MS 235 Alpine Library Association Records

Summary Information

San Diego History Center Document Collection
Alpine Library Association.
Alpine Library Association Records
MS 235
Date [inclusive]
0.5 Linear feet (1 box)
This collection contains records of the Alpine Library Association, which established and operated the Alpine Public Library in the first half of the 1900s.

Preferred Citation

Alpine Library Association Records, MS 235, San Diego History Center Document Collection, San Diego, CA.

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Biographical / Historical Notes

The Alpine Library Association was founded in October 1900. According to its Constitution, the purpose of the organization was to “[establish] a free public library and reading room in Alpine.” For most of its life, the Association and the Alpine Public Library were housed in the Women’s Club in Alpine, where members met on a quarterly basis. To raise funds for the library and its collections, the Association put on events and solicited memberships, monetary and book donations. Prominent members included Beatrice La Force, who served as Secretary and Librarian, Commander Rudolph Oeser, who served as Treasurer, and Lawrence Wilber, who served as President in the 1940s and 1950s. The Association dissolved in 1957 when the Alpine Public Library was incorporated with the San Diego County Library.

This collection was donated by Beatrice La Force, who was an Alpine resident for most of her life. She was a historian and writer who wrote “Alpine, the History of a Mountain Community” in 1971, as well as several mysteries and novels in addition to writing for Woman’s Day and Reader’s Digest. She was also an award-winning playwright who directed the Alpine Players, an area theater group.

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Scope and Content

The collection contains items from the Alpine Library Association pertaining to the establishment and operations of the Alpine Public Library, including bound ledgers, record pages and loose items. Ledgers contain governance information such as the organization’s Constitution and By-Laws, membership information, and circulation laws. Record pages include meeting minutes, financial reports, and correspondence. Loose items include receipts, invoices, and outreach materials.

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Items arranged by subject, except items in folders 7-10 which are in original order.

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

San Diego History Center Document Collection November 23, 2011

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 Jennifer Ho on November 23, 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)

  • Alpine Library Association.
  • Alpine Public Library.

Geographic Name(s)

  • Alpine (San Diego County, Calif.)
  • San Diego (Calif.)

Personal Name(s)

  • Darnell, R.W.
  • La Force, Beatrice, 1908-
  • McDonnell, F.R.
  • Oeser, Rudolph
  • Wilbur, Lawrence


  • Clubs
  • Libraries

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Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

Many of the bound ledger pages are tearing away from their bindings. (November 23, 2011)

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Items in folders 7-10 were originally contained in a binder, possibly created by Alpine Library Association. Items remain in original order.

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Collection Inventory

“Alpine Public Library Association” – ledger, 1900-1937


Constitution and By-Laws


Meeting minutes 1919-1937

Donations log

Membership lists

Alpine Library Association membership, 1935-1939


Dues paid lists

Paid member lists

“Alpine Library membership,” 1912–1933


Member lists

Circulation logs

“Accession List Alpine Library Association,” undated 1:4
“Accession Book Alpine Library,” 1:5
“Rules and Regulations Alpine Public Library,” undated


Rules and regulations of Alpine Public Library

Lists of books sorted by genre

“Alpine Library Business Meeting Reports,” 1937 July 3–1950 April 1


Meeting minutes

Treasurer’s reports

Correspondence regarding donations and performance event

Statement of receipts from performance event

Alpine Library Association records, 1949 January 9-1955 April 2


Information about library’s 50th anniversary commemoration

Correspondence regarding Association news, donations, collections

Meeting minutes

Treasurer’s reports

Financial statement from performance event

Alpine Library Association records, 1949 December 28-1957 April 2 and undated


Meeting minutes

Correspondence regarding dissolution of Association, donations, event information, Association news

Treasurer’s reports

Lists of names

Bindery information

Tax information

Alpine Library Association miscellanea, 1921 April 23-1955 June 7 and undated


Receipts and invoices

Invoice from State of California (in Oversize Collections D4)

Outreach postcards

Bindery orders


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