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Guide to the Rancho San Luis Rey Collection
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  • Overview of the Collection
  • Biographical Information:
  • Access Terms
  • Administrative Information
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  • Scope and Contents

  • Overview of the Collection

    Collection Title: Rancho San Luis Rey Collection
    Dates: 1917-1948
    Identification: MS-0024
    Creator: Cooper, Charles E.
    Physical Description: 25.00 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

    Biographical Information:

    Rancho San Luis Rey was one of the most prominent horse-breeding ranches in the Southwestern United States during the 1930s and 1940s. Owned and operated by Charles E. Cooper, the ranch bred, sold, and ran horses throughout California and Tijuana. Cooper was an integral part of the early development of North San Diego County (Bonsal), the Del Mar Race Track, horse racing in California, and Wilshire Boulevard.

    Access Terms

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

    Corporate Name:

    Rancho San Luis Rey (Calif.) -- Archives

    Genre/Form of Material:

    Personal Papers

    Geographic Name:

    Bonsall (Calif.) -- History -- Sources
    San Diego County (Calif.) -- Pictorial works

    Personal Name:

    Cooper, Charles E. -- Archives

    Topical Term:

    Horse racing -- California -- San Diego County -- History -- 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. 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, Rancho San Luis Rey Collection, Special Collections and University Archives, Library and Information Access, San Diego State University.

    Arrangement of Materials:

    I. Office Files, 1917-1948
    II. Photographs, n.d.
         1. Individuals, n.d.
         2. Rancho San Luis Rey, n.d.
         3. Breckenridge, Texas, n.d.
         4. Horses Identified, n.d.
         5. Horses Unidentified, n.d.

    Scope and Contents

    The collection documents Cooper's early life horse breeding and racing, ranching, commerce, land development, and politics.  Because of the breadth of the collection, it has been organized alphabetically by subject, person, or correspondent with inclusive dates listed. Users should be aware that many files refer to other files and that careful cross-referencing may be required.  The collection includes correspondence, memoranda, financial records, breeding lists, photographs, and publicity.