The collection includes minutes of meetings, correspondence, annual and monthly reports, fiscal materials, personnel files,
statistical data, files on programs, published materials, photographs, and movie films. Most materials post-date 1960. It
has been arranged into three major series, with numerous sub-series.
The Board of Health for the City of San Diego was created by a charter ordinance on June 5, 1876. At that time, the City
Board consisted of the City Trustees and a Health Office appointed by the Trustees. In the early 1920’s, the City formed
a Health Department. A County Department of Public Health was organized in 1933. In 1953, the City and County departments
were consolidated into one, and as such it had remained. Separately and (after 1953) together, these organizations have overseen
public health services in San Diego County for a century. The present Department administors hospitals, clinics, laboratories,
mental health facilities, health education and treatment programs, and medical training programs.
The copyright interests in these materials have not been transferred to San Diego State University. Copyright resides with
the creators of materials contained in the collection or their heirs. The nature of historical archival and manuscript collections
is such that copyright status may be difficult or even impossible to determine. 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.
This collection is open for research.