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Guide to the Mary Marston Collection MS 12
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  • Title: Mary Marston Collection
    Identifier/Call Number: MS 12
    Contributing Institution: San Diego History Center Document Collection
    Language of Material: English
    Physical Description: 0.25 Linear feet (1 box)
    Date (inclusive): 1896 January 10 - 1983 August 14
    Abstract: This collection contains the correspondence and research notes of Mary Marston, as well as early membership lists for the Tuesday Club.
    creator: Marston, Mary Gilman

    Biographical / Historical Notes

    Mary Gilman Marston was born in San Diego, California in 1879 to George White Marston and Ann Lee Gunn. She attended San Diego High School, Pomona College, and Wellesley College, which she graduated in 1903. Mary was closely involved in her father’s civic activities, acting as his assistant and consultant in the creation of park lands and urban planning. After his death in 1946 she continued to support numerous cultural, civic, and social causes. She served on the Neighborhood House Board, and was a member of the San Diego Historical Society, San Diego Floral Association, San Diego Museum of Art, and San Diego Museum of Man. She was also a long time member of the Wednesday and Tuesday Clubs, and the Zlac Rowing Club. In 1956 she completed a two-volume biography of her father’s life, George White Marston: A Family Chronicle.
    In 1974 she donated 4.5 acres of her estate to the City of San Diego, under the stipulation that she retain full rights to the family mansion during her lifetime. Upon her death, the mansion was to be the new headquarters of the San Diego Historical Society. She never married, and died in July 1987 at the age of 107.

    Scope and Content

    This collection contains the correspondence and research notes of Mary Marston, as well as membership lists for the Tuesday Club. Correspondence includes personal letters and letters regarding the development of historic sites in San Diego. Research notes cover early homes and families in San Diego.


    This collection is arranged by subject.

    Preferred Citation

    Mary Marston Collection, MS 12, San Diego History Center Document Archives, San Diego, CA.

    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    The San Diego History Center (SDHC) holds the copyright to any unpublished materials.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 Samantha Mills on June 3, 2013.

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    Tuesday Club.
    San Diego (Calif.)