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Guide to the Uncle Sam Republican League Club Records MS 283
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  • Scope and Content
  • Preferred Citation
  • Processing Information
  • Biographical / Historical Notes
  • Arrangement
  • Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements
  • Conditions Governing Access
  • Conditions Governing Use

  • Title: Uncle Sam Republican League Club Records
    Identifier/Call Number: MS 283
    Contributing Institution: San Diego History Center Document Collection
    Language of Material: English
    Physical Description: 0.5 Linear feet (2 boxes)
    Date (inclusive): 1904-1919
    Abstract: This collection contains items pertaining to the Uncle Sam Republican League Club, including administrative documents, membership information, meeting minutes and financial information.
    creator: Uncle Sam Republican League Club.

    Scope and Content

    This collection contains documents of the Uncle Sam Republican League Club from its founding to its dissolution (1904-1912). Highlights include the Certificate of Articles of Incorporation, By-Laws, membership listings, meeting minutes, banking documents and bills and receipts.

    Preferred Citation

    Uncle Sam Republican League Club Records, MS 283, San Diego History Center Document Collection, San Diego, CA.

    Processing Information

    Collection processed by Jennifer Ho on December 7, 2011.
    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

    The Uncle Sam Republican League Club, also known as the Union League Club of San Diego, was founded in 1904. It was a socio-political organization founded in the spirit of the Union League Clubs that sprung up in support of the Republican Party in the Civil War and Post-Civil War era (these were also called “loyal leagues”). The purpose of the Uncle Sam Republican League Club, as stated in its founding documents, was “to promote the interest of good government by every honorable means, and particularly through the Republican Party” and “to furnish entertainment and to promote the social welfare of the members.” Membership requirements were simple; the candidate had to be a “straight” Republican and a resident of San Diego County. Many prominent local Republicans were board members. Among them were Leroy A. Wright, a California state Senator and founding Vice-President of the San Diego Historical Society, and William Clayton, a manager of the Spreckels companies and President of the San Diego and Cuyamaca Railway Co. Also in the group were D. B. Northrup, San Diego County Physician, C. L. Williams, President of First National Bank, and Homer Peters, President of the Marine Biological Association of San Diego (now Scripps Institute of Oceanography). A handful of Union League Clubs in major metropolitan areas survive into the 21st century and have been very influential in civic projects in the past, but San Diego’s club was short-lived. It was formally dissolved February 14, 1912, less than eight years after its inception.


    Items in collection are arranged by subject.

    Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

    The covers of the Meeting Minutes record book are prone to shedding. (December 7, 2011)

    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.

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    Bartholomew, C. H.
    Clark, Lincoln
    Clayton, William
    Green, Harry P.
    Guy, Wilfred R.
    Hinkle, E. C.
    Northrup, D. B.
    Peters, Homer
    Republican Party (U.S. : 1854- ).
    Uncle Sam Republican League Club.
    Union League Club of San Diego.
    Williams, C. L.
    Wright, Leroy A.
    Political science
    San Diego (Calif.)
    Union league clubs