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San Diego Memorabilia Collection

Identifier: MS-0217

Scope and Contents

The San Diego Memorabilia Collection contains historic ephemera related to San Diego. Brochures, tickets, programs, labels, flyers, photographs, stereoscopic views, pamphlets, and postcards are all part of the collection. Most materials do not have dates, although a date is noted where discernible, and most date from the very late nineteenth century or the first half of the twentieth century.

Items are arranged by relevant place or topic. Series 15, General San Diego, includes miscellaneous items that do not relate to any of the other major series.


  • 1868-1976
  • Majority of material found in 1890-1930

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Some of these materials are in the public domain. However, the nature of historical archival and manuscript collections means that copyright status may be difficult or even impossible to determine. Copyright resides with the creators of materials contained in the collection or their heirs. Requests for permission to publish must be submitted to the Head of Special Collections, San Diego State University, Library and Information Access. Permissions is given on behalf of Special Collections as the owner of the physical item and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder(s), which must also be obtained in order to publish. Materials from our collections are made available for use in research, teaching, and private study. The user must assume full responsibility for any use of the materials, including but not limited to, infringement of copyright and publication rights of reproduced materials.


2.61 Linear Feet

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Arrangement Note

1. 1915-1916 Panama-California Exposition

2. 1935-1936 California-Pacific Exposition

3. Coronado and the Hotel del Coronado

4. Point Loma and Lomaland

5. La Jolla

6. Hotels, Resorts, and Sanitariums

7. Missions

8. Theatres and Entertainment

9. Churches

10. Schools and Colleges

11. Railways and Trolleys

12. Ships and Boats

13. Local Businesses

14. Military

15. General San Diego

16. Maps and Oversize

Source of Acquisition

Andreas Brown

Accruals and Additions

1977-008, 1983-002, 2006-065

Related Materials

San Diego Photograph Collection

Hotel del Coronado Collection

San Diego Vertical File

Separated Materials

Many published items were separated for cataloging from this collection during its reprocessing in November 2008. These items can be found by searching the library catalog with the keywords "Gift of Andreas Brown."

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Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections & University Archives Repository

5500 Campanile Dr. MC 8050
San Diego CA 92182-8050 US