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Guide to the Carl Reupsch Collection MS 187
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  • Conditions Governing Access
  • Conditions Governing Use
  • Processing Information
  • Preferred Citation
  • Immediate Source of Acquisition
  • Arrangement
  • Biographical / Historical Notes
  • Comments
  • Scope and Content

  • Title: Carl Reupsch Collection
    Identifier/Call Number: MS 187
    Contributing Institution: San Diego History Center Document Collection
    Language of Material: English
    Physical Description: 1.0 Linear feet (2 boxes)
    Date (inclusive): 1948-1971
    Abstract: This collection contains personal and business papers of Carl Reupsch, including his involvement in the San Diego Harbor Department, Mission Bay Park, and San Diego Port Unified District
    Language of Materials: Collection materials are in English and French.
    creator: Reupsch, Carl F.

    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    The San Diego History Center (SDHC) holds the copyright to any unpublished materials.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 Sandra Kirkwood and Stephanie Mirkin on September 20, 2012.
    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

    Carl Reupsch Collection, MS 187, San Diego History Center Document Collection, San Diego, CA.

    Immediate Source of Acquisition

    Accession number 830706A.


    The collection is arranged into 4 series:
    Series I: Personal Papers
    Series II: San Diego Harbor Department
    Series III: Mission Bay Park
    Series IV: San Diego Unified Port District
    Items within each series are arranged by subject.

    Biographical / Historical Notes

    Carl Frederick Reupsch was born April 3, 1909 in Erie, Pennsylvania. He moved to San Diego in 1942 to work for Consolidated Aircraft (later Convair Division of General Dynamics). Carl Reupsch was a prominent figure in the development of the harbor and the waterfront in San Diego, working at the San Diego Harbor Department, Mission Bay Park, and the San Diego Unified Port District. Additionally, he traveled around the country, including Sacramento, Washington, D.C., and Texas, providing other ports and professional organizations with expert advice in development and operations. Moreover, he was involved in numerous organizations serving in many leadership positions such as the President of the California Navigation Conference and Director of the Cabrillo Historical Association, among others. Carl Reupsch published several books and articles and impressively produced three sound color motion pictures. He and his wife, Marion, enjoyed traveling and completed several around-the-world trips.
    During his time at the San Diego Harbor Department, he was involved in the promotion of the harbor and also tackled real estate issues. In 1956, he was requested to be the Director of Mission Bay Park, and graciously served in the position for one year before returning to the Harbor Department. In 1962, after a legislative push, the San Diego Unified Port District was established, bringing together ports in San Diego, National City, Chula Vista, Imperial Beach, and Coronado. Carl Reupsch was involved in the development of Harbor Island, Shelter Island, the Embarcadero, and the upgrades to Lindbergh Field.
    Carl F. Reupsch passed away on May 30, 1983 at the age of 74.


    Material added to collection from Document Files Collection, Carl F. Reupsch file.

    Scope and Content

    This colleciton contains papers of Carl Reupsch encompassing his career in the San Diego Harbor Department, Mission Bay Park, and San Diego Unified Port District. There are correspondence and reports on property management of San Diego harbor and tidelands as well as scripts for promotional films from the San Diego Harbor Department. Internal memoranda and reports document development of Mission Bay Park under Carl Reupsch as Director. San Diego Unified Port District papers include documents on tidelands management, Harbor Island, Shelter Island, and Embarcadero development, Linderberg Field and hotel growth. The collection also includes personal papers of Carl Reupsch such as biographies and personal travel itineraries.

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    Airport Operators Council.
    Bates, John
    Reupsch, Carl F.
    San Diego (Calif.). Harbor Dept.
    San Diego (Calif.). Planning Dept.
    San Diego Unified Port District.
    Star of India (Ship).
    Boats and boating
    Embarcadero (San Diego, Calif.)
    Eureka (Calif.)
    Harbor Island (San Diego, Calif.)
    Lindbergh Field (San Diego, Calif.)
    Mission Bay Park (San Diego, Calif.)
    San Diego (Calif.)
    Shelter Island (San Diego, Calif.)
    Ventura (Calif.)