MS 270 Andreas Brown Collection

Summary Information

San Diego History Center Document Collection
Brown, Andreas
Andreas Brown Collection
MS 270
Date [inclusive]
5.5 Linear feet (9 boxes)
Language of Materials
Collection materials are in English and Spanish.
The collection is comprised of San Diego related materials collected by Andreas Brown, a San Diego native and one-time owner of Gotham Book Mart in New York City.

Preferred Citation

Andreas Brown Collection, MS 270, San Diego History Center Document Collection, San Diego, CA.

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Biographical / Historical Notes

Andreas Brown grew up in Coronado, San Diego. He graduated from Hoover High School in 1951and then earned a degree in economics from San Diego State University. After graduating, he pursued law school at Stanford University, but quickly abandoned the idea after a brief stint with the U.S. Army’s Judge Advocate General Corps. After returning to San Diego where he taught speech at SDSU for 3 years, he moved to San Francisco, where he started working as an appraiser for rare books and manuscripts.

Brown frequently visited New York on business, and became a regular at Gotham Book Mart and friends with the bookstore’s owner, Frances Steloff. Steloff later sold the store to Brown in 1967. Brown went on to run the Gotham Book Mart until it closed in 2007. Throughout his tenure there, Brown collected a large variety of materials related to his hometown, much of which he passed on to San Diego Historical Society.

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Scope and Content

The collection consists primarily of ephemera related to San Diego history, events, people, and organizations, but also includes original documents, including correspondence. There are maps related to specific San Diego neighborhoods, like Coronado, and advertisements for prominent businesses. Administrative materials regarding San Diego city departments are present, as are documents about transportation, including the San Diego Trolley and the major San Diego railways. There are also publications and announcements of local school activities.

A large portion of the collection relates to tourist information, especially the two major exhibitions held in San Diego: the Panama-California Exposition (1916-1916) and the California Pacific International Exposition (1935-1936). Other tourism materials include guidebooks, travel maps, and pamphlets about local attractions, including the San Diego Zoo.

Of particular interest are original documents Brown collected, including an 1846 inventory of the San Diego Mission and a copy of a 17th century map of California by famous map maker Alain Manesson Mallet.

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The collection is arranged into eight series:

Series I: San Diego City and County

Series II: Business

Series III: Transportation

Series IV: Tourism

Series V: Schools

Series VI: Organizations and Activities

Series VII: Literature, Music, and Entertainment

Series VIII: Original Documents

Items in each series are arranged by subject.

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

San Diego History Center Document Collection May 21, 2012

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

Accession numbers 840519A, 860703B, 870113A, 880329A, 900724, 910612, 971201, 980909a-h.

Processing Information

Collection processed by Lauren Rasmussen on May 21, 2012.

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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Related Materials

Separated Materials

Map of Rancho San Vicente (1869) previously separated to Map Collection.

Items separted to the Object Collection:

Golden Hill pharmacy bottle

San Diego transit token

San Diego Exposition (1935) souvenir penny

San Diego Gas & Electric pin

San Diego Exposition (1935) pendent

San Diego Gas & Electric lighter

Point Loma lighthouse necklace

2 San Diego Gas & Electric pens

La Jolla souvenir spoon

Tijuana, Mexico souvenir spoon

“S.D.A.C.” spoon

San Diego pennant

12 souvenir matchbooks

Panama souvenir coin

2 San Diego Exposition (1935) spoons

Lindbergh commemorative coin

20 souvenir matchbooks

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Controlled Access Headings

Corporate Name(s)

  • California Pacific International Exposition (1935-1936 : San Diego, Calif.).
  • Conair, Inc..
  • Hotel del Coronado (Coronado, Calif.).
  • Marston’s Department Store.
  • Panama-California Exposition (1915 : San Diego, Calif.).
  • Panama-California International Exposition (1916 : San Diego, Calif.).
  • San Diego & Arizona Eastern Railway Company.
  • San Diego Electric Railway.
  • San Diego Mission.
  • San Diego State College.
  • San Diego Trolley.
  • San Diego Zoo.
  • Theosophical Society in America.
  • Zoological Society of San Diego.


  • Correspondence
  • Maps

Geographic Name(s)

  • Balboa Park (San Diego, Calif.)
  • California — Maps
  • Coronado (Calif.)
  • El Cajon (Calif.)
  • Escondido (Calif.)
  • La Jolla (San Diego, Calif.)
  • Point Loma (San Diego, Calif.)
  • Ramona (Calif.)
  • San Diego (Calif.)

Personal Name(s)

  • Alvarado, Francisco Maria
  • Arguello, Santiago
  • Estudillo, Jose Antonio
  • Harbison, J. S. (John S.)
  • Jackson, Helen Hunt, 1830-1885
  • Jacobs-Bond, Carrie, 1862-1946
  • Lindbergh, Charles A. (Charles Augustus), 1902-1974
  • Martin, Fernando, Father
  • Pumphrey, Margaret B. (Margaret Blanche), b. 1872
  • Remondino, Peter Charles, 1846-1926
  • Sanborn, S. S.
  • Tingley, Katherine Augusta Westcott, 1847-1929
  • Wright, Allen Henry


  • Advertising
  • Associations, institutions, etc.
  • Clubs
  • Poetry
  • Postcards
  • Sheet music
  • Tourism
  • Tourist maps

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Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

Some paper documents are fragile. (May 3, 2012)

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Collection Inventory

 Series I: San Diego City and County

Cabrillo, Juan Rodriguez, 1968 1:1
Coronado, 1903–1927 and undated 1:2
El Cajon, 1899 January 26 1:3
Escondido, undated 1:4
Guidebooks, 1888-1909 1:5
La Jolla properties map, undated Oversize Collections D6
Little Landers, undated 1:6
Logan Heights “Southlook” subdivision, undated Oversize Collections D6
Miscellaneous maps, 1910 and undated


California State map (in Oversize Collections D6)

Julian District map (in Oversize Collections D6)

Lower California map (in Oversize Collections D6)

Riverside County map (in Oversize Collections D6)

San Diego County map (in Oversize Collections D6)

Mission Bay, 1939 1:8
Obituaries and announcements, 1921 May 24–1936 August 3 and undated 1:9
San Diego Mission, 1919 1:10
San Diego Police, 1927


“Police Relief Association: Sixth Annual Souvenir, 1927” (book)

San Diego Post Office, 1901 1:12
San Diego Public Library, undated


Outline printed for “The Architectural Review”

“The Silver Gate” magazine, 1899 August-December 1:14
Water, circa 1910 1:15

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 Series II: Business

Directories, 1874–1946 and undated 1:16
Marketing ephemera, 1894–1958 and undated 1:17
Stock certificates, 1879 October 6–1935 March 22 1:18
Chamber of Commerce, undated 1:19
Consolidated Aircraft Corportation / Convair, 1940 March 25–1942 February 19 and undated


Employee handbook

Instruction booklet on air raids

Business card

Marston Company, undated 1:21
Port of San Diego, 1930 1:22
Restaurants, 1927 October 30–1955 December 13 and undated 2:1
Hotels, 1931 July 4–1939 June 13 and undated


U.S. Grant Hotel coffee shop menu and wine list (in Oversize Collections D6)

Hotel del Coronado, 1906 February 6–1927 March 20 and undated 2:3

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 Series III: Transportation

San Diego Trolley, undated 2:4
San Diego and Coronado Ferry Company, 1969 August 11 and undated 2:5
San Diego and Arizona Railway, undated


Information related to San Diego/Arizona Railway, the Santa Fe Railway, and the San Diego Electric Railway

J.D. and A.B. Spreckels Company scrapbook (1 of 3), 1918-1961


San Diego Electric Railway Company historical data and operations information

Citizens’ Traction Company history and valuation

San Diego street cars

Architectural diagrams

Newspaper articles

J.D. and A.B. Spreckels Company scrapbook (2 of 3), 1930-1955


San Diego Electric Railway Company

San Diego and Coronado Ferry Company

Street cars and buses

Newspaper and magazine articles

J.D. and A.B. Spreckels Company scrapbook (3 of 3), 1924-1955


San Diego and Arizona Railway

J.D. and A.B. Spreckels Company

Hotel del Coronado

Spreckels family in newspaper articles and photographs

Ticket passes for San Diego and Coronado Ferry and the San Diego Electric Railway

Railroad timetables and tickets, 1900-1949 2:10

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 Series IV: Tourism

Guidebooks, brochures, and souvenirs, 1912–1937 and undated


San Diego Daylight Ocean Trip flyer (in Oversize Collections D6)

San Diego’s Sights Balloon Route Excursion flyer (in Oversize Collections D6)

Guidebooks, brochures, and souvenirs, undated 3:1
Guidebooks, brochures, and souvenirs, undated 3:2
Tourist maps, undated 3:3
Panama-California Exposition, 1915-1916


Exposition handbook

California Pacific International Exposition, 1935-1936 3:5

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 Series V: Schools

Fallbrook Union High School, 1898 May 27 3:6
Francis Parker High School, 1920 November 15–1936 October 3 3:7
Hoover High School, 1951 June 13


Andreas Brown’s commencement invitation

Memorial Junior High School, 1933 February 2 3:9
Point Loma High School, 1954–1957


Football game schedule

Basketball game schedule

San Diego Junior High School, 1929 June 20 3:11
San Diego High School, 1892-1909


Commencement invitation and program

Copies of “The Russ”, 1903–1909 Graduation diploma for Lois M. Fenn (in Oversize Collections D6)

San Diego High School, 1910-1914


Copies of “The Russ”, 1910–1914

San Diego State College, 1935-1953


Student directories

School of Arts and Crafts, undated 4:3
Sweetwater Union High School, 1921-1922 4:4
Sweetwater Union High School, 1923-1939 4:5
Woodrow Wilson Junior High School, 1928-1930 4:6
Academic publications, 1908 May 28–1910 March 30 5:1
Academic publications, 1911 November 30–1933 March 14 5:2

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 Series VI: Organizations and Activities

Churches and religious groups, 1873 and undated


Progressive Church postcard listing public services

Speech by Thomas L. Nesmith, Senior Warden of Holy Trinity Church

Cavalry Temple flyer on revival, “The Brooks Ministers”

First Methodist Church notecard (blank)

Concert flyer for First Methodist Church

San Diego First Congregational Church 1940 and undated 5:4
San Diego Theosophical Society, 1919-1928 5:5
Historical groups, 1919–1958 and undated


Sons of the American Revolution

49er club

San Diego Mission Group

“Felicita” pageant decal

San Diego Railway Historical Society newsletters, “The Dispatch”

Sports clubs, 1957–1958 and undated


Coronado Yacht Club

Seniors Golf Association

Jai Alai Association

Masonic organizations, 1874, 1927 5:8
Horse racing, 1927–1940 and undated


Tijuana Racing Club

Baja Racing Club

Aqua Caliente Racing Club

Del Mar Turf Club

Social clubs, 1927, 1934 and undated


Coronado Social Club

Wednesday Club, 1895-1903 and undated 5:11
San Diego Zoological Society, undated 5:12
San Diego County Federation of Women’s Clubs radio program transcripts, 1949 July 21–1950 March 9 5:13
San Diego County Federation of Women’s Clubs radio program transcripts, 1950 April 27–December 23 6:1
San Diego County Federation of Women’s Clubs radio program transcripts, 1951 January 9–1953 April 16 6:2
San Diego County Federation of Women’s Clubs radio program transcripts, 1953 October 27–1954 March 2 6:3
San Diego County Federation of Women’s Clubs radio program transcripts, 1954 March 16–December 29 6:4
Social events and ceremonies, 1888 May 8–1931 September 16 and undated


Carmen’s Relief Association Second Annual Ball

Ford Sedan auto drawing

12th Annual Apartment House Association of California Convention

El Cajon Community Men’s Club Jolly Boys Dinner

San Diego Choral Union parlor concert

Coronado Spanish fiesta

Cabrillo celebration

Third Supervisorial District elections

Czechoslovak Day

Datus E. Coon memorial

Mission Beach Roller derby

Pacific Skating Rink Roller derby

Woman’s Home flower festival benefit

“Wenzell for Mayor” campaign

Colonial Theatre “Broken Idols” production

Automobile Club of Southern California Run

Lindbergh Reception

Junipero Serra and Thomas Starr King statues unveiling

Miss San Diego Pageant Scrapbook, 1961–1970 and undated

Scope and Content:

Personal scrapbook for Margaret “Peggy” Arnhym, Miss San Diego 1962. Materials in the scrapbook consist of photographs, letters, personal notes, and newspaper clippings.

Miss San Diego Pageant Scrapbook, loose photographs, undated 9:2
Miss San Diego Pageant Scrapbook, loose materials, 1962 9:3
Miss San Diego Pageant Scrapbook, loose materials, 1962 9:4
Military organizations and events, 1913 July 21–1929 December and undated


U.S. Naval Hospital Christmas program

Camp Kearny construction press pass

Camp Kearny visitor entrance pass

Naval Reserve social club officers list

Machine Gun Company, 82 Infantry of Camp Kearny Thanksgiving program

Torpedo Flotilla and Bosbyshell Company banquet

Coronado Bay and San Pedro submarine torpedo practice

Naval Reserve retirement of the Portsmouth


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 Series VII: Literature, Music, and Entertainment

Poetry, 1875-1923


“The Path o’ Life” by Carrie Jacobs Bond

“Glimpses of San Diego” by Rev. O.W. Gates

“Memories” by Allen Henry Wright

“Wild Mustard and Other Poems” by Lillian Pray-Palmer

“San Diego and Vicinity: Tributes Paid by Well Known Poets”, edited by Allen H. Wright

“Have You a Garden of Allah?” by Fred Rawson

“The Journey of the Flame” by Antonio de Fierro Blanco, 1933 7:1
“Etcheonda: End of the Road” by D. Pryse-Jones, undated 7:2
“Under Three Flags” by Margaret B. Pumphrey, 1939 7:3
“The Gods Await” by Katherine Tingley, 1894 March 7:4
“Here and There” by P.C. Remondino, 1894 7:5
“Un-American Activities: The Campaign Against the Underground Press” by Geoffrey Rips, 1981 7:6
“Ramona” by Helen Hunt Jackson, 1885-1928


2 volume copy of “Ramona”

Pamphlet “Ramona’s Homeland” by Margaret Allen

Helen Hunt Jackson funeral program

“Ramona” sheet music by L. Wolfe Gilbert and Mabel Wayne

Sheet music, 1926-1961


“California’s San Diego” by Durward Johnson and Lottie Hicks

“When I Sit and Dream at Evening” by Ruth Ottinger and Paul F. Anderson

“Lovely San Diego: Heaven on Earth” by Agnes Patterson

Movie posters, undated


“Down in San Diego” (3 posters)

“San Diego I Love You” (1 poster)

Oversize Collections D6

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 Series VIII: Original Documents

San Diego Mission inventory, 1846 January 5 8:3
Legal papers, 1876–1942 and undated


Court transcripts, case No. 9205 – The County of San Diego vs. California Southern R.R. Co.

Court transcripts, case No. 5493 – Jared W. Tyson vs. Juan M. Luco

Court transcripts, case No. 5459 – Sophia Porter vs. Joseph Coyne

Report of Committee on Public Lands

Civilian order No. 4 regarding removing people of Japanese descenet (in Oversize Collections D6)

Marriage certificate for Chas L. Kimball and Lois M. Fenn (in Oversize Collections D6)

S.S. Sanborn “Letters” book, 1874 May 16–1875 February 1 and undated

Scope and Content:

Correpondence was originally contained in bound letter book held by S. S. Sanborn, an attorney and partner in the C. A. Wetmore and S. S. Sanborn Land Agency. The letter book’s index lists names with the corresponding letter(s)’s number (Box 8 folder 5). Correspondence includes business transactions, such as land values, ownership, and management, property taxes, and power of attorney, as well as business advice and financial disputes.

8:5, 8:6, 8:7, 8:8
Miscellaneous correspondence, 1821 May 1–1984 July 5


Letter of Father Fernando Martin, May 1, 1821

Letter from John S. Harbison to Mr. Goodrich regarding bee business, July 2, 1877

Letter from Francisco Maria Alvarado to Santiago Arguello, September 19, 1845

Letter from Jose A. Estudillo to Santiago Arguello, July 21, 1846

Miscellaneous envelopes, undated


Various business decals

First issue stamps

Map, 1683

Scope and Content:

“De L’Amerique: Nouveau Mexique et Californie” map by Allain Manesson-Mallet from a copy of Description de l’Univers, Volume V

Miscellanea, 1891–1928 and undated


Crystal Filter Co. receipt

Commercial Bank check

First National Bank of San Diego cancelled check

Hartwell Electric Co. invoice


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