MS 283 Uncle Sam Republican League Club Records

Summary Information

San Diego History Center Document Collection
Uncle Sam Republican League Club.
Uncle Sam Republican League Club Records
MS 283
Date [inclusive]
0.5 Linear feet (2 boxes)
This collection contains items pertaining to the Uncle Sam Republican League Club, including administrative documents, membership information, meeting minutes and financial information.

Preferred Citation

Uncle Sam Republican League Club Records, MS 283, San Diego History Center Document Collection, San Diego, CA.

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Biographical / Historical Notes

The Uncle Sam Republican League Club, also known as the Union League Club of San Diego, was founded in 1904. It was a socio-political organization founded in the spirit of the Union League Clubs that sprung up in support of the Republican Party in the Civil War and Post-Civil War era (these were also called “loyal leagues”). The purpose of the Uncle Sam Republican League Club, as stated in its founding documents, was “to promote the interest of good government by every honorable means, and particularly through the Republican Party” and “to furnish entertainment and to promote the social welfare of the members.” Membership requirements were simple; the candidate had to be a “straight” Republican and a resident of San Diego County. Many prominent local Republicans were board members. Among them were Leroy A. Wright, a California state Senator and founding Vice-President of the San Diego Historical Society, and William Clayton, a manager of the Spreckels companies and President of the San Diego and Cuyamaca Railway Co. Also in the group were D. B. Northrup, San Diego County Physician, C. L. Williams, President of First National Bank, and Homer Peters, President of the Marine Biological Association of San Diego (now Scripps Institute of Oceanography). A handful of Union League Clubs in major metropolitan areas survive into the 21st century and have been very influential in civic projects in the past, but San Diego’s club was short-lived. It was formally dissolved February 14, 1912, less than eight years after its inception.

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Scope and Content

This collection contains documents of the Uncle Sam Republican League Club from its founding to its dissolution (1904-1912). Highlights include the Certificate of Articles of Incorporation, By-Laws, membership listings, meeting minutes, banking documents and bills and receipts.

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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 December 7, 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.

Processing Information

Collection processed by Jennifer Ho on December 7, 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)

  • Republican Party (U.S. : 1854- ).
  • Uncle Sam Republican League Club.
  • Union League Club of San Diego.

Geographic Name(s)

  • San Diego (Calif.)

Personal Name(s)

  • Bartholomew, C. H.
  • Clark, Lincoln
  • Clayton, William
  • Green, Harry P.
  • Guy, Wilfred R.
  • Hinkle, E. C.
  • Northrup, D. B.
  • Peters, Homer
  • Williams, C. L.
  • Wright, Leroy A.


  • Political science
  • Union league clubs

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Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

The covers of the Meeting Minutes record book are prone to shedding. (December 7, 2011)

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Collection Inventory

Background and purpose, undated 1:1
Articles of Incorporation, by-laws and constitution, 1904 July 29–August 15 and undated


Certificate of Articles of Incorporation (in Oversize Collections D6)

Book containing By-Laws and Constitution

Book containing member signatures agreeing to By-Laws and Constitution

Membership, 1906 July 17 and undated


Correspondence to Roosevelt Republican Club

Lists of Board of Directors and Officers

List of members resigned and dropped out

Membership, 1906 October 2–1911 June 30 and undated


List of members and dues paid

Membership bonds, 1908–1912 April 30 and undated


Listings of members with applicable bond information

Meetings, 1910 February 8–1912 May 24


Attendance records

Correspondence and meeting announcements

Meeting minutes

Meeting minutes record book, 1904 July 29–1912 February 14 2
Meeting minutes record book, loose items, 1908 August 7-1909 July 6 and undated



Attendance list

Membership bonds list

Meeting notes

Membership list

Finances, 1904 October 3–1919 October 27 and undated





Insurance certificate

Returned checks

Bank statement with returned check, October 1919 (in Oversize Collections D6)

Fundraising, 1916


Petition for donations for County Campaign of 1916

Miscellanea, 1912


1912 Calendar

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