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Gilbert Gaines Photograph Collection

Identifier: MS-0542

Scope and Contents

The Gilbert Gaines Photograph Collection includes images of the San Diego area and southern California from the 1940s-2002, documenting Gaines's personal life and travels. Several images document Gaines's camping trips in the Cuyamaca Mountains and San Diego County Backcountry in the 1940s, and trips to Yosemite Valley in the 1950s. Gaines's trip to Thule Air Base in Greenland and the surrounding glaciers is well documented by a large series of 35mm slides. Also included are images from Gaines's travels to the east coast, most notably Fort Eustis, Virginia, but also Washington D.C. and New York.

The collection includes two photo albums of mostly 3x5 inch prints or smaller (box 1); and approximately 1,430 35mm color slides (box 2).


  • 1940-2002
  • Majority of material found in 1940-1980


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

Gilbert Gaines was a certified petroleum geologist, and lived in the San Diego area from the 1940s-2010. During 1953-1954 Gaines served with the U.S. Army Transportation Corps, Artic Group, headquartered at Fort Eustis, Virginia, and conducted geological explorations around Thule Air Base in Greenland.


1.92 Linear Feet

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Source of Acquisition

Gerri Brech.



Related Materials

John and Jane Adams Postcard Collection, 1880-2007

San Diego Photograph Collection, 1870-1975

Processing Information

Processed by Lucas Buresch,  January 2018.

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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