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Guide to the Surfing Collection
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The Surfing Collection documents surfing and surf culture through article clippings and documents, as well as ephemera and media that describe surf culture, surfing's history, and information about surfing. Series I: Documents contain various articles, bibliographies, and syllabi related to surfing. Series II: Media and Ephemera contains ephemera such as toys, stickers, postcards, playing cards, advertisements, menus, fliers, clippings, as well as several pieces of audiovisual material. Series III: Periodicals includes various surfing periodicals from 1963 to the present.  A portion of the Surfing Collection is cataloged, and can be accessed via the library catalog: http://libpac.sdsu.edu/search~S0?/tsurfing+collection/tsurfing+collection/1%2C2%2C752%2CB/exact&FF=tsurfing+collection&1%2C751%2C".
Although surfing existed for hundreds of years before it was embraced by American culture, the sport did not receive national recognition until the mid-Twentieth Century. The "royal sport for the natural kings" as Jack London called it in 1907, was quickly popularized by the onset on American film, music, and the dedication of professional surfers. Beach themed movies like Gidget (1959) and surf music from the Beach Boys and Dick Dale contributed to the Californian allure, and San Diego saw a major increase of surfers out in the water.
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