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Physical collections: 33
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1930s Depression Data (California) Collection

The impact of the "Great Depression" of the 1930s on the people in the state of California is presented by excerpted information from the main state agency created to assist county efforts to furnish aid through food distribution, monetary payments,...

 
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Bradt (Sarah A.) Collection

The Sarah A. Bradt Collection contains materials related to the life of Sarah Ann Bradt McKee Mood, Franklin F. Mood, and Fulmer Mood. Sarah A. Bradt was the daughter of Garrett G. Bradt, a San Diego pioneer. According to his...

 
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California War History Committee (WWI)

This collection is comprised of biographical records, letters, newspaper clippings, and photographs pertaining to servicemen from San Diego who served in World War I. The collection originated from the San Diego Branch of the California War History Committee which distributed...

 
California World Progress Exposition/Fiesta del Pacifico Collection

The Fiesta del Pacifico was a short lived civic festival presented in Balboa Park and adjacent communities. Seeking to create a nationally significant exposition, it was initiated by the Chamber of Commerce in 1949, after a pitch from veteran festival...

 
City of San Diego Growth Management Collection

This collection consists of two boxes containing material relevant to the City of San Diego Growth Management General Plan. Box 1 includes General Plan Elements and Box 2 includes Growth Management Background Studies and Reports.

 
Conservative Extremist Literature Collection

The origin, donor, and date of this small collection are unknown. The issues of Evolve were published by a group of students at San Diego State College, but the publication was eventually removed as a student activity.

 
Curran (Frank) Papers

Frank Curran was mayor of San Diego from 1963 to 1971. At the end of his term he was embroiled in the “Yellow Cab” bribery scandal. He was not convicted of a crime, but his hopes of running again for...

 
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Dailard (Ralph) Papers

Ralph C. Dailard (1907-1991) was the San Diego Superintendent of School from 1954 through 1968. The collection is a mixed materials assortment of awards, velo-bound books, correspondence, ephemera, news clippings, overhead transparencies, and photographs. The majority of the material is...

 
Davis (H.O.) Papers

The H.O. Davis Collection of material from the Panama-California Exposition of 1915 and the California Pacific International Exposition of 1935 was donated by his granddaughters, Betty Schrodt and Ruth Roberts, in 2000. Panama-California Exposition backers recognized H.O. Davis as a...

 
Dime Novel Collection 1898-1928

The collection contains 769 copies of detective, western, and adventure novels. Titles include: All Around Weekly, Fame and Fortune Weekly, Frank Manley’s Weekly, Frank Reade Weekly, Liberty Boys of ‘76, Pluck and Luck, Secret Service, Wide Awake Weekly, Wild West,...

 
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Gaslamp Quarter Collection

Juliet Mondot, owner of a media production company became a member of the Gaslamp Quarter Project Area Committee in 1979. It is believed that she assembled the material in this collection and either she, or someone close to her, donated...

 
Gerson Padres Baseball Collection

Fred Gerson was Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of the San Diego Padres Major League baseball team from 2001 to 2013. During that period, he received many commemorative gifts represented in this collection, which was donated by his...

 
Golden Baseball League Collection

The Golden Baseball League was founded in 2004 by Stanford University graduates David Kaval and Amit Patel and started playing in 2005. It was not affiliated with Major League Baseball or the organized Minor League Baseball system. In its inaugural...

 
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Herreshoff (Constance M.) Collection

The Constance Mills Herreshoff Collection contains materials related to the musical compositions and the published writings of the San Diego Union’s music and drama critic Constance Mills Herreshoff. According to her obituary, she was born Constance Mills in St. Louis,...

 
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Klauber Theater and Concert Programs Collection

This is a theater and concert programs/playbills collection saved by Mrs. Melville Klauber, contained in three scrapbooks. Includes San Diego, Rome, New York, London, and San Francisco, among others. Includes travel diary entries and various ephemera such as travel and...

 
Klein (Herbert G.) Papers

Herbert G. Klein was born in Los Angeles in 1918 and died in San Diego in 2009. He married Marjorie G. Galbraith in Long beach in 1941. After serving for four years as an officer in the Navy, Herb Klein...

 
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Little Landers Inc. Collection

This collection of business records documents Little Landers, Inc., a utopian farming community established in the Tia Juana River Valley by William E. Smythe in 1908. At its peak, 300 families farmed at the site. The community struggled financially and...

 
Local Composers Collection

This is a collection of printed sheet music and original musical manuscripts collected by Bonita resident Lee Whitney. She was an actress, dancer, voice and stage teacher. Referred to as the “Prima Donna of Great Waltz” the soprano performed opera...

 
Lucas (Virginia) Collection

Virginia Lucas taught a class on San Diego history at San Diego Old Town’s Mason Street Schoolhouse from 1958 to 1971. Most of the collection includes documents, notes, and handouts related to the San Diego History class. She was also...

 
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Mayfair Market Photograph Collection

This is collection of 17 cardboard photographs detailing what a grocery store was like in the 1940s-1960s. This Mayfair Market was located on 5075 Federal Boulevard, San Diego, California, 92102. The collection includes photographs that depict scenes of families shopping...

 
Miller (Max Carlton) Collection

This collection contains correspondence, manuscripts, photographs, working notes, and miscellaneous documents from the life and work of writer Max Miller. A large amount of the material is of a personal nature, but it also contains an equal number of items...

 
Mission Bay Collection

The Mission Bay Collection was donated by Marion L. Schwob, widow of Walter E. Schwob, probably in 1985. Walter Schwob was an engineer in the office of the City of San Diego Planning Department and was associated for several years...

 
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National City Kimball House Ephemera

The Kimball brothers – Frank, Warren, and Levi – were early visionary leaders of National City, the second oldest city in San Diego County which was incorporated on September 17, 1887. Originally part of the 26,000-acre El Rancho de la...

 
Newman (Fanny H.) Papers

Fanny Hodges Newman was born in Michigan in 1862, the daughter of Lathrop S. and Helen Hodges. In 1882 she married Dr. Henry P. Newman in Chicago. They had two children, Willard H. and Helen, and moved to San Diego...

 
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Petrone Baseball Collection

This collection was donated in 1996 by Dr. Gerard S. Petrone, a San Diego dermatologist and dedicated baseball fan. He authored the book When Baseball Was Young, which is included in the collection as well as several other baseball history...

 
Post (Valerie) Collection

This collection contains newspaper clippings, musical event programs, correspondence, photographs, and miscellaneous documents from the life and work of singer and voice teacher Valerie Post (Mrs. Lauren C. Post) and her students. Early in her career she was known as...

 
Pueblo Lands Collection

This collection embodies the research done by local San Diego historian Clare Crane in 1991 for a book that was never written, tentatively titled "The Shaping of San Diego: An Urban History." Ultimately, some of her research led to an...

 
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Ragan Theater Collection

Ruth Ragan was born in Indiana in 1884 and died in San Diego in 1969. She spent many years in Japan with the YWCA before taking a job working for the director of Scripps Institution of Oceanography in La Jolla,...

 
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Theosophy Movement Collection

The Theosophical Society was founded in 1875, in New York City, by Helena Petrovna Blavatsky, Henry Steel Olcott, and William Quan Judge. In 1895 a split occurred in the movement, with two competing theological societies emerging in America, one under...

 
Torrey Pines Institute of the Young Foundation for Medical Research

Material regarding the Torrey Pines Institute (T.P.I.) of the Young Foundation for Medical Research. The foundation was first established in 1954 as a non-profit corporation. It was created by H. Mark Young, M.D. as a memorial to Nancy Boyer Young,...

 
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Wallis (Gertrude Steel-Brooke) Papers

This collection includes correspondence between Gertrude Steel-Brooke Wallis and her mother, Dr. Louise Holmes Steel-Brooke, 1917-1929; other material and memorabilia related to the Y.W.C.A. movement in China and Dr. Steel-Brooke’s work in India; and manuscripts by Gertrude Steel-Brooke Wallis on...

 
Women’s Committee of the State Council of Defense of California Collection

The Council of National Defense was established by President Woodrow Wilson in 1916 to coordinate resources and industry in support of the war effort during World War I. In 1917 the Council asked individual states to create their own Councils...

 
Wright (Allen Henry) Papers

The Allen Henry Wright Collection was donated to the San Diego Public Library Special Collections as a gift from Mr. Wright’s granddaughter Marilyn Mitchell Shaw. The collection contains materials related to the personal and professional life of Allen Henry Wright....