Guide to the Travelers Aid Society of San Diego Records

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Guide to the Travelers Aid Society of San Diego Records 1914/1976

Special Collections & University Archives

Overview of the Collection

Collection Title: Travelers Aid Society of San Diego Records
Dates: 1914-1976
Identification: MS-0022
Creator: Travelers Aid Society of San Diego
Physical Description: 14.68 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 Travelers Aid Society of San Diego was formed in 1914 as a non-sectarian, protective organization incorporated under the laws of the State of California to safeguard travelers, particularly women, girls, and boys, who by reason of inexperience, ignorance, illness, infirmity, or other disability, are in need of assistance while traveling. At the time of its founding, its aim was to provide information, advice, guidance, and protection to all travelers irrespective of age, race, creed, class, or sex. Women workers knowing multiple languages were employed by the Society to meet trains and steamers coming into the city to aid and conduct inexperienced or confused travelers at any hour of the day or night to their destination within the city, or to find transportation to other points. When necessary, the Society provided temporarily for the traveler through an investigated list of homes, institutions, boarding houses, and hotels. This mission continues unchanged to the present day; further modes of travel are accommodated, and general enhanced social service referral is also practiced.
The Travelers Aid was founded to deal with the great influx of people into the city of San Diego in 1914. These travelers, drawn by the Panama-California Exposition of 1915-1916, came for pleasure or to find work in the booming town of San Diego. Emigrants to the city continued to pour in after the Exposition, and San Diego saw more and more tourist and traveler activity through World War I and the Great Depression. During and after World War II, San Diego's permanent and visitor population swelled. Originally part of the Young Women's Christian Association (YWCA), the Travelers Aid Society was part of the USO and provided significant services for armed services officers and their families. Travelers Aid was also associated with San Diego Community Chest as a social service agency.

Access Terms

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

Corporate Name:

Travelers Aid Society of San Diego -- Archives
Travelers Aid Society of San Diego -- History -- Sources
United Service Organizations (U.S.) -- California -- San Diego
Young Women's Christian Association -- California -- San Diego

Genre/Form of Material:

Organizational Records

Topical Term:

Travelers' aid societies -- California -- San Diego

Administrative Information

Accruals:

1977

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. Permissions 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, Travelers Aid Society of San Diego Records, Special Collections and University Archives, Library and Information Access, San Diego State University.

Related Materials:

Young Women's Christian Association Records

Arrangement of Materials:

I. Office Files
II. Public Relations
III. Case Records and Reports
IV. Volunteer Files
V. Board of Directors Files
VI. Conferences and Conventions
VII. Financial Records
VIII. Scrapbooks

Scope and Contents

The Travelers Aid Society of San Diego Records document the branch's activities and service to travelers arriving in and passing through San Diego via automobiles, trains, boats, and planes. Though there is steady coverage from 1914 through 1976, there is somewhat more material from the late 1960s and early 1970s. Materials from the early 1920s are somewhat lacking. The collection consists of newspaper clippings, promotional materials, correspondence, office records, reports, case histories, photographs, and scrapbooks.
The Office Files series dates from 1946 to 1973 and documents basic office activities, primarily from the 1960s and 1970s. Included here are employment applications, daily logs for Society officers and case workers, and reference files for community organizations which include flyers, brochures, and pamphlets. Membership correspondence is also included here.
The Public Relations series documents the chapter's efforts at promoting awareness of Travelers Aid functions and services, and provides evidence of the success of those efforts. Mainly newsclippings, this series also includes educational radio spots, news releases, and photographs. Some of these photographs date from very early in the chapter's history and show travelers and wayward children being helped at the 1915 Exposition in Balboa Park.
The Case Records and Reports series provides the most rich historical information about the Travelers Aid Society of San Diego. It includes monthly statistical reports from the very early years to the 1960s. These reports give detailed statistical information about how many trains, boats, or buses were met during a particular month or year, the number and nationality of persons assisted, and a tally of the methods by which these cases were resolved. Many reports include narratives of particularly troublesome or interesting cases, and provide details about what types of travelers were arriving in San Diego, and their reasons for coming to the city. This series has several highlights, but chief among them are the case histories and dock reports of 1915 and 1916, which give detailed individual pictures of tourists and workers arriving for the 1915 Exposition and the troubles they run into. Many of these case histories detail situations where Travelers Aid comes to the service of women who are potential victims of crime in the booming city, or who have already become victims of crime and need help. The reports of the 1930s are notable for accounts of desperate travelers arriving in San Diego during the Great Depression and around the 1935-1936 Exposition. Narrative reports around WWII provide significant information about the great populations of soldiers in the armed forces in the city and issues surrounding their transportation.
The Volunteer Files series consists of materials related to volunteer activities, including policies, forms, and training manuals. Of note in this series are the tally sheets of the hostess desk at the airport, which document the reasons travelers are coming to the agency for aid at that access point.
The Board of Directors series includes minutes and official files. This series documents the decision-making involved in the activities of the chapter, and interactions with the National Travelers Aid Society.
The Conferences and Conventions series includes unpublished reports and copies of addresses given at biennial and other conventions on topics in social welfare and travelers aid.
The Financial Records series includes receipts, bank statements, and petty cash logs, and document the flow of money from donors and other supporters into the chapter and the disbursement of small amounts of money to needy parties.
The Scrapbook and Ephemera series consists of five scrapbooks. The earliest is from the 1940s and contains photographs, clippings, and ephemera related to the Society's role in the United Service Organizations (USO) in San Diego during World War II. Others are from the 1950s and 1960s and include clippings, invitations, thank-you notes, and news releases. Three pieces of ephemera are in this series: two badges, and a vinyl record of a documentary produced by the National Travelers Aid Society called People on the Move.

Detailed List of Contents

 

Office Files

Box 1, Folder 1

Lease Materials, Robinson Building 1956-1969

Box 1, Folder 2

Lease for Offices, 1969

Box 1, Folder 3

Lease Materials, California Theater Building 1973-1980

Box 1, Folder 4

Employment Applications and Personnel Files 1961-1974

Box 1, Folder 5

Employment Records for Pensions 1960-1961

Box 1, Folder 6

Correspondence with National TAS Research and Statistics 1969

Box 1, Folder 7

Time and Attendance Records 1970-1971

Box 1, Folder 8

Unused Vouchers 1970

Box 1, Folder 9

Cash Reciepts

Box 1, Folder 10

Membership Correspondence 1949

Box 1, Folder 11

File Work Sheets 1970

Box 1, Folder 12

Daily Appointment Schedules 1970

Box 1, Folder 13

Daily Appointment Schedules 1970

Box 1, Folder 14

Senior Citizens Directory for San Diego 1972

Box 1, Folder 15

Telephone Directory, Ensenada and Mexicali 1973

Box 1, Folder 16

Telephone Directory, Tijuana 1973

Box 1, Folder 17

Crisis House Pamphlets and Flyers 1970

Box 1, Folder 18

Salvation Army Women's Alcohol Detoxification Center

Box 1, Folder 19

Project Jove Re-entry Kit

Box 1, Folder 20

Brochures: Las Drogas y la Ley: Narcotics Laws in Mexico and the US 1972

Box 1, Folder 21

Brochures: Chicano Community Center

Box 1, Folder 22

Brochure: Southeast Involvement Program 1970

Box 1, Folder 23

San Diego County Regional Occupation Program 1972

Box 1, Folder 24

Newsletters and Brochures from Various Local Social Service Agencies 1960-1973

Box 1, Folder 25

Newsletters and Brochures from Various Local Social Service Agencies 1965-1973

Box 1, Folder 26

Washington Bulletin Social Legislation Information Service 1970-1973

Box 1, Folder 27

Echo Minutes 1973

Box 1, Folder 28

San Diego Community Colleges Brochures 1970-1973

Box 1, Folder 29

Congressional Record: Community Congress of San Diego Newsletter 1973-1974

Box 1, Folder 30

Clippings and Articles 1970-1975

Box 1, Folder 31

Employment Forms

Box 1, Folder 32

Travelers Aid Intercity Services 1946-1971

 

Public Relations

Box 2, Folder 1

Photographs ca. 1915-1925

Box 2, Folder 2

Photographs ca. 1940-1964

Box 2, Folder 3

Travelers Aid Week 1970

Box 2, Folder 4

Radio Spots 1960-1971

Box 2, Folder 5

Radio and Print Media 1970-1971

Box 2, Folder 6

Photographs, Miss Travelers Aid 1970

Box 2, Folder 7

TV Correspondence 1970

Box 2, Folder 8

Public Relations Correspondence 1970-1972

Box 2, Folder 9

National Travelers Aid Week Correspondence, Publicity, and Proclamations 1970-1972

Box 2, Folder 10

Photos and Correspondence 1971

Box 2, Folder 11

Newsclippings 1971

Box 2, Folder 12

News Clippings and Promotional Material 1915-1968

Box 2, Folder 13

News Clippings and Correspondence 1935-1966

Box 2, Folder 14

News Clippings 1940-1949

Box 2, Folder 15

News Clippings 1950-1959

Box 2, Folder 16

News Clippings 1955-1962

Box 2, Folder 17

News Clippings 1971

Box 2, Folder 18

News Clippings 1972

Box 2, Folder 19

News Clippings 1973

 

Case Records and Reports

Box 2, Folder 20

Monthly Reports 1915

Box 2, Folder 21

Monthly Reports, 1920

Box 2, Folder 22

Monthly Reports 1921

Box 2, Folder 23

Monthly Reports 1922

Box 2, Folder 24

Monthly Reports 1923

Box 2, Folder 25

Monthly Reports 1924

Box 2, Folder 26

Monthly Reports 1925

Box 2, Folder 27

Monthly Reports 1926

Box 2, Folder 28

Monthly Reports 1927

Box 2, Folder 29

Monthly Reports 1932

Box 2, Folder 30

Case Histories/Station and Dock Reports 1915-1916

Box 2, Folder 31

Annual Narrative Reports 1937-1939

Box 2, Folder 32

Annual Statistical Reports 1915-1958

Box 2, Folder 33

Annual Statistical Report Summaries 1952-1966

Box 2, Folder 34

Narrative Reports 1952-1964

Box 2, Folder 35

Miscellaneous Statistical Reports and Summaries 1956-1970

Box 2, Folder 36

Study of Women and Children Known to San Diego Travelers Aid 1945

Box 3, Folder 1

Annual Statistical Reports 1943-1961

Box 3, Folder 2

Annual Statistical Reports 1971-1975

Box 3, Folder 3

Agency Self-Evaluations 1971-1975

Box 3, Folder 4

Statistics on Hitchhikers 1970-1971

Box 3, Folder 5

Annual Statistical Reports 1968-1971

Box 3, Folder 6

Reports on San Diego TAS from Community Welfare Council and National TAS 1945-1967

Box 3, Folder 7

Agency Home Town Study 1957-1973

Box 3, Folder 8

Report, Comprehensive Health Planning Association 1972

Box 3, Folder 9

Case Recordings, Slesinger 1970

Box 3, Folder 10

Case Recordings, Adams 1970

Box 3, Folder 11

Case Recordings, Gallup 1970

Box 3, Folder 12

Case Recordings 1970

Box 3, Folder 13

Case Recordings, Colacicco 1970

Box 3, Folder 14

Case Recordings, Brigman 1970

Box 3, Folder 15

Case Recordings, Jensen 1970

Box 3, Folder 16

Case Recordings 1971

Box 3, Folder 17

Case Recordings, Slesinger 1971

Box 3, Folder 18

Case Recordings, Gallup 1971

Box 3, Folder 19

Case Recordings, Colacicco, 1971

Box 3, Folder 20

Case Recordings, Adams 1971

Box 3, Folder 21

Model Cities Program, City of San Diego 1969

Box 3, Folder 22

Chronology of the Black Man, San Diego Citizens Interracial Committee 1966

Box 3, Folder 23

Articles on Social Work and Welfare Systems 1941-1968

Box 3, Folder 24

Report and Recommendations on the Membership Study of TAS San Diego 1963

Box 3, Folder 25

Articles on Casework from National TAS 1956, 1970

Box 3, Folder 26

Spreadsheet, Assistance for Clients 1971

Box 3, Folder 27

Spreadsheet, Assistance for Clients 1970

Box 3, Folder 28

Reports from National TAS 1970-1974

Box 3, Folder 29

Case Correspondence 1953

 

Volunteer Records

Box 4, Folder 1

Volunteer Policies 1963

Box 4, Folder 2

Volunteer Manual

Box 4, Folder 3

Volunteer Publicity 1969-70

Box 4, Folder 4

Volunteer Plant and Equipment

Box 4, Folder 5

Volunteer Policies 1963-1969

Box 4, Folder 6

Volunteer Training 1969

Box 4, Folder 7

Volunteer Assignments 1968-1970

Box 4, Folder 8

Volunteer Correspondence 1969

Box 4, Folder 9

Volunteer Orientation Meeting 1970

Box 4, Folder 10

Volunteer Newsletters 1971

Box 4, Folder 11

Volunteer Bureau Board 1973

Box 4, Folder 12

Volunteer Bureau Board 1973

Box 4, Folder 13

Volunteer Bureau Board, 1973

Box 4, Folder 14

Volunteer Bureau Board 1973

Box 4, Folder 15

Volunteer Bureau Board, 1972

Box 4, Folder 16

Volunteer Bureau Board 1974

Box 4, Folder 17

RSVP Grants 1973

Box 4, Folder 18

Volunteer Bureau Board 1972

Box 4, Folder 19

Volunteer Bureau Board 1971

Box 4, Folder 20

Volunteer Schedule 1972

Box 4, Folder 21

Volunteer Working Material 1970

Box 4, Folder 22

Volunteer Correspondence 1956-1967

Box 4, Folder 23

Meeting Minutes 1968

Box 4, Folder 24

College Recruitment Needs 1968

Box 4, Folder 25

Answering Service Lists

Box 4, Folder 26

Volunteer Correspondence 1968-1969

Box 4, Folder 27

Volunteer Sign-in Sheets 1968

Box 4, Folder 28

Volunteer Evaluations 1970

Box 4, Folder 29

Volunteer Correspondence, 1968

Box 4, Folder 30

Volunteer Logs, Notes, and Brochures 1970

Box 4, Folder 31

Immigration Forms 1970

Box 4, Folder 32

Evaluation Charts

Box 4, Folder 33

Active Volunteers and Newsletters 1971-1974

Box 4, Folder 34

Active Personnel Volunteers 1972

Box 5, Folder 1

Airport Volunteer Materials 1969

Box 5, Folder 2

Airport Information and Correspondence 1969-1970

Box 5, Folder 3

Airport Hostess Desk Service Tallies, January 1970

Box 5, Folder 4

Airport Hostess Desk Service Tallies Feb 1970

Box 5, Folder 5

Airport Hostess Desk Service Tallies March 1970

Box 5, Folder 6

Airport Hostess Desk Service Tallies April 1970

Box 5, Folder 7

Airport Hostess Desk Service Tallies May 1970

Box 5, Folder 8

Airport Hostess Desk Service Tallies June 1970

Box 5, Folder 9

Airport Hostess Desk Service Tallies July 1970

Box 5, Folder 10

Airport Hostess Desk Service Tallies August 1970

Box 5, Folder 11

Airport Hostess Desk Service Tallies Sept 1970

Box 5, Folder 12

Airport Hostess Desk Service Tallies, Oct 1970

Box 5, Folder 13

Airport Hostess Desk Service Tallies Nov 1970

Box 5, Folder 14

Airport Hostess Desk Service Tallies Dec 1970

Box 5, Folder 15

Airport Hostess Desk Service Tallies May 1969

Box 5, Folder 16

Airport Hostess Desk Service Tallies June 1969

Box 5, Folder 17

Airport Hostess Desk Service Tallies July 1969

Box 5, Folder 18

Airport Hostess Desk Service Tallies Aug 1969

Box 5, Folder 19

Airport Hostess Desk Service Tallies Sept 1969

Box 5, Folder 20

Airport Hostess Desk Service Tallies Oct 1969

Box 5, Folder 21

Airport Hostess Desk Service Tallies Nov 1969

Box 5, Folder 22

Airport Hostess Desk Service Tallies Dec 1969

 

Board of Directors Files

Box 6, Folder 1

Community Chest Agreements 1952-1953

Box 6, Folder 2

Board of Directors Responsibilities 1973-1974

Box 6, Folder 3

Bylaws and Articles: Certified Copies of Resolutions

Box 6, Folder 4

Board Minutes 1914-1945

Box 6, Folder 5

Board Minutes 1946-1952

Box 6, Folder 6

Board Minutes 1952-1955

Box 6, Folder 7

Board Minutes 1966-1974

Box 6, Folder 8

Community Chest Agency Executive Minutes 1945-1955

Box 6, Folder 9

Holy Trust Charitable trust Papers

Box 6, Folder 10

Certificates, Articles of Incorporation, Amendments

Box 6, Folder 11

Bylaws and Amendments

Box 6, Folder 12

Defition of Travelers Aid ca. 1918

Box 6, Folder 13

Certificates and Charters

Box 6, Folder 14

Membership Study 1963

 

Conferences and Conventions

Box 6, Folder 15

Workshops and Addresses, Various Conventions 1949-1958

Box 6, Folder 16

Region II Conference 1949-1961

Box 6, Folder 17

Biennial Conference Addresses and Workshops 1958

Box 6, Folder 18

Biennial Conference Addresses and Workshops 1954

Box 6, Folder 19

Biennial Conference Addresses and Workshops 1952

Box 6, Folder 20

Biennial Conference Addresses and Workshops 1956

Box 6, Folder 21

Biennial Conference Addresses and Workshops 1960

Box 6, Folder 22

Various Addresses and Talks 1950-1951

Box 6, Folder 23

National Conference of Social Work 1955

 

Financial Records

Box 7, Folder 1

Financial records- Company books 1966-68

Box 7, Folder 2

General ledger- Loose pages ca. 1952-57

Box 7, Folder 3

General ledger 1966

Box 8, Folder 1

Payroll ledger 1966

Box 8, Folder 2

General ledger, loose pages 1965

Box 9, Folder 1

Paid bills, January- December 1970

Box 9, Folder 2

Paid bills, January- December 1970

Box 9, Folder 3

Paid bills, January- December 1970

Box 9, Folder 4

Paid bills, January- December 1970

Box 9, Folder 5

Paid bills, January- December 1970

Box 9, Folder 6

Paid bills, January- December 1970

Box 9, Folder 7

Paid bills, January- December 1970

Box 9, Folder 8

Paid bills, January- December 1970

Box 9, Folder 9

Paid bills, January- December 1970

Box 9, Folder 10

Paid bills, January- December 1970

Box 9, Folder 11

Paid bills, January- December 1970

Box 9, Folder 12

File work sheets, ca. 1970

Box 9, Folder 13

Assistance for clients, ca. 1970

Box 9, Folder 14

Unused vouchers, ca. 1970

Box 9, Folder 15

Time and attendence records- W-4 forms, ca. 1970

Box 10, Folder 1

Paid bills, Jan.- Dec. 1971

Box 10, Folder 2

Paid bills, Jan.- Dec. 1971

Box 10, Folder 3

Paid bills, Jan.- Dec. 1971

Box 10, Folder 4

Paid bills, Jan.- Dec. 1971

Box 10, Folder 5

Paid bills, Jan.- Dec. 1971

Box 10, Folder 6

Paid bills, Jan.- Dec. 1971

Box 10, Folder 7

Paid bills, Jan.- Dec. 1971

Box 10, Folder 8

Paid bills, Jan.- Dec. 1971

Box 10, Folder 9

Paid bills, Jan.- Dec. 1971

Box 10, Folder 10

Paid bills, Jan.- Dec. 1971

Box 10, Folder 11

Paid bills, Jan.- Dec. 1971

Box 10, Folder 12

Paid bills, Jan.- Dec. 1971

Box 10, Folder 13

Time and attendence records 1971

Box 10, Folder 14

Assistance for clients 1971

Box 10, Folder 15

Unused vouchers 1971

Box 11, Folder 1

Petty cash and bank statement envelopes 1970-1971

Box 12, Folder 1

Corporation income tax- Federal returns, ca. 1941-74

Box 12, Folder 2

Reporting methods- Case sampling, study request, financial statement, ca. 1969-70

Box 12, Folder 3

Employer's tax return- Wage tax transmittal- Federal/California, ca. 1962-75

Box 12, Folder 4

Periodic report of charitable trust- State of California, ca. 1943-71

Box 12, Folder 5

Property tax exemption- County of San Diego 1961-76

Box 12, Folder 6

Property tax exemption- County of San Diego 1952-60

Box 12, Folder 7

Inventory- Furniture & equipment, ca. 1943-70

Box 12, Folder 8

Corporation tax returns- State of California, ca. 1952-75

Box 12, Folder 10

Financial & service records- Reports to/from United community service etc., ca. 1956-72

Box 12, Folder 15

Employer's tax return- Wage-tax transmittals-Federal/California 1971-72

Box 12, Folder 16

Local agency events- Miscellaneous contacts, contributions, etc., ca. 1962-72

Box 12, Folder 47

Report of Audit, ca. 1942-60

Box 12, Folder 48

Bookkeeping statement, ca. 1943-53

Box 12, Folder 49

Bookkeeping statement, ca. 1943-53

Box 12, Folder 50

Bookkeeping statement, ca. 1943-53

Box 12, Folder 51

Financial statements- Accountants report, ca. 1962

Box 12, Folder 52

financial statements- Accountants report, ca. 1962

Box 12, Folder 53

Financial statements, ca. 1963-70

Box 12, Folder 54

Financial statements, ca. 1963-70

Box 12, Folder 55

Financial statements, ca. 1963-70

Box 12, Folder 56

Financial statements, ca. 1963-70

Box 12, Folder 57

Financial statements, ca. 1963-70

Box 12, Folder 58

Financial statements, ca. 1963-70

Box 12, Folder 59

Financial statements, ca. 1963-70

Box 12, Folder 60

Statements of revenues- Expenditures and fund balance, ca. 1966-67

Box 12, Folder 61

Statements of revenues- Expenditures and fund balance, ca. 1966-67

Box 12, Folder 62

Financial statements- Unaudited, ca. 1968-70

Box 12, Folder 63

Financial statements- Unaudited, ca. 1968-70

Box 12, Folder 64

Financial statements- Unaudited, ca. 1968-70

Box 12, Folder 65

Monthly statistics, ca. 1942-66

 

Scrapbooks and Ephemera

Box 13

Scrapbook, circa 1959-1964

Box 13

Scrapbook, 1966

Box 13

Scrapbook, 1942-1944

Box 14

Scrapbook, 1957

Box 14

Scrapbook, 1954-1958

Box 14

Badges

Box 14

Vinyl record: People on the Move, produced by National Travelers Aid Society