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Guide to the Dutilleul Mission Valley Journal MS 268
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  • Biographical / Historical Notes
  • Conditions Governing Access
  • Conditions Governing Use
  • Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements
  • Processing Information
  • Immediate Source of Acquisition
  • Preferred Citation
  • Arrangement
  • Scope and Content

  • Title: Dutilleul Mission Valley Journal
    Identifier/Call Number: MS 268
    Contributing Institution: San Diego History Center Document Collection
    Language of Material: English
    Physical Description: 1.0 Linear feet (1 box)
    Date: 1912
    Abstract: This collection consists of one journal written in French and English by Fernando Dutilleul to his mother. It contains an essay on the history of the San Diego Mission and numerous drawings of the plant and bird life of Mission Valley, California.
    Language of Materials: Collection materials are in English and French.
    creator: Dutilleul, Fernando

    Biographical / Historical Notes

    In 1912, Fernando Dutilleul walked through Mission Valley, California. He made sketches of local plant and bird life and wrote down notes on their environment. He supplemented his walks with research at the public library, and wrote and illustrated an essay on the history and discovery of the San Diego Mission. He was particularly interested in the daily life of the mission and the relationship between the missionaries and their “Indian converts.”

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    The San Diego History Center (SDHC) holds the copyright to any unpublished materials.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

    Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

    All pages are detached from binding. Pages are very thin, and ink is fading to brown. Fold-out map on inside front cover is cracked along the fold crease. (August 1, 2012)

    Processing Information

    Collection processed by Samantha Mills on August 1, 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.

    Immediate Source of Acquisition

    Accession number 950105.

    Preferred Citation

    Dutilleul Mission Valley Journal, MS 268, San Diego History Center Document Collection, San Diego, CA.


    Journal is arranged by four sections: introductory note, essay (French), illustrations, and essay (English translation).

    Scope and Content

    This collection consists of one journal written by Fernando Dutilleul to his mother. The journal has four distinct sections. The first section contains an introductory note to Fernando’s mother and the essay titled “Histoire – Decouverte,” both of which are in French. This section has three full page illustrations plus assorted smaller sketches in the margins of the essay. The second section is titled “Flora de la Vallée.” There is an introduction in French, followed by 25 full-page, colored sketches of local flowering plants. Most sketches are accompanied by notes on their formal name, their local name, and a physical description of the plant. The notes are almost entirely in French, though a few have phrases in English. The third section is titled “Les Oiseaux de la Vallée.” This section consists of four full-page sketches of birds. Only the first sketch is colored and noted with the name of the bird. The final section of the journal is a separate booklet tucked in at the end. This booklet contains an English translation of the introductory note to Fernando’s mother and the essay “History – Discovery.” There are several discrepancies between the French and English essays, including full sentences only in the French version or only in the English version. The English essay is the only section of the journal with page numbers. Finally, the journal contains a hand-drawn map of Mission Valley, pasted inside the front cover, and two photographs of Fernando Dutilleul in the valley.

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    Dutilleul, Fernando
    San Diego Mission.
    Drought-tolerant plants
    Mission Valley (Calif.)
    Valley plants