GUIDE TO THE CONGRESSMAN BOB WILSON COLLECTION

COLLECTION NUMBER:
C127.

COLLECTION TITLE:
Congressman Bob Wilson Collection.

CREATOR(S):
Bob Wilson.

DATES OF MATERIAL:
1950?-1980, bulk 1970s.

EXTENT:
521 photographic prints: 187 color; 8 x 10 in. or smaller.

LOCAL CONTROL NUMBERS:
Photographic prints: OP17124/1-462.

REPOSITORY:
San Diego History Center
Booth Historical Photograph Archives
P.O. Box 81825
San Diego, CA 92138
1-619-232-6203

ACQUISITION INFORMATION:
Gift of James LeMontree, 1991 (796-D).

RESTRICTIONS:
Open for research.

COPYRIGHT:
For permission to reproduce or publish, contact the curator of the Booth Historical Photograph Archives of the San Diego Historical Society. Reproduction or publication of any part of this collection must include the following information next to the image(s) or in a special section of credits: Congressman Bob Wilson Collection, San Diego History Center, Booth Historical Photograph Archives.

GENERAL NOTES:
Arrangement: by subject and local control number. Forms part of: San Diego History Center Original Print Collection.

BIOGRAPHICAL OR HISTORICAL NOTE:
Republican representative from San Diego, Robert Carlton Wilson (1916-1999) served as a member of Congress and the House Armed Services Committee from 1953 to 1981. He was also chairman of the Republican Congressional Committee from 1961 to 1973.

SCOPE AND CONTENT NOTE:
The Congressman Bob Wilson Collection documents his 28 years in office, reflecting his political life in San Diego and Washington, D.C., and his interest in the military. It depicts Wilson at various political and business functions, conferences, banquets, luncheons, dinners, and groundbreaking ceremonies; his public addresses, political campaigns, gifts and awards; and his involvement with military and veterans affairs. The collection also includes publicity photographs of Wilson with constituents, friends and family members, community and business leaders, military personnel, government officials, foreign diplomats, and congressional colleagues, many taken in the 1970s on the steps of the U.S. Capitol or in his office overlooking the Capital dome.

SUBJECTS INDEXED:
United States — Congress — House.
Politicians — United States.
Legislators — United States.
Government officials.
Politics & government.
Military organizations.
Public service.
Events.
Gifts.
Public speaking.
Publicity.
San Diego (Calif.) — Political life.

CONTENTS LIST:

Box 1
Folder 1 OP17124/1-39
Snapshots of U.S. Rep. Bob Wilson in San Diego County and Washington, D.C., depicting him with businessmen and government officials, his campaigns for Congress, and other political activities from the 1950s to the 1970s. Also, an 8 x 10-in. photograph of Wilson with a supporter, probably from his first campaign in 1952. Many of the people pictured are not identified.
Folder 2 OP17124/40-89
Chiefly publicity photographs from the 1970s of Bob Wilson with wife Shirley Sarrett Wilson, businessmen, government officials, and others. Includes Wilson shaking hands with Vice President Nelson Rockefeller, Wilson testifying at what may be a congressional hearing, Wilson and three other Congressmen shoveling snow from the steps of the U.S. Capitol, a color photograph of Wilson with Sen. Morris Udall, and Wilson with fellow Rep. Clair Burgener and members of the Young Republican League. Many of the people pictured are not identified.
Folder 3 OP17124/90-130
Photographs related to Bob Wilson’s involvement in international relations, including a series of color snapshots of a trip to Belgium and Spain in 1978. Also, with U.S. Ambassador John Stevenson in Venezuela, a 1979 meeting with the defense minister of Switzerland, a trip to New Zealand, and meetings with representatives from East Asia [China or Vietnam?] and South Africa.
Folder 4 OP17124/131-205
Bob Wilson attending various political and business functions, conferences, banquets, luncheons, dinners, and other gatherings, including the Chowder and Marching Club for Republican House members. Also, ground breaking ceremonies and public addresses. People depicted include former San Diego mayors Charles Dail and Pete Wilson, but most are not indentified.
Folder 5 OP17124/206-293
Photographs chiefly related to Bob Wilson’s involvement with military and veterans affairs as a member of the House Armed Services Committee and the Tactical Air Support and [Armed Forces] Retirement subcommittees; his relations to the military in San Diego, as a representative of the area; and his interest in oceanography and the aerospace industry. Subjects include inspections, tours, public addresses, ground breakings, military parades and ceremonies, and publicity photographs of Wilson receiving various awards from military personnel and veterans in recognition of his support. Also, a 1979 Christmas card showing Wilson’s wife Shirley christening the USS La Jolla at Groton, Connecticut.
Folder 6 OP17124/294-33
Bob Wilson receiving gifts and awards, performing community and public relations, and engaging in other activities. Includes Wilson appearing with the author of the book How I Conquered Cancer Naturally; he and wife Shirley holding up an original U.S. flag on the steps of the Capitol; and a series of photographs of a gift presentation from the Republican Congressional Committee.
Box 2
Folder 7 OP17124/332-376
Public relations photographs. Chiefly Bob Wilson standing on the steps of the Capitol or in his office overlooking the Capitol dome with constituents, friends, family members, or other supporters.
Folder 8 OP17124/377-462
Chiefly snapshots of family activities. Includes a series of color photographs of Bob and Shirley Wilson at a ranch, Bob Wilson’s first campaign manager and administrative assistant Ed Terrar, a studio portrait of Bob Wilson [from the 1950s?], and a game patented by Wilson [Smack-Its, a table top version of tetherball].