MS 187 Carl Reupsch Collection

Summary Information

San Diego History Center Document Collection
Reupsch, Carl F.
Carl Reupsch Collection
MS 187
Date [inclusive]
1.0 Linear feet (2 boxes)
Language of Materials
Collection materials are in English and French.
This collection contains personal and business papers of Carl Reupsch, including his involvement in the San Diego Harbor Department, Mission Bay Park, and San Diego Port Unified District

Preferred Citation

Carl Reupsch Collection, MS 187, San Diego History Center Document Collection, San Diego, CA.

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Biographical / Historical Notes

Carl Frederick Reupsch was born April 3, 1909 in Erie, Pennsylvania. He moved to San Diego in 1942 to work for Consolidated Aircraft (later Convair Division of General Dynamics). Carl Reupsch was a prominent figure in the development of the harbor and the waterfront in San Diego, working at the San Diego Harbor Department, Mission Bay Park, and the San Diego Unified Port District. Additionally, he traveled around the country, including Sacramento, Washington, D.C., and Texas, providing other ports and professional organizations with expert advice in development and operations. Moreover, he was involved in numerous organizations serving in many leadership positions such as the President of the California Navigation Conference and Director of the Cabrillo Historical Association, among others. Carl Reupsch published several books and articles and impressively produced three sound color motion pictures. He and his wife, Marion, enjoyed traveling and completed several around-the-world trips.

During his time at the San Diego Harbor Department, he was involved in the promotion of the harbor and also tackled real estate issues. In 1956, he was requested to be the Director of Mission Bay Park, and graciously served in the position for one year before returning to the Harbor Department. In 1962, after a legislative push, the San Diego Unified Port District was established, bringing together ports in San Diego, National City, Chula Vista, Imperial Beach, and Coronado. Carl Reupsch was involved in the development of Harbor Island, Shelter Island, the Embarcadero, and the upgrades to Lindbergh Field.

Carl F. Reupsch passed away on May 30, 1983 at the age of 74.

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Scope and Content

This colleciton contains papers of Carl Reupsch encompassing his career in the San Diego Harbor Department, Mission Bay Park, and San Diego Unified Port District. There are correspondence and reports on property management of San Diego harbor and tidelands as well as scripts for promotional films from the San Diego Harbor Department. Internal memoranda and reports document development of Mission Bay Park under Carl Reupsch as Director. San Diego Unified Port District papers include documents on tidelands management, Harbor Island, Shelter Island, and Embarcadero development, Linderberg Field and hotel growth. The collection also includes personal papers of Carl Reupsch such as biographies and personal travel itineraries.

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The collection is arranged into 4 series:

Series I: Personal Papers

Series II: San Diego Harbor Department

Series III: Mission Bay Park

Series IV: San Diego Unified Port District

Items within each series are arranged by subject.

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

San Diego History Center Document Collection September 20, 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 830706A.

Processing Information

Collection processed by Sandra Kirkwood and Stephanie Mirkin on September 20, 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.

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Controlled Access Headings

Corporate Name(s)

  • Airport Operators Council.
  • San Diego (Calif.). Harbor Dept.
  • San Diego (Calif.). Planning Dept.
  • San Diego Unified Port District.
  • Star of India (Ship).

Geographic Name(s)

  • Embarcadero (San Diego, Calif.)
  • Eureka (Calif.)
  • Harbor Island (San Diego, Calif.)
  • Lindbergh Field (San Diego, Calif.)
  • Mission Bay Park (San Diego, Calif.)
  • San Diego (Calif.)
  • Shelter Island (San Diego, Calif.)
  • Ventura (Calif.)

Personal Name(s)

  • Bates, John
  • Reupsch, Carl F.


  • Boats and boating
  • Shipping

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Material added to collection from Document Files Collection, Carl F. Reupsch file.

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Collection Inventory

 Series I: Personal Papers

Personal papers, 1957-1971 and undated


Biographical information




Travel itineraries


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 Series II: San Diego Harbor Department

Correspondence, 1957 March 15-1962 April 10


Reupsch’s appointment

Attendance and presentations by Reupsch at conferences and meetings

Assistance in examination for Harbor Property Managers

Rental policy research for tidelands

Property management, 1948-1962 and undated


General value apprasial, possessory taxes, and rentals

Property management, 1956-1961



Property management, 1958-1960


Collected data reports on berth rentals, yacht basin value appraisal, and possessory taxation

Parking area development, 1957-1959 and undated 1:6
Ventura Port District development, 1957 April 16-June 5 1:7
Articles and miscellaneous reports by Reupsch, 1957-1962 and undated


“A Report on Your Port,” published article in Rental Owners News, November 1957

“Point Loma Little League,” February 3, 1959

“History and Development of the Port of San Diego,” November 1960

Drafts and correspondence for article titled “Airport Accounting,” 1961-1962 and undated

Promotional films, 1955-1959


Drafts of scripts and screenplays for promotional films, “Harbor of the Sun” and “Tradelanes to the Harbor of the Sun”

Miscellanea, undated


Advertisement for Port of New Orleans, undated

Copy of two pages from unknown book, lists “The Harbor Commission of San Diego” for “fiscal year ending July 1, 1929.”


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 Series III: Mission Bay Park

Correspondence, 1956 October 9-1957 October 16


Reupsch’s appointment

Congratulatory letters to Reupsch on receiving position as Director

Honorary memberships and complimentary tickets to Reupsch

Internal memoranda and reports, 1957 January-October


“Mission Bay Park: A Summary of its History, Planning, Development and Management” by Carl F. Reupsch, Director (report), October 1, 1957

“Mission Bay Development: An Evaluation of Pertinent Oceanographic Factors” (report and excerpts), 1957 July 25 1:13
Brochures, undated 1:14

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 Series IV: San Diego Unified Port District

Correspondence, 1963 February 25-1971 January 14


Port business affairs

Internal memoranda

Event and conference participation by Reupsch

Annual Reports, 1964-1970


1965 Improvements Bonds, Official Statement (booklet), September 20, 1965

Port of San Diego history and development, 1967-1969 2:2
Tidelands management, 1963-1971




Small craft harbor development, 1966-1968 2:4
Harbor Island and Shelter Island history and development, 1961-1969 and undated 2:5
Embarcadero development, 1968-1971 2:6
Lindberg Field and Airport Operators Council, 1964-1967 and undated


Lindberg Field (airport) development

Airport Operators Council uniform financial reporting

Hotel developments, 1960-1965 2:8
Water pollution reports (copies), 1969 2:9
News releases, 1966 July 25-1968 November 1 2:10
News articles, 1961-1968 2:11
“Port Dictionary of Technical Terms” (book), 2:12
Miscellanea, 1957-1970 and undated


Reupsch’s handwritten notes on business activities and listings of meetings

Board of Port Commissioners organization chart and status report (copies)

“Typical Calendar of Corps of Engineers Budgetary Process” (copy)


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