Guide to the James B. Pearce Papers

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Guide to the James B. Pearce Papers 1924/1963

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Overview of the Collection

Collection Title: James B. Pearce Papers
Dates: 1924-1963
Identification: MS-0182
Creator: Pearce, James B., 1896-1968
Physical Description: 1.40 linear ft
Language of Materials: English
Repository: Special Collections & University Archives
5500 Campanile Dr. MC 8050
San Diego, CA, 92182-8050
Phone: 619-594-6791

Biographical Information:

James Pearce was born in Minnesota in 1896. He moved to Lemon Grove in 1923 with his family. When Pearce's father passed away in 1927, he took over the family real estate business, which specialized in the sale of ranches. Pearce also served as a member of the Lemon Grove Chamber of Commerce. He later sold fire, automobile, liability and compensation insurance. He died in 1968.

Access Terms

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

Corporate Name:

Lemon Grove Chamber of Commerce

Genre/Form of Material:

Personal Papers

Geographic Name:

Lemon Grove (Calif.) -- Commerce -- Sources

Topical Term:

Businessmen -- California -- Lemon Grove -- Biography -- Sources
Ranches -- California

Administrative Information

Conditions Governing Use:

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.

Conditions Governing Access:

This collection is open for research.

Preferred Citation:

Identification of item, folder title, box number, James B. Pearce Papers, Special Collections and University Archives, Library and Information Access, San Diego State University.

Related Materials:

Lemon Grove Chamber of Commerce, 1922-1978
Lemon Grove Coordinating Council Records, 1959-1963
Lemon Grove Historical Society Records, 1978-1979
Anthony F. Sonka Papers, 1928-1972

Scope and Contents

The James B. Pearce Papers (1924-1963) primarily document the advertising activities and real estate listings of Pearce's real estate company, H. Pearce "Ranches Only." Of particular interest is the first issue of the Lemon Grove Empire (1928), a rare newspaper about the area's agricultural activities, and scrapbook of Pearce's real estate listings. Arranged alphabetically, the collection includes correspondence, newspaper clippings, directories, advertisements, and maps.

Detailed List of Contents

Box 1, Folder 1

Advertising 1924-1943

Box 1, Folder 2

Correspondence 1924, 1927

Box 1, Folder 3

Lemon Grove Chamber of Commerce Mailing List 1950

Box 1, Folder 4

List of Lemon Grove Residents and Addresses 1945

Box 1, Folder 5

Newspaper Clippings 1952-1963

Box 2

Real Estate Listing Scrapbook 1925-1963

Box 3

Lemon Grove Empire, volume 1, number 1 1928

Box 3

Map of Lemon Grove Vista, Lots 105-120

Box 3

Map of San Diego & Arizona Eastern Railway Company - Right of Way in Lemon Grove May 1946

Box 3

Map of Subdivision 3 of Lot 12 in Rancho Mission - Right of Way