MS 262 Herbert L. Minshall Papers

Summary Information

San Diego History Center Document Collection
Minshall, Herbert L., 1912-
Herbert L. Minshall Papers
MS 262
Date [inclusive]
0.25 Linear feet (1 box)
The collection consists of examples of commercial projects as well as some original artwork by Herbert L. Minshall.

Preferred Citation

Herbert L. Minshall Papers, MS 262, San Diego History Center Document Collection, San Diego, CA.

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Biographical / Historical Notes

Herbert L. Minshall was born on August 23, 1912, in Marietta, Ohio, and came to San Diego with his family two years later in 1914. Herbert grew up with a love of the natural world and developed an early interest in art and archaeology. After high school, he spent a few years working as a commercial artist, but then attended the California Maritime Academy, graduating as a third mate in the Merchant Marines. Minshall resumed his art career in the late 1930s and married Henrietta Rau in 1938. A few years later, he joined the U.S. Navy Reserves as a naval officer and served in the Atlantic and Pacific theaters during World War II. After his service, Minshall attended San Diego State University and the University of Southern California, earning a bachelor’s degree and master’s degree in fine art, respectively. For more than 20 years, he taught art history, drawing, and painting at local San Diego colleges. Minshall retired in 1969 and spent the following decades pursuing his personal interests in human prehistory and painting. He considered himself a nonprofessional archaeologist and wrote many papers and books on the subject. Minshall’s books include Glimpse of the Sea (1970), Yonder and the Sea (1973), The Broken Stone (1976), Window on the Sea (1980), and Buchanan Canyon: Ancient Human Presence in the Americas (1989). He was also civically engaged, being a member of San Diego Art Guild, Audubon Society, and Ducks Unlimited, as well as a supporter of the San Diego Zoo. In 1982, Herbert’s wife Henrietta passed away, and in 1983, he married Mary Ladd Saul. Herbert L. Minshall passed away on September 23, 1991, at age 79.

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Scope and Content

This collection is comprised of commercial projects by Herbert L. Minshall including advertisements, logos, programs, stationary, proofs, menus, magazine clippings, and posters. There are also examples of his original artwork of sketches and watercolors. Additionally, there is a high school yearbook, “The Grey Castle,” from 1929.

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Collection is arranged by subject.

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

San Diego History Center Document Collection January 8, 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.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Accession number 2003.018.

Processing Information

Collection processed by Sandra Kirkwood on January 8, 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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Controlled Access Headings

Corporate Name(s)

  • Agua Caliente Turf Club.
  • Del Mar Turf Club.
  • New Paris Inn.
  • Red Sail Inn.
  • U.S. Grant Hotel (San Diego, Calif.).
  • United Polytechnical Institute.

Geographic Name(s)

  • Balboa Park (San Diego, Calif.)
  • Del Mar (Calif.)
  • San Diego (Calif.)

Personal Name(s)

  • Minshall, Herbert L., 1912-


  • Art
  • Commercial art
  • Painting

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Collection Inventory

Trade Magazine Illustrations, 1938 and undated


Horse and Plow

Santa Chicken

Ducks in Flight

Cow Jumping Over the Moon

Annual Meeting Notice, 1938

San Diego Poultry Journal, No. 339, June 10, 1938

San Diego Poultry Journal, No. 352, December 25, 1938

Eat Vitagold

Advertisements, Logos, and Stationary, 1938 and undated


United Polytechnical Institute Logo

Trailer Cities Ltd. Logo

Kosher Cosmetics Label, 1938

Golden Pack Prune Label

Ad for LeRoy Carroll and Son Engravers

Crofton Ranch Stationary

Drawing of Bellhop

The Fact-o-graph by Willis Werner

Knoxage Mountain Springwater

Ad for Dal’s and Dixon Silver

Five Pieces of Chinaware

Five Pieces of Dixon Silver

Ad for Universal Boot Shops

Ad for Del Monte Tomato Juice

Programs and Badges, 1938 and undated


Agua Caliente Turf Club Badge, 1938

Agua Caliente Turf Club Press Badge #105, 1938

Del Mar Turf Club Official Program Proof

Chonita Program, 1938

Menus, 1938 and undated


New Paris Inn

Red Sail Inn

Grant Hotel Coffee Shop, 1938 (in Oversize F4D1)

Posters, undated


“Visit Your Zoo”, San Diego Zoo

“Ride… Park Bridle Paths”, Balboa Park Riding Academy (in Oversize F4D1)

“Deep Sea Fishing”, Star and Crescent Boat Company (in Oversize F4D1)

Original Artwork, 1932 and undated


Sketch of a Three Gabled House

Portrait of a Lady

Watercolor of Two Duck Heads

Old Man with a Bucket

Watercolor of Capri, 1932 (in Oversize F4D1)

Miscellaneous Illustrations, undated


Drawing of Three Females with Flowers and Fruit

Reduced facsimile of Three Females with Flowers and Fruit

Text block “Gulbransen Aristocrat”

Twelve Sporting Vignettes

Ten Comic Vignettes

“The Grey Castle” (high school yearbook), 1929 1:8
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