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Pioneer Jewish Families Collection

Identifier: MS-0583

Scope and Contents

The Jewish Pioneer Families Collection contains county records, articles, correspondence, maps, and newspaper clippings regarding prominent Jewish families in San Diego in the 19th and early-20th centuries.


  • 1870 - 2018

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

Louis Rose came to San Diego in 1950, with brothers Joseph, Moses, and Hyman Mannasse, and Marcus Schiller following within a few years. They were the founding families of the jewish community of Old Town. Abraham Klauber came as the community moved to New Town.


.42 Linear Feet (One Hollinger box)

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Custodial History

Gregory Smith, County Tax Assessor, donated copies of county records of birth, marriage and death of four pioneer jewish families (Klauber, Mannasse, Rose, and Schiller) to the Jewish Historical Society of San Diego (JHSSD #2010.05). Smith had been a speaker at one of the Jewish Historical Society of San Diego meetings. In 2010, Lucille Duvall and Shirley Humphrey donated materials about Louis Rose, and in 2021 Laurel Schwartz added an article on Rose Canyon and Louis Rose in La Jolla Hisorical Society Magazine, "Timekeep." Donald H. Harrison also donated an article by Rabbi William Kramer, "The Jewish Merchants of San Diego," and a biographical article by Laurence Klauber about his father Abraham Klauber. There is also correspondence to Stan Schwartz from Philip Klauber about his family's history.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

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


October 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