Hans Doe and Margaret Doe Collection.

Hans and Margaret Doe.

ca. 1866-1984, bulk 1943-1964.

503 photographic prints: multiple processes, some col.; 13.25 x 10.5 in. or smaller.
124 negatives: film; 4 x 5 in. or smaller.
131 slides: some col.; 35 mm.

Photographic prints: OP 16162/0-502.
Negatives: 94:19195/1-125.

San Diego Historical Society
Booth Historical Photograph Archives
P.O. Box 81825
San Diego, CA 92138

Gift of Hans and Margaret Doe Trust, 1991 (1991/808-D).

Open for research.

For permission to reproduce or publish, contact the curator of the Booth Historical Photograph Archives at the San Diego Historical Society. Reproduction or publication of any part of this collection must include the following information next to the image(s) or in a special section of credits: Hans Doe and Margaret Doe Collection, San Diego Historical Society, Booth Historical Photograph Archives.

Arrangement: by subject and local control number. Forms part of the San Diego History Center Original Print and Negative Collections. Copy negatives available for some photographic prints, 94:19195/1-15 and 94:19195/93-122. Related materials: letters, notes, ephemera transferred to Research Archives; Nixon Day ribbon transferred to Curatorial Department. Also see: Kyle Emily Ciani, “A Passion for Water: Hans H. Doe and the California Water Industry,” The Journal of San Diego History, 39 (Fall 1993): 233-259.

Hans Henrik Holck Doe (1903-1988) was born in Norway. His family immigrated to Victoria, British Columbia in 1910. Doe graduated with a degree in mechanical engineering from the University of California in Berkeley in 1925. From 1930-1945, Doe operated the Hans H. Doe and Co., a barge design and construction company, in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. In the mid-1930’s Doe married Margaret Beery and moved to Vista, California in 1946 where he became an avocado and macadamia nut farmer. Dubbed “Mr. Water,” Doe was a longtime member of the boards of the Vista Irrigation District, San Diego County Water Authority, and the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California. He also held positions with the State Soil Conservation Commission, Resource Conservation Districts Association, and Southern California Water Conference. Doe was actively involved with the Republican Party, particularly with Richard Nixon’s political campaigns in San Diego.

The photographs, slides, and negatives in this collection chronicle the family and professional life of Hans Doe. Includes images of the Doe family, Doe’s barge construction business in Milwaukee, his avocado and macadamia nut farm in Vista, political involvement with the Republican Party, including Richard Nixon’s campaign, and career in water development in San Diego County. Of particular interest are aerial photographs of Vista orchards and the political campaign rallies for Richard Nixon.

Doe, Hans, 1903-1988
Doe, Margaret
Doe family.
Nixon, Richard M. (Richard Milhous), 1913- Public appearances.
Vista (Calif.) — Aerial photographs.
Barges – Wisconsin – Milwaukee.
Orchards – Vista – California.
Water development projects – California – San Diego County.


Box 1  
Folder 1  
OP 16162/0-36 Doe family photographs, ca. 1903-1921. Mostly carte de visites and snapshots of Hans Doe as a child with his family in Victoria, British Columbia. Note: OP 16162-17 and OP 16162-26 are missing.
Folder 2  
OP 16162/37-50 Docks, piers and other structures on Patricia Bay, Coquitlam, and Songhees Reserve in British Columbia, ca. 1913.
Folder 3  
OP 16162/51-87 Barges and barge construction in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, ca. 1930-1945. Some photographs taken by the U.S. Army Signal Corps.
Folder 4  
OP 16162/88-191 Barges and barge construction, ca. 1943. Many photographs taken by the U.S. Army Signal Corps. Note: OP 16162-131 is missing.
Folder 5  
OP 16162/192-228 Barges, barge construction, ship models, and views of the Phoenix Engineering Company plant in Baltimore, Maryland, ca. 1943. Note: OP 16162-198 is missing.
Folder 6  
OP 16162/229-236 General views of Vista, California, including orchards and croplands.
Folder 7  
OP 16162/237-251 Doe at various meetings and award ceremonies; with members of the Buena Vista Flood Control Project and Agua Buena Board, ca. 1953-1959.
Folder 8  
OP 16162/252-261 Orchards, avocado trees [?], snapshots of a gathering in Ramona for “turning on the water,” 1958.
Box 2  
Folder 9  
OP 16162/262-280 Doe at meetings; tours of various sites including the second San Diego Aqueduct and Oroville Project; aboard the USS Lexington, 1957; Doe at ceremonies for the Vista Irrigation District and Soil Stewardship Proclamation.
Folder 10  
OP 16162/281-285 Hans and Margaret Doe with Richard and Pat Nixon during campaign, ca. 1958; portraits of Governor Goodwin Knight and wife, Virginia.
Folder 11  
OP 16162/286-333 Buena Vista Creek Plaque ceremony; Doe meeting with Governor Goodwin Knight, U.S. Senator Tom Kuchel; campaigning for Richard Nixon, 1962; Nixonettes; Doe with various groups including San Diego County Water Authority; touring the San Diego Aqueduct, Oroville Dam, ca. 1964.
Folder 12  
OP 16162/334-374 Aqueduct trip, Hans and Margaret touring dam facilities; with a group in a dining room, 1984.
Folder 13  
OP 16162/375-407 Grooves, avocado and macadamia nut trees [?], croplands, hillsides in Vista, 1953-1954.
Folder 14  
OP 16162/408-427 Aerial photographs of Vista avocado groves.
Folder 15  
OP 16162/428-440 Ancestors of Hans Doe; Doe family home in Vancouver; class photograph; portrait of Hans Doe.
Folder 16  
OP 16162/441-461 Doe family relatives, including mother and father of Hans.
Folder 17  
OP 16162/462-474 Portraits of Hans Doe; Doe with various water resource groups; Nixon with the Nixonettes; campaigning for Nixon; posters of Nixon and Dwight Eisenhower.
Folder 18  
OP 16162/498-503 Doe and Governor Goodwin Knight; Doe with Robert E. Whaley, pumping plant superintendent, and others in front of Gene Pumping Plant.
Folder 19  
Various OP 16162 numbers Slides match many original prints in OP 16162/0-474.
OP 16162/475-500 Doe family members; certificates; Nixon campaign rally, 1962; Hans and Margaret Doe with friends; Doe with Governor Knight; with tour in front of Gene Pumping Plant.
Folder 20  
94: 19195/16-20 Color transparencies of hillside with groves of avocado trees [?]
Folder 21  
94:19195/21-92 Construction of plywood barges.
94:19195/123-125 Gathering in Ramona for occasion of “turning on the water,” 1958.
SDHC Negative Files Copy Negatives  
94:19195/1-15 Aerial photographs of Vista orchards, 1954.
94:19195/93-122 Aerial photographs of Vista orchards, 1954; portrait of Hans Doe.