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Guide to the Jerry MacMullen Collection MS 242
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  • Conditions Governing Access
  • Conditions Governing Use
  • Preferred Citation
  • Processing Information
  • Biographical / Historical Notes
  • Arrangement
  • Scope and Content
  • Immediate Source of Acquisition

  • Title: Jerry MacMullen Collection
    Identifier/Call Number: MS 242
    Contributing Institution: San Diego History Center Document Collection
    Language of Material: English
    Physical Description: 1.5 Linear feet (3 boxes)
    Date (inclusive): 1956-1974
    Abstract: This collection contains volumes of Jerry MacMullen’s weekly column, “The Southwest Corner,” published in the San Diego Union.
    creator: MacMullen, Jerry

    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    The San Diego History Center (SDHC) holds the copyright to any unpublished materials.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.

    Preferred Citation

    Jerry MacMullen Collection, MS 242, San Diego History Center Document Collection, San Diego, CA.

    Processing Information

    Collection processed by Katrina White on April 27, 2012.
    Collection processed as part of grant project supported by the Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR) with generous funding from The Andrew Mellon Foundation.

    Biographical / Historical Notes

    Gerald (“Jerry”) F. MacMullen was born in 1898 in San Francisco. His family moved to San Diego in 1899 and he grew up in the city, only leaving to attend college at UC Berkeley. He returned to San Diego in 1921 where he established his career as a newspaperman, author, historian and artist. MacMullen first worked at the Evening Tribune, transferring to the San Diego Union in 1928 where he worked as a reporter until the beginning of World War II. He joined the U.S. Navy, serving as a commander for Naval Intelligence for four years until the close of the war, at which time he returned to newspaper work in December of 1945. A long-time member of the Maritime Research Society, MacMullen served as its president in 1948. He also published several books including Paddle Wheel Days in California, as well as two books he co-wrote with Jack McNairn, Ships of the Redwood Coast and Star of India: Log of an Iron Ship. MacMullen played an active role in the restoration of the Star of India. He served as the director of the Serra Historical Museum in Presidio Park for ten years, between 1956 and 1966. It was during this same period that MacMullen began writing a weekly column for the Union called “The Southwest Corner,” which he continued to write into the mid-1970s. Published in the Sunday edition, his articles presented historical sketches related to the history of San Diego. MacMullen was married to Roberta MacMullen and resided in Coronado until his death in 1981.


    The collection is arranged chronologically.

    Scope and Content

    This collection contains transcriptions of Jerry MacMullen’s weekly San Diego Union column titled “The Southwest Corner.” They present historical sketches related to the early days of San Diego written in a humorous manner. The articles are contained in 19 volumes organized by year, dating from 1956 to 1974. Each volume between 1957 and 1973 contains every column published in that corresponding year. The 1956 volume includes articles published from May 1956 forward, and the 1974 volume is missing more than half of that year’s articles. Volumes from 1956-1971 include a table of contents and articles titles, whereas volumes from 1972-1974 do not include a table of contents or titles for the articles.

    Immediate Source of Acquisition

    Accession number 680910B.

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    Capron, John G.
    Dashaway Social Club.
    King, Leroy A.
    MacMullen, Jerry
    Maritime Research Society.
    Pacific Pioneer Yacht Club.
    San Diego Union Company.
    Smith, Walter Gifford
    Spreckels, John Diedrich, b. 1853
    Star of India (Ship).
    Cedros Island (Mexico)
    Coronado (Calif.)
    Filibusters (Political science)
    Indians of North America
    Newspapers Sections, columns, etc.
    Presidio Park
    Reporters and reporting
    San Diego (Calif.)
    San Francisco (Calif.)
    San Nicolas Island (Calif.)
    Stingaree District (San Diego, Calif.)
    Warner's Ranch (Calif.)
    World War, 1914-1918