MS 135 Colonel Ed Fletcher Collection

Summary Information

San Diego History Center Document Collection
Fletcher, Ed, 1872-1955
Colonel Ed Fletcher Collection
MS 135
Date [inclusive]
13.5 Linear feet (29 boxes)
This collection contains papers pertaining to Colonel Ed Fletcher’s business in real estate, water development, and other commercial ventures in San Diego County in the late nineteenth to mid-twentieth centuries, as well some of his personal papers.

Preferred Citation

Colonel Ed Fletcher Collection, MS 135, San Diego History Center Document Collection, San Diego, CA.

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Biographical / Historical Notes

Ed Fletcher was born in Littleton, Massachusetts on December 31, 1872. He came to San Diego in 1888 and first found work selling produce in the city and surrounding countryside. He opened his first commission business with Omer C. Smith in 1894, and subsequently organized the Ed Fletcher Company. In 1896 he married Mary C. Batchelder and they had ten children: Catherine (Fletcher Taylor), Edward Jr., Charles, Lawrence, Willis, Stephen, Ferdinand, Mary Louise (Pitts Mack), Eugene, and Virginia.

Ed Fletcher and his business associates were responsible for developing a great deal of real estate in San Diego County, including lands in the San Luis Rey Valley, Grossmont, Fletcher Hills, Mount Helix, Del Mar, Pine Hills, Cuyamaca Lake, Lake Hodges, and Solana Beach. He was instrumental in developing all state and national highways leading into San Diego County, as well as the road from Mountain Springs to Imperial Valley, the plank road from Holtsville to Yuma, the Yuma highway bridge, and the highway from Gila Bend to Casa Grande.

In addition to his real estate work, Ed Fletcher was instrumental in developing the majority of San Diego County’s water systems, including the Cuyamaca Water System on the San Diego River (supplying the La Mesa Irrigation District and City of San Diego), the Volcan Water System (including Lake Henshaw Dam), the San Dieguito Water System, and the Lake Hodges and San Dieguito Dams (supplying San Dieguito and Santa Fe Irrigation District plus part of the City of San Diego).

Ed Fletcher’s civic work included service with the Finance Committee, the Y.M.C.A., the San Diego Club, and the California National Guard (from whence the nickname “Colonel” stuck). He was a director of the 1915 Panama-California Exposition, and in 1917 he successfully raised funds to save the Exposition buildings from destruction. He was later a director of the 1935 California Pacific International Exposition. He served as California State Senator from 1935-1947, during which time he authored the law creating the San Diego County Water authority and the law transferring Mission Bay Park lands to the City of San Diego.

Though he was a monumental figure in San Diego’s land and water development, Ed Fletcher’s activities did not proceed without conflict. Through the Cuyamaca Water Company he was embroiled in decades of lawsuits with the City of San Diego regarding rights to the water of the San Diego River.

Ed Fletcher passed away on October 15, 1955.

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Scope and Content

This collections contains papers pertaining to Colonel Ed Fletcher’s work in real estate, water development, and other business ventures in San Diego County in the late nineteenth to mid-twentieth century, as well some of his personal papers.

Fletcher’s real estate papers include numerous deeds, mortgages, correspondence, maps, and other business papers regarding his management of lands around Encinitas, Camp Kearny, Lake Hodges, Del Mar, Solana Beach, Mount Helix, Poway, San Dieguito, and the City of San Diego. The Camp Kearny papers relate specifically to Ed Fletcher’s dispute with the United States Army after he leased them the land during World War I. Additionally, this collection contains some financial documents, business agreements, and publicity for the Ed Fletcher Company.

Fletcher’s water development papers include deeds, correspondence, financial documents, maps, and project plans generated by his involvement with the La Mesa, Lemon Grove, and Spring Valley Irrigation District, the San Dieguito Irrigation District, and the Santa Fe Irrigation District, as well as the Cuyamaca Water Company, the Pamo Water Company, the San Dieguito Mutual Water Company, the Sherman Water Company, and the Volcan Land and Water Company. There are also legal papers from several of his court cases: the settlement of the James A. Murray estate, lawsuits with the City of San Diego regarding San Diego River rights, and a lawsuit by John Treanor regarding the purchase of the San Pasqual Ranch property. Additionally, this collection contains correspondence and research notes accumulated by Ed Fletcher for several more water projects such as the La Jolla-Del Mar Pipeline .

This collection also contains meeting minutes, stocks, and financial papers regarding film productions by Grossmont Studios (previously S&L Studios), as well as minutes, financial papers, stocks, and business ledgers from the San Diego Independent Publishing Company.

Ed Fletcher’s personal papers include correspondence, financial papers, brochures and pamphlets, and numerous photographs of his family, his friends, his San Diego properties, and some of his travels.

At the end of this collection, a set of catalog cards has been included that was produced by an earlier collection processing project (see Comments).

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Collection is arranged into 33 series:

Series I: Deeds and Mortgages

Series II: Real Estate: Avocado Acres

Series III: Real Estate: Camp Kearny

Series IV: Real Estate: Lake Hodges

Series V: Real Estate: Lake Hodges and Del Mar Road

Series VI: Real Estate: Lockwood Mesa / Solana Beach

Series VII: Real Estate: Mount Helix

Series VIII: Real Estate: Poway Ranch

Series IX: Real Estate: San Dieguito

Series X: Real Estate: Ed Fletcher Company

Series XI: Real Estate: Miscellanea

Series XII: La Mesa, Lemon Grove, and Spring Valley Irrigation District

Series XIII: San Dieguito Irrigation District

Series XIV: Santa Fe Irrigation District

Series XV: Cuyamaca Water Company

Series XVI: Cuyamaca Water Company: James A. Murray Estate

Series XVII: Cuyamaca Water Company: San Diego River Rights

Series XVIII: Pamo Water Company

Series XIX: San Diego County Water Company: San Pasqual Ranch Issue

Series XX: San Dieguito Mutual Water Company

Series XXI: Sherman Water Company

Series XXII: Volcan Land and Water Company

Series XXIII: Water Projects: La Jolla – Del Mar Pipeline

Series XXIV: Water Projects: Mission Gorge Dam Site #3

Series XXV: Water Projects: Santa Ysabel Creek and Black Canyon Creek

Series XXVI: Water Projects: Sutherland Reservoir

Series XXVII: Water Projects: Sweetwater System

Series XXVIII: Water Projects: Yuma Mesa Grapefruit Project

Series XXIX: Water Projects: Miscellanea

Series XXX: Grossmont Studios

Series XXXI: San Diego Independent Publishing Company

Series XXXII: Personal Papers

Series XXXIII: Catalog Cards

Items within each series are arranged by subject.

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

San Diego History Center Document Collection January 16, 2013

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.

Processing Information

Collection processed by Samantha Mills on January 16, 2013.

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.

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Related Materials

Related Archival Materials

Colonel Ed Fletcher Family Collection (C051) in SDHC Photograph Collection.

Separated Materials

Map of “Aerial route of the United State – U.S. Army Air Service April 1919” previously separated to the SDHC Map Collection.

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Controlled Access Headings

Corporate Name(s)

  • Cuyamaca Water Company.
  • Ed Fletcher Company.
  • Grossmont Park Co..
  • Grossmont Studios.
  • La Mesa, Lemon Grove, and Spring Valley Irrigation District (Calif.).
  • Morse Construction Co..
  • Pamo Water Company.
  • San Diego Athletic Club.
  • San Diego County Water Company.
  • San Diego Independent Publishing Company.
  • San Dieguito Irrigation District (Calif.).
  • San Dieguito Mutual Water Company.
  • Santa Fe Irrigation District (Calif.).
  • Santa Fe Land Improvement Company.
  • Sherman Water Company.
  • United States. Army.
  • Volcan Land and Water Company.
  • War Department Claims Board.


  • Maps

Geographic Name(s)

  • Black Canyon Creek (Calif.)
  • Camp Kearny
  • Carlsbad (Calif.)
  • Carroll Dam (Calif.)
  • Del Mar (Calif.)
  • El Cajon (Calif.)
  • Encinitas (Calif.)
  • Fletcher Hills (Calif.)
  • Hodges, Lake (Calif.)
  • La Jolla (San Diego, Calif.)
  • La Mesa (Calif.)
  • Lockwood Mesa (Calif.)
  • Mission Gorge Dam (Calif.)
  • Mount Helix (Calif.)
  • Murray Dam (Calif.)
  • Oceanside (Calif.)
  • Poway (Calif.)
  • Ramona (Calif.)
  • San Diego (Calif.)
  • San Dieguito (Encinitas, Calif.)
  • San Juan Basin (N.M. and Colo.)
  • San Luis Rey Valley (Calif.)
  • Santa Ysabel Creek (Calif.)
  • Solana Beach (Calif.)
  • Sutherland Reservoir (Calif.)
  • Yuma (Ariz.)

Personal Name(s)

  • Canfield, C. A.
  • Crouch, C. C.
  • Fletcher, Ed, 1872-1955
  • Fletcher, Mary
  • Haldorn, Stuart
  • Harbell, C. O.
  • Henshaw, William Griffith, 1860-1924
  • Hodges, W. E.
  • Murray, James A.
  • Murray, Mary H.
  • Salmons, Frank
  • Stern, Charles
  • Treanor, John


  • Account books
  • Actions and defenses
  • Administration of estates
  • Blueprints
  • Bonds
  • Evidence (Law)
  • Flood dams and reservoirs
  • Invoices
  • Land companies
  • Land grants
  • Land titles
  • Leases
  • Mortgages
  • Motion picture studios
  • Municipal bonds
  • Photographs
  • Pipelines
  • Publishers and publishing
  • Railroads
  • Rain and rainfall
  • Rainfall data
  • Real estate development
  • Real property
  • Water development, supply, and management
  • Water rights

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The collection was donated in 1970 and initial processing began in 1978 through a grant-funded project. Collection materials were organized into file groups based on subject matter, material type, and time frame. A set of catalog cards was produced to record and describe the collection. The first box of catalog cards contains subject cards listing the file groups where relevant documents for those subjects can be found. This box also contains overview cards describing the general contents of each file group. The remaining four boxes of catalog cards contain individual cards describing each item in each file group. All five catalog card boxes are included in this collection.

The collection was reprocessed in 2012/2013 as part of the CLIR grant-funded project. Collection was rearranged to best reflect the subject relevance of the collection’s materials. Penciled notes, identifying the file group and document number from the first processing project, remain on each document in the collection. The identifiers link the document to its original file group and document number for cross-referencing in the catalog cards.

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Collection Inventory

 Series I: Deeds and Mortgages

Deeds and mortgages, 1901 May 3-1907 December 271:1
Deeds and mortgages, 1908 July 27-1911 November 131:2
Deeds and mortgages, 1912 January 5-1913 September 271:3
Deeds and mortgages, 1914 January 10-1916 November 281:4
Deeds and mortgages, 1917 April 3-1918 July 161:5
Deeds and mortgages, 1919 March 7-1921 August 311:6
Deeds and mortgages, 1922 March 22-December 291:7
Deeds and mortgages, 1923 April 1-1924 December 61:8
Deeds and mortgages, 1925 June 26-1926 December 71:9
Deeds and mortgages, 1927 January 10-November 29


Certificate of Title #3320 for Ed and Mary Fletcher, September 1, 1927 (in F4D2, Miscellanea (oversize))

Deeds and mortgages, 1928 April 7-1931 March 251:11

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 Series II: Real Estate: Avocado Acres

Tenant accounts (Br-Co), 1928 July 24-1935 October 31


James and Catherin Brennan, Charles Bureloff, Roy and Zelma Buckles, Mary Colburn, Mabel Colerick

Tenant accounts (Co-Ev), 1928 July 10-1932 April 12


Chas and Blanche Cresse, Mabel Crump, Dora Darney, James and Pearl Dry, Laura Earnhart, Abbie and Fannie Evans

Tenant accounts (Gl-Ha), 1928 July 29-1934 April 11


Edward Glynn, Adolph and Malinda Hahne, Otto and Sophie Hahne, Fred Handloser, M.T. Harvey

Tenant accounts (Ho-Kr), 1928 July 12-1936 September 21


George and Margaret Hoskins, William Jones, Clara Kearney and Regna Julian, Ada Kelley, Mary Kimble Fry, Louise and Anna Kramer

Tenant accounts (La-Le), 1928 AUgust 12-1934 March 20


Alexander Lae, B.H. and Alice Lancaster, William La Polla, Charles and Lelia Larock, Emil Lehman

Tenant accounts (Ma-Mu), 1928 July 3-1934 July 9


Raymond and Natalie Martinez, L. McClelland, Amy Miller and Edna Thomas, Elinore Murray

Tenant accounts (Ol-Ri), 1928 July 16-1932 October 17


Anna Olsen, Blanche Parker, George and Cora Peck, Chas Peter, Maud Pruden, Thomas and Marion Rice

Tenant accounts (Ro), 1928 July 15-1934 July 11


Ross and Constance Robins, Isaac and Annie Robinson, William and Febe Romer, Mary Ross, Murdock and Eva Ross, Frank and Kathleen Rowland

Tenant accounts (Ry-Se), 1928 July 8-1932 October 20


Lulu Ryon, Helen Schram, Winifred Seaver, Roy and Caroline Sechle

Tenant accounts (Sm-Su), 1928 July 27-1932 August 31


Ruth Smith, Catherine Spence, W.J. Stewart, Jeannette Sutton

Tenant accounts (Ta-Ti), 1928 August 16-1933 August 9


Mrs. J.C. Taylor, Florence Thierry, Nettie Temple and Vivian Thompson, Josephine Thoms, Jennie Titus

Tenant accounts (Tr-Ve), 1928 July 15-1937 September 25


Fred Trudel, Duane and Emma Trumble, Robert and Charlotte Tyler, Lillian Van Horn, William and Mary Vetter

Tenant accounts (Wa), 1928 July 19-1937 July 27


James and Ada Wade, Charles Wahl, Rosetta Walsh, William Ward, Lenore Watkins

Tenant accounts (Wh-Wy), 1927 September 11-1933 August 19


W.H. and Francis Wheatley, Elma Wilbur, Jessie Wyatt

Miscellanea, 1928 April 20-1930 May 20


Letters from Sloane & Sloane attorneys regarding a deed conflict

Paperwork regarding William Thum’s cactus ranch lands


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 Series III: Real Estate: Camp Kearny

Correspondence, 1918 February 25-1920 December 233:5
Correspondence, 1921 Januay 6-June 213:6
Correspondence, 1921 July 14-November 213:7
Correspondence, 1921 November 22-December 27 and undated3:8
Correspondence, 1922 January 5-April 263:9
Correspondence, 1922 May 1-313:10
Correspondence, 1922 June 1-December 19 and undated3:11
Correspondence, 1923 January 1-December 283:12
Correspondence, 1924 January 5-May 303:13
Correspondence, 1924 June 4-1925 January 283:14
Telegrams, 1917 June 2-1921 November 283:15
Telegrams, 1922 April 15-September 113:16
Telegrams, 1923 February 23-273:17
Telegrams, 1924 March 12-1925 January 3 and undated3:18
Lease agreements with U.S. Army, 1917 May 29-June 13:19
Camp Kearny Claims Board, 1920 September 24-October 13:20
War Department Claims Board, 1920 December 3-1921 JUly 253:21
Fletcher/Belcher claim: liability releases, 1920 December 3-1921 February 103:22
Fletcher/Blecher claim: request for review, 1917-1922 and undated


Belcher’s report to the Comptroller General with Exhibits A through Q, and the office’s decision to deny it

Fletcher/Belcher claim: affidavits and depositions, 1922 May 26-1923 December 53:24
Fletcher/Belcher claim: congressional proceedings, 1922 April 26-1924 May 23:25
Miscellanea, 1907-1925


Bank payment

Railway receipt

Contractor bids


Partial drafts of testimony


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 Series IV: Real Estate: Lake Hodges

Correspondence, 1922 July 7-1923 April 274:1
Correspondence, 1923 May 25-August 294:2
Correspondence, 1923 September 1-December 14:3
Correspondence, 1924 January 4-August 204:4
Correspondence, 1924 September 4-December 234:5
Telegrams, 1923 March 31-1924 March 244:6
Miscellanea, 1923 and undated


Statement by R.G. Townsend

Agreement with the Santa Fe Land Improvement Company


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 Series V: Real Estate: Lake Hodges and Del Mar Road

Correspondence, 1923 January 3-October 314:8
Correspondence, 1923 November 5-304:9
Correspondence, 1923 December 5-314:10
Correspondence, 1924 January 4-April 294:11
Correspondence, 1924 May 13-304:12
Correspondence, 1924 June 2-274:13
Correspondence, 1924 July 2-November 25 and undated4:14
Telegrams, 1924 May 28-June 34:15
Remittance statement, 1924 April4:16

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 Series VI: Real Estate: Lockwood Mesa / Solana Beach

Correspondence, 1923 September 5-December 184:17
Correspondence, 1924 January 10-April 244:18
Correspondence, 1924 May 5-September 234:19
Correspondence, 1924 October 10-1925 March 94:20
Telegrams, 1923 December 18-1924 December 264:21
Miscellanea, 1915 October 9-1924 December 18


Real estate agreement

Transcripts of telephone conversations

Map of Syndicate Lands on Lockwood Mesa, October 9, 1915 (in F4D2)


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 Series VII: Real Estate: Mount Helix

Correspondence, 1923 May 1-December 314:23
Correspondence, 1924 January 7-July 24:24
Correspondence, 1924 September 25-December 29 and undated4:25
Telegrams, 1923 May 6-1924 December 94:26
Miscellanea, 1923-1924



Office memos

Agreements of sale

Poem about Mount Helix


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 Series VIII: Real Estate: Poway Ranch

Correspondence, 1922 February 27-May 294:28
Correspondence, 1922 June 2-December 54:29
Correspondence, 1923 March 1-September 134:30
Correspondence, 1924 May 8-November 254:31
Telegrams, 1922 February 20-1924 June 94:32
Miscellanea, 1924 June 13 and undated

Scope and Content:

Copy of a land assignment


Maps of land plots


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 Series IX: Real Estate: San Dieguito

Correspondence, 1916 January 16-1917 November 214:34
Correspondence, 1918 March 21-1921 November 254:35
Correspondence, 1922 February 9-1923 November 284:36
Office memos and notes, 1917 February 15-1922 June 1 and undated4:37

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 Series X: Real Estate: Ed Fletcher Company

Correspondence, 1910 April 11-1954 March 225:1
Finances: payroll checks, 1948 December 30-1953 July 23 and undated5:2
Finances: employee tax forms, 19495:3
Finances: checks and bank statements, 1939 August 15-1949 October 215:4
Business agreements, 1903 November 25-1943 November 85:5
Property transferred to Morse Construction Co., 1915 March 13-1942 December 155:6
Fletcher Hills: certificates of redemption of real estate, 1931 June 245:7
Fletcher Hills: publicity, 1961-1964 and undated5:8
Fletcher Hills: publicity (oversize), 1964 February 27-March 26 and undated


Two posters for the World’s Fair House in Fletcher Hills Hacienda

Three issues of the Fletcher Hills Times: February 27, 1964; March 26, 1964; and the Special World’s Fair Issue

Miscellanea, 1926-1962 and undated


Two invoices

Notice of a Grossmont Park Co. meeting

Notes regarding a road trip

Several brochures and reports regarding the Stockade construction system and the Los Coches Valley region

Authorized proof of a map of California by Rand McNally, taken from the notes regarding a road trip (in F4D2, Miscellanea (oversize))


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 Series XI: Real Estate: Miscellanea

Correspondence, 1885 September 2-1906 December 6

Scope and Content:

Regarding acquisition of lands in El Cajon, Del Mar, Oceanside, Carlsbad, Encinitas, the value of beachfront properties, partnership with Frank Salmons, and Ed Fletcher acting as an agent for other buyers.

Correspondence, 1907 January 8-1914 May 19

Scope and Content:

Regarding acquisitions of land in San Diego and business dealings with Pacific Light & Power Company and C.A. Canfield.

Correspondence, 1917 February 27-1951 September 11 and undated

Scope and Content:

Regarding business dealings with C.A. Canfield, William Henshaw and John Treanor.


May 1911 map of Ramona Quadrangle marked off with area affected by Temescal Fire, accompanied letter from J.E. Elliot dated September 23, 1925 (in F4D2, Miscellanea (oversize))

Contracts and agreements, 1881 June 20-1951 February 26


Land grant to H.H. Warren dated June 20, 1881 (in F4D2, Miscellanea (oversize))

Alta Ranch Abstract of Title, 1874 May 115:14
“El Cajon Land Account,” 1907 January 1


Packet of ledger pages listings expenditures, income, and assets for the year 1906

Railway Projects: Colorado, Columbus, and Mexican Railroad, 1923 October 76:2
Railway Projects: San Juan Basin (oversize), 1923


Two maps of the San Juan Basin and a report on local resources compiled by the San Juan Railway Committee

“Land Map of the San Juan Basin,” dated April 1923 (in F4D2, Miscellanea (oversize))

Delinquent accounts and foreclosures, 1891 June 29-1953 November 176:3
Maps, 1911 and undated


Map of San Diego California and a portion of the Ex-Mission Rancho, 1911 (in F4D2, Miscellanea (oversize))

Maps (oversize), 1911-1916


Map of “San Diego Quadrangle,” March 1911

“Street Map of San Diego, Cal.,” 1911

“Street Map of San Diego including City Heights, National City, Chula Vista, and Coronado,” August 1, 1912


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 Series XII: La Mesa, Lemon Grove, and Spring Valley Irrigation District

Correspondence, 1913 October 24-1918 July 96:5
Correspondence, 1919 February 17-1923 December 226:6
Correspondence, 1924 January 5-256:7
Correspondence, 1924 February 1-April 306:8
Correspondence, 1924 May 6-July 296:9
Correspondence, 1924 August 1-October 306:10
Correspondence, 1924 November 6-December 296:11
Correspondence, 1925 March 31-1936 April 3 and undated6:12
Telegrams, 1911 December 12-1924 December 86:13
Deeds and agreements to sell, 1882-1925


Homestead Certificate of Nathan A. Eaton dated July 25, 1882 (in F4D2, Miscellanea (oversize))

Finances, 1913 July 26-1922 May 11


Receipts for interest payments made by Ed Fletcher, personal checks, and estimates of project costs

Finances: bill collection for Stuart Haldorn, 1929 December 28-1935 December 11


Statements of rent and utilities bills collected and commission taken by Ed Fletcher on behalf of Stuart Haldorn.

Finances: bill collection for Stuart Haldorn, 1936 February 5-1945 December 31


Statements of rent and utilities bills collected and commission taken by Ed Fletcher on behalf of Stuart Haldorn.

Finances: bill collection for Mary H. Murray, 1929 December 1-1934 December 31


Statements of rent and utilities bills collected and commission taken by Ed Fletcher on behalf of Mary H. Murray.

Finances: bill collection for Mary H. Murray, 1935 January 1-1943 March 29


Statements of rent and utilities bills collected and commission taken by Ed Fletcher on behalf of Mary H. Murray.

Cuyamaca Water Company purchase: options, 1924 April 5-1931 November 24 and undated7:1
Cuyamaca Water Compnay purchase: bond issue, 1924 February 4-October 31 and undated7:2
Cuyamaca Water Company purchase: publicity, 1923 December 22-1924 November 5 and undated


Interviews, reports, and endorsements arguing for or against the Cuyamaca Water Company Purchase and related bond issue.

San Diego River rights, 1924 April 17-1930 September 23 and undated


Resolutions by district to protect their water rights, and further statements, speeches, and resolutions regarding ongoing litigation with City of San Diego.

Miscellanea, 1921 April 20-1926 March 23 and undated


Oil and gas lease

Agreement with the San Juan Basin Development Syndicate, a power of attorney, and notes regarding the construction of the Stockade Wall, petitions, and land parcels


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 Series XIII: San Dieguito Irrigation District

Correspondence, 1923 February 28-March 307:6
Correspondence, 1923 April 3-May 317:7
Correspondence, 1923 June 12-July 147:8
Correspondence, 1923 August 16-December 287:9
Correspondence, 1924 January 9-July 287:10
Correspondence (oversized attachments), 1924 May 12-13


Lot and block map of Avocado Acres covering Vulcan Avenue to Hygeia Avenue, originally attached to letter from San Dieguito Irrigation District to Ed Fletcher dated May 12, 1924

Lot and block map of Avocado Acres covering Ocean View Avenue, originally attached to letter from Ed Fletcher to San Dieguito Irrigation District dated May 13, 1924

Correspondence, 1924 August 1-November 287:11
Correspondence, 1924 December 1-217:12
Telegrams, 1923 March 24-1924 December 227:13
$400,000 Bond Issue, 19237:14
Avocado Acres Pipeline, 1923 May 18-1924 August 5 and undated


Blueprint of “Location of Pipe Line Rights of Way” January 1923, originally attached to Conveyance of Easement for Right of Way of M.S. Jackson dated May 1, 1923 (in F4D2, Miscellanea (oversize))

Miscellanea, 1924 May 15-July 7 and undated


“Rules and Regulations of San Dieguito Irrigation District” booklet

Invoice from Baker Iron Works

Undated list of the San Dieguito Irrigation District Board of Directors


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 Series XIV: Santa Fe Irrigation District

Correspondence, 1923 February 8-April 267:17
Correspondence, 1923 May 1-December 15


Blueprint “Ownership Map of Coast Lands Between Del Mar and Cardiff” April 1922, originally attached to letter from Ed Fletcher to W.E. Hodges dated May 11, 1923 (in F4D2, Miscellanea (oversize))

Correspondence, 1924 March 7-August 25


Blueprint “Preliminary Pipe Line Map – Lockwood Mesa Portion of Santa Fe Irrigation District” January 1924, originally attached to letter from K.Q. Volk to Ed Fletcher dated March 7, 1924 (in F4D2, Miscellanea (oversize))

Correspondence, 1924 September 18-December 317:20
Correspondence (oversized attachment), 1923 March 5


Map of Solana Beach agented by Ed Fletcher Co. and E.C. Batchelder March 5, 1923, with red lines drawn to show easements desired by Santa Fe Irrigation District, originally attached to letter from K.Q. Volk to Ed Fletcher dated September 22, 1924

Map of Solana Beach agented by Ed Fletcher Co. and E.C. Batchelder March 5, 1923, with red lines showing lines to be built by District, and green lines showing lines to be built by Col. Fletcher, originally attached to letter from K.Q. Volk to Ed Fletcher dated October 4, 1924

Telegrams, 1924 July 9-September 5 and undated7:21
Finances, 1924 July 27-September 12 and undated


Meter data

Expenditures by Ed Fletcher Co.

Property valuations

“Santa Fe Irrigation District Re-valuation, 1924 Assessment Roll” (in F4D2, Miscellanea (oversize))

Petitions to the Board of Supervisors, 1923 April 17-1924 September 10 and undated8:2
Miscellanea, 1923 and undated


Easement for constructing a pipe line

Descriptions of property boundaries


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 Series XV: Cuyamaca Water Company

Ownership and co-partnership records, 1913 August-1923 December8:4
Correspondence, 1922 November 8-1923 May 258:5
Correspondence, 1923 June 1-October 318:6
Correspondence, 1923 November 2-1926 December 168:7
Telegrams, 1923 May 10-October 308:8
Finances and contracts, 1916 July 20-1923 December 31 and undated8:9
El Cajon Vineyards Pipeline: correspondence, 1923 January 4-March 278:10
El Cajon Vineyards Pipeline: correspondence, 1923 April 4-1924 June 268:11
El Cajon Vineyards Pipeline: telegrams, 1923 February 10-September 178:12
El Cajon Vineyards Pipeline: office memos, 1923 February 14-1924 February 88:13
El Cajon Vineyards Pipeline: contracts and bid, 1923-1924 and undated8:14
El Cajon Vineyards Pipeline: invoices, 1923 March 16-May 318:15
El Cajon Vineyards Pipeline: brochures, 1922 November 18:16
Poverty Gulch Dam Sites, 1911 and undated8:17
San Diego Electric Railway: correspondence, 1923 February 27-April 258:18
San Diego Flume: view cards, 1887-188821:1
San Diego Flume: view cards, 1887-188821:2
San Diego Flume: view cards, 1887-188821:3
San Diego Flume: view cards, 188721:4
San Diego Flume: view cards, 1887-188921:5
San Diego Flume: view cards, 1887-188921:6
San Diego Flume: view cards, 188721:7

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 Series XVI: Cuyamaca Water Company: James A. Murry Estate

Correspondence, 1917 January 23-1922 November 148:19
Correspondence, 1923 January 3-April 268:20
Correspondence, 1923 May 5-July 308:21
Correspondence, 1923 August 1-October 318:22
Correspondence, 1923 November 1-December 298:23
Correspondence, 1924 February 4-April 248:24
Correspondence, 1924 May 1-August 288:25
Correspondence, 1924 September 11-December 198:26
Correspondence, 1925 February 14-1936 July 159:1
Telegrams, 1920 December 21-1924 July 289:2
Office memos, 1916 November 23-1924 December 39:3
James and Mary Murry finances, 1922 January 23-1929 November 1 and undated9:4
James Murray Estate, 1921-1922 and undated


James Murray’s will

Petitions filed by W.S.K. Brown

Report by the inheritance tax appraiser

Affidavits from Ed Fletcher

Cuyamaca Water Company purchase, 1922 October 25-1926 December 23


Reports and official statements regarding Fletcher and Henshaw’s buyout of Murray’s shares in the company and subsequent sale to the La Mesa, Lemon Grove, and Spring Valley Irrigation District.

Miscellanea, 1921 October 11-1930 March 24 and undated





Letter draft

List of letters kept in safe

Newspaper articles


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 Series XVII: Cuyamaca Water Company: San Diego River Rights

Correspondence, 1921 January 21-1922 January 319:8
Correspondence, 1922 February 2-289:9
Correspondence, 1922 March 2-149:10
Correspondence, 1922 March 16-319:11
Correspondence, 1922 April 1-June 19:12
Correspondence, 1922 September 7-December 289:13
Correspondence, 1923 January 2-April 309:14
Correspondence, 1923 May 1-December 229:15
Correspondence, 1924 January 3-March 259:16
Correspondence, 1924 April 1-May 229:17
Correspondence, 1924 June 2-July 309:18
Correspondence, 1924 August 7-October 3110:1
Correspondence, 1924 November 1-December 3110:2
Correspondence, 1925 January 2-1926 March 2 and undated10:3
Telegrams, 1922 March 21-1925 January 810:4
Office memos, 1922 March 21-1925 January 810:5
Legal proceedings, 1916 March 28-1922 December 15 and undated10:6
Legal proceedings, 1923 March 5-1924 December 17 and undated10:7
C. C. Crouch Report on Pueblo Rights, 1922 January 1910:8
A. L. Gottesburen on Pueblo Rights, undated10:9
Miscellanea, 1925 April 27 and undated


Notice of appropriation

Research notes

Transcripts of telephone conversations

Statements by Fletcher and Stern


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 Series XVIII: Pamo Water Company

Correspondence, 1889 October 4-1918 February 1410:11
Deeds and water rights, 1885 April 17-1889 October 2510:12
Deeds and water rights (oversize), 1883 February 10-1889 April 13


Homestead Certificate of Harry Warren dated November 1, 1884

Homestead Certificate of John Woods dated October 6, 1888

Homestead Certificate of John Dye dated February 10, 1883, attached to grant deed dated December 16, 1889

Land Grant of H.H. Warren dated January 13, 1886

Swamp Land Certificate of Nathan Eaton dated April 19, 1887

Land grant for school lands dated April 13, 1889

Deeds and water rights, 1889 November 7-1894 July 1910:13
Deeds and water rights, 1911 September 12-1922 April 2010:14
Deeds and water rights: San Luis Rey Valley, 1916 September 3010:15
Business agreements, 1905 January 24-1909 January 6 and undated11:1
Legal proceedings, 1889 January-1923 December11:2
Miscellanea, 1888-1922 and undated


Notice to stockholders

Notes regarding water projects

Certificate confirming that Pamo Water Company’s incorporation papers were filed with the California Department of State, dated March 15, 1888 (in F4D2, Miscellanea (oversize))


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 Series XIX: San Diego County Water Company: San Pasqual Ranch Issue

Correspondence, 1923 July 24-December 1711:4
Correspondence, 1924 January 11-August 2311:5
Correspondence, 1924 September 15-3011:6
Correspondence, 1924 October 1-December 3111:7
Correspondence, 1925 January 2-October 111:8
Telegrams, 1924 June 2-September 2911:9
Telephone transcripts, 1924 February 21-1925 November 2711:10
San Pasqual Ranch Company Deal, 1923 November 13-1924 October 28


Purchase options

Money transferred from Fletcher to Harbell

Bill of sale


Legal proceedings, 1924 September 26-1925 April 11 and undated


Sworn statements regarding dispute over sale of San Pasqual Ranch property, itemized lists of property in dispute, and proposed terms of settlement.

Miscellanea, 1923-1925


Easements for right of way and a protest filed by C.O. Harbell with the California Department of Public Works


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 Series XX: San Dieguito Mutual Water Company

Meeting minutes, 1923 December 27-1924 January 1511:14
Correspondence, 1923 August 23-1924 November 2511:15
Miscellanea, 1921-1924



Property agreement


“Santa Fe Land Improvement Company Alignment Map Showing Proposed 16” Concrete Pipeline,” dated January 1924 (in F4D2, Miscellanea (oversize))


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 Series XXI: Sherman Water Company

Incorporation and regulations, 1914 August 24-1923 November 21


Ordinance granting water franchise

Articles of Incorporation

Rules and Regulations as approved by Railroad Commission

Correspondence, 1922 May 5-1923 February 2811:18
Correspondence, 1923 March 2-April 2711:19
Correspondence, 1923 May 1-August 411:20
Correspondence, 1923 September 4-December 28 and undated11:21
Correspondence, 1924 January 3-3111:22
Correspondence, 1924 February 2-2712:1
Correspondence, 1924 March 1-3112:2
Correspondence, 1925 April 2-3012:3
Correspondence, 1924 May 2-June 3012:4
Correspondence, 1924 July 1-3112:5
Correspondence, 1924 August 1-3012:6
Correspondence, 1924 September 2-3012:7
Correspondence, 1924 October 4-November 2512:8
Correspondence, 1924 December 1-1925 October 2112:9
Telegrams, 1923 February 22-1924 July 1 and undated12:10
Finances, 1922 October 1-1924 April 112:11
Finances, 1924 May 1-December 1 and undated12:12
Stock book 1, 1923 November 26-December 127:1
Stock book 2 (unused), undated27:2
Permits to furnish water, 1924 January 19-August 412:13
License agreements for pumping rights, 1924-192512:14
Water leases, 192512:15
Lab reports, 1922 October 14-1924 October 3112:16
Court cases, 1923 October 19-1924 October 25 and undated12:17
Miscellanea, 1922 August 1-1924 June 30 and undated


Agreement with Meyering Land Company

Application to excavate in public highways

Description of real estate in Sherman

Newspaper articles


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 Series XXII: Volcan Land and Water Company

$5 Million Bond Issue, 1911 December 11-1921 December 2912:19
Right of Way applications, 1913 May 2-912:20
Right of Way applications, 1913 July 2213:1
Right of Way applications, 1914 February 13-1916 March 27


“Map Showing Survey of Center Line of Carroll Canal,” dated March 21, 1916, taken from amendment to Carroll Canal application dated March 27, 1916 (in F4D2, Miscellanea (oversize))

Permit applications, 1913 July 3-1917 June 1 and undated13:3
Rainfall data, 1911-1918 and undated13:4
Rainfall data: office copy #1 (1 of 2), undated13:5
Rainfall data: office copies #2-4 (2 of 2), undated13:6
“Volcan Water Company” photograph album, undated13:7
“Volcan Office Copy” photograph album, 1914 February 19-March 1 and undated13:8
Miscellanea, 1912 September 20-1917 February 14


Notice of appropriation

Index of privately owned beach lands

Report on the net safe yield of the Volcan Land and Water Company


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 Series XXIII: Water Projects: La Jolla – Del Mar Pipeline

Correspondence, 1922 February 11-1923 June 614:2
Correspondence, 1923 July 3-1924 July 714:3
Agreement with City of San Diego, 192314:4
Purchase orders from City of San Diego, 1923 February 6-1924 April 114:5
Water consumption reports for City of San Diego, 1923 February 1-1924 May 114:6
Bills, 1921 October 31-1923 November 914:7
Miscellanea, 1922 June 2-1923 January 25 and undated



Handwritten receipt

Handwritten note


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 Series XXIV: Water Projects: Mission Gorge Dam Site #3

Correspondence, 1921 September 17-December 3114:9
Correspondence, 1922 January 2-March 3114:10
Correspondence, 1922 April 11-1923 August 2014:11
Telegrams, 1922 January 26-1923 May 1214:12
Office memos, 1922 January 19-1923 March 27 and undated14:13
Data on Mission Gorge Dam Site, 1921-1922 and undated14:14
Dam research, undated14:15

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 Series XXV: Water Projects: Santa Ysabel Creek and Black Canyon Creek

Correspondence, 1920 December 6-1922 September 714:16
Correspondence, 1922 October 2-1924 May 2114:17
Office memos, 1922 May 1-1923 February 914:18
Permit application, 1917 January 16-1922 August 2814:19

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 Series XXVI: Water Projects: Sutherland Reservoir

Correspondence, 1922 May 25-1923 October 514:20
Telegrams, 1922 June 23-3014:21
Map of Sutherland Reservoir (oversize), 1912 MayF4D2

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 Series XXVII: Water Projects: Sweetwater System

Correspondence, 1922 June 2-November 2714:22
Office memos, 1922 November 13-2314:23
Newspaper articles, 1922 November 2714:24

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 Series XXVIII: Water Projects: Yuma Mesa Grapefruit Project

Correspondence, 1922 December 30-1923 December 1514:25
Telegrams, 1923 February 15-March 1314:26
Fletcher account, undated14:27

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 Series XXIX: Water Projects: Miscellanea

Advisory Committee photograph album, 191414:28
Murray Dam and Carroll Dam photograph album, 1917 July 14-1918 August 27 and undated15:1

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 Series XXX: Grossmont Studios

Articles of Incorporation and By-laws, 1925


Certificate confirming that Articles of Incorporation filed with State of California, dated January 19, 1925 (in F4D2, Miscellanea (oversize))

Board of Directors’ meeting minutes, 1925 February 11-1930 January 3115:3
Correspondence, 1922 December 21-1932 February 15 and undated15:4
Creditors and stockholders, undated15:5
Stock certificates: common stocks, 1922 May 12-1923 February 2615:6
Stock certificates: common stocks, 1923 March 6-1925 December 3015:7
Stock certificates: preferred stocks, 1922 May 12-December 2615:8
Stock certificates: preferred stocks, 1923 January 6-July 2715:9
Stock certificates: preferred stocks, 1923 July 30-1925 December 3015:10
Stock certificate book, 1925 February 11-1928 March 827:3
Stock certificate receipts, 1922 June 14-1928 January 3015:11
Time roll, 1925 and undated15:12
Finances: cash flow and balance sheets, 1925-1929 and undated15:13
Finances: cash flow ledger 1, 1923 December 15-1924 December 1315:14
Finances: cash flow ledger 2, 1925 January 26-1930 September 1615:15
Finances: receipts, 1925 January 24-1927 May 216:1
Finances: business invoices (A-H), 1925 January 12-December 2416:2
Finances: business invoices (L-W), 1925 January 25-1928 July 1916:3
Finances: checks and bank statements, 1925 April 21-1928 October 3016:4
Finances: checks and bank statements (oversize), 1925 July 8-1928 October 18


One account statement from the First National Bank of Los Angeles dated July 8 to October 31, 1925

Seven account statements from the First National Bank of San Diego dated August 5, 1926 to October 18, 1928

Finances: state and corporation taxes, 1925 February 27-1930 March 816:5
Finances: state and corporation taxes (oversize), 1925-1930


Sloane & Sloane itemized bill for preparing taxes dated January 19, 1925

Corporation Income Tax Returns for the years 1925, 1926, 1927, 1928, 1929, and 1930

Legal papers, 1924 November 13-1925 October 916:6
Miscellanea, 1925-1930 and undated


Notarized bill of sale by Lois Weber Productions

List of leased property

Handwritten notes


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 Series XXXI: San Diego Independent Publishing Company

Articles of Incorporation and By-laws, 1925 July 2816:8
Meeting minutes, 1925 August 5-1928 January 2416:9
Petitions to California State Corporation Department, 1926


“Exhibit C” profit and loss statement dated January 1, 1926 through May 31, 1926, from petition for authority to issue additional capital stock (in F4D2, Miscellanea (oversize))

Weekly time book, 1925 August 15-1926 April 316:11
Bank statements (oversize), 1925 August 1-October 3F4D2
Cash ledger, 1925 September 1-December 3116:12
Profit and loss binder, 1926-192716:13
Profit and loss binder (oversize inserts), 1926-1927


“Comparative Statement of Display Advertising 1926-1927” (originally between docs 1 and 2)

“Profit and Loss Statement for 6 months ending January 31, 1926” (originally with doc 29)

Ledger page listing liabilities and assets, undated (originally between docs 80 and 81)

Profit and Loss sheet: “Trial Balance – August 1926” (originally with doc 82)

Profit and Loss sheet dated October 30, 1926 (originally with doc 88)

“Trial balance – after adjustments,” October 30, 1926 (originally with doc 90)

“Statement of earnings and expenses for year 1927” (originally with doc 91)

Profit and loss sheet, undated (originally with doc 92)

Stock certificate book 1 1925 November 10-1927 April 1728:1
Stock certificate book 2, 1926 January 6-1927 April 2228:2
Circulation ledger, 1925 September 1-1927 September 3028:3

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 Series XXXII: Personal Papers

Correspondence: general, 1903 September 18-1959 January 616:14
Correspondence: Fletcher’s “Memoirs” cover letters (A-E), 195217:1
Correspondence: Fletcher’s “Memoirs” cover letters (F-J), 195217:2
Correspondence: Fletcher’s “Memoirs” cover letters (K-R), 195217:3
Correspondence: Fletcher’s “Memoirs” cover letters (S-Z), 195217:4
Correspondence: Fletcher’s “Memoirs” thank you letters (A-B), 1952-195317:5
Correspondence: Fletcher’s “Memoirs” thank you letters (C-D), 1952-195317:6
Correspondence: Fletcher’s “Memoirs” thank you letters (E-G), 195217:7
Correspondence: Fletcher’s “Memoirs” thank you letters (H-J), 1952-195317:8
Correspondence: Fletcher’s “Memoirs” thank you letters (K-M), 1952-195417:9
Correspondence: Fletcher’s “Memoirs” thank you letters (N-R), 1951-195317:10
Correspondence: Fletcher’s “Memoirs” thank you letters (S-W), 1952-195317:11
Correspondence: Fletcher’s “Memoirs” thank you letters (incomplete names), 195217:12
Correspondence: commendations, 1939 October 7-1955 January 5


Letters from Herbert Hoover, Earl Warren, Dwight Eisenhower, and Richard Nixon.

Last wills and life insurance, 1893 March 30-1908 August 1018:1
Tax paperwork, 1899-1951 and undated18:2
Finances: receipts and invoices, 1887 July 26-1953 December 3918:3
Finances: checks, bank notes, and property valuations, 1903 January 27-1954 February 1218:4
Pine Hills Association, 1909 June 28-1911 December 1518:5
San Diego Athletic Club 1933 May 16-1938 July 2318:6
San Diego Athletic Club: bonds, 1927 May 118:7
San Diego Athletic Club: bonds, 1927 May 118:8
San Diego Athletic Club: bonds, 1927 May 118:9
San Diego Athletic Club: bonds, 1927 May 118:10
San Diego Athletic Club: bonds, 1927 May 118:11
San Diego Athletic Club: bonds, 1927 May 118:12
Resolutions honoring Ed Fletcher, 1932 March 7-1965 June 2119:1
Informational booklets, 1916-1955


Booklets about iron works, Mesa Verde National Park, Port of San Diego Harbor and Industrial Data

Christian Science publication

Fletcher family photographs, 1908-1952 and undated19:3
Fletcher family photographs, 1931-1955 and undated19:4
Fletcher family photographs, 1903 and undated19:5
Fletcher family photographs, 1941 and undated19:6
Fletcher family photographs, 1922-1935 and undated19:7
Fletcher family photographs: motor trips, 1915-191619:8
Fletcher family photographs: local sightseeing, 1940-1955 and undated19:9
Fletcher family photographs: travel, 1918-1955 and undated19:10
Fletcher family photographs: travel, undated19:11
Photographs: state and local politicians, 1908-1931 and undated


Photograph of a line of cars with “Stephens for Governor” banners, captioned “One Way Ed Fletcher Co. Office Helped Elect Our Governor Wm D. Stephens,” (in F4D2, Photographs (oversize))

Mounted photograph with caption, “Ed Fletcher’s 2 Cylinder Maxwell – 1908. Ed Fletcher at the wheel. George W. Marston and John P. Nolen. Pine Hills,” (in F4D2, Photographs (oversize))

Photographs: national leaders, autographed, 1912-1951 and undated20:2
Photographs: national leaders, autographed, 1921-1951 and undated


Autographed photographs of Charles Francis Buddy, Bishop of San Diego; Herbert Hoover; P. Ortiz Rubio; W. Richardson; George Purdee; and Peter W. Davison (in F4D2, Photographs (oversize))

Photographs: prominent people, unsigned, 1924-1953 and undated


Photograph of Theodore Roosevelt (in F4D2, Photographs (oversize))

Photographs: San Diego area, 1914-1928 and undated20:5
Photographs: San Diego Area, Grossmont, 1910-1930 and undated20:6
Photographs: miscellanea, undated


Photographs of maps, artifacts, and papers

Newspaper articles, 1921-1953 and undated20:8
Miscellanea, 1895-1953 and undated


Agreements regarding potential woodworking ventures

Oil and gas lease

Pamphlets regarding Fletcher’s transcontinental road trip and Senate campaign


Handwritten notes.

Map showing rainfall areas of Colorado (in F4D2, Miscellanea (oversize))


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 Series XXXIII: Catalog Cards

Subject Headings A-Z, undated22
File Groups 1-10, undated23
File Groups 11-22, undated24
File Groups 23-37, undated25
File Groups 38-65, undated26

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