Guide to the Mary Marston Collection MS 12
Finding aid prepared by Samantha Mills
San Diego History Center Document CollectionAugust 17, 2016
1649 El Prado, Suite 3
San Diego, CA, 92101
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
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.
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.
Mary Marston Collection, MS 12, San Diego History Center Document Archives, San Diego, CA.
This collection is open for research.
The San Diego History Center (SDHC) holds the copyright to any unpublished materials. SDHC Library regulations do apply.
Collection processed by Samantha Mills on June 3, 2013.
Subjects and Indexing Terms
San Diego (Calif.)
Miscellanea, 1974 August 29 - 1976 May 18