Marine Biological Association of San Diego Records and Photographs

Special Collections & Archives, UC San Diego
Special Collections & Archives, UC San Diego
Copyright 1914
9500 Gilman Drive
La Jolla 92093-0175
spcoll@ucsd.edu


Descriptive Summary

Languages: English
Contributing Institution: Special Collections & Archives, UC San Diego
9500 Gilman Drive
La Jolla 92093-0175
Title: Marine Biological Association of San Diego Records and Photographs
Identifier/Call Number: SAC 0037
Physical Description: 3 Linear feet (3 and 1 half archives boxes, 1 flat box, and 1 map case folder)
Date (inclusive): 1901-1923
Abstract: The collection consists of early records, meeting minutes, and photographs documenting the formative years of the Marine Biological Association of San Diego, predecessor of the Scripps Institution of Oceanography.

Scope and Contents of Collection

The collection consists of early records, meeting minutes, and photographs documenting the formative years of the Marine Biological Association of San Diego, predecessor of the Scripps Institution of Oceanography. The collection is arranged in two series: 1) RECORDS and 2) PHOTOGRAPHS.

Digital Content

Selected materials from this collection have been digitized and can be viewed through links in the container list.

Publication Rights

Publication rights are held by the Regents of the University of California.

Historical Background

In 1903, UC Berkeley biologist William E. Ritter and San Diego physician Fred Baker, with the financial support of philanthropists E.W. Scripps and Ellen Browning Scripps, founded the Marine Biological Association of San Diego. The purpose of the Association was to advance the study of marine sciences. Ritter was appointed as its first director and supervised the activities of temporary research stations in San Diego Bay. In 1905, the Association leased property above La Jolla Cove and established a marine laboratory. Ms. Scripps added a codicil to her will in 1909 bequeathing a gift to the Regents of the University of California for a permanent marine biological station, and construction on the first building on the current campus, the George H. Scripps Memorial Marine Biological Laboratory, was completed in 1910. In July of 1912, the Association deeded its property to the Regents and became the Scripps Institution for Biological Research, formally becoming part of the UC System. In 1925, it was renamed the Scripps Institution of Oceanography.

OFF-SITE STORAGE

COLLECTION STORED OFF-SITE. ALLOW ONE WEEK FOR RETRIEVAL OF MATERIALS.

Preferred Citation

Marine Biological Association of San Diego Records and Photographs, SAC 37. Special Collections & Archives, UC San Diego.

Restrictions

Glass plate negatives are restricted; however, most have been digitized and are available for viewing through links in the container list.

Related Materials

William E. Ritter Papers. SMC 4. Special Collections & Archives, UC San Diego.
Winfred E. Allen Papers. SMC 23. Special Collections & Archives, UC San Diego.

Subjects and Indexing Terms

La Jolla (San Diego, Calif.) -- Photographs
Fitch, Herbert R. (Herbert Richardson), 1868-1958 -- Photographs
Marine Biological Association of San Diego (Calif.) -- Archives
Marine Biological Association of San Diego (Calif.) -- Photographs
Ritter, William Emerson, 1856-1944 -- Photographs

 

RECORDS

Box 1, Folder 1

Record of meeting minutes 1903-1911

 

Bylaws, page 1 1904

Bylaws, page 1: 1904

General

Includes a manuscript draft of the original bylaws for the Association (page 1 has been digitized and can be viewed by clicking on the link below). Minutes document informal and regular meetings, including the first meeting of the Board of Trustees; drafts of correspondence to Ellen B. Scripps and the Regents; and a 1910-11 financial report.
Box 1, Folder 2

Scrapbook of documents and meeting minutes ca. 1901-1923

General

Includes account ledgers and financial reports, constitution and bylaws documents for the Scripps Institution for Biological Research, correspondence, Board of Directors meeting minutes, and notes on policies and development of the campus. Includes a typewritten speech by Francis Sumner entitled "The Scripps Institution," ca. 1923.
Box 1, Folder 3

Association checkbook undated

Oversize SIO MC-045-01

Articles of Incorporation certificate 1904 May 13

 

PHOTOGRAPHS

Scope and Content of Series

The PHOTOGRAPHS series consists of glass plate negatives and original and copy prints. It is arranged in two subseries: A) Prints and Glass Negatives, and B) Mounted Exhibition Prints. Subseries B contains images by photographer Herbert Fitch of the Association's La Jolla locale, facilities, and collecting grounds on beaches in San Diego. The Fitch prints were mounted on boards and displayed for an exhibition on the Association's activities ca. 1906.
Selected photographs and negatives from this series have been digitized and can be viewed by clicking on the links in the container list.
 

Prints and Glass Negatives

Box 1, Folder 4

Wooden laboratory sheds, Point Loma 1903

Wooden laboratory sheds, Point Loma: 1903

 

Summer marine biological station staff at the Coronado Hotel boathouse laboratory 1904 June

Box 1, Folder 5

B&w prints

General

A duplicate of this image from the Tillie Genter Papers has been scanned and is available through the UC San Diego Library Digital Collections website.
Subjects identified as: Front row, l-r: J. F. Bovard, Effie Rigden Michener, Alice Robertson, Calvin O. Esterly. Back row, l-r: Robert D. Williams, B. D. Billinghurst, William E. Ritter, Loye H. Miller, Charles Kofoid, Harry B. Torrey.
Box 2, Folder 1

Glass plate negatives

Restrictions

Restrictions Apply
 

Interior, laboratory above La Jolla Cove ca. 1905

Box 1, Folder 6

B&w prints

General

A duplicate of one of these images from the Tillie Genter Papers has been scanned and is available through the digital library.
Box 2, Folder 2

Glass plate negatives

Restrictions

Restrictions Apply
Box 1, Folder 7

Schooner Loma 1906

General

Label on verso: "...Large residence on Point Loma in the background was that of Dr. Fred Baker."
A duplicate of this image in subseries A) Mounted Exhibition Prints has been scanned and may be viewed by clicking on the link in the container list.
Box 1, Folder 8

Building site of the Marine Biological Association of San Diego, La Jolla 1908 July

General

Four original black and white prints. Subjects include station grounds, distribution of vegetation, the undeveloped building site (looking north). Verso signed "Kelsey, Photo."
 

Land and cliffs of La Jolla at the future site of the Marine Biological Association of San Diego ca. 1908

Land and cliffs of La Jolla at the future site of the Marine Biological Association of San Diego: ca. 1908

Box 1, Folder 9

B&w prints

Box 2, Folder 3

Glass plate negative

Restrictions

Restrictions Apply
 

William E. Ritter reading in his apartment on the second floor of the George H. Scripps Memorial Biological Laboratory 1909 November 7

William E. Ritter reading in his apartment on the second floor of the George H. Scripps Memorial Biological Laboratory: 1909 November 7

Box 1, Folder 10

B&w print

Box 2, Folder 4

Glass plate negative

Restrictions

Restrictions Apply
 

William and Mary Ritter in their apartment on the second floor of the George H. Scripps Memorial Biological Laboratory 1909 November 7

William and Mary Ritter in their apartment on the second floor of the George H. Scripps Memorial Biological Laboratory: 1909 November 7

Box 1, Folder 11

B&w prints

Box 2, Folder 5

Glass plate negative

Restrictions

Restrictions Apply
 

William E. Ritter reading in his apartment on the second floor of the George H. Scripps Memorial Biological Laboratory Building ca. 1910

William E. Ritter reading in his apartment on the second floor of the George H. Scripps Memorial Biological Laboratory Building: ca. 1910

Box 1, Folder 12

B&w prints

Box 2, Folder 6

Glass plate negative

Restrictions

Restrictions Apply
 

Director's study, George H. Scripps Memorial Biological Laboratory ca. 1910

Director's study, George H. Scripps Memorial Biological Laboratory: ca. 1910

Box 1, Folder 13

B&w prints

Box 2, Folder 7

Glass plate negative

Restrictions

Restrictions Apply
Box 3, Folder 1

William E. Ritter on the steps of the George H. Scripps Memorial Marine Laboratory, with Mary Ritter in automobile 1910

William E. Ritter on the steps of the George H. Scripps Memorial Marine Laboratory, with Mary Ritter in automobile: 1910

General

Glass plate negative.

Restrictions

Restrictions Apply
 

George H. Scripps Memorial Marine Biological Laboratory and seawater tower 1910

George H. Scripps Memorial Marine Biological Laboratory and seawater tower: 1910

Box 1, Folder 14

B&w and tinted color prints

Box 3, Folder 2

Glass plate negative

Restrictions

Restrictions Apply
 

George H. Scripps Memorial Marine Biological Laboratory and seawater tower 1910

George H. Scripps Memorial Marine Biological Laboratory and seawater tower: 1910

Box 1, Folder 15

B&w prints

Box 3, Folder 3

Glass plate negative

Restrictions

Restrictions Apply
 

View of the Marine Biological Association of San Diego from top of hill, La Jolla ca. 1910

View of the Marine Biological Association of San Diego from top of hill, La Jolla: ca. 1910

Box 1, Folder 16

B&w prints

Box 3, Folder 4

Glass plate negative

Restrictions

Restrictions Apply
Box 3, Folder 5

Clay model of San Pedro Channel and Santa Barbara Channel ca. 1910

Clay model of San Pedro Channel and Santa Barbara Channel: ca. 1910

General

Glass plate negative.

Restrictions

Restrictions Apply
Box 3, Folder 6

Upstairs laboratory, George H. Scripps Memorial Biological Laboratory 1911 December 30

Upstairs laboratory, George H. Scripps Memorial Biological Laboratory: 1911 December 30

General

Glass plate negative.

Restrictions

Restrictions Apply
Box 3, Folder 7

George H. Scripps Memorial Biological Laboratory and Scripps Library 1925

George H. Scripps Memorial Biological Laboratory and Scripps Library: 1925

General

Glass plate negative.

Restrictions

Restrictions Apply
Box 3, Folder 8

Scripps Library 1925

General

Glass plate negative.

Restrictions

Restrictions Apply
 

Mounted Exhibition Prints

Box 4, Folder 1

Devil's Slide, La Jolla showing close proximity of two formations ca. 1906

Devil's Slide, La Jolla showing close proximity of two formations: ca. 1906

Box 4, Folder 2

Cathedral Rock, La Jolla, now destroyed ca. 1906

Cathedral Rock, La Jolla, now destroyed: ca. 1906

Box 4, Folder 3

Shore, consisting of sandstone and accompanying concretions at La Jolla. Residence of Miss Scripps ca. 1906

Shore, consisting of sandstone and accompanying concretions at La Jolla. Residence of Miss Scripps: ca. 1906

Box 4, Folder 4

Sandstone cliffs showing erosion of upper stratum ca. 1906

Sandstone cliffs showing erosion of upper stratum: ca. 1906

Box 4, Folder 5

Beach and cliffs north of caves ca. 1906

Beach and cliffs north of caves: ca. 1906

Box 4, Folder 6

Bird Rock looking west at low tide. A favorite collecting ground for marine biological collectors ca. 1906

Bird Rock looking west at low tide. A favorite collecting ground for marine biological collectors: ca. 1906

Box 4, Folder 7

Bird Rock collecting ground at high tide ca. 1906

Bird Rock collecting ground at high tide: ca. 1906

Box 4, Folder 8

False Bay collecting ground at low tide ca. 1906

False Bay collecting ground at low tide: ca. 1906

Box 4, Folder 9

False Bay collecting ground at high tide, showing island sandspit ca. 1906

False Bay collecting ground at high tide, showing island sandspit: ca. 1906

Box 4, Folder 10

Bird Rock collecting ground at low tide ca. 1906

Bird Rock collecting ground at low tide: ca. 1906

Box 5, Folder 1

Schooner Loma donated by E.W. Scripps, fitted with working boom and dredge, run by gasoline engine and fitted with hoisting apparatus ca. 1906

Schooner Loma donated by E.W. Scripps, fitted with working boom and dredge, run by gasoline engine and fitted with hoisting apparatus: ca. 1906

Box 5, Folder 2

Laboratory in foreground looking east, with residences in the background ca. 1906

Laboratory in foreground looking east, with residences in the background: ca. 1906

Box 5, Folder 3

Rocks at south La Jolla, covered with sea-weed ca. 1906

Rocks at south La Jolla, covered with sea-weed: ca. 1906

Box 5, Folder 4

Alligator Head looking south ca. 1906

Alligator Head looking south: ca. 1906

Box 5, Folder 5

Interior of one of the caves, La Jolla ca. 1906

Interior of one of the caves, La Jolla: ca. 1906

Box 5, Folder 6

Gold Fish Point, La Jolla, concretions ca. 1906

Gold Fish Point, La Jolla, concretions: ca. 1906

Box 5, Folder 7

The caves, La Jolla, looking north ca. 1906

The caves, La Jolla, looking north: ca. 1906

Box 5, Folder 8

Sandstone rocks forming coast of north La Jolla ca. 1906

Sandstone rocks forming coast of north La Jolla: ca. 1906

Box 5, Folder 9

Cliffs, Pacific Beach, looking north. Pliocene strata fossil shells ca. 1906

Cliffs, Pacific Beach, looking north. Pliocene strata fossil shells: ca. 1906