NAME OF COLLECTION:
LOCAL CONTROL NUMBER(S):
Photographic prints: OP 16304/0-103.
DATES OF MATERIAL:
105 photographic prints: gelatin silver and albumen; 28 x 36 cm. or smaller.
San Diego History Center
Booth Historical Photograph Archives
P.O. Box 81825
San Diego, CA 92138
Gift of Gene Muehleisen, 1994 (Accession No. 891-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: Muehleisen Collection, San Diego History Center, Booth Historical Photograph Archives.
Forms part of San Diego History Center Original Print Collection. Related materials: typed transcript of oral interview with Gene S. Muehleisen and various individual photographs throughout the San Diego Historical Society Original Print and Negative Collections. Some photographic prints also available as copy negatives, 95:19370/0-6. Postcards 84-66/40-42 transferred to Postcard Collection.
ORGANIZATION AND ARRANGEMENT:
Organization: Arranged by topic with oversize prints in separate box.
Born in Illinois in 1881, Adolph Muehleisen moved to San Diego in 1900. He married Vesta Gates in 1908. They had two sons. Along with two brothers, Adolph Muelheisen established the Muehleisen Tent & Awning Co. in 1909. In 1935, Governor Frank F. Merriam appointed him commissioner of the California State Building for the California Pacific International Exposition. Vesta Muehleisen served as director of education for the 1935-1936 exposition. Adolph Muehleisen died in 1959. Vesta Muehleisen died in 1973.
SCOPE AND CONTENT NOTES:
Contains photographs by John Sirigo, “official photographer” of the 1935-1936 California Pacific International Exposition, and Muehleisen family snapshots. Exposition prints include aerial views, Balboa Park buildings and other features, reproductions of design drawings by Hollywood artist Juan Larrinaga, and exhibits in the Palace of Education. Family photographs show the 1915 Panama-California Exposition, Mount Palomar, Coronado Tent City, and San Diego back country; Muehleisen Tent & Awning Co. on 4th Avenue, camping trips with Muehleisen tents, and the Muehleisen family home on Vine Street; biplanes and U.S. Army Air Corps cadet Dolf Muehleisen. Also, Adolph Muehleisen with California Governor Frank F. Merriam and other government officials.
California Pacific International Exposition (1935-1936: San Diego, Calif.)
Exhibitions – California – San Diego.
Exhibition buildings – California – San Diego.
Parks – California – San Diego.
Families – California – San Diego.
Balboa Park (San Diego, Calif.)
Aerial photographs and other views of the 1935-1936 California Pacific International Exposition in San Diego’s Balboa Park. Subjects include the Palace of Electricity and Varied Industries, California Tower, Natural History Museum, Japanese Tea Pavilion, El Prado, and California State Building [California Governor Frank F. Merriam appointed Adolph Muehleisen commissioner of this building]. Photographs by John Sirigo, “official photographer” of the California Pacific International Exposition.
Reproductions of design drawings by Mexican artist Juan B. Larrinaga. Subjects include Palace of Photography, Bank of America, House of Hospitality, Ford Building, House of Pacific Relations, and the amusement zone. Photographs by John Sirigo.
Copy Negatives 95:19370/0-6
Exterior and interior views of the Palace of Education [Vesta Muehleisen served as director of education for the California Pacific International Exposition]. Exhibits include industrial arts, graphic arts, social science, education for the deaf, nautical education, farming, and the history of transportation. Photographs by John Sirigo.
Snapshots of family members and friends, activities, and events. Includes 1915 Panama-California Exposition, Mount Palomar, Coronado Tent City, and San Diego back country; Muehleisen Tent & Awning Co. on 4th Avenue, family camping trips showing Muehleisen tents, and the Muehleisen family home on Vine Street; “Hawaiian Air Corps” airplanes and U.S. Army Air Corps cadet Dolf Muehleisen in the seat of a Boeing P-12. Also, Adolph Muehleisen with California Governor Frank F. Merriam and other government officials.
Albumen prints mounted on cardboard. Washington School (San Diego, Calif.), and Dolf Muehleisen with second- and third-grade classmates.
Exterior and interior views of the Palace of Education.