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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 1895-1976 1:1
“S.D.R.C. History” – Rough Draft Undated 1:2
President – Annual Reports 1892-1913 1:3
Captain – Annual Reports 1898-1958 1:4
Secretary – Annual Reports 1891-1913 1:5
Corresponding Secretary – Annual Report 1912 1:6
Meeting Minutes (Book) 1890 July 7 – 1899 November 27 1:7
Meeting Minutes (Book) 1913 May 13 – 1917 April 19 1:8
Meeting Minutes (Book) 1917 May 8 – 1922 May 9 1:9
Meeting Minutes (Book) 1922 May 9 – 1925 May 8 1:10
Meeting Minutes (Book) 1925 May 12 – 1927 May 5 1:11
Meeting Minutes (Book) 1927 May 10 – 1929 May 14 2:1
Meeting Minutes (Book) 1929 May 14 – 1932 April 26 2:2
Meeting Minutes (Book) 1932 May 10 – 1935 April 24 2:3
Meeting Minutes (Book) 1935 May 14– 1937 December 14 2:4
Meeting Minutes (Book) 1938 January 11 – 1940 December 10 2:5
Meeting Minutes (Book) 1941 January 27 – 1945 November 6 2:6
Meeting Minutes (Book) 1946 January 11 – 1948 December 14 3:1
Meeting Minutes (Book) 1949 January 7 – 1951 December 6 3:2
Meeting Minutes (Book) 1952 January 10 – 1953 December 7 3:3
Meeting Minutes (Book) 1954 January 21 – 1955 December 15 3:4
Meeting Minutes (Book) 1956 January 12 – 1957 December 31 3:5
Meeting Minutes (Book) 1958 January 12 – 1959 December 8 4:1
Meeting Minutes (Book) 1956 January 12 – 1962 February 13 4:2
Meeting Minutes (Book) – SDRC “Skeeters” 1932 January 13 – 1955 January 24 4:3
Meeting Minutes (Loose) 1969 February 11 – 1978 December 19 4:4
Meeting Agendas 1958-1960, 1977, 1979 4:5
Board of Directors: Nominations 1909-1912 4:6
Board of Directors: Proxy Resolutions 1899-1902 4:7
Board of Directors: Shorthand Notes Undated 4:8
Finances: Bank Statements and Deposit Books 1946-1969 and undated 4:9
Finances: Treasurer Reports and Profit/Loss Statements 1898, 1904-1906, 1908-1912, 1971-1974 5:1
Finances: Auditing Committee 1911-1912, 1959 5:2
Finances: Insurance Records c. 1939-1963 5:3
Finances: Retail Store Inventories 1959-1970 5:4
Finances: Liquor Inventories 1962-1970 5:5
Finances: Rowing Club Sublet/Rental Records c.1950-1961 5:6
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 undated 5:8
Employment Records: Boatman Duties 1955 5:9
Employment Records: Applications and Dismissals c.1950-1958 5:10
Special Events Records c.1948-1978

Includes:

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

5:11
Membership Application Form Undated 5:12
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 1 7:1
Tideland Use and Occupancy Permit Documents 1952 June 17 – 1961 July 26 7:2
Shelter Island Move Questionnaires 1953 7:3
Shelter Island Move Questionnaires 1953 7:4
“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 10 7:6
Preservation, Restoration, and Historic Site Designation 1977 January 7 – 1977 December 30 7:7
Preservation, Restoration, and Historic Site Designation 1978 January 4 – 1978 November 7 7:8
Preservation, Restoration, and Historic Site Designation 1979 April 17 – 1981 May 22 7:9
Plans and Records – Miscellanea Undated 7:10

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 Series III: Register Books 1903-1978

Box-folder
Dues Register: 1903-1907 1903-1907 8:1
Dues Register: 1907-1913 1907-1913 8:2
Dues Register: 1913-1917 1913-1917 9:1
Dues Register: 1917-1919 1917-1919 9:2
Dues Register: 1919-1920 1919-1920 9:3
Dues Register: 1920-1924 1920-1924 10:1
Dues Register: 1924-1928 1924-1928 10:2
Dues Register: 1928-1931 (S-Z, June and July 1935) 1928-1935 10:3
Dues Register: 1931-1936 1931-1936 11:1
Dues Register: 1936-1937 1936-1937 11:2
Locker Register: 1928-1931 1928-1931 11:3
Locker Register: 1931-1936 1931-1936 12:1
Locker Register: 1936-1937 1936-1937 12:2
Combination Ledger 1969-1970 12:3
Daily Register: 1964-1966 1964-1966 13:1
Daily Register: 1971-1972 1971-1972 13:2
Daily Register: 1972 1972 13:3
Daily Register: 1972-1973 1972-1973 13:4
Daily Register: 1973-1974 1973-1974 13:5
Daily Register: 1974-1975 1974-1975 13:6
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 1975-1976 14:2
Daily Register: 1977-1978 1977-1978 14:3
Daily Register: 1978 1978 14:4

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 Series IV: Scrapbooks 1912-1954

Box
Scrapbook: 1912-1919 1912-1919 15
Scrapbook: 1925-1930 1925-1930 16
Scrapbook: 1930-1936 1930-1936 17
Scrapbook: 1936-1954 1936-1954 18

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