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Guide to the San Diego County Department of Public Health Records
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  • Overview of the Collection
  • Historical Note:
  • Access Terms
  • Administrative Information
  • Arrangement of Materials:
  • Scope and Contents

  • Overview of the Collection

    Collection Title: San Diego County Department of Public Health Records
    Dates: 1876-1981
    Bulk Dates: 1960-1981
    Identification: MS-0049
    Creator: San Diego County Department of Public Health
    Physical Description: 54.00 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:

    The Board of Health for the City of San Diego was created by a charter ordinance on June 5, 1876. At that time, the City Board consisted of the City Trustees and a Health Office appointed by the Trustees. In the early 1920’s, the City formed a Health Department. A County Department of Public Health was organized in 1933. In 1953, the City and County departments were consolidated into one, and as such it had remained. Separately and (after 1953) together, these organizations have overseen public health services in San Diego County for a century. The present Department administors hospitals, clinics, laboratories, mental health facilities, health education and treatment programs, and medical training programs.

    Access Terms

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

    Genre/Form of Material:

    Organizational Records

    Geographic Name:

    San Diego County (Calif.). Dept. of Health Services -- Archives

    Topical Term:

    Medicine -- California -- San Diego County
    Public health -- California -- San Diego County

    Administrative Information


    1982, 1983, 1985

    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, San Diego County Department of Public Health Records, Special Collections and University Archives, Library and Information Access, San Diego State University.

    Arrangement of Materials:

    I. Administrative Office
    1. County Board of Health
    2. Annual Reports
    3. Business Management
    4. Health Care Agency Advistory Board (HCAAB)
    5. Grand Jury Reports
    6. Conferences, Committees, Associates
    II. Health Education Programs
    III. Ephemera
    1. General Historical Mataerial
    2. Printed Material
    3. News Releases
    4. Films
    5. Public Health Education Programs
    6. Photographs and Miscellaneous
    IV. Budget

    Scope and Contents

    The collection includes minutes of meetings, correspondence, annual and monthly reports, fiscal materials, personnel files, statistical data, files on programs, published materials, photographs, and movie films.  Most materials post-date 1960.  It has been arranged into three major series, with numerous sub-series.