This collection contains meeting minutes and other business papers of the San Diego Open Forum, a non-profit organization
promoting free speech, from 1918 to 1974.
The San Diego Open Forum was founded in 1919 to promote democracy and freedom of speech in San Diego County. The organization
was inspired after an incident in 1918 in which police prevented a lecture by investigative reporter Lincoln Steffens at the
First Unitarian Church for fear of a gathering mob of protesters. Founders included prominent citizens Lyman J. Gage, George
A. Garrett, E.M. Scofield, William E. Ritter, W. Templeton Johnson, Douglas Young, Judge Spencer M. Marsh, and the Reverend
Dr. Howard Bard.