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Frederick C. Whitney Papers

Identifier: MS-0268

Scope and Contents

The Frederick C. Whitney Papers document an important San Diego political and environmental issue, as well as the inner workings of a political association. The collection is primarily concerned with the period in 1972 when Whitney was involved in the Coastal Initiative and Pollution Initiative Election Propositions. Materials include fact sheets, supportive arguments, and personal correspondence.


  • 1968-1972
  • Majority of material found in 1972


Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

The copyright interests in these materials have not been transferred to San Diego State University. Copyright resides with the creators of materials contained in the collection or their heirs. The nature of historical archival and manuscript collections is such that copyright status may be difficult or even impossible to determine.  Requests for permission to publish must be submitted to the Head of Special Collections, San Diego State University, Library and Information Access. When granted, permission 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.

Biographical Note

Frederick C. Whitney was born December 3, 1919, in Brooklyn, New York. He attended the Lawrenceville School in Lawrenceville, New Jersey, and later Yale University. During 1940, Whitney served as a reporter for the Havana Post and Havana P.M. newspapers in Cuba, and in 1943 served as a reporter for the Los Angeles Evening Herald & Express.

In 1943, Whitney entered the US Army and was commissioned in January of 1944. Upon discharge in 1946, he entered San Diego State College as an undergraduate, working on several news staffs in San Diego County. From 1950 to 1952, Whitney was involved with the San Diego Chamber of Commerce, acting as General Manager and later as Public Relations Director.

After a short term as the Executive Assistant to the Mayor of San Diego, he acted as President and Owner of Frederick C. Whitney Company, public relations consultants. During this time, Whitney was also a quarter-time lecturer in the Department of Public Administration at San Diego State College. From 1967-1970, Whitney was a half-time lecturer in the Department of Journalism at San Diego State College.

After being tenured and promoted to Associate Professor in the Journalism Department at San Diego State University, Whitney was elected Chairman of the Department in 1975.


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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