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San Diego Center for Children Photograph Collection

 Collection — Box: 1
Identifier: MS-0451

Scope and Contents

This small collection consists of sixteen photographic negatives of the San Diego Center for Children. Photos of the interior and exterior of the Balboa Park building, designed by Irving Gill, are included, as well as photographs of children and their adult caretakers. The images date from the late 1920s or 1930s.


  • circa 1920s and 1930s


Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

The copyright interests in some or all of these materials have not been transferred to San Diego State University. Copyright resides with the creator(s) of materials contained in the collection or their heirs. The nature of archival collections is such that multiple creators are often applicable and copyright status may be difficult or even impossible to determine. In any case, the user must assume full responsibility for any use of the materials, including but not limited to, obtaining publication rights and copyright infringement. When requesting images from Special Collections & University Archives for publication, we require a signed agreement waiving San Diego State University of any liability in the event of a copyright violation.

Historical Note

The San Diego Center for Children is San Diego's oldest accredited nonprofit organization serving children and adolescents. It was founded in 1887 as the Women's Home Association and served poor, aged, and destitute women. In 1889 the Women's Home Association formally merged with local philanthropist Bryant Howard's Children's Industrial Home, which served homeless, abused, and delinquent children, many of them orphans. In 1898 the Association changed it's name to the Women and Children's Home.

During the first half of the 20th century, the Women and Children's Home was located in Balboa Park, in a building designed by architect Irving Gill. That building was torn down in 1957, and in 1959 the Children's Home moved to its current site in Kearny Mesa, and the Home's name was changed to the San Diego Center for Children.


.21 Linear Feet

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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