MS 8 San Diego Rowing Club Records

Summary Information

Repository
San Diego History Center Document Collection
Creator
San Diego Rowing Club.
Title
San Diego Rowing Club Records
ID
MS 8
Date [inclusive]
1890-1994
Extent
17.0 Linear feet (18 boxes)
Language
English
Abstract
This collection contains materials related to The San Diego Rowing Club and its administrative processes dating from 1890 through 1981.

Preferred Citation

San Diego Rowing Club Records, MS 8, San Diego History Center Document Archives, San Diego, CA.

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Biographical / Historical Notes

The San Diego Rowing Club was known as the Excelsior Rowing and Swimming Club when it first opened in 1888. It was formed for the purpose of fostering amateur athletic competition and social fellowship for local men. In 1891, in anticipation of competing on a national level, the Club changed its name to identify itself geographically. For much of its life, the San Diego Rowing Club has been a gathering spot for many of San Diego’s most influential and active leaders, with membership of 1,200 in the 1930s. Its athletic and social programs have undergone many changes, as have its facilities. Time, two World Wars, and a decline in interest in rowing, however, saw the once mighty club battling to save not only its famous clubhouse, but its club as a whole. Yet, through all the high and low points, SDRC has survived and continues to introduce the sport of rowing to new generations.

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Scope and Content

This collection contains materials related to The San Diego Rowing Club and its administrative processes dating from 1895 through 1981. Materials included in the collection are organizational and administrative records, reports of officers, meeting minutes, financial records, correspondence, plans, register and ledger books, scrapbooks and a file box of index notecards.

Most materials are fragmented, but the minute books and the scrapbook pages provide a cohesive account of the Rowing Club’s activities.

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Arrangement

This collection is arranged in five series:

Series I: Administrative Records;

Series II: Construction and Conservation;

Series III: Register Books;

Series IV: Scrapbooks.

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

San Diego History Center Document Collection November 23, 2015

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

Gift of the San Diego Rowing Club, January 1, 1984.

Processing Information

Collection processed by Jennifer Vanoni in May 2013.

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Controlled Access Headings

Genre(s)

  • Articles of incorporation
  • By-laws
  • Correspondence

Geographic Name(s)

  • San Diego (Calif.)

Subject(s)

  • Historic sites
  • Rowing
  • Rowing clubs

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Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

Some of the older papers are very fragile. The ledgers and notebooks are deteriorating around the binders and covers. Some of the scrapbook pages are fragile. A few clippings are loose and in poor condition. (June 2013)

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Collection Inventory

 Series I: Administrative Records 1890-1994 and undated

Box-folder
Articles of Incorporation and Bylaws 1895-19761:1
“S.D.R.C. History” – Rough Draft Undated1:2
President – Annual Reports 1892-19131:3
Captain – Annual Reports 1898-19581:4
Secretary – Annual Reports 1891-19131:5
Corresponding Secretary – Annual Report 19121:6
Meeting Minutes (Book) 1890 July 7 – 1899 November 271:7
Meeting Minutes (Book) 1913 May 13 – 1917 April 191:8
Meeting Minutes (Book) 1917 May 8 – 1922 May 91:9
Meeting Minutes (Book) 1922 May 9 – 1925 May 81:10
Meeting Minutes (Book) 1925 May 12 – 1927 May 51:11
Meeting Minutes (Book) 1927 May 10 – 1929 May 142:1
Meeting Minutes (Book) 1929 May 14 – 1932 April 262:2
Meeting Minutes (Book) 1932 May 10 – 1935 April 242:3
Meeting Minutes (Book) 1935 May 14– 1937 December 142:4
Meeting Minutes (Book) 1938 January 11 – 1940 December 102:5
Meeting Minutes (Book) 1941 January 27 – 1945 November 62:6
Meeting Minutes (Book) 1946 January 11 – 1948 December 143:1
Meeting Minutes (Book) 1949 January 7 – 1951 December 63:2
Meeting Minutes (Book) 1952 January 10 – 1953 December 73:3
Meeting Minutes (Book) 1954 January 21 – 1955 December 153:4
Meeting Minutes (Book) 1956 January 12 – 1957 December 313:5
Meeting Minutes (Book) 1958 January 12 – 1959 December 84:1
Meeting Minutes (Book) 1956 January 12 – 1962 February 134:2
Meeting Minutes (Book) – SDRC “Skeeters” 1932 January 13 – 1955 January 244:3
Meeting Minutes (Loose) 1969 February 11 – 1978 December 194:4
Meeting Agendas 1958-1960, 1977, 19794:5
Board of Directors: Nominations 1909-19124:6
Board of Directors: Proxy Resolutions 1899-19024:7
Board of Directors: Shorthand Notes Undated4:8
Finances: Bank Statements and Deposit Books 1946-1969 and undated4:9
Finances: Treasurer Reports and Profit/Loss Statements 1898, 1904-1906, 1908-1912, 1971-19745:1
Finances: Auditing Committee 1911-1912, 19595:2
Finances: Insurance Records c. 1939-19635:3
Finances: Retail Store Inventories 1959-19705:4
Finances: Liquor Inventories 1962-19705:5
Finances: Rowing Club Sublet/Rental Records c.1950-19615:6
Finances: Miscellanea 1899-1959

Includes:

Receipts, lists of delinquent accounts, record of towel sales, and several tax documents.

5:7
Correspondence 1899, 1913, 1952-1959, 1973, 1977-79 and undated5:8
Employment Records: Boatman Duties 19555:9
Employment Records: Applications and Dismissals c.1950-19585:10
Special Events Records c.1948-1978

Includes:

Correspondence, programs, lists of ticket sales, and tournament scores.

5:11
Membership Application Form Undated5:12
Box
Index Notecards Undated

Includes:

Subjects: Boats, Bylaws, Clubs, Clubhouse, Club Newspaper, Financial, Membership, Misc., Officers, Personalities, regattas, S.D. State Sports, Sea Scouts, Social Events, Trophies and Port.

6
Group interview at Chart House 1994 July 8

Scope and Content

Group interview with Kearney Johnston, Robert Eisner, Joe Jessop, C.A. Smith, Robert Eikel, and Richard Bryson. 1 videotape + 2 audiotapes.

6

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 Series II: Construction and Conservation 1891-1981 and undated

Box-folder
Documents for Original Boathouse 1891 July 11 – 1901 October 17:1
Tideland Use and Occupancy Permit Documents 1952 June 17 – 1961 July 267:2
Shelter Island Move Questionnaires 19537:3
Shelter Island Move Questionnaires 19537:4
“Proposed Improvements for the S.D.R.C” 1954

Scope and Content

Club House Remodeling blueprint (in Oversize Collections F4/D1).

7:5
Preservation, Restoration, and Historic Site Designation 1975 May 30 – 1976 December 107:6
Preservation, Restoration, and Historic Site Designation 1977 January 7 – 1977 December 307:7
Preservation, Restoration, and Historic Site Designation 1978 January 4 – 1978 November 77:8
Preservation, Restoration, and Historic Site Designation 1979 April 17 – 1981 May 227:9
Plans and Records – Miscellanea Undated7:10

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 Series III: Register Books 1903-1978

Box-folder
Dues Register: 1903-1907 1903-19078:1
Dues Register: 1907-1913 1907-19138:2
Dues Register: 1913-1917 1913-19179:1
Dues Register: 1917-1919 1917-19199:2
Dues Register: 1919-1920 1919-19209:3
Dues Register: 1920-1924 1920-192410:1
Dues Register: 1924-1928 1924-192810:2
Dues Register: 1928-1931 (S-Z, June and July 1935) 1928-193510:3
Dues Register: 1931-1936 1931-193611:1
Dues Register: 1936-1937 1936-193711:2
Locker Register: 1928-1931 1928-193111:3
Locker Register: 1931-1936 1931-193612:1
Locker Register: 1936-1937 1936-193712:2
Combination Ledger 1969-197012:3
Daily Register: 1964-1966 1964-196613:1
Daily Register: 1971-1972 1971-197213:2
Daily Register: 1972 197213:3
Daily Register: 1972-1973 1972-197313:4
Daily Register: 1973-1974 1973-197413:5
Daily Register: 1974-1975 1974-197513:6
Daily Register: 1974-1975 1974-1975

Includes:

Check-in for annual meetings in 1971, 1973, and 1974, then resumes as a daily register for 1975.

14:1
Daily Register: 1975-1976 1975-197614:2
Daily Register: 1977-1978 1977-197814:3
Daily Register: 1978 197814:4

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 Series IV: Scrapbooks 1912-1954

Box
Scrapbook: 1912-1919 1912-191915
Scrapbook: 1925-1930 1925-193016
Scrapbook: 1930-1936 1930-193617
Scrapbook: 1936-1954 1936-195418

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