Guide to the Mouney Pfefferkorn Papers MS 261

Finding aid prepared by Amanda Hughes
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
January 10, 2013

Title: Mouney Pfefferkorn Papers
Identifier/Call Number: MS 261
Contributing Institution: San Diego History Center Document Collection
Language of Material: English
Physical Description: 0.25 Linear feet (1 box)
Date (inclusive): 1904-2003
Abstract: This collection relates to the life of Mouney Pfefferkorn including his service in the Navy and his retirement from the First Naitonal Bank, San Diego.
Language of Materials: Collection materials are in English and German.
creator: Pfefferkorn, Mouney

Preferred Citation

Mouney Pfefferkorn Papers, MS 261, San Diego History Center Document Collection, 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The San Diego History Center (SDHC) holds the copyright to any unpublished materials.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 Amanda Hughes on January 10, 2013.
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.

Biographical / Historical Notes

Born in Vienna, Austria in 1880, Mouney Pfefferkorn immigrated to the United States in 1902 at the age of 22 and enlisted in the Navy. He served for four years eventually achieving the rank of Chief Yeoman. After being discharged in 1906 he settled in San Diego. He took a job with the First National Bank, which he held for fifty years, retiring in 1956 as the Vice President of their Foreign Investments division. Pfefferkorn was very active in developing the Navy presence in San Diego earning him the nickname “Mr. Navy.” He campaigned for the creation of North Island Navy Base and was very active in the San Diego Council for the U.S. Navy. He was also the football coach at San Diego Unified High School and led the campaign to build Balboa Stadium. He was also active in several other civic organizations. Mouney Pfefferkorn died in 1968 at the age of 88. He was survived by his wife Edith Pfefferkorn (nee Stitts) a daughter, Carol Swann, and a son Eric.


Collection is arranged by subject.

Scope and Content

The collection relates to the life of Mouney Pfefferkorn. There is biographical information, correspondence on navy-related matters, and a collection of newspaper articles and images concerning Mouney's many honors and on World War II. Documents related to his retirement from First National Bank and appreciation banquets held in his honor are also included. Additionally, there are several documents related to his son, Eric Pfefferkorn’s survival of a kamikaze attack during his Naval service in WWII.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Accession number 2004.9.

Subjects and Indexing Terms

Amateur Athletics Union.
Bunker Hill (Aircraft carrier, CV-17).
First National Bank of San Diego.
Navy League of the United States.
Nimitz, Chester W. (Chester William), 1885-1966
Nixon, Richard M. (Richard Milhous), 1913-1994
Pfefferkorn, Edith
Pfefferkorn, Eric
Pfefferkorn, Mouney
San Diego High School.
Vinson, Carl, 1883-1981
Balboa Stadium (San Diego, Calif.)
Naval Air Station North Island (Calif.)
San Diego (Calif.)

Box-folder 1:1

Biography, undated

Box-folder 1:2

Correspondence, 1915 September 10-1960 March 16


Correspondence with several Naval officers including Karl Vinson and Chester Nimitz
Box-folder 1:3

Retirement from First National Bank, 1957 February 21-March 25 and undated

Scope and Content

Speech by Admiral Jackson
Letter from Vice President Richard Nixon, February 27, 1957
Letters from leaders of various international banks
Box-folder 1:4

Appreciation banquets, 1957 March 9-1960 January 14


Program from Naval League of United States mentioning Pfefferkorn
Address written by Chester Nimitz for the Amateur Athletic Union banquet
Speech about the construction of Balboa Stadium at San Diego High School
Box-folder 1:5

Magazine and newspaper articles, 1945 June 28-1971 March 30 and undated


Articles and images concerned with Mouney Pfefferkorn’s retirement and death
Articles and images concerned with the Pacific theater during the WWII
Box-folder 1:6

Eric Pfefferkorn, 1944 September 29-2003 September 7 and undated


Documents related to Eric Pfefferkorn, focused mainly on a kamikaze attack on the USS Bunker Hill while Pfefferkorn was serving
Program from Kamikaze survivors’ conference
Box-folder 1:7

Miscellanea, 1904-1949 and undated


Trivia sheet from the year Eric Pfefferkorn was born, September 16, 1915
Photocopied images of family members
Document in German
Copy of "Gunnery Trophy won by the Crow of the U.S.S. Paul Jones, March 1904 at Panama"
Comic illustration of "Armed Forces Unification Program Practice Session," 1949