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Guide to the Records of the Economic Research Bureau
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  • Overview of the Collection
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  • Overview of the Collection

    Collection Title: Records of the Economic Research Bureau
    Dates: 1931-2000
    Identification: MS-0203
    Creator: Economic Research Bureau
    Physical Description: 10.00 linear ft
    Language of Materials: English
    Repository: Special Collections & University Archives
    5500 Campanile Dr. MC 8050
    San Diego, CA, 92182-8050
    URL: http://library.sdsu.edu/scua
    Email: scref@rohan.sdsu.edu
    Phone: 619-594-6791

    Historical Note:

    In 1870 a small group of men led by Alonzo E. Horton (1813-1909) met and formed a group that would eventually become the San Diego Chamber of Commerce. When the group originated, its primary focus was the development of San Diego with particular emphasis on the arrival of railroads to the vicinity. In the following years the Chamber also focused its attention on gaining access to drinking water and encouraging the development of military bases. By 1909 the Chamber had helped to create Balboa Park and was the driving force behind the Panama California Exposition held in 1915-16. Over the years the Chamber of Commerce has become more active in the development of San Diego.
    In 1952 the Chamber expanded with the development of its Economic Research Bureau (ERB). The purpose behind its development was to analyze the research and research economic trends of the city and county of San Diego. The information collected by the ERB is open to members of the community as well as those in government offices. The ERB publishes a monthly newsletter titled "Economic Bulletin," which contains the most recent economic data related to the San Diego regin.

    Access Terms

    This collection is indexed under the following controlled access subject terms.

    Corporate Name:

    San Diego Chamber of Commerce
    San Diego Chamber of Commerce. Economic Research Bureau.

    Genre/Form of Material:

    Organizational Records

    Geographic Name:

    Mexican-American Border Region -- Economic conditions -- Sources
    San Diego County (Calif.) -- Commerce -- History -- 20th century -- Sources
    San Diego County (Calif.) -- Economic conditions -- Sources
    San Diego County (Calif.) -- Social conditions -- Sources

    Topical Term:

    Economic development -- California -- San Diego County -- History -- 20th century -- Sources
    Mexican-American Border Region

    Administrative Information



    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.

    Conditions Governing Access:

    This collection is open for research.

    Preferred Citation:

    Identification of item, folder title, box number, Records of the Economic Research Bureau, Special Collections and University Archives, Library and Information Access, San Diego State University.

    Related Materials:

    San Diego Chamber of Commerce Records

    Arrangement of Materials:

    I. Administrative Files
       1. Administrative Files (General)
       2. Correspondence and Memoranda
       3. Reports
    II. Topical Files
       1. Business
          1. Business (General)
          2. Manufacturing
          3. Retail Sales
          4. Trade
       2. Climatological Data
       3. Demographics, Population, and Labor
       4. Economic Research and Development
       5. Health and Science
       6. Housing and Building Files
       7. National Issues and Legislation
       8. Oceans and Maritime Industries
       9. San Diego Publications
       10. Transportation
       11. United States-Mexico Border
    III. Publications
       1. Newsletters and Bulletins
       2. Directories
    IV. Oversized Materials and Artifacts

    Scope and Contents

    The collection consists of materials such as correspondence, reports, memos, and pamphlets related to the growth and development of the city and county of San Diego. The collection contains materials created and published by the San Diego Chamber of Commerce, including information about regional demographics (1980-91), labor, population, housing, building, and economic research and development. The administrative files of the ERB reflect the day-to-day operations and growth over the past fifty years.
    Significant materials in the collection include: information regarding the United State-Mexican Border commerce and traffic (including the economic trends of Mexican citizens and the impact of illegal aliens on the region), materials related to the Marine Mammal Protection Act & Commercial Fishing in 1977, and an internal memo titled "Origins and Purpose of the Economic Research Bureau" which describes the justification for the ERB.
    One of the most extensive sections of the collection focuses on economic research and development of San Diego. Of note in this section are a marketing plan from the 1970s titled "Bootstrap," a 1966 study on the economic development of San Diego and its subsequent 1969 update, and a series of reports on the overall economic development program.