 1953 October 8-1985 October 6 and undated

Box-folder 10:6

Civic Foundation, 1975 September 9-1993 August 26 and undated

Box-folder 10:7

Community Association, 1949 February 7-1982 October 15 and undated

Box-folder 10:8

Community Concert Association, 1976-1982 and undated

Box-folder 10:9

De Anza Country Club, 1952 November 19-1985 February 13 and undated

Includes:

De Anza Desert Country Club and Golf Estates place mat map (in Oversize Collections D4)
“Sunland’s Finest Desert Playground” map and information sheet (in Oversize Collections D4)
Box-folder 10:10

De Anza Players Community, 1954-1984 and undated

Includes:

Art work for “Ten Little Indians” play: ten illustrations (in Oversize Collections D4)
Box-folder 10:11

Desert Club: Records, 1949 January 1-1965 September 30

Includes:

Corporation Income Tax Returns, January 1, 1949 and September 1, 1949 (in Oversize Collections D4)
Box-folder 10:12

Desert Club: Records, 1966 January 4-1970 March 16 and undated

Box-folder 10:13

Desert Club: Correspondence, 1949 October 8-1968 March 6 and undated

Box-folder 11:1

Desert Club: Minutes and By-laws, 1953 June 16-1957 January 10 and undated

Box-folder 11:2

Desert Club: Members, 1955 October 15-1966 February 21 and undated

Box-folder 11:3

Desert Club: Miscellanea, 1949 April 14-1990 August 2 and undated

Includes:

House rules, brochure, general history and facts, ballots, and articles
Handwritten flyer: “Free Square Dance Beginning Classes,” undated (in Oversize Collections D4)
Box-folder 11:4

Indian Head Ranch, 1980 and undated

Includes:

Book containing articles, by-laws, and minutes
Brochure for Indian Head II
Box-folder 11:5

Kiwanis Club, 1950-1982 and undated

Box-folder 11:6

Kiwanis Club: Kiwanis Klatter Newsletter, 1952-1954

Box-folder 11:7

Lion's Club, 1962-1980 and undated

Box-folder 11:8

Mother's Club, Women's Club, Parent-Teacher Club, 1948-1979 and undated

Box-folder 11:9

Rams Hill Country Club, 1973-1989 and undated

Box-folder 11:10

Roadrunner Country Club, 1966 October 1-1980 September 25 and undated

Includes:

Spring 1974 issue of “Roadrunner Tracks” newsletter (in Oversize Collections D4)
Box-folder 11:11

Sportsmen Club, 1955-1986

Box-folder 12:1

Soroptimist Club, 1962 May 10-1993 February 25 and undated

Box-folder 12:2

Square and Compass Club, 1948-1970 and undated

Box-folder 12:3

Miscellanea, 1949-1993

Includes:

American Cancer Society
American Red Cross
De Anza Trail Association
Old Borego Center
Way Off Broadway Productions
Women’s Civil Defense Club
 

Series XI: Borrego Springs: Festivals and Events

Box-folder 12:4

Covered Wagon Daze, 1955-1985 and undated

Includes:

"Covered Wagon Daze Trailer Facilities” (in Oversize Collections D4)
Box-folder 12:5

Days of the Dons, 1957 July 8-1985 August 8 and undated

Box-folder 12:6

De Anza Caballeros, 1948-1976

Box-folder 12:7

Desert Festival, 1955-1992 and undated

Box-folder 12:8

Founder's Day Festival, 1986 July 10-1993 November 4

Box-folder 12:9

Grapefruit Festival, 1990-1991

Box-folder 12:10

Jeep Cavalcade, 1949 March 28-1991 March 28 and undated

Box-folder 12:11

Sun Worshipper's Festival, 1955 July 9-1985 June 27 and undated

Box-folder 12:12

Miscellanea, 1948-1982 and undated

Includes:

Flyers, invitations, programs, and articles related to open houses
Red Cross events
Beauty contests
Event calendars
Tennis tourneys
Music festivals
 

Series XII: Southern California Miscellanea

Box-folder 13:1

Clark Lake Radio Observatory, 1959-1981 and undated

Box-folder 13:2

Imperial Valley College Museum Society newsletter, 1988-1994 and undated

Box-folder 13:3

Julian, 1956-1994 and undated

Includes:

Issue of North County Panorama, October 5, 1978 (in Oversize Collections D4)
Box-folder 13:4

Los Angeles Bicentennial, 1979-1981 and undated

Box-folder 13:5

Montezuma Valley Historical Society, 1991 November 26-1994 January 15 and undated

Box-folder 13:6

Ranchita, 1980 March 16-1994 March 15 and undated

Box-folder 13:7

Salton Sea, 1948-1978 and undated

Box-folder 13:8

San Diego Historical Society, 1979 October 17-1992 April 21 and undated

Box-folder 13:9

Miscellanea, 1945-1990 and undated

Includes:

Assorted brochures, articles, and written descriptions
"The Temecula Spokesman," 1960 Christmas edition (in Oversize Collections D4)