MS 200 Henri Jacot Balboa Park Protective Association Records

Summary Information

San Diego History Center Document Collection
Jacot, Henri
Henri Jacot Balboa Park Protective Association Records
MS 200
Date [inclusive]
1870, 1932-1983
0.25 Linear feet (1 box)
The collection contains items from the Balboa Park Protective Association, documenting their efforts for the preservation of San Diego’s Balboa Park, including project reports, public outreach and meetings.

Preferred Citation

Henri Jacot Balboa Park Protective Association Records, MS 200, San Diego History Center Document Collection, San Diego, CA.

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Biographical / Historical Notes

The Balboa Park Protective Association was formed in 1947, and sought to preserve the prevailing architecture in Balboa Park while preventing further incursion of peripheral roads, encroachment by other buildings and organizations, and the increased sprawl of parking lots. The Association worked to subvert the Bartholomew Plan, adopted by the City of San Diego in 1960, that called for further development of the park. Henri Jacot was a local architect and a member of the Balboa Park Protective Association. He and his associates lobbied politicians, organized concerned citizens and placed petitions on the ballot in an effort to enact the desired preservation. The Association succeeded in preventing the incursion of roads called for in the Bartholomew Plan, but failed in thwarting further development of the park. Other projects battled by the Association included the relocation of the U.S. Naval Hospital onto Park grounds, and the construction of the Timken Museum building. After the Association was ended in 1967, its work and efforts were continued by the Committee of 100.

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Scope and Content

The collection consists of documents related to a variety of projects against which Balboa Park Protective Association rallied. Specific projects mentioned in the collection include: Bartholomew Plan; Maple Canyon Road; Naval Hospital Expansion; Fine Arts Gallery; Timken Museum of Art; Ron Pekarek Plan; and Florida Canyon. The collection’s materials include correspondence, outreach mailings, newsletters, speeches, and newspaper clippings. There is also information on club membership, local elections, and reports on the various projects. Highlights include an election flyer, informative press releases, and letters to and from various public offices, including the mayor and the San Diego Grand Jury.

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Items in collection are arranged by subject.

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

San Diego History Center Document Collection August 3, 2011

1649 El Prado, Suite 3
San Diego, CA, 92101

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

The San Diego History Center (SDHC) holds the copyright to any unpublished materials. SDHC Library regulations do apply.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated by Henri Jacot.

Processing Information

Collection processed by Jennifer Ho on August 3, 2011.

Collection processed as part of grant project supported by the Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR) with generous funding from The Andrew Mellon Foundation.

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Controlled Access Headings

Corporate Name(s)

  • Arboretum of Los Angeles County.
  • Balboa Park Protective Association.
  • Citizens Coordinate for Century 3.
  • Committee of 100 (San Diego, Calif.).
  • Fine Arts Gallery of San Diego.
  • Harland Bartholomew & Associates.
  • Naval Medical Center San Diego.
  • Putnam Foundation.
  • San Diego Grand Jury.
  • San Diego Museum of Art.
  • Save Balboa Park Committee.
  • Timken Museum of Art.

Geographic Name(s)

  • Balboa Park (San Diego, Calif.)
  • Florida Canyon
  • Maple Canyon
  • San Diego (Calif.)

Personal Name(s)

  • Abbey, Florence B.
  • Jacot, Henri
  • Martin, Philip P.


  • Architecture — Conservation and restoration
  • Architecture — Societies, etc.
  • Bartholomew plan
  • History — Societies, etc.
  • Nature — Conservation and restoration
  • Public architecture
  • Ron Pekarek plan
  • Urban parks

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Collection Inventory

Administrative documents, 1961–1963 and undated


Member listings with contact information

Aims and Objectives document, undated

Reports on Balboa Park development, 1964–1983 and undated


Maple Canyon Road Controversy report, 1964

“Group I” project plans listing, 1983

Correspondence, 1961–1976 and undated


Correspondence between BPPA members and city officials

Letter to BPPA President from San Diego County Grand Jury, 1963

Outreach ephemera, 1961–1979 and undated


Related newsletters and bulletins

Election poster; Postcards regarding Prop Q

Press releases and notice of public hearing, 1963–1977 and undated 1:5
Meetings and public hearings, 1958–1963 and undated


Old Globe Executive Committee meeting minutes, 1963

Speeches given by BPPA

Balboa Park-related news clippings, 1932–1983 and undated


Letter to the Editor of San Diego Union from Kate Sessions, 1932

City government elections and ballots, 1870, 1961 and undated


Petition for 1961 ballot, with instructions

City charter amendment pamphlet, 1961

Miscellanea, 1962–1977 and undated


Committee of 100 informational booklet (1975) and membership card (1977).

Scraps of paper and note cards with names and contact information, laws passed in San Diego, arguments and facts in favor of Balboa Park conservation.

Miscellanea, 1961-1963 and undated


Newspaper clippings

American Institute of Architects newsletter, 1963

Issue of Contemporary Steel Design, 1963


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