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Guide to the White Deer Memorial Collection MS 32
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  • Title: White Deer Memorial Collection
    Identifier/Call Number: MS 32
    Contributing Institution: San Diego History Center Document Collection
    Language of Material: English
    Physical Description: 0.25 Linear feet (1 box)
    Date (inclusive): 1975-1979
    Abstract: This is a collection of material retained by artist Margaret Price regarding the death of the beloved white deer of Mission Hills in 1975, and records of the memorial established after its death.
    creator: Price, Margaret

    Biographical / Historical Notes

    Margaret Rose Taylor Price (1911-1992) was a local San Diego artist. Married to Herbert Price, she was the founding president of the “Allied Craftsmen” art movement, and was involved in converting Spanish Village in Balboa Park to an artists’ enclave after it was released by the Navy at the close of WWII. In the late 1970s, she became a part of the San Diego Museum of Art’s project to conduct a series of oral histories with prominent San Diego artists and architects. She taught ceramics at San Diego State University and the San Diego Museum of Art.
    “Lucy” the white fallow doe was born in the San Diego Zoo. The zoo was overpopulated with deer at the time, so she was sold along with a buck to an individual in Mission Hills. The deer soon escaped their confines. The buck was never seen again, but Lucy became a local celebrity for the next 10 years. On Dec. 13, 1975, animal control received many calls about Lucy trying to cross busy Taylor Street. She was shot with a tranquilizer dart by animal regulation officer Paul Coplin, and later died due to an adverse reaction. After Lucy’s death, the public was outraged and an investigation was put into effect on the officer who fired the deadly shot. Citizens raised over $800 for a memorial for the doe. A year later a monument was dedicated to Lucy at Inspiration Point in Presidio Park. Designed by Charles Faust, the monument is three native rocks near a shallow drinking pool.

    Scope and Content

    This is a collection of material retained by artist Margaret Price regarding the death of the beloved white deer of Mission Hills in 1975, and records of the memorial established after its death. Materials include reports, correspondence, and petitions. They document the activities of the officers involved in the shooting of the doe and a timeline of its death, letters from community members expressing their anguish, and local efforts to establish the memorial.

    Arrangement

    This collection is arranged by material type and subject.

    Related Archival Materials

    SB 28 Margaret Price White Deer Scrapbook

    Preferred Citation

    White Deer Memorial Collection, MS 32, 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 January 10, 2017.

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    Bates, Jim
    Coplin, Paul
    DiGrazia, Art
    Miller, Judy
    Mission Hills (San Diego, Calif.)
    Presidio Park
    White Deer Memorial