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Guide to Rest Haven Preventorium for Children Papers MS 6
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  • Biographical / Historical Notes
  • Scope and Content
  • Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements
  • Preferred Citation
  • Conditions Governing Access
  • Conditions Governing Use
  • Processing Information
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  • Immediate Source of Acquisition

  • Title: Rest Haven Preventorium for Children Papers
    Identifier/Call Number: MS 6
    Contributing Institution: San Diego History Center Document Collection
    Language of Material: English
    Physical Description: 11.25 Linear feet (12 boxes)
    Date (inclusive): 1909-1971
    Abstract: This collection contains materials related to Rest Haven Preventorium and its administrative processes from 1910 through 1971.
    Language of Materials: Collection materials are in English.
    creator: Mead, Florence

    Biographical / Historical Notes

    In 1907, the San Diego County Medical Society voted to cooperate with a California Tuberculosis Association in forming a local organization for combating the threat of tuberculosis. This San Diego Tuberculosis Association ( San Diego Society for the Study and Prevention of Tuberculosis) was incorporated in 1910. In its early years the Association administered several programs in its local fight against the “White Plague”, including the establishment of an open-air sanatorium in the Lemon Villa area and a cooperative program with the Army during the first World War for treatment of ailing servicemen stationed locally. The open-air camp, called Rest Haven Preventorium, became the focus of the Association’s activities beginning in the 1920s, as emphasis shifted from adult patients to the exclusive treatment of children. Rest Haven maintained its commitment to children through the expansion of the camp, annual Christmas Seal drives, and charity events. In the early 1950s Rest Haven relinquished operation of its facilities and became a foundation dedicated to the welfare of San Diego’s children.

    Scope and Content

    This collection contains materials related to Rest Haven Preventorium and its administrative processes from 1910 through 1971. Materials include correspondence, organizational records, meeting minutes, reports and proposals, financial reports and statements, histories, miscellaneous ephemera and newspaper clippings and scrapbooks. There are materials dating from the Associations beginnings as well as the period of Rest Haven’s greatest growth before the Second World War. Included in the collection is the transcript of a lawsuit with the City of East San Diego over Rest Haven’s location and materials related to the camp’s involvement in the treatment of local servicemen during World War I. There is also material related to the yearly Christmas Seal drives during the 1920s and 1930s and the many social events organized for charity. Later records are much less detailed and reflect Rest Haven’s financial role as a foundation. The collection as a whole offers insight into social and medical welfare programs during the early 20th century in San Diego.

    Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

    The scrapbooks are in poor condition with loose pages and newspaper clippings that are discolored and fragile. Care should be taken when handling these items. (May 2013)

    Preferred Citation

    Rest Haven Preventorium for Children Records, MS 6, 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 May 31, 2013.


    The collection is arranged by series:
    Series I: Administrative Records
    Series II: Scrapbooks

    Immediate Source of Acquisition

    Accession number 830601A.

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    Brust, Mina
    Mead, Francis
    San Diego County Medical Society (San Diego County, Calif.).
    San Diego Tuberculosis Association.
    Charity organization
    Children -- Health and welfare
    Children -- Institutional care
    Medical treatment
    World War, 1914-1918
    World War, 1939-1945