Guide to the Carl Reupsch Collection MS 187

Finding aid prepared by Sandra Kirkwood and Stephanie Mirkin
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.
San Diego History Center Document Collection
1649 El Prado, Suite 3
San Diego, CA, 92101
September 20, 2012

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The San Diego History Center (SDHC) holds the copyright to any unpublished materials.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


Series I: Personal Papers

Box-folder 1:1

Personal papers, 1957-1971 and undated


Biographical information
Travel itineraries

Series II: San Diego Harbor Department

Box-folder 1:2

Correspondence, 1957 March 15-1962 April 10


Reupsch's appointment
Attendance and presentations by Reupsch at conferences and meetings
Assistance in examination for Harbor Property Managers
Rental policy research for tidelands
Box-folder 1:3

Property management, 1948-1962 and undated


General value apprasial, possessory taxes, and rentals
Box-folder 1:4

Property management, 1956-1961


Box-folder 1:5

Property management, 1958-1960


Collected data reports on berth rentals, yacht basin value appraisal, and possessory taxation
Box-folder 1:6

Parking area development, 1957-1959 and undated

Box-folder 1:7

Ventura Port District development, 1957 April 16-June 5

Box-folder 1:8

Articles and miscellaneous reports by Reupsch, 1957-1962 and undated


"A Report on Your Port," published article in Rental Owners News, November 1957
"Point Loma Little League," February 3, 1959
"History and Development of the Port of San Diego," November 1960
Drafts and correspondence for article titled "Airport Accounting," 1961-1962 and undated
Box-folder 1:9

Promotional films, 1955-1959


Drafts of scripts and screenplays for promotional films, "Harbor of the Sun" and "Tradelanes to the Harbor of the Sun"
Box-folder 1:10

Miscellanea, undated


Advertisement for Port of New Orleans, undated
Copy of two pages from unknown book, lists "The Harbor Commission of San Diego" for "fiscal year ending July 1, 1929."

Series III: Mission Bay Park

Box-folder 1:11

Correspondence, 1956 October 9-1957 October 16


Reupsch's appointment
Congratulatory letters to Reupsch on receiving position as Director
Honorary memberships and complimentary tickets to Reupsch
Box-folder 1:12

Internal memoranda and reports, 1957 January-October


"Mission Bay Park: A Summary of its History, Planning, Development and Management" by Carl F. Reupsch, Director (report), October 1, 1957
Box-folder 1:13

"Mission Bay Development: An Evaluation of Pertinent Oceanographic Factors" (report and excerpts), 1957 July 25

Box-folder 1:14

Brochures, undated


Series IV: San Diego Unified Port District

Box-folder 1:15

Correspondence, 1963 February 25-1971 January 14


Port business affairs
Internal memoranda
Event and conference participation by Reupsch
Box-folder 2:1

Annual Reports, 1964-1970


1965 Improvements Bonds, Official Statement (booklet), September 20, 1965
Box-folder 2:2

Port of San Diego history and development, 1967-1969

Box-folder 2:3

Tidelands management, 1963-1971


Box-folder 2:4

Small craft harbor development, 1966-1968

Box-folder 2:5

Harbor Island and Shelter Island history and development, 1961-1969 and undated

Box-folder 2:6

Embarcadero development, 1968-1971

Box-folder 2:7

Lindberg Field and Airport Operators Council, 1964-1967 and undated


Lindberg Field (airport) development
Airport Operators Council uniform financial reporting
Box-folder 2:8

Hotel developments, 1960-1965

Box-folder 2:9

Water pollution reports (copies), 1969

Box-folder 2:10

News releases, 1966 July 25-1968 November 1

Box-folder 2:11

News articles, 1961-1968

Box-folder 2:12

"Port Dictionary of Technical Terms" (book),

Box-folder 2:13

Miscellanea, 1957-1970 and undated


Reupsch's handwritten notes on business activities and listings of meetings
Board of Port Commissioners organization chart and status report (copies)
"Typical Calendar of Corps of Engineers Budgetary Process" (copy)