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  • Conditions Governing Access
  • Conditions Governing Use
  • Processing Information
  • Preferred Citation
  • Biographical / Historical Note
  • Scope and Content
  • Immediate Source of Acquisition
  • Arrangement

  • Title: Vesta Muehleisen Papers
    Identifier/Call Number: MS 142
    Contributing Institution: San Diego History Center Document Collection
    Language of Material: English
    Physical Description: 0.5 Linear feet (1 box)
    Date (inclusive): 1926-1948
    Abstract: The collection contains materials on Vesta Muehlesisen's educational activities from the 1920s to 1940s.
    creator: Muehleisen, Vesta

    Conditions Governing Access

    This collection is open for research.

    Conditions Governing Use

    The San Diego History Center (SDHC) holds the copyright to any unpublished materials. SDHC Library regulations do apply.

    Processing Information

    Collection processed by Alison Hennessey on December 1, 2011.
    Collection processed as part of grant project supported by the Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR) with generous funding from The Andrew Mellon Foundation.

    Preferred Citation

    Vesta Muehleisen Papers, MS 142, San Diego History Center Document Collection, San Diego, CA.

    Biographical / Historical Note

    Vesta Muehleisen (August 7, 1887-October 19, 1973) was a San Diego citizen actively involved in the educational system through the 1940s. Muehleisen, graduate of San Diego State Teachers College in 1907, was the first Alumni Association President in 1931. She served on the San Diego City Board of Education from the late twenties through the thirties for a number of years . She also served as Director of Education for the California Pacific Exposition from 1935-1936 and for the Golden Gate Exposition from 1939-1940. She was a member of the Advisory Council for San Diego State College from 1925-1934. She founded the Hall of Education Association in February 1937 and served as its first President. She was also a longtime member of the National Congress of Parents and Teachers and the 9th District Congress of Parents and Teachers. During her time serving on the San Diego City Board of Education, Muehleisen was involved in the lawsuit between the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) vs. the Board of Education, based on rumors that the ACLU had ties to the Communist Party, making them unfit to use public schools to hold meetings.

    Scope and Content

    The materials in the collection reflect Vesta Muehleisen’s educational activities through her involvement with San Diego State Teacher’s College, as a member of the San Diego Board of Education, as Director for Education for the California Pacific International Exposition and as the founder of the Hall of Education Association. Vesta Muehleisen’s role in the relocation of the San Diego State College to its current location in East San Diego is detailed in correspondence and newspaper clippings. The collection contains City of San Diego Board of Education Meeting Minutes and Resolutions related to the issue of Communist and Communist-related organizations requesting use of public schools to hold meetings. The collection also contains the court documents and correspondence on the lawsuit the ACLU brought against the San Diego City Board of Education for denying them access to public schools for their meetings. In addition, there is general correspondence, political ephemera, published articles and other documents related to Communism and Communist activities. Also included are documents and correspondence regarding activities of the Palace of Education during the California Pacific International Exposition in 1935-1936. Documents and correspondence pertaining to the founding and activities of the San Diego Hall of Education Association are included in the collection as well as an agreement and correspondence regarding property Blanche La Garde left with the Hall of Education Association.

    Immediate Source of Acquisition

    Accession number 950407.


    The collection is arranged into five series:
    Series I. San Diego State Teachers College
    Series II: San Diego City Board of Education and Communism
    Series III: Palace of Education at California Pacific International Exposition
    Series IV: San Diego Hall of Education Association
    Series V: Miscellanea
    Items within each series are arranged by subject.

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    American Civil Liberties Union.
    California Pacific International Exposition (1935-1936 : San Diego, Calif.).
    Golden Gate International Exposition (1939-1940 : San Francisco, Calif.).
    Hall of Education Association.
    Muehleisen, Vesta
    San Diego (Calif.). Board of Education.
    San Diego State College Alumni Association.
    Schweigardt, Frederick
    State Teachers College of San Diego.
    Anti-communist movements
    Balboa Park (San Diego, Calif.)
    Hall of Education (San Diego, Calif.)
    Propaganda, Anti-communist
    Propaganda, Communist
    San Diego (Calif.)