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Guide to the Walter Bellon Papers MS 10
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  • Biographical / Historical Notes
  • Scope and Content
  • Arrangement
  • Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements
  • Preferred Citation
  • Conditions Governing Access
  • Conditions Governing Use
  • Processing Information
  • Immediate Source of Acquisition

  • Title: Walter Bellon Papers
    Identifier/Call Number: MS 10
    Contributing Institution: San Diego History Center Document Collection
    Language of Material: English
    Physical Description: 0.25 Linear feet (1 box)
    Date: 1912-1974
    Abstract: This collection contains Walter Bellon’s personal memoirs, his observations on the San Diego Stingaree District, and details of his travels in Baja California.
    Language of Materials: Collection materials are in English and Spanish.
    creator: Bellon, Walter

    Biographical / Historical Notes

    Walter Bellon (1881-1972) was born in Trenton, New Jersey. Moving to San Diego in 1908, he went to work for the San Diego Health Department. In 1910, serving as Health and Sanitary Inspector, Bellon was tasked with the difficult and dangerous job of organizing the cleanup San Diego’s Stingaree District and Waterfront. Bellon resigned in 1922 and went into the plumbing business. He re-entered public life in 1936, being elected to the County Board of Supervisors where he was selected Chairman of the Board during the 1937, 1941 and 1942 terms. In addition to his political career Bellon was an avid marksman and recounts his interactions and hunting expeditions in Baja California in essays spanning 1911-1920.

    Scope and Content

    This collection contains Walter Bellon’s personal memoirs, his observations on the San Diego Stingaree District, and details of his travels in Baja California. Included in this collection are Walter Bellon’s typed manuscript and memories and anecdotes from his time with the Health Department. Bellon’s sketched street and property maps of San Diego’s Stingaree District are included along with his certificate of appointment as a Special Police Officer. Also of note are travel documents from and accounts of Bellon’s time spent hunting in Baja California, including receipts, firearms license documents and personal essays.


    The collection is arranged by series:
    Series I: Memoirs
    Series II: Stingaree District
    Series III: Baja California

    Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

    Overall, this collection is in fair condition. Bellon’s essays and anecdotes are written primarily in pencil; take care to be mindful of fading and need to photocopy originals. (February 2013).

    Preferred Citation

    Walter Bellon Papers, MS 10, 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 Jennifer Vanoni on March 6, 2013.

    Immediate Source of Acquisition

    Accession number 760413 (drawing).

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    Hellyer, David
    Martinez, Marcus
    Al Hotel Palacio
    Baja California (Mexico : Peninsula)
    Local government
    Stingaree District (San Diego, Calif.)