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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).


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


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.

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, MS-0008

Ralph and Goldie Goldstein Collection, MS-0582

San Diego Photograph Collection, MS-0222

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