Donald H. Harrison Collection MS.0581

Stanley Schwartz & Laurel Schwartz, 2021
Mrs. Jeanne Gold
Special Collections & University Archives
5500 Campanile Dr. MC 8050
San Diego, CA 92182-8050

Contributing Institution: Special Collections & University Archives
Title: Donald H. Harrison Collection
Creator: Harrison, Donald H.
Identifier/Call Number: MS.0581
Physical Description: 1 Linear Feet One records carton
Date (inclusive): 1990s-2006
Language of Material: English .

Biographical Note

Donald H. Harrison is a San Diego-based journalist and historian. A former political writer for the Associated Press and the San Diego Union, he subsequently became involved in Jewish journalism, serving as an editor of the San Diego Jewish Press Heritage, a columnist with the San Diego Jewish Times, and is now publisher of the online San Diego Jewish World. In the realm of history, Don is a past member of the San Diego Historical Resources Board, is on the advisory boards of Western States Jewish History quarterly and the Journal of San Diego History and was the founding president of the Louis Rose Society for the Preservation of Jewish History, which has erected monuments around the city, including one at Louis Rose Point at the foot of Womble Street. Don is the author of the biography, Louis Rose: San Diego's First Jewish Settler and Entrepreneur. Additionally, for many years, Don was active in tourism promotion. After serving as press secretary to Acting Mayor Bill Cleator, he helped to form the San Diego Cruise Industry Consortium, and served as the executive director of that body for nine years, bringing cruise ships to San Diego. He also helped to found Old Town Trolley Tours of San Diego, serving as its first general manager. Don has been married to Nancy since 1968, and they have two children and four grandchildren. After taking a trip in 2014 with his oldest grandson, Shor, then 13, Don wrote the book "Schlepping Through the American West: There's A Jewish Story Everywhere." Other books by Don include 77 Miles of Jewish Stories: History, Anecdotes & Tales of Travel Along I-8; Waxie: An American Family Business Success Story and the two-volume: "Schlepping and Schmoozing Through San Diego County", with part 1 including stories about people and places in the City of San Diego, and Volume 2 on similar subjects in the suburban cities and towns of San Diego County.

Scope and Contents

This collection includes photos, correspondence, audio tapes, typed and handwritten notes and copies of various documents. Another part of the collection, bound volumes of the "Southwest Jewish Press Heritage" will be donated when the library opens back up after being closed by the COVID19 Pandemic and will be included with other volumes of the publication.

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

The copyright interests in these materials have not been transferred to San Diego State University. Copyright resides with the creators of materials contained in the collection or their heirs. The nature of historical archival and manuscript collections is such that copyright status may be difficult or even impossible to determine.  Requests for permission to publish must be submitted to the Head of Special Collections, San Diego State University, Library and Information Access. When granted, permission is given on behalf of Special Collections as the owner of the physical item and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder(s), which must also be obtained in order to publish. Materials from our collections are made available for use in research, teaching, and private study. The user must assume full responsibility for any use of the materials, including but not limited to, infringement of copyright and publication rights of reproduced materials.

Preferred Citation

Identification of item, folder title, box number, Donald H. Harrison Collection, Special Collections and University Archives, San Diego State University Library.

Custodial History

Donald H. Harrison donated his collection to the Jewish Historical Society of San Diego in 2020 (JHSSD #2020.01). It includes research materials for a published book entitled "Louis Rose, San Diego's First Jewish Settler and Entrepreneur." Rose came to San Diego in 1850. Also included are research materials on James W. Robinson, Rose's friend and business associate who came to San Diego with Rose in a wagon train from Texas. The collection also includes Jewish community photos by Harrison from the late 1990s and early 2000s.


August 2021

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Subjects and Indexing Terms

Jews--California--San Diego
Rose, Louis, 1807-1888

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Donald H. Harrison Biography & Newspaper Clipping 1 2003-2021

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Book: "San Diego County Soldier-Pioneers 1846-1866" by Ed Scott (1976), and Pamphlet: "A History of San Diego Government" 2 1976

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Correspondence & Notes Regarding Research Trip to Germany on Louis Rose 3 1995-2000

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Research on Louis Rose in New Orleans 4 1840-1848

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Typed Notes - Journey From Texas to San Diego on Rose & Robinson 5 1848-1849

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Typed & Handwritten Notes: Journey From Texas to San Diego on Rose & Robinson 6 1849

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Typed Notes: Arrival in California on Rose & Robinson 7 1850-1851

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Rose & Robinson - San Diego Masons & Cattle Brands 8

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Handwritten & Typed Notes: Louis Rose - San Diego Trustee & Supervisor 9 1852-1855

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Legal Documents Regarding Louis Rose in San Diego 10 1855-1909

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Typed Notes Regarding Louis Rose in San Diego 11 1856-1859

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Typed Notes Regarding Louis Rose in San Diego 12 1860-1869

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Typed & Handwritten Notes Regarding Louis Rose in San Diego 13 1870-1879

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Typed Notes Regarding Louis Rose in San Diego 14 1880-1889

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Handwritten Notes Regarding Louis Rose in San Diego 15 1874-1950

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Typed Notes Regarding Louis Rose in San Diego 16 1900-1969

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Public Records on the Love Family & Louis Rose's Daughter, Henrietta Rose 17 1880-1930

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Detailed Outline of Harrison's book on Louis Rose 18 Early 2000's

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Comprehensive Index for "Louis Rose: San Diego's First Jewish Settler and Entrepreneur" 19 2004

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Draft : "Louis Rose: San Diego's First Jewish Settler and Entrepreneur", Intro & Chapter 1 20 2004

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Draft : "Louis Rose: San Diego's First Jewish Settler and Entrepreneur", Chapter 2 21 2004

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Draft : "Louis Rose: San Diego's First Jewish Settler and Entrepreneur", Chapter 3 22 2004

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Draft : "Louis Rose: San Diego's First Jewish Settler and Entrepreneur", Chapter 4 23 2004

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Draft : "Louis Rose: San Diego's First Jewish Settler and Entrepreneur", Chapters 5 & 6 24 2004

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Draft : "Louis Rose: San Diego's First Jewish Settler and Entrepreneur", Chapters 7 & 8 25 2004

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Donald Harrison Speaking Engagements: "Louis Rose: San Diego's First Jewish Settler and Entrepreneur", Book Launch; Dedication of Louis Rose Point 26 1994-2004

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Louis Rose Society: Newspaper Clippings, Correspondence, Financials, Meeting Agenda 27 2005-2006

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James W. Robinson: Biographical Documents 28

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James W. Robinson: Genealogy 29

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Research on James W. Robinson: "Citing Handbook of Texas Online Articles" 30

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Research on James W. Robinson in Texas 31 1830

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James W. Robinson, Lt. Governor of Texas - Proceedings of the General Council 32 1835-1836

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James W. Robinson, Judge of the 4th District Texas - Resignation 33 1840

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Correspondence from Mrs. Sarah Robinson to Mrs. Whaley - San Diego 34 1859-1860

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Court Cases: James W. Robinson, District Attorney - San Diego 35 1852-1855

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Handwritten & Printed Notes Regarding James W. Robinson - San Diego 36 1869-1870

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William Robinson, Son of James W. Robinson - Civil War Service 37

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Congregacion Hebraica de Baja California - Tijuana - Photos 38 circa 1998

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Centro Social Israelita - Tijuana - Photos 39 circa 1998

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Elene (Chaja) Saad, Artist & Historian - San Diego - Photos 40 Oct-1998

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Businessman David Saul Guakil & Other Jewish Owned Businesses - Tijuana - Photos 41 Oct-1998

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Black Tie Event in San Diego with Jewish Public Officials - Photos 42 circa 1990

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San Diego: Jewish Community Members with Jewish & non-Jewish Public Officials & Visiting Jewish Celebrities - Photos 43 circa 1990

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San Diego Jewish Historical Sites - Photos 44 circa 1990

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San Diego: Clergy and Buildings from Local Conservative Congregations: Tifereth Israel, Beth El, Ohr Shalom, Beth Am,Temple Judea - Photos 45 circa 1990

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San Diego: Clergy and Buildings from Local Orthodox & Chabad Congregations - Photos 46 circa 1990

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San Diego: Clergy and Buildings from Local Reform, Humanistic & Renewal Congregations. Antisemitism at Adat Shalom - Photos 47 circa 1990

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San Diego: Jewish Cultural Leaders - Photos 48 circa 1990

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Rabbi Joel Newman, Naval Chaplain at Camp Pendelton - Community Event - Photos 49 circa 1990

box 1, box Nine Audio Cassette Tapes Regarding Donald Harrison's Book on Louis Rose

Nine Audio Cassette Tapes Regarding Donald Harrison's Book on Louis Rose 50 2000-2004