MS 12 Mary Marston Collection

Summary Information

Repository
San Diego History Center Document Collection
Creator
Marston, Mary Gilman
Title
Mary Marston Collection
ID
MS 12
Date [inclusive]
1896 January 10 – 1983 August 14
Extent
0.25 Linear feet (1 box)
Language
English
Abstract
This collection contains the correspondence and research notes of Mary Marston, as well as early membership lists for the Tuesday Club.

Preferred Citation

Mary Marston Collection, MS 12, San Diego History Center Document Archives, San Diego, CA.

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Biographical / Historical Notes

Mary Gilman Marston was born in San Diego, California in 1879 to George White Marston and Ann Lee Gunn. She attended San Diego High School, Pomona College, and Wellesley College, which she graduated in 1903. Mary was closely involved in her father’s civic activities, acting as his assistant and consultant in the creation of park lands and urban planning. After his death in 1946 she continued to support numerous cultural, civic, and social causes. She served on the Neighborhood House Board, and was a member of the San Diego Historical Society, San Diego Floral Association, San Diego Museum of Art, and San Diego Museum of Man. She was also a long time member of the Wednesday and Tuesday Clubs, and the Zlac Rowing Club. In 1956 she completed a two-volume biography of her father’s life, George White Marston: A Family Chronicle.

In 1974 she donated 4.5 acres of her estate to the City of San Diego, under the stipulation that she retain full rights to the family mansion during her lifetime. Upon her death, the mansion was to be the new headquarters of the San Diego Historical Society. She never married, and died in July 1987 at the age of 107.

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Scope and Content

This collection contains the correspondence and research notes of Mary Marston, as well as membership lists for the Tuesday Club. Correspondence includes personal letters and letters regarding the development of historic sites in San Diego. Research notes cover early homes and families in San Diego.

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Arrangement

This collection is arranged by subject.

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

San Diego History Center Document Collection August 17, 2016

1649 El Prado, Suite 3
San Diego, CA, 92101
619-232-6203

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

The San Diego History Center (SDHC) holds the copyright to any unpublished materials. SDHC Library regulations do apply.

Processing Information

Collection processed by Samantha Mills on June 3, 2013.

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Controlled Access Headings

Corporate Name(s)

  • Tuesday Club.

Genre(s)

  • Correspondence

Geographic Name(s)

  • San Diego (Calif.)

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Collection Inventory

Box-folder
Correspondence, 1922 November 11 – 1983 August 14

Includes:

Personal letters and letters regarding the development of historic sites in San Diego.

1:1
Research notes, 1922 – 1966 and undated

Includes:

Articles and research notes regarding homes and families in San Diego.

1:2
Tuesday Club, 1896 January 10 – 1945 May 28 and undated

Includes:

Lists of members and rules.

1:3
Miscellanea, 1974 August 29 – 1976 May 181:4
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