MS 300 San Diego Chamber of Commerce Collection

Summary Information

Repository
San Diego History Center Document Collection
Creator
San Diego Chamber of Commerce.
Title
San Diego Chamber of Commerce Collection
ID
MS 300
Date [inclusive]
1887-2006
Extent
7.25 Linear feet (15 boxes)
Language
English
Abstract
The collection contains administrative materials and reference resources related to the interests of the San Diego Chamber of Commerce.

Preferred Citation

San Diego Chamber of Commerce Collection, MS 300, San Diego History Center Document Archives, San Diego, CA.

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Biographical / Historical Notes

The San Diego Chamber of Commerce is a non-profit organization founded in 1870 by Alonzo Horton, a prominent local businessman who served as the Chamber’s first treasurer. Their mission is to advocate for and support the interests of local business and their employees within the City of San Diego.

The initial endeavors of the Chamber of Commerce included developing railroad lines in San Diego, supporting harbor commerce, procuring fresh drinking water for the city, and encouraging both settlement and tourism in San Diego. In the early 20th century, the Chamber of Commerce was instrumental in the establishment of military installations throughout region, which in turn bolstered San Diego’s economy. It was also a driving force behind the 1915 Panama-California Exposition, which put San Diego on the map and started the process of Balboa Park becoming the cultural center it is today. The Chamber of Commerce is currently active in the San Diego community with over 3,000 members.

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Scope and Content

The collection consists of materials pertaining to the administration and interests of the San Diego Chamber of Commerce between 1887 and 2006. The bulk of the collection materials are dated between 1950 and 2006. Materials include administrative documents, such as by-laws and meeting minutes, as well as reports, research, and reference materials related to a variety of topics that concern the Chamber of Commerce. These subjects include city demographics, the environment, economics, crime, industry and employment, the military, city planning, politics, and tourism. Reference items include the original San Diego City Plan developed by John Nolen in 1926, as well as a copy of Douglas Gunn’s Picturesque San Diego. Additionally, the collection contains the Chamber of Commerce membership records for the Spreckels Company, owned by John D. Spreckels.

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Arrangement

The collection is arranged in thirteen series:

I. Administrative Materials;

II. Agriculture and Environment;

III. Crime;

IV. Demographics;

V. Economics;

VI. Economic Research Bulletins;

VII. Industry and Employment;

VIII. Military;

IX. Planning;

X. Politics;

XI. Tourism;

XII. Spreckels Company;

XIII. Miscellanea. Items within each series are arranged by subject.

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

San Diego History Center Document Collection November 17, 2015

1649 El Prado, Suite 3
San Diego, CA, 92101
619-232-6203

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 Lauren Rasmussen on August 26, 2013.

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Controlled Access Headings

Corporate Name(s)

  • J.D. and A.B. Spreckels Company.
  • San Diego (Calif.). Planning Dept.
  • San Diego and Coronado Ferry Company.
  • San Diego Association of Governments.
  • San Diego Chamber of Commerce. Economic Research Bureau.
  • San Diego Convention and Tourist Bureau.
  • San Diego Electric Railway Company.

Geographic Name(s)

  • Balboa Park (San Diego, Calif.)
  • San Diego (Calif.)

Personal Name(s)

  • Klauber, Abraham, 1831-1911
  • Nolen, John, 1869-1937
  • Spreckels, John Diedrich, b. 1853

Subject(s)

  • Business
  • Demographics
  • Economic development
  • Military
  • Tourism

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Collection Inventory

 Series I: Administrative Materials 1870-1963

Box-folder
Constitution and By-laws of the San Diego Chamber of Commerce 1937 October 281:1
Annual Reports of the San Diego Chamber of Commerce 1870-18991:2
Loose materials from Annual Reports (Folder 2) 1871 March 16 – 1930 September 241:3
Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors meeting minutes 1938 September 151:4
General Manager’s Reports 1961 January 27 – 1966 January 261:5
The San Diego Chamber of Commerce: A Pictorial Report 1962-19631:6

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 Series II: Agriculture and Environment 1996-2000 and undated

Box-folder
Crop Statistics and Annual Reports 1996-20001:7
San Diego Climate Information 1998 March1:8
Agriculture – San Diego County – California brochure Undated1:9
Oceanics – San Diego County – California brochure Undated1:10

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 Series III: Crime 1996-2000

Box-folder
Crime in the San Diego Region 1996-20001:11
Arrests in the San Diego Region 1999-20011:12

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 Series IV: Demographics 1945-2002

Box-folder
Demographic Statistics binder (Part 1) 1951-19802:1
Demographic Statistics binder (Part 2) 1951-19802:2
The Racial Issue in San Diego 19652:3
A Community Guide to San Diego County 1971-19732:4
Population and Land Use Bulletins 1986-19892:5
San Diego Region 1980 Census Tracts with Subregional Areas 19802:6
U.S. and San Diego Hispanic Demographic 20042:7
SANDAG INFO Newsletters 1998 July – 2002 October

Includes:

• Profiling the Region’s Jurisdictions • 1998 Population and Housing Estimates • Demographic and Economic Characteristics • A Million More People in the Region by 2020 • 2020 Cities/County Forecast for the San Diego Region • 1999 Population and Housing Estimates • Daytime Population • 2020 Forecast: Subregional Demographic Characteristics • Geographic Areas Help Define the San Diego Region • The Dynamics of Vital Events in the San Diego Region

2:8
Residential demographic reports 1945-19802:9

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 Series V: Economics 1969-2006

Box-folder
San Diego Economic Profile by the Economic Research Bureau of the San Diego Chamber of Commerce 1977

Includes:

Industry, tourism, military, agriculture, and fisheries.

3:1
San Diego Economic Profile by the Economic Research Bureau of the San Diego Chamber of Commerce 1977

Includes:

Trade, Baja California, higher education, retirement, and construction

3:2
San Diego Economic Profile by the Economic Research Bureau of the San Diego Chamber of Commerce 1977

Includes:

Organization.

3:3
San Diego Economic Profile by the Economic Research Bureau of the San Diego Chamber of Commerce 1977

Includes:

Legislation.

3:4
San Diego Economic Development Research Program: An Updating of the Original 1966 Study 19693:5
San Diego Economic Development Research Program: An Updating of the Original 1966 Study 19693:6
Economic Analysis of Mexican Citizen Activity in San Diego County 19793:7
Economic Impact of Super Bowl XXII on San Diego 1988 March3:8
Del Mar Fairgrounds Economic Impact Study 1989 January3:9
Economic and Fiscal Impact Analysis: Proposed Ballpark and Real Estate Development 1998 September 173:10
Annual Report of the San Diego Regional Economic Development Corporation 20014:1
Economic and Fiscal Benefits of the San Diego Convention Center 20024:2
San Diego Unified Port District: Cruise Feasibility Study and Economic Impact Analysis 2002 November 254:3
Economic and Fiscal Impacts of the San Diego Unified Port District – Draft Report 2003 July 154:4
Tracking San Diego’s Recovery: A Mid-Year Review of Commercial Real Estate Activity by Burnham Market Research 20034:5
Economic Impact Analysis of the San Diego Cruise Sector 2005 March4:6
Economic Impacts of the Wait Times at the San Diego – Baja California Border 2006 January 194:7

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 Series VI: Economic Research Bulletins 1963-1994

Box-folder
Economic Research Bulletins 19634:8
Economic Research Bulletins 19644:9
Economic Research Bulletins 19654:10
Economic Research Bulletins 19664:11
Economic Research Bulletins 19674:12
Economic Research Bulletins 19684:13
Economic Research Bulletins 19694:14
Economic Research Bulletins 19705:1
Economic Research Bulletins 19715:2
Economic Research Bulletins 19725:3
Economic Research Bulletins 19735:4
Economic Research Bulletins 19745:5
Economic Research Bulletins 1975

Scope and Content:

December 1975 is not included.

5:6
Economic Research Bulletins 19765:7
Economic Research Bulletins 19775:8
Economic Research Bulletins 19785:9
Economic Research Bulletins 19795:10
Economic Research Bulletins 19805:11
Economic Research Bulletins 19815:12
Economic Research Bulletins 19825:13
Economic Research Bulletins 19835:14
Economic Research Bulletins 19845:15
Economic Research Bulletins 19855:16
Economic Research Bulletins 19865:17
Economic Research Bulletins 19875:18
Economic Research Bulletins 19886:1
Economic Research Bulletins 19896:2
Economic Research Bulletins 19906:3
Economic Research Bulletins 1991

Scope and Content:

January 1991 is not included.

6:4
Economic Research Bulletins 19926:5
Economic Research Bulletins 19936:6
Economic Research Bulletins 1994

Scope and Content:

May 1994 and June 1994 only.

6:7
Economic Research Bulletins (Bound) 1953-19666:8
Economic Research Bulletins (Bound) 1966-19696:9
Economic Research Bulletins (Bound) 1967-19717:1
Economic Research Bulletins (Bound) 1970-19798:1
Box-folder
Economic Research Bulletins (Bound) 1966-19767:2
Economic Research Bulletins (Bound) 1977-19858:2
Economic Research Bulletins (Bound) 1980-19847:3

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 Series VII: Industry and Employment 1947-2002 and undated

Box-folder
San Diego Business Surveys 1947-19699:1
San Diego Business Surveys 1970-19829:2
SANDAG INFO Newsletters 2001 August – 2002 September

Includes:

• Employment in the San Diego Region • San Diego Regional Employment Clusters

9:3
The Union Tribune’s Annual Review of San Diego Businesses 1985-19879:4
Regional Employment Studies Undated

Includes:

• San Diego’s Medical Services Industry Cluster • San Diego’s Biosciences Industry Cluster • San Diego’s Visitor Services Industry Cluster • San Diego’s Software and Computer Services Industry Cluster • San Diego’s Computer and Electronics Manufacturing Industry Cluster • San Diego’s Communication Industry Cluster

9:5
San Diego Regional Technology Alliance reports Undated

Includes:

• E-Tech: Missing the Green • San Diego Surf Meets Silicon Sand • Wireless Wonders

9:6
Labor Market Surveys 2001

Includes:

• Business services industry • Visitor services industry • Entertainment and amusement industry

9:7
Labor Market Surveys 2001

Includes:

• Medical services industry • Biomedical products industry • Biotechnology and pharmaceuticals industry

9:8
Labor Market Surveys 2001

Includes:

• Communications industry • Defense and transportation manufacturing industry • Computer and electronics manufacturing industry • Software and computer services industry

9:9
Industrial Data: San Diego County 19719:10
Department of Commerce City Employment report 19749:11
“A History of the San Diego Labor Movement: Problems and Developments from 1887 to 1957” by Dr. Frederick Ryan 195910:1
Commercial Banking in San Diego 196010:2
Chamber of Commerce annual report 197910:3
San Diego Market 198210:4
NAFTA and San Diego 199210:5
Research and Development in San Diego, California Undated10:6
Starting a Business in San Diego Undated10:7
San Diego Regional Shopping Center Report Undated10:8
San Diego International Sports Arena Undated10:9

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 Series VIII: Military 1952-2002

Box-folder
Scrapbook of Reports Written for the San Diego Chamber of Commerce 1952-1996

Includes:

Correspondence and reports of U.S. Navy Rear Admiral Raymond D. Tarbuck.

10:10
Scrapbook of Reports Written for the San Diego Chamber of Commerce 1952-199610:11
The Effect of the Military Establishment and the Aviation Industry on and the Need for a More Balanced Economy in San Diego 195410:12
The Navy and San Diego: Navy Reports 196511:1
World War II Post-War Planning: Day and Zimmermann Report 196511:2
Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton Impact Guide 200211:3

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 Series IX: City Planning 1926-2000 and undated

Box-folder
City Plan for San Diego by John Nolen 192611:4
Official Report of San Diego Chamber of Commerce Rental Research Committee 194211:5
History of San Diego County Park System 194411:6
Highway to Imperial Valley 195412:1
Balboa Park in the ‘50s: Balboa Park Reports 196012:2
Planning department scrapbook 1963 September – 1963 November12:3
Cross Border Concerns in the San Diego Region: The Need For New Border Crossings 199212:4
SANDAG INFO Newsletters 1998 November – 2000 April

Includes:

• More residents are trying transit • Attitudes about transit and ridesharing • Traffic by the numbers

12:5
The San Diego Stadium Story Undated12:6

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 Series X: Politics 1962-1965

Box-folder
1912 Socialists and I.W.W.: Riot or Free Speech? 196513:1
A Report on Politics in San Diego by David Greenstone 196213:2

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 Series XI: Tourism 1939-1998 and undated

Box-folder
San Diego Convention and Visitors Bureau booklets 1996 August – 1998 June

Includes:

• 1995 San Diego Meetings and Conventions • Overseas Travelers to San Diego • Convention Center Information • Air Transportation Information • San Diego Golf Courses

13:3
San Diego Profile of Overnight Visitors 199313:4
Things to Do and See in San Diego brochure Undated13:5
International Travel Forecast and Statistics for the U.S. c.199513:6
American Legion 1940 Convention scrapbook 1939-194013:7

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 Series XII: Spreckels Company 1928-1947

Box-folder
Spreckels Companies Memberships in Chamber of Commerce 1928 November – 1935 October13:8
Spreckels Companies Memberships in Chamber of Commerce 1935 November – 1938 October13:9
Spreckels Companies Memberships in Chamber of Commerce 1938 November – 1941 November13:10
Spreckels Companies Memberships in Chamber of Commerce 1938 November – 1947 November14:1
Contribution to the Post-War Fund of San Diego Chamber of Commerce 194514:2
San Diego Electric Railway Company and the San Diego and Coronado Ferry Company Subscription to San Diego Chamber of Commerce 1946-194714:3

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 Series XIII: Miscellanea 1887-2003 and undated

Box-folder
“Picturesque San Diego” by Douglas Gunn 188714:4
Southern California, issued by the Southern California Panama Expositions Commission 191414:5
KGB radio series transcripts 1938-193914:6
California Pacific International Exposition Pictorial 193514:7
“Abraham Klauber” by Alice Heyneman 196315:1
San Diego – Where California Begins pamphlets 1985-198815:2
San Diego – Where California Begins pamphlets 1989-199415:3
“Antecedent Incidents in San Diego’s Developmental History” by Pauline 199515:4
San Diego Magazine 1996 Summer15:5
Fast Company magazine mock-up 200315:6
San Diego, California brochure Undated15:7

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