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Guide to the San Diego Chamber of Commerce Collection MS 300
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  • Biographical / Historical Notes
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  • Arrangement
  • Preferred Citation
  • Conditions Governing Access
  • Conditions Governing Use
  • Processing Information

  • Title: San Diego Chamber of Commerce Collection
    Identifier/Call Number: MS 300
    Contributing Institution: San Diego History Center Document Collection
    Language of Material: English
    Physical Description: 7.25 Linear feet (15 boxes)
    Date (inclusive): 1887-2006
    Abstract: The collection contains administrative materials and reference resources related to the interests of the San Diego Chamber of Commerce.
    creator: San Diego Chamber of Commerce.

    Biographical / Historical Notes

    The San Diego Chamber of Commerce is a non-profit organization founded in 1870 by Alonzo Horton, a prominent local businessman who served as the Chamber’s first treasurer. Their mission is to advocate for and support the interests of local business and their employees within the City of San Diego.
    The initial endeavors of the Chamber of Commerce included developing railroad lines in San Diego, supporting harbor commerce, procuring fresh drinking water for the city, and encouraging both settlement and tourism in San Diego. In the early 20th century, the Chamber of Commerce was instrumental in the establishment of military installations throughout region, which in turn bolstered San Diego’s economy. It was also a driving force behind the 1915 Panama-California Exposition, which put San Diego on the map and started the process of Balboa Park becoming the cultural center it is today. The Chamber of Commerce is currently active in the San Diego community with over 3,000 members.

    Scope and Content

    The collection consists of materials pertaining to the administration and interests of the San Diego Chamber of Commerce between 1887 and 2006. The bulk of the collection materials are dated between 1950 and 2006. Materials include administrative documents, such as by-laws and meeting minutes, as well as reports, research, and reference materials related to a variety of topics that concern the Chamber of Commerce. These subjects include city demographics, the environment, economics, crime, industry and employment, the military, city planning, politics, and tourism. Reference items include the original San Diego City Plan developed by John Nolen in 1926, as well as a copy of Douglas Gunn’s Picturesque San Diego. Additionally, the collection contains the Chamber of Commerce membership records for the Spreckels Company, owned by John D. Spreckels.


    The collection is arranged in thirteen series:
    I. Administrative Materials;
    II. Agriculture and Environment;
    III. Crime;
    IV. Demographics;
    V. Economics;
    VI. Economic Research Bulletins;
    VII. Industry and Employment;
    VIII. Military;
    IX. Planning;
    X. Politics;
    XI. Tourism;
    XII. Spreckels Company;
    XIII. Miscellanea. Items within each series are arranged by subject.

    Preferred Citation

    San Diego Chamber of Commerce Collection, MS 300, San Diego History Center Document Archives, 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 Lauren Rasmussen on August 26, 2013.

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    J.D. and A.B. Spreckels Company.
    Klauber, Abraham, 1831-1911
    Nolen, John, 1869-1937
    San Diego (Calif.). Planning Dept.
    San Diego and Coronado Ferry Company.
    San Diego Association of Governments.
    San Diego Chamber of Commerce. Economic Research Bureau.
    San Diego Convention and Tourist Bureau.
    San Diego Electric Railway Company.
    Spreckels, John Diedrich, b. 1853
    Balboa Park (San Diego, Calif.)
    Economic development
    San Diego (Calif.)