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Irving Salomon Collection

Identifier: MS-0555

Scope and Contents

This collection comprises Salomon's papers, documents and photographs, from his birth in 1897 to his death in 1979. Box one contains material covering his personal life, family genealogy, World War I, the PACT Farm for boys, his Royal Metal Manufacturing Company, his service during World War II, his books, correspondence and observations; travels, work for the United Nations and philanthropy.  Box two contains diaries, passports, political and military ephemera and artifacts, magazine articles about him and books he wrote.

There is another Salomon collection at the Valley Center History Museum which includes material about Royal Metal Manufacturing, the Lilac Ranch and the family’s life there, including its famous visitors. It also contains material about Salomon’s time in the United Nations, family photos, newspaper clippings and correspondence from public figures.


  • 1897-1979


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

Originally from Chicago, Irving Salomon served in WWI and then became an industrialist in Chicago and Indiana. His Royal Metal Manufacturing Company invented and produced the first metal folding chair. In Indiana, he was the founder and benefactor of PACT Farm, providing a learning, working and living environment for disadvantaged boys. During World War II, he achieved the rank of Lieutenant Colonel, but was known as Colonel Salomon. After the war he and his wife, Cecile came to San Diego with their daughter Abbe. Cecile was a classical pianist who composed Jewish liturgical music. The Salomons were important philanthropists, providing funds for many and diverse projects. Salomon was very involved in San Diego Boys’ Club and funded numerous projects for children and young adults. He received a knighthood from the Pope for his work with Catholic charities. Very involved with politics on a national level, he called Eleanor Roosevelt and Dwight Eisenhower his friends. In 1953 President Eisenhower appointed him to a position at the United Nations. The Salomons entertained many notables, both political and theatrical at their Lilac Ranch in Valley Center, California. In the 1960’s Salomon founded the local chapter of the American Jewish Committee. Salomon was also an author and world traveler. Their daughter, attorney Abbe Wolfsheimer Stutz was a former San Diego City Council member, law professor and deputy city attorney. (See the Abbe Wolfsheimer Stutz Collection).


3.75 Linear Feet

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Custodial History

In 2006 Abbe Wolfsheimer Stutz, the daughter of Irving Salomon, donated several photos of her father and others to the Jewish Historical Society of San Diego. In 2015 after her death, her husband, David Stutz donated the bulk of the materials regarding Col. Irving Salomon.

Source of Acquisition

Jewish Historical Society of San Diego

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