The Journal of San Diego History
San Diego History Center Quarterly
Fall 2012, Volume 58, Number 4
Iris H.W. Engstrand and Molly McClain, Editors
Theodore Strathman and David Miller, Review Editors

San Diego and the Pacific Theater:Consolidated Aircraft Corporation Holds the Home Front

Natalie Nakamura

Patriotism and Profit: San Diego’s Camp Kearny

John Martin

The 2012 Transit of Venus Observed at Real de Santa Ana, Baja California Sur, Mexico: A Tribute to the XVIII Century Mexican Astronomer Joaquín Velázquez de León

Xavier López Medellín, Carlos G. Román-Zúñiga, Iris Engstrand, Manuel Alvarez Pérez and Marco Moreno Corral



Front and Back Matter

Publication of The Journal of San Diego History is underwritten by a major grant from the Quest for Truth Foundation, established by the late James G. Scripps. Additional support is provided by “The Journal of San Diego History Fund” of the San Diego Foundation and private donors.

Front Cover: Charles Reiffel, San Diego Harbor. Oil on Canvas, 1936. The San Diego History Center on loan from the Fine Arts Program, Public Building Services, US General Administration, commissioned through the New Deal art projects. Charles Reiffel: An American Post-Impressionist, Catalogue No. 63.

Back Cover: Charles Reiffel, detail from History of San Diego—Colonial, 1939. The San Diego History Center, gift of Donna Sefton.


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Articles appearing in The Journal of San Diego History are abstracted and indexed in Historical Abstracts and America: History and Life.

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