Guide to the Allen Dairy Collection

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Guide to the Allen Dairy Collection 1944/1975

Special Collections & University Archives

Overview of the Collection

Collection Title: Allen Dairy Collection
Dates: 1944-1975
Identification: MS-0060
Creator: Allen Dairy
Physical Description: 2.50 linear ft
Language of Materials: English
Repository: Special Collections & University Archives
5500 Campanile Dr. MC 8050
San Diego, CA, 92182-8050
URL: http://library.sdsu.edu/scua
Email: scref@rohan.sdsu.edu
Phone: 619-594-6791

Historical Note:

The Allen Dairy was built by Seveno Allen in 1885. It was originally located in Mission Valley where it remained until 1957, when it was relocated to El Cajon. It was the first commercial dairy to operate in San Diego County, growing to considerable prominence before 1950. In 1975, the last owner, Jack Allen, closed down operations due to rising feed costs, marginal profits, and what he considered to be unnecessary harassment by regulatory agencies. In 1978 a housing development was constructed at the El Cajon dairy site.

Access Terms

This collection is indexed under the following controlled access subject terms.

Genre/Form of Material:

Organizational Records

Geographic Name:

San Diego County (Calif.) -- Maps, Topographic

Personal Name:

Allen, John D

Title:

Allen Dairy (Firm : El Cajon, Calif.) -- Archives Dairy plants -- California -- El Cajon -- History -- 20th century -- Sources

Administrative Information

Conditions Governing Use:

The copyright interests in some of these materials have been transferred to or belong to San Diego State University. The nature of historical archival and manuscript collections means that copyright status may be difficult or even impossible to determine. Copyright resides with the creators of materials contained in the collection or their heirs. Requests for permission to publish must be submitted to the Head of Special Collections, San Diego State University, Library and Information Access. When granted, permission is given on behalf of Special Collections as the owner of the physical item and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder(s), which must also be obtained in order to publish.  Materials from our collections are made available for use in research, teaching, and private study. The user must assume full responsibility for any use of the materials, including but not limited to, infringement of copyright and publication rights of reproduced materials.

Conditions Governing Access:

This collection is open for research.

Preferred Citation:

Identification of item, folder title, box number, Allen Dairy Collection, Special Collections and University Archives, Library and Information Access, San Diego State University.

Scope and Contents

The Allen Dairy Collection documents the farm's foundation and provides several topographical maps and architectural blueprints pertaining to the dairy's construction. As the majority of the collection consists of maps and blueprints, boxes two through five document the architectural aspects of the farm. The first box consists of ribbons and medals from the Southern California Exposition and awards from the Ramona Nuevo Horse Show. Also included is an issue of the El Cajon Californian, with a front page article covering the dairy’s closure in 1975.

Detailed List of Contents

Box 1, Folder 1

Blue print, Idlewild Dairy circa 1956

Box 1, Folder 2

Plot plans, Allen Dairy circa 1956

Box 1, Folder 3

Floor plan, Allen Dairy circa 1956

Box 1, Folder 4

Corral plan with corrections, Allen Dairy circa 1957

Box 1, Folder 5

Dairy barn plan, Allen Dairy circa 1957

Box 1, Folder 6

Chart describing the "Ross-Holm" milking parlor, utilized at the Allen Dairy circa 1954

Box 1, Folder 7

Architectural drawing and plan of a stall, Allen Dairy circa 1956

Box 1, Folder 8

Architectural drawing and plan of a septic tank, Allen Dairy circa 1970

Box 1, Folder 9

Architectural drawing and plan of a dairy barn, Allen Dairy circa 1957

Box 1, Folder 10

Copy of newspaper, The El Cajon Californian, featuring an article concerning the closure of the Allen Dairy circa 1975

Box 1, Folder 11

Plan of spray-pen, Allen Dairy circa 1957

Box 1, Folder 12

Plan relating to the Sweetwater water district

Box 1, Folder 13

Floor plan of the Wonder Building, Allen Dairy circa 1957

Box 1, Folder 14

Architectural drawings of the Wonder building, Allen Dairy circa 1957

Box 1, Folder 15

Plans to a proposed subdivision of the Allen Dairy property circa 1976

Box 1, Folder 16

Miscellaneous charts and maps relating to the Sweetwater Water District circa 1963

Box 1, Folder 17

USGS 15' topographical map of Otay Mesa circa 1957

Box 1, Folder 18

USGS 15' topographical map of San Ysidro circa 1955

Box 1, Folder 19

USGS 7.5' topographical map of San Ysidro circa 1941

Box 1, Folder 20

USGS 7.5' topographical map of San Diego circa 1944

Box 1, Folder 21

USGS 7.5' topographical map of National City circa 1944

Box 1, Folder 22

USGS 7.5' topographical map of Encinitas circa 1949

Box 1, Folder 23

USGS 15' topographical map of Jamul circa 1955

Box 1, Folder 24

USGS 7.5' topographical map of Rancho Santa Fe circa 1949

Box 1, Folder 25

USGS 7.5' topographical map of Poway circa 1952

Box 1, Folder 26

USGS 7.5' topographical map of Del Mar circa 953

Box 1, Folder 27

USGS 7.5' topographical map of La Mesa circa 1953

Box 1, Folder 28

USGS 7.5' topographical map of Bonsal circa 1949

Box 1, Folder 29

USGS 7.5' topographical map of La Jolla circa 1943

Box 1, Folder 30

Miscellaneous medal won at the San Diego County Fair

Box 1, Folder 31

Miscellaneous ribbons

Box 1, Folder 32

USGS 7.5' topographical map of Pala circa 1950

Box 1, Folder 33

Wallet, formerly the property of John D. Allen

Box 1, Folder 34

Photographs originally contained in the said wallet

Box 1, Folder 35

Episcopal Church membership card, inscribed with the name of John D. Allen, and contained in said wallet

Box 1, Folder 36

Calendar card contained in the said wallet circa 1967

Box 2

Map of Standard Dairy Barn

Box 2

Blueprint of Roof Data and Location of Arches

Box 2

Measurements of the “Wonder Building’s” Elevations

Box 2

Map of Otay Municipal Water District

Scope and Contents

This includes sketches of preliminary engineering, transmission mains, storage, and purification facilities. Also included are maps of the La Mesa and Sweetwater aqueducts, the Jamacha reservoir, and topographical maps illustrating the stransmission, storage, and purification facilities.
Box 2

Geological Survey of the Palo Quadrangle

Box 2

Map of Otay Municipal Water District’s Proposed Boundary

Box 2

Sketches of Cow Corrals

Box 2

Geographical Survey of Poway Valley Quadrangle

Box 2

Geographical Survey of Bonsall Quadrangle

Box 3

Map of Piping and its Relation to Reservoirs

Box 3

Floor Plan of the Wonder Building

Box 3

Map of the Wonder Building’s Foundation

Box 3

Elevations of the Wonder Building

Box 3

Geological Survey of the Encinitas Quadrangle

Box 3

Floor Plan of the Dairy Barn Revisions

Box 3

Alternate Sketches of Structural Layouts

Box 4

Blueprint of Dairy Farm Revisions

Box 4

Blueprint of Foundation for the John D. Allen Dairy septic tank

Box 4

Topographical Survey of the Del Mar Quadrangle

Box 4

Two Surveys of the San Ysidro Quadrangle

Box 4

Geological Survey of the La Mesa Quadrangle

Box 4

Geological Survey of the Rancho Santa Fe Quadrangle

Box 4

Blueprint of Cow Corrals

Box 4

Mission hills map #2

Box 5

Map of Spray Pens

Box 5

Blueprint for Proposed Milking Barn

Box 5

Dairy Barn Lot Plan

Box 5

Sketches of Cow Corrals

Box 5

Complete Milking Management System

Box 5

Geological survey of the La Jolla Quadrangle

Box 5

Blueprint of Corral Plan

Box 5

Sketch of Fence Post Layout

Box 5

Geological survey of the National City Quadrangle

Box 5

Blueprint of Milking House