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San Diego Chamber of Commerce Records
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The San Diego Chamber of Commerce Records document the Chamber's activities and major Chamber-sponsored events in San Diego, such as the 1915 World Exposition at Balboa Park, San Diego's 200th Anniversary celebration, and the establishment of the University of California, San Diego. The majority of the material is from the 1950s-1970s and deals primarily with industrial growth and education, both of which directly relate to the Chamber's commitment to "broad-based economic value." The collection consists of newspaper clippings, promotional materials for San Diego events and attractions, correspondence, county data, meeting minutes, and committee reports. It is organized into two series:  Committee Files and Subject Files.
Alonzo Horton established the San Diego Chamber of Commerce on 20 January, 1870, making it the second chamber of commerce on the west coast. Initially, the Chamber sought to promote San Diego as a place to live; it even created the first City Directory in 1874. In order to endorse San Diego, it advocated events such as the 1915 World Exhibition in Balboa Park. It also encouraged the establishment of military bases in San Diego. In 1917, during World War I, the city approved the creation of a Marine base and Naval Hospital. Later, in 1919, the United States Navy made San Diego the home base of its Pacific Fleet. Eventually Point Loma became the site of the Naval Training Center, and Miramar gained prestige as a naval air station. In 1942, the Navy acquired land that would later become Camp Pendleton. Hence, San Diego had firmly established itself as a major military center, which increased the overall prosperity of the county.
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