MS 124 Thomas F. Bomar Papers
Table of Contents
- San Diego History Center Document Collection
- Bomar, Thomas F.
- Thomas F. Bomar Papers
- MS 124
- Date [inclusive]
- 0.5 Linear feet (1 box)
- The collection contains the personal and business papers of Thomas F. Bomar, including his articles on the San Diego Chamber of Commerce’s involvement in aviation.
Thomas F. Bomar Papers, MS 124, San Diego History Center Document Collection, San Diego, CA.
Biographical / Historical Notes
Thomas Bomar was born in Sherman, Texas in 1896. He graduated from the U.S. Coast Guard Academy in New London, CT in 1918. After several years of working in the industrial engineering industry, Bomar moved to San Diego in 1928. That same year he became the manager of the Industrial and Aviation Department of the San Diego Chamber of Commerce. He served as the San Diego Kiwanis Club president in 1938. In 1942, with the onset of World War II, Bomar left his position in the Chamber of Commerce to serve as an officer in the U.S. Naval Reserve. He returned to San Diego in 1945 and again took up his position with the Chamber of Commerce. Beginning in 1947, he worked as the managing director of the San Diego – California Club, an organization that promoted San Diego tourism.
During his lifetime, Bomar wrote a number of anecdotal stories and articles recounting his experience working in the aviation industry, as well as milestone events in the history of San Diego aviation. Twenty-six of these stories were published in the San Diego Union newspaper between October 10, 1948 and September 25, 1949. He wished to publish the entire collection of his stories as a book, but was never able to find a publisher. Throughout his life, Bomar was a vocal advocate for the expansion of Lindbergh Field, San Diego’s main airport, and the establishment of air mail services to the city. He eventually went on to support the idea that the city consider taking over the military air field at Miramar Air Station to create a larger city airport. The articles he wrote for the San Diego Union demonstrate the breadth of his aviation activities, including his support of female aviators and his encounter with Amelia Earhart upon her visit to San Diego in 1932. Bomar died when he was 80 years old in 1976. He was the acting general manager of the Chamber of Commerce at the time of his death. He was married to Bonnie K. Bomar.
Scope and Content
The collection, dated between 1930 and 1975, primarily includes Thomas Bomar’s personal papers such as resumes and Naval documents; articles on aviation and industry; and his involvement in the San Diego Chamber of Commerce. Major topics covered in his articles include the establishment of a consistent air mail service, military aviation, and the endeavors of female pilots in San Diego, including Amelia Earhart’s visit. Handwritten notes outline a potential book and several of his articles. There are also correspondence and paystubs for articles he published in the San Diego Union.
Items in collection are arranged by subject.
San Diego History Center Document Collection February 9, 2012
1649 El Prado, Suite 3
San Diego, CA, 92101
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.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Accession number 2000.151.
Collection processed by Lauren Rasmussen on February 9, 2012.
Collection processed as part of grant project supported by the Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR) with generous funding from The Andrew Mellon Foundation.
Original negatives separated to the SDHC Photograph Collection, 2000/110.1 thru 2000/110.4.
Controlled Access Headings
- American Airlines, inc..
- Kiwanis Club (San Diego, Calif.).
- Ryan School of Aeronautics.
- San Diego Chamber of Commerce.
- San Diego Highway Development Association.
- United States. Naval Reserve.
- Lindbergh Field (San Diego, Calif.)
- Miramar (Calif.)
- San Diego (Calif.)
- Alexander, Ruth
- Bomar, Thomas F.
- Claude, Ryan T.
- Earhart, Amelia, 1897-1937
- Fleet, Reuben Hollis, 1887-1975
- Smith, Cyrus Rowlett
- Wallace, Peaches
- Air mail service
- Industrial engineering
Subject Uniform Title(s)
- San Diego Union
|Personal papers, 1932 January 20–1975 October 27|
U.S. Naval Reserve materials
Union Tribune paystubs
|Articles on aviation, 1948 October 10–1952 May 4|
“Air Mail to the East”
“Convair, Plant Two”
“First Air Mail Service”
“San Diego Gets an Industry”
“‘Wrong Way’ Corrigan”
|Articles on industry, undated|
“The Hemp Mill”
“Otay Watch Factory”
“The Silk Mill”
|Article notes, undated||1:4|
|Publication correspondence, 1957 August 27–1975 February 10||1:5|
|San Diego Chamber of Commerce, 1930 October 20–1936 October 31|
1935-1936 Annual Report
Civic Center Campaign receipts of expenditure
|Miscellanea, 1974 December 3 and undated|
List of accommodations and tariffs (including auto courts), undated
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