MS 142 Vesta Muehleisen Papers

Summary Information

Repository
San Diego History Center Document Collection
Creator
Muehleisen, Vesta
Title
Vesta Muehleisen Papers
ID
MS 142
Date [inclusive]
1926-1948
Extent
0.5 Linear feet (1 box)
Language
English
Abstract
The collection contains materials on Vesta Muehlesisen’s educational activities from the 1920s to 1940s.

Preferred Citation

Vesta Muehleisen Papers, MS 142, San Diego History Center Document Collection, San Diego, CA.

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Biographical / Historical Note

Vesta Muehleisen (August 7, 1887-October 19, 1973) was a San Diego citizen actively involved in the educational system through the 1940s. Muehleisen, graduate of San Diego State Teachers College in 1907, was the first Alumni Association President in 1931. She served on the San Diego City Board of Education from the late twenties through the thirties for a number of years . She also served as Director of Education for the California Pacific Exposition from 1935-1936 and for the Golden Gate Exposition from 1939-1940. She was a member of the Advisory Council for San Diego State College from 1925-1934. She founded the Hall of Education Association in February 1937 and served as its first President. She was also a longtime member of the National Congress of Parents and Teachers and the 9th District Congress of Parents and Teachers. During her time serving on the San Diego City Board of Education, Muehleisen was involved in the lawsuit between the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) vs. the Board of Education, based on rumors that the ACLU had ties to the Communist Party, making them unfit to use public schools to hold meetings.

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Scope and Content

The materials in the collection reflect Vesta Muehleisen’s educational activities through her involvement with San Diego State Teacher’s College, as a member of the San Diego Board of Education, as Director for Education for the California Pacific International Exposition and as the founder of the Hall of Education Association. Vesta Muehleisen’s role in the relocation of the San Diego State College to its current location in East San Diego is detailed in correspondence and newspaper clippings. The collection contains City of San Diego Board of Education Meeting Minutes and Resolutions related to the issue of Communist and Communist-related organizations requesting use of public schools to hold meetings. The collection also contains the court documents and correspondence on the lawsuit the ACLU brought against the San Diego City Board of Education for denying them access to public schools for their meetings. In addition, there is general correspondence, political ephemera, published articles and other documents related to Communism and Communist activities. Also included are documents and correspondence regarding activities of the Palace of Education during the California Pacific International Exposition in 1935-1936. Documents and correspondence pertaining to the founding and activities of the San Diego Hall of Education Association are included in the collection as well as an agreement and correspondence regarding property Blanche La Garde left with the Hall of Education Association.

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Arrangement

The collection is arranged into five series:

Series I. San Diego State Teachers College

Series II: San Diego City Board of Education and Communism

Series III: Palace of Education at California Pacific International Exposition

Series IV: San Diego Hall of Education Association

Series V: Miscellanea

Items within each series are arranged by subject.

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

San Diego History Center Document Collection December 1, 2011

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.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Accession number 950407.

Processing Information

Collection processed by Alison Hennessey on December 1, 2011.

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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Controlled Access Headings

Corporate Name(s)

  • American Civil Liberties Union.
  • California Pacific International Exposition (1935-1936 : San Diego, Calif.).
  • Golden Gate International Exposition (1939-1940 : San Francisco, Calif.).
  • Hall of Education Association.
  • San Diego (Calif.). Board of Education.
  • San Diego State College Alumni Association.
  • State Teachers College of San Diego.

Geographic Name(s)

  • Balboa Park (San Diego, Calif.)
  • Hall of Education (San Diego, Calif.)
  • San Diego (Calif.)

Personal Name(s)

  • Muehleisen, Vesta
  • Schweigardt, Frederick

Subject(s)

  • Anti-communist movements
  • Communism
  • Education
  • Propaganda, Anti-communist
  • Propaganda, Communist

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Collection Inventory

 Series I: San Diego State Teachers College

Box-folder
Relocation documents, 1928 April 6 and undated

Includes:

Citizens Advisory Council of the San Diego State Teacher and Junior College resolution regarding relocation of the College

Chart comparing three possible sites for the relocation of San Diego State Teachers College

1:1
Relocation correspondence, 1927 September 24–1929 September 26 and undated1:2
New site dedication, 1931 May 1-2

Includes:

Invitation and program for dedication of San Diego State at new site, May 1-2, 1931

1:3
Newspaper clippings, 1928 February 24–1931 June 8 and undated1:4
Alumi Association recognition, 1957 February 6-March 15 and undated

Includes:

Correspondence and article honoring Vesta Muehleisen’s involvement with the College and Alumni Association, as a past Alumni President.

1:5

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 Series II: San Diego City Board of Education and Communism

Box-folder
Board of Education meeting minutes and resolutions, 1933 February 6 and undated

Includes:

Discussion of whether or not to allow particular organizations use of public schools to hold their meetings.

1:6
ACLU vs. San Diego Board of Education: court documents, 1934 December 21–1935 March 13

Includes:

Court ruling

1:7
ACLU vs. San Diego Board of Education: correspondence, 1934 December 26–1935 January 51:8
Board of Education correspondence, 1929 June 1–1944 April 11

Includes:

Correspondence with school board officials in San Francisco and Los Angeles regarding the issue of whether or not to allow certain organizations use of public schools to hold meetings.

Correspondence from Communist-allied groups and anti-Communist groups arguing for and against the right to use public schools as meeting places.

1:9
Articles, 1934 December 18–1946 September

Includes:

Articles discussing the use of public schools by Communist or Communist-allied groups, including discussion of the ACLU vs. San Diego Board of Education court case.

1:10
Political ephemera, 1934 October 10–1945 July 10

Includes:

Brochures and pamphlets for and against Communism.

“American Youth For Democracy” (pamphlet) (in Oversize Collections D3)

1:11
Communism: article excerpts and organizations, 1931 January 17–1945 November 20

Includes:

Excerpts from House of Representatives Report investigating Communist propaganda in the United States.

Excerpts from political publications such as The Communist, Associated Farmers of Riverside County Bulletin, and the American Civil Liberties Union.

List of Communist and radical organizations functioning in the United States.

1:12

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 Series III: Palace of Education and California Pacific International Exposition

Box-folder
Palace of Education inventory administration, 1935 October 24–1936 November 4

Includes:

Bill of Sale, correspondence and inventory list regarding furniture for the Palace of Education.

1:13
Fountain, “The Four Cornerstones of American Democracy,” at Palace of Education, 1935 February 12-September 16 and undated

Includes:

Correspondence, article and construction records regarding the fountain.

1:14
Frederick Schweigardt (fountain artist), 1935 March 7–1948 September 22

Includes:

Article “The Artist and his work” on Frederick Schweigardt

Letter to Frederick Schweigardt from New York Museum of Science and Industry

Obituary for Frederick Schweigardt

1:15
California Pacific International Exposition ephemera, undated

Includes:

Promotional information regarding the exposition.

Demographic information about San Diego and exposition, including maps of Balboa Park.

Promotional poster, “America’s Exposition 1935” (in Oversize Collections D3)

1:16

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 Series IV: San Diego Hall of Education Association

Box-folder
History and by-laws, 1937 November 29–1938 January 31 and undated1:17
Finances, 1937 August 31–1941 June 5 and undated

Includes:

Memorandums and Treasurer’s Reports detailing rentals, memberships and other financial activities.

1:18
Meeting minutes and agendas, 1936 October 23–1941 January 91:19
Membership, 1938 December 29 and undated

Includes:

Correspondence and information regarding membership.

Membership Certificates.

1:20
Hall of Education building information, 1937 November 1–1941 May 15 and undated

Includes:

Correspondence and records regarding lease for building and occupancy permits.

Correspondence and documents regarding building maintenance.

1:21
Correspondence, 1938 February 21–1941 July 281:22
Educational events, 1936 June 16–1938 and undated1:23
Blanche La Garde property, 1938 September 10-18

Includes:

Agreement and correspondence regarding La Garde’s property residing in the Hall of Education building

1:24

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 Series V: Miscellanea

Box-folder
Miscellanea, 1926 July–1941 November 26

Includes:

Copy of poem, “Report of Ninth District” from Parent-Teacher, July 1926, p. 15.

Booklet: “San Diego City Schools, Report of Superintendent of Schools 1928-1929.”

Guarantee certificate for a radio purchased.

1:26

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