Archival Collections


These extensive collections document all facets of San Diego history, from the personal to the political. Collections such as the Ephraim W. Morse Collection and George White Marston Civic Collection provide a valuable chronicle of early San Diego business and civic developments. Collections of diaries provide intimate glimpses into the lives of San Diego citizens and their communities, such as late nineteenth-century Chinatown resident, Ah Quin or San Diego’s first female physician, Charlotte Baker. Archival collections may focus on particular people, businesses, clubs, events or on specific subject matter. The notebooks of E.H. Davis are invaluable to understanding San Diego’s Native American population and backcountry, while the San Diego County Water Authority Collection details the history of local water development.

Archival collections can only be accessed on site in the Research Library.

See below for links to our currently completed finding aids. These are guides to each collection containing summaries of their subject matter and a folder-by-folder list of their contents. More finding aids are being made available online as collections are processed.

For more information: [email protected] or 619-232-6203 ext.117

Search our online catalog for archival collections, architectural drawings, books, ephemera files, maps, oral histories, scrapbooks, serials and unpublished manuscripts. Online Catalog



MS 1 De Graff Austin Papers
MS 4 P.C. Remondino Papers
MS 5 Charles Russell Orcutt Papers
MS 6 Rest Haven Preventorium for Children Papers
MS 7 Pan American League of San Diego Collection
MS 8 San Diego Rowing Club Records
MS 9 Ames Family Papers
MS 10 Walter Bellon Papers
MS 11 Blochman Family Collection
MS 12 Mary Marston Collection
MS 13 New San Diego Hotel Register
MS 14 Albemarle Hotel Register
MS 15 Hotel Brewster Register
MS 16 Hotel Lloyd Register
MS 17 Connors and O’Neill Family Papers
MS 18 Couts Family Collection
MS 19 Thomas Rylan Darnall Papers
MS 20 Hotel Raymond Register
MS 21 Lakeside Hotel Register
MS 23 Augustus S. Ensworth Ledger
MS 24 Rose and Martha Dysart Diaries
MS 25 Fitch Family Papers
MS 26 Alonzo and Lydia Knapp Horton Collection
MS 28 Huchting Family Collection
MS 29 William Kettner Papers
MS 30 Joseph Mannasse Papers
MS 31 Pattie Party Memorial Plaque Records
MS 32 White Deer Memorial Collection
MS 33 Wuest/Schumann-Heink Papers
MS 34 Don M. Stewart Papers
MS 35 George White Marston Civic Collection
MS 36 McGurk Family Papers
MS 38 Kate Sessions Collection
MS 39 Stott Family Collection
MS 40 Thomas C. Stockton Papers
MS 41 Julius Wangenheim Papers
MS 42 Hazel Wood Waterman Papers
MS 43 Congregation Beth Israel Records
MS 44 Olivenhain Colony Records
MS 45 Palace Stables Records
MS 46 Hotel del Coronado Collection
MS 47 Chambers Family Papers
MS 48 Edward L. Leiser Aviation Collection
MS 49 E Clampus Vitus Historic Sites Collection
MS 50 Cleveland Pacific Mining Company Papers
MS 51 WPA Prospectus of the 1915 Exposition
MS 52 Gaskill Brothers Collection
MS 53 San Diego County Death Collection
MS 54 Nino Marcelli Music Collection
MS 55 Jesse Shepard Papers
MS 56 Benjamin Sacks Papers
MS 57 Mission Valley Nursery Records
MS 58 Vera Berliner Collection
MS 59 Price Family Papers
MS 60 Valerie Post Starlight Opera Collection
MS 61 Heller’s Grocery Stores Records
MS 62 Red Cross Collection
MS 63 Alice Barnett Stevenson Papers
MS 64 Community Service Records
MS 65 Agnew Hospital Nurses Alumnae Association Records
MS 66 Women’s Ambulance and Transportation Corps Collection
MS 67 Joseph Aland Shepherd Papers
MS 68 Frank Frary Papers
MS 69 San Diego County Lions Club Collection
MS 70 Churchill Family Papers
MS 71 Presidio Park Collection
MS 72 Pacific Coast Steamship Company Records
MS 73 Percy Broell Presidio Park Collection
MS 74 Nicholas Fintzelberg Historic Preservation Collection
MS 75 Edward H. Davis Collection
MS 76 Richard Amero Collection
MS 79 Robert Bliss Journal
MS 80 Wednesday Club Collection
MS 81 Tuesday Club Records
MS 82 Willing Helpers Circle of the King’s Daughters Records
MS 83 Calvary Cemetery Records Collection
MS 85 Writers Club of San Diego Records
MS 91 Dr. F.R. Millard Ledger
MS 92 Lewis Riley Papers
MS 96 Standard Iron Works Collection
MS 97 Joseph Foster Diary Collection
MS 100 San Diego Theater Organ Group and Fox Theatre Collection
MS 104 Pioneer Society of San Diego County Records
MS 105 Clinton Griffin Collection
MS 115 San Diego Gila Southern Pacific and Atlantic Railroad Company Records
MS 124 Thomas F. Bomar Papers
MS 128 Ettilie Wallace Collection
MS 133 San Diego Open Forum Records
MS 134 Amphion Club Collection
MS 135 Colonel Ed Fletcher Collection
MS 139 San Diego Electric Railway Papers
MS 142 Vesta Muehleisen Papers
MS 144 Ephraim W. Morse Papers
MS 149 San Diego Realty Board Services Collection
MS 156 Warner’s Ranch Collection
MS 160 Charles E. Arnold Collection
MS 161 Filibuster Expeditions Collection
MS 162 Allied Craftsmen of San Diego Records
MS 165 Asher Family Day Book
MS 167 Alonzo Horton Ledger Collection
MS 169 Custado Family Collection
MS 170 William Lingo Collection
MS 171 Helen Bloomenshine Balboa Park Protective Association Collection
MS 173 Charlotte Baker Diary Collection
MS 174 Oneira Women’s Club Records
MS 175 Denton Family Papers
MS 176 Hillcrest-Mission Hills Improvement Association Calvary Cemetery/Pioneer Park Collection
MS 182 Alice E. Klauber Papers
MS 184 Haugh Transportation Collection
MS 185 Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF) Collection
MS 186 Guassac Family Papers
MS 187 Carl Reupsch Collection
MS 188 Philip Martin Water Development Collection
MS 190 California Retired Teachers Association Records
MS 191 Clarence and George Carr Papers
MS 192 Edgar Hastings Board of Supervisors Collection
MS 193 State-County Parks and Beaches Association Records
MS 194 San Diego Turners Records
MS 200 Henri Jacot Balboa Park Protective Association Records
MS 201 James R. Evans Diary
MS 202 Journals of the Schooner Ellen
MS 204 Beck Family Papers
MS 205 Mario T. Garcia Chicano Collection
MS 206 Audrey Oliver Collection
MS 207 Silvergate Riding Club and Balboa Mounted Troop Records
MS 208 Carla Kirkwood Collection
MS 209 Ah Quin Diary Collection
MS 210 Ethel Tulloch Papers
MS 212 Harley Knox Collection
MS 213 Orrell Anza Borrego Desert Collection
MS 214 Rachel Granger Wegeforth Papers
MS 215 Miss Billy Riley Papers
MS 216 Edith Thurston Keyes Papers
MS 217 I. Andrea Hoffman Jackson Papers
MS 218 Stuart Family Mount Laguna Collection
MS 219 Old San Diego Community Church Records
MS 220 Douglas Gunn Papers
MS 221 Women’s Christian Temperance Union Records
MS 222 Trepte Construction Company Building Project Records
MS 223 Harrell Weaver Family Papers
MS 224 David C. Burkenroad Research Collection
MS 225 USD Gaslamp Research Project Records
MS 226 Katherine Drummond Shakespeare Collection
MS 227 San Diego Center for Children Records
MS 228 Virginia DeMarais Anza Borrego Region Collection
MS 230 Central Federal Savings and Loan Association Records
MS 231 Tradewell Middletown Collection
MS 232 Charles H. Bartholomew Postmaster Letterpress Book
MS 233 San Diego Harbor Pilots Collection
MS 234 Trask Family Chinese Correspondence Collection
MS 235 Alpine Library Association Records
MS 237 Junipero Land and Water Company Records
MS 238 Richard Stephens Diary Collections
MS 239 Louis and Dolores Strahlmann Papers
MS 240 Little Landers Colony Records
MS 241 Thomas and Ellen Bush Family Papers
MS 242 Jerry MacMullen Collection
MS 243 Benbough Family Collection
MS 244 San Diego Bar Association Auxiliary Records
MS 247 Lloyd Ruocco Papers
MS 248 San Diego Sheet Music Collection
MS 249 Navy Public Works Collection
MS 251 Pastime Gun Club Records
MS 253 San Diego Stamp Club Records
MS 254 El Cajon Horticultural Society Records
MS 255 The California Building Construction Records
MS 258 Spreckels Companies Records
MS 259 Juniors of the Social Service Auxiliary Mardi Gras Programs Collection
MS 260 Douglas Giddings Mission Bay Park Collection
MS 261 Mouney Pfefferkorn Papers
MS 262 Herbert L. Minshall Papers
MS 263 Panama-California Exposition Administrative Collection
MS 264 Otay Flood Relief Expedition Records
MS 265 San Diego Browning Society Records
MS 266 Scholia Club Records
MS 267 San Diego Pueblo Lands Collection
MS 268 Dutilleul Mission Valley Journal
MS 269 San Diego Election Collection
MS 270 Andreas Brown Collection
MS 271 Julian & Son Records
MS 274 Traver Family Papers
MS 275 Isaac N. Casner Papers
MS 276 Santiago Jim Meza Campo Indian Reservation Papers
MS 278 Charles Deleval Receipt Book
MS 279 Horton House Ledger Collection
MS 280 Rancho de la Nacion Collection
MS 281 Anne Hunt Collection
MS 283 Uncle Sam Republican League Club Records
MS 284 San Diego Genealogical Society Collection
MS 286 House of Pacific Relations and International Cottages Collection
MS 293 San Diego County Christian Endeavor Collection
MS 294 Union Title Insurance and Trust Company Collection
MS 296 Lester Earnest Collection
MS 297 LaForce Collection
MS 299 Eric Rath Business Collection
MS 300 San Diego Chamber of Commerce Collection
MS 301 Casper Martin Connery Collection
MS 302 San Diego County Water Authority Collection
MS 303 Helen Chamlee Collection
MS 304 Jean-Marie Consigny Putnam Collection
MS 305 Carol Greentree Collection
MS 308 Dan Dickey Collection
MS 312 San Diego Fabian Society Records
MS 313 Associates for Contemporary San Diego Collection
MS 314 WPA Collection