Guide to the San Diego Photograph Collection

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5500 Campanile Dr. MC 8050
San Diego, CA, 92182-8050
Phone: 619-594-6791

Guide to the San Diego Photograph Collection 1870/1975

Special Collections & University Archives

Overview of the Collection

Collection Title: San Diego Photograph Collection
Dates: 1870-1975
Identification: MS-0222
Physical Description: 2.58 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
Other Information:
This collection is currently being digitized.  The Department of Special Collections and University Archives requires 5 business days to retrieve boxes 2 and 3 for research.
A portion of this collection has been digitized.  Click below to access the digital collection.
Additional information may be found at

Access Terms

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

Genre/Form of Material:

Digital Records

Geographic Name:

San Diego (Calif.) -- Pictorial works
San Diego County (Calif.) -- Pictorial works

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, San Diego Photograph Collection, Special Collections and University Archives, Library and Information Access, San Diego State University.

Arrangement of Materials:

The photographs are grouped topically in folders with the appropriate headings, with the exception of albums which can contain multiple subjects. Headings are as follows:
Aerials/San Diego City
Albums (3)
Balboa Park/Zoo
Camp Pendleton
Downtown San Diego
George M. Kimball Family Pictures
Unidentified individuals
Mission Hills/Mission Cliff
Mount Helix, Old Town/Presidio
San Diego Mission de Alcala
San Diego County and Outlying Areas
San Diego
Baja California
Camp Kearny
Copley Family Pictures
Hotel del Coronado
La Jolla, Mission Beach
Mission Valley
Ocean Beach
Point Loma
San Diego Bay
San Diego Stadium
Sweetwater Dam

Scope and Contents

The San Diego Photograph Collection is modest in size with only 700+ images, yet some are of particular interest to those interested in the military in San Diego, Coronado and Hotel del Coronado, and outlying San Diego County.
This collection has been digitized and is available here:

Detailed List of Contents

Box 1, Folder 1


Scope and Contents

32 loose images
Box 1, Folder 2

Album of Harold Kellogg 1926-27

Box 1, Folder 3

Album- Unidentified Afro-American San Diego Family ca. 1900

Box 1, Folder 4

Baja California

Box 1, Folder 5

Balboa Park/Zoo

Box 1, Folder 6

Buildings/ Homes

Box 2, Folder 1

Business/ Industry/ Labor

Box 2, Folder 2

Camp Kearney

Box 2, Folder 3

Camp Kearney (E.P. Watson)

Box 2, Folder 4

Camp Pendelton

Box 2, Folder 5


Box 2, Folder 6

Family Pics- Copley

Box 2, Folder 7

Grant Family Pictures

Box 2, Folder 8

Geo. M Kimball House family pictures

Box 2, Folder 9

Individuals Unidentified- San Diego Studies

Box 3, Folder 1

La Jolla

Box 3, Folder 2


Box 3, Folder 3

Mission Bay

Box 3, Folder 4

Mission Beach

Box 3, Folder 5

Mission Hills/ Mission Cliffs

Box 3, Folder 6

Mission Valley

Box 3, Folder 7

Ocean Beach and Sunset Cliffs

Box 3, Folder 8

Old Town/ Presidio

Box 3, Folder 9

Point Loma

Box 3, Folder 10


Box 3, Folder 11

San Diego Bay

Box 3, Folder 12

San Diego County/ Outlying areas

Box 3, Folder 13

San Diego Mission de Alcala

Box 3, Folder 14

San Diego Stadium

Box 3, Folder 15

Sweetwater Dam

Box 3, Folder 16

Non- San Diego

Box 4, Folder 1

Photograph Collection Negatives

Box 5, Folder 1

Oversize Aerial Photographs, many of which are duplicates from the collection