MS 56 Benjamin Sacks Papers

Summary Information

Repository
San Diego History Center Document Collection
Creator
Sacks, Benjamin, Dr.
Title
Benjamin Sacks Papers
ID
MS 56
Date [bulk]
Bulk, 1990-2002
Date [inclusive]
1919-2002 and undated
Extent
0.75 Linear feet (2 boxes)
Language
English
Abstract
This collection contains handwritten research manuscripts by retired history professor Benjamin Sacks, focusing primarily on the history of Coronado and the Hotel del Coronado.

Preferred Citation

Benjamin Sacks Papers, MS 56, San Diego History Center Document Archives, San Diego, CA.

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Biographical / Historical Notes

Dr. Benjamin Sacks was Professor of History at the University of New Mexico for 30 years and Arizona State University for 12 years. His specialization was British history. After retiring, he relocated to San Diego and began researching the local history of San Diego and Coronado. His writing has been published in a variety of publications including the Journal of Mississippi History, the Journal of San Diego History, and Southern California Quarterly.

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Scope and Content

This collection contains research manuscripts written by retired history professor Benjamin Sacks, focusing primarily on the history of Coronado and the Hotel del Coronado. Subjects include construction, facilities and entertainment, Tent City, polo, the filming of “Some Like It Hot,” and visits by prominent individuals such as Jules Verne, Margaret Howell Davis, sportswoman Eleanora Randolph Sears, polish actress Helena Modjeska, Presidents including McKinley and Clinton, and visits by the children of Presidents Lincoln, Grant, Garfield, and Cleveland.

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Arrangement

The Benjamin Sacks Papers are in their original order as donated.

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

San Diego History Center Document Collection February 17, 2017

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The San Diego History Center (SDHC) holds the copyright to any unpublished materials.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

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Accession #2003.039

Processing Information

Collection processed by Sean Stewart in September 2005.

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Controlled Access Headings

Corporate Name(s)

  • Del Mar Racetrack (Del Mar, Calif.).
  • Hotel del Coronado (Coronado, Calif.).

Geographic Name(s)

  • Coronado (Calif.)
  • Tent City (Coronado, Calif.)

Personal Name(s)

  • Bush, George, 1924-
  • Carter, Jimmy, 1924-
  • Clinton, Bill, 1946-
  • Eisenhower, Dwight D. (Dwight David), 1890-1969
  • Ford, Gerald R., 1913-2006
  • Harrison, Benjamin, 1833-1901
  • Hayes, Margaret Howell Davis, 1855-1909
  • Hoover, Herbert, 1874-1964
  • Johnson, Lyndon B. (Lyndon Baines), 1908-1973
  • Kennedy, John F. (John Fitzgerald), 1917-1963
  • Modjeska, Helena, 1840-1909
  • Nixon, Richard M. (Richard Milhous), 1913-1994
  • Reagan, Ronald
  • Roosevelt, Franklin D. (Franklin Delano), 1882-1945
  • Roosevelt, Theodore, 1858-1919
  • Sears, Eleanora Randolph, 1881-1968
  • Spreckels, John Diedrich, b. 1853
  • Taft, William H. (William Howard), 1857-1930
  • Truman, Harry S., 1884-1972
  • Verne, Jules, 1828-1905
  • Wilson, Woodrow, 1856-1924

Subject(s)

  • Ostrich farms
  • Polo
  • Racetracks (Horse racing) — California — Del Mar

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Collection Inventory

Box-folder
Hotel del Coronado: The Babcock Years, 1885-1903 Ch. 1-4, undated

Includes:

Chapter 1: Setting, Construction, Highlights, Critiques;

Chapter 2: Personnel;

Chapter 3: Publicity;

Chapter 4: Conversational Pieces, Jules Verne, Coronado Waukesha, Spanish Fiesta, Tent City, Margaret Howell Davis.

1:1
Hotel del Coronado: The Babcock Years, 1885-1903 Ch. 5-11, undated

Includes:

Chapter 5: Divertissements. Museum; Ostrich Farm; Pet Animals; Courtyard; Japanese Tea Garden; Musical Diversions; Indoors;

Chapter 6: Sports Scene. Fishing; Hunting; Golf and Tennis; Water Sports; Race Track; Miscellany;

Chapter 7: Drama; Music; Painters; Architecture;

Chapter 8: Commercial Venues. Heavy Industry; Railroad Magnates; Financial Services; Politicians;

Chapter 9: Consumers’ World. Merchants; Food Purveyors; Miscellany;

Chapter 10: Literary World;

Chapter 11: Financial Crisis.

1:2
Polo in Coronado, 1919-1990 and undated

Includes:

Newspaper clippings, magazine articles, and an untitled manuscript.

1:3
“Jules Verne: A Hotel del Coronado Vignette,” 1996-2002 and undated

Includes:

Article by Sacks on Jules Verne, as well as correspondence concerning the article and a copy of Sacks’ resume.

1:4
“Chapter 5: Post Civil War Descendants,” undated

Includes:

One chapter from an unknown manuscript regarding the lives of the children of Presidents Lincoln, Grant, Garfield, and Cleveland and their visits to Coronado.

1:5
“Hotel del Coronado: Eleonora Randolph Sears, An American Sportswoman,” undated1:6
“Helena Modjeska: Tragedienne, The Hotel del Coronado Chapter,” undated1:7
“Some Like it Hot: Filming at Hotel del Coronado,” undated1:8
“San Diego and Hotel del Coronado: The Presidents of the United States,” undated2:1
“San Diego and Hotel del Coronado: The Presidents of the United States” (copy), undated2:2

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