MS 249 Navy Public Works Collection

Summary Information

Repository
San Diego History Center Document Collection
Creator
Navy Public Works Center (San Diego, Calif.) .
Title
Navy Public Works Collection
ID
MS 249
Date [inclusive]
1931-1960
Extent
2.0 Linear feet (3 boxes)
Language
English
Abstract
The collection contains records from the Navy Public Works Office in San Diego, including projects throughout Southern California.

Preferred Citation

Navy Public Works Collection, MS 249, San Diego History Center Document Collection, San Diego, CA.

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Biographical / Historical Notes

In order to spur development in San Diego following post-World War I, leaders looked to the United States Navy (USN) as a way to secure a steady supply of contracts, revenue, and development. The USN’s earlier commitment to San Diego had been inconsistent, despite efforts by General Pendleton and others. In January 1920, Rear Admiral Roger Welles assumed the newly created position of Commandant, Naval Base San Diego, in charge of all San Diego naval commands. On 26 January 1921, the 11th Naval District was created encompassing San Diego and five other counties stretching from California to New Mexico. The Public Works Department, 11th Naval District, was also established, with the District Public Works Officer serving on the 11th Naval District staff headquartered in San Diego. The Navy Public Works Department is responsible for design, construction, and maintenance of naval facilities and installations.

Eldon Waymire served as a Civil Engineer for Navy Public Works from 1931 to 1960. His various projects included surveying and reporting on various sites to be used as airfields and bombing ranges, as well as mapping sites connected to other military bases and projects.

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Scope and Content

The collection includes correspondence, charts, maps, survey data, and instruction manuals for projects undertaken in Southern California by the Public Works Office for the 11th Naval District. Projects range from San Diego and Imperial counties to Twenty-Nine Palms, as far north as Lompoc, California, and west to San Clemente Island, covering the development of airfields, bombing ranges, and other military facilities.

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Arrangement

Collection is arranged into five series:

Series I: Correspondence

Series II: Projects

Series III: Surveys and Data

Series IV: Reports

Series V: Reference Book

Items within each series are arranged by subject.

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

San Diego History Center Document Collection March 7, 2012

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 841016A.

Processing Information

Collection processed by Sandra Kirkwood on March 7, 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)

  • Navy Public Works Center (San Diego, Calif.) .
  • San Diego Chamber of Commerce.
  • U.S. Coast and Geodetic Survey.
  • United States. Bureau of Yards and Docks.
  • United States. Dept. of Commerce.
  • United States. Dept. of the Interior.
  • United States. Naval Facilities Engineering Command. Southwestern Division.
  • United States. Navy — Facilities.
  • United States. Navy — History.
  • United States. Navy Dept.
  • United States. Navy. Naval District, 11th.
  • United States. Navy.

Geographic Name(s)

  • Anza-Borrego Desert State Park (Calif.)
  • Borrego Springs (Calif.)
  • Imperial County (Calif.)
  • Lompoc (Calif.)
  • Naval Station San Diego (Calif.)
  • Otay Mesa (San Diego, Calif.)
  • Salton Sea (Calif.)
  • San Clemente Island (Calif.)
  • San Diego (Calif.)
  • Twentynine Palms (Calif.)
  • Ventura (Calif.)

Subject(s)

  • Bench-marks
  • Geography

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Collection Inventory

 Series I: Correspondence

Box-folder
Correspondence (previously bound), 1943 April-1945 March and undated1:1
Correspondence (loose papers), 1937 August-1944 July and undated1:2

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 Series II: Projects

Box-folder
San Clemente Island Project, 1933-1934 and undated

Includes:

Triangulation Progress Sketch, San Clemente Island, Project HT-102, 1933-1934 (Map) (in Oversize Collections D5)

1:3
Ventura Airport Project, 1942 January and undated1:4
Twenty-Nine Palms Air Academy Project, 1942 August-1944 July

Includes:

Diagram of Horizontal Control on U.S. Army Military Grid from Horizontal and Vertical Control Data Book (in Oversize Collections D5)

1:5
Lompoc Auxiliary Air Field Project, 1933-1945 and undated1:6
Clarke’s Dry Lake Project, 1945 July-August and undated

Includes:

Twenty Ninth Engineers Triangulation Map for Imperial Valley (in Oversize Collections D5)

Explanations of Geographic Positions for Imperial Valley (2 sheets) (in Oversize Collections D5)

1:7
Carrizo Impact Area Project, 1952 and undated

Includes:

Notes and calculations for Carrizo Impact Area and Otay Mesa Bomb Target Area

1:8

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 Series III: Surveys and Data

Box-folder
U.S. Coast and Geodetic Survey, First-order and Second-order Leveling, 1935-1944

Includes:

San Diego County, CA; Imperial County, CA; Yuma, AZ; and Santa Ana, CA.

Second-order Releveling from Julian to Westmorland, CA (Datacards, 3 sheets) (in Oversize Collections D5)

Releveling Poway Area, CA, Line 2 (Datacards, 3 sheets) (in Oversize Collections D5)

First-order Releveling from San Juan Capistrano to San Onofre, CA (Datacards, 1 sheet) (in Oversize Collections D5)

1:9
U.S. Coast and Geodetic Survey, First-order Leveling, 1931-1942

Includes:

California, Nevada, Arizona, and San Clemente Island

1:10
U.S. Coast and Geodetic Survey, First-order and Second-order Leveling and Bench Mark Locations, 1944-1948

Includes:

San Diego County

First-order Leveling for Vicinity of San Diego, CA (Datacards, 6 sheets) (in Oversize Collections D5)

Releveling Alpine Area, CA (Datacards, 9 sheets) (in Oversize Collections D5)

1:11
Maps and Blueprints for San Diego and Imperial Counties, 1934-1943 and undated

Scope and Content:

Record of Survey, Imperial County, CA (Map, 2 copies) (in Oversize Collections D5)

Inches per Minute, X and Y Coordinates (Chart) (in Oversize Collections D5)

Project G-453 (Triangulation Map) (in Oversize Collections D5)

Sheet No. 5, Project G-145 (Triangulation Map) (in Oversize Collections D5)

1:12
Department of the Interior, U.S. Geological Survey Bulletins 766, Spirit Leveling in California, 1896-1923, 1924-19251:13
U.S. Coast and Geodetic Survey: Geographic Position of Triangulation Stations, California XIV Newport Beach to Mexican Boundary, 1939-19431:14
U.S. Coast and Geodetic Survey: Geographic Position of Triangulation Stations, California XIV Newport Beach to Mexican Boundary, 1939-19431:15
Geographic Positions from Coronado to Alameda (chart), 19392:1
U.S. Coast and Geodetic Survey information and Salton Sea Project information, 1942-1950 and undated

Includes:

Triangulation Station Data from Imperial County, CA, Southern California, and Arizona

Description of Triangulation Stations from Niland, Ca, to Calexico, CA, to Yuma, AZ (Datacards, 6 sheets) (in Oversize Collections D5)

Report on Survey of Salton Sea

Project Correspondence

2:2
U.S. Coast and Geodetic Survey, Tidal Bench Marks, California Coast, 1942 March2:3
U.S. Coast and Geodetic Survey: Triangulation Stations, Mexican Boundary to San Pedro, CA, and Riverside, CA via San Diego, CA, 1943 and undated2:4
Topographic Instructions of Geological Survey, Bulletin 788 (Instruction Manual), 19282:5

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 Series IV: Reports

Box-folder
“Multiple Use Coordination Report, San Diego Area, Volume 1: Narrative,” 1960 December2:6
“Multiple Use Coordination Report, San Diego Area, Volume 2: Maps,” 1960 December2:7
“Multiple Use Coordination Report, San Diego Area, Volume 2A: Maps,” 1960 December2:8

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 Series V: Reference Book

Box
“Public Works of the Navy, NAVDOCKS P-184, Data Book, Vol. 2,” 19473

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