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Donald H. Harrison Collection

Identifier: MS-0581

Scope and Contents

The Donald H. Harrison Collection includes photos, correspondence, audio tapes, typed and handwritten notes and copies of various documents collected by San Diego journalist and historian Donald H. Harrison. Notably, this collection includes Harrison's research files and manuscripts for his biography of San Diego Jewish pioneer Louis Rose. Additional files and photographs document San Diego's Jewish community.


  • Creation: 1990s - 2006


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

Donald H. Harrison is a San Diego-based journalist and historian. A former political writer for the Associated Press and the San Diego Union, he subsequently became involved in Jewish journalism, serving as an editor of the San Diego Jewish Press Heritage, a columnist with the San Diego Jewish Times, and is now publisher of the online San Diego Jewish World. In the realm of history, Don is a past member of the San Diego Historical Resources Board, is on the advisory boards of Western States Jewish History quarterly and the Journal of San Diego History and was the founding president of the Louis Rose Society for the Preservation of Jewish History, which has erected monuments around the city, including one at Louis Rose Point at the foot of Womble Street. Don is the author of the biography, Louis Rose: San Diego's First Jewish Settler and Entrepreneur.

Additionally, for many years, Don was active in tourism promotion. After serving as press secretary to Acting Mayor Bill Cleator, he helped to form the San Diego Cruise Industry Consortium, and served as the executive director of that body for nine years, bringing cruise ships to San Diego. He also helped to found Old Town Trolley Tours of San Diego, serving as its first general manager. Don has been married to Nancy since 1968, and they have two children and four grandchildren. After taking a trip in 2014 with his oldest grandson, Shor, then 13, Don wrote the book “Schlepping Through the American West: There's A Jewish Story Everywhere.” Other books by Don include 77 Miles of Jewish Stories: History, Anecdotes & Tales of Travel Along I-8; Waxie: An American Family Business Success Story and the two-volume: “Schlepping and Schmoozing Through San Diego County,” with part 1 including stories about people and places in the City of San Diego, and Volume 2 on similar subjects in the suburban cities and towns of San Diego County.


1 Linear Feet (One records carton)

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Custodial History

Donald H. Harrison donated his collection to the Jewish Historical Society of San Diego in 2020 (JHSSD #2020.01). It includes research materials for a published book entitled "Louis Rose, San Diego's First Jewish Settler and Entrepreneur." Rose came to San Diego in 1850. Also included are research materials on James W. Robinson, Rose's friend and business associate who came to San Diego with Rose in a wagon train from Texas. The collection also includes Jewish community photos by Harrison from the late 1990s and early 2000s.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The Jewish Historical Society of San Diego transferred this collection to Special Collections & University Archives in August 2021.


August 2021

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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