The Journal of San Diego History

The Journal of San Diego History is published quarterly by the San Diego History Center and of the University of San Diego.

The Journal of San Diego History began publication in 1955, making it the city's longest running chronicle of history.

Membership in the San Diego History Center includes a subscription to The Journal of San Diego History and the The Times Newsletter.

All material in the print and on-line versions of The Journal of San Diego History is protected by copyright, © San Diego History Center.

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Editorial Board

Matthew Bokovoy (University of Nebraska Press)
William Deverell (University of Southern California; Director, Huntington-USC Institute on California and the West)
Victor Geraci (University of California, Berkeley)
Donald H. Harrison (Publisher, San Diego Jewish World)
J. Michael Kelly (Committee of 100)
Roger W. Lotchin (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill)
John Putman (San Diego State University)
Andrew Rolle (Huntington Library)
Roger Showley (UT-San Diego)
Abe Shragge (Independent Historian)
Raymond Starr (San Diego State University)
Phoebe K. Young (University of Pennsylvania) 


Co-Editor, Dr. Iris H. W. Engstrand, (619) 260-4038,
Co-Editor, Dr. Molly McClain, (619) 260-4044,
Book Review Co-Editor: Theodore Strathman,
Book Review Co-Editor: David Miller
Subscription Manager: Sara Morrison,
Designer: Allen Wynar,

  • All communications and contributions should be addressed to the Editors
  • Advertisements to the editors
  • Copyright permission and reprint requests to the San Diego History Center
  • Change-of-address notices, undeliverable copies, orders for subscriptions and back issues to the Subscription Manager

All communication should be addressed to

The Journal of San Diego History
History Department
University of San Diego
5998 Alcala Park
San Diego, CA 92110-2492

Mission Statement


The Journal of San Diego History is published by the San Diego History Center with the cooperation of the University of San Diego. The Journal began publication in 1955, making it the city’s longest running chronicle of history. In recent years, it has expanded its scope to include southern California, the Southwest, and the US/Mexico Borderlands, during any period. The Journal of San Diego History is a peer-reviewed publication with a circulation of 4,000 copies. We publish 12 to 16 articles a year and 30 to 60 book reviews. As a public history journal, we emphasize broad public engagement with scholarly rigor.

We invite manuscript solicitations and book review participation from senior faculty to emerging scholars at the M.A. and Ph.D. levels. We also welcome and rely upon the vital contributions of independent historians. Manuscripts and book review queries should be sent to the addresses of the editors.

Submitting Manuscripts


Authors may submit manuscripts electronically as e-mail attachments in Microsoft Word or in rich text format (RTF). The accompanying cover letter should be addressed to the Editors at Submitting electronically indicates that the author gives us permission to send the essay electronically to referees as well.

Alternatively, authors may submit paper copies in quadruplicate. These copies cannot be returned unless accompanied by a self-addressed, stamped envelope.

In the cover letter, authors should include a paragraph that outlines the substance and significance of the work; authors should also identify anyone who has critiqued the manuscript. Please include, where available, telephone number, and e-mail address.

Manuscripts should not exceed 8,000 words, excluding endnotes, tables, and figures. We also publish shorter Notes and Documents that are tightly focused on a topic, problem, or text.

Manuscripts should be typed, double spaced throughout, including extracts (quoted material of one hundred words or more), endnotes, and tabular matter, and bibliography. Margins should be one inch on all sides. The entire text should be paginated consecutively.

The first page of the article should be headed by the title without the author’s name.

Prose extracts of one hundred words or more and poetry should be double spaced and distinguished from the text by indentation.

Notes should be double spaced and placed at the end of the manuscript. Notes should be imbedded in the document (the call-out number should link to the citation text).

On a separate page or in a separate file, the author’s title and institutional affiliation should be given along with acknowledgments (if any) and a 2-3 line biography.

Each table or figure should be provided in a separate file. Tables should be double spaced (including table notes and sources) and numbered consecutively, with their position in the manuscript indicated. Do not use the table formatting feature of the word-processing program.

Include any illustrations you wish to use, indicating the placement of each in the text. Provide a double-spaced caption for each illustration. Electronic submissions should attach scanned versions of the illustrations at at least 300 dpi. Photos from the web must be at a high resolution. Paper submissions should include photocopies of the illustrations.

Guidelines for Consideration and Acceptance of Manuscripts

No manuscript will be considered if it has been published in some form before or if it is soon to be published elsewhere or if it is under consideration by another journal or press.

Review Policy: Most article manuscripts offered to The Journal of San Diego History are subject to peer review. Review of commissioned manuscripts is normally limited to members of the Board of Editors, in addition to the editors.

Evaluation: Following acknowledgment, the editor informs authors about evaluation procedures and other considerations affecting publication. Unsuitable manuscripts are returned with a brief explanation. Others are assigned to one or more referees for evaluation. Readers' reports are advisory; the editor is the final arbiter.

Decision: On completion of peer review—normally within two or three months—the editor notifies the author regarding the disposition of the manuscript. A manuscript may be (1) accepted; (2) rejected; (3) rejected with option to revise and resubmit. An author in doubt about the nature or terms of the decision should seek prompt clarification.

Revision and resubmission: If a manuscript is rejected with option to revise and resubmit, an author who accepts the option may propose a general plan of revision to the editor. Revised manuscripts are normally submitted to the original referees. As a rule, in such cases, a final decision is made on the basis of the first revision. When the decision is negative, further revision is not encouraged.

Acceptance and revision: When a manuscript is accepted, the editor projects a provisional date of publication and outlines an agenda for revision, if revision is a condition of publication. This agenda is negotiable within limits. It is important for author and editor to reach clear advance agreement on terms for revision. Revised versions of accepted manuscripts are evaluated in house, and more than one revision of an accepted manuscript may be requested.

Copyright: Copyright forms, establishing the author's and publisher's respective rights in published articles, are sent to authors at the time of acceptance. One signed copy should be returned to the editor.

Preparation for publication: Submit the final manuscript electronically as an e-mail attachment in Microsoft Word, or Rich Text Format to the Editor. The manuscript should be completely double spaced, including extracts and endnotes. Authors are requested to follow the Chicago Manual of Style, 15th Edition.

Authors are responsible for obtaining and paying for permissions to reproduce all illustrations in the Journal. Authors are required to send original artwork (color images, if possible, for the online version) and copies of permission forms before the manuscript goes into production. Digital images should be of print quality, at least 300 dpi, in PDF, TIF, or EPS formats. 

Articles are prepared for the press by the Managing Editor three to six months before the publication date. Authors are asked to read edited copy and may make revisions at that time but should abstain from making substantive changes in page proofs, which they are also asked to read.

At every point, the editors are responsible for clarifying, and authors for comprehending, the terms of the process. The editors will respond to all appropriate requests for information.

Some Guidelines for Preparing Historical Documents for Publication in The Journal of San Diego History

1. The purposes of publishing a document are to make available sources that will add to historians' understanding of some episode, movement, idea, or interpretation, to open up new areas of historical inquiry, or both. Discussion of the document should consider the context of the document's creation and dissemination, the intrinsic importance or uniqueness of the document, the document's relation to similar documents, if any, and the new understanding the document engenders. In general, the document should be new to readers, although a new interpretation of a known document is possible.

2. Permissions. A document that has been published more than 75 years ago is likely in the public domain and thus does not require permission. A document that has been previously published but within less than 75 years probably will need permission from the copyright holder. A document never before published will require permission of the owner and the copyright holder (the author or the author's heir or assignee). Possession of the physical document is not always coterminous with copyright ownership.

3. Illustrations. If at all possible, please supply an image (color, if possible, for the online version) of each page of the entire document. The next best choice is to provide a photocopy of the entire document. If one or more pages of the document in photographic form is/are included in the Journal, you will probably need permission from the owner or copyright holder and in addition may need to pay a fee for the photograph itself.

4. Format. The Journal will make every effort to reproduce the actual appearance of a document, supplemented where possible by illustration. Technical matters such as columns, strikeovers, ragged margins, orthographic peculiarities, and the like will be handled on an ad hoc basis while keeping in mind the need for readability and understanding.

5. Peer review. Documents with their accompanying annotations and explanations are subject to a peer review similar to what article submissions undergo.

6. References. For excellent guides to editing historical documents, see Mary-Jo Kline, A Guide to Documentary Editing (Baltimore, 1987), and Michael E. Stevens and Steven B. Burg, Editing Historical Documents (Thousand Oaks, Calif., 1997).

Book Review Policy


The Journal of San Diego History reviews to the extent that space permits scholarly works that focus on Southern California, the Southwest, and the US/Mexico Borderlands. Included under this policy are museum exhibits, motion pictures and television programs, and video tapes that relate to these areas and are scholarly in intent; works on the history and culture of other countries that may have had influence in California and the West; and works in any area that may offer interpretive insights into the topics listed. Persons wishing to review should submit copies of their CVs; suggestions for particular books are welcome. The Journal does not publish unsolicited reviews.



For information on advertising in The Journal of San Diego History, please contact Molly McClain, or (619) 260-4044.

The Journal of San Diego History
Attn: Molly McClain
Department of History
University of San Diego
5998 Alcala Park
San Diego, CA 92110-2492


All requests to reprint material from The Journal of San Diego History, in whole or in part, should be submitted to:

Archivist, Research Library
San Diego History Center
1649 El Prado, Suite 3
San Diego, CA 92101

or via email at

Back Issues and Reprints

Back issues and reprints and microfilm copies of Journal issues are available. For more information about these and other San Diego Historical Society publications, or to receive a free copy of our Publications Catalog, please call (619) 232-6203, ext. 117.

Citing The Journal of San Diego History

Example in the Chicago Manual of Style format (your publisher may deviate from this):

7. Lucinda Eddy, "Visions of Paradise: The Selling of San Diego," The Journal of San Diego History 41, no. 3 (Summer 1995): 226-7.

Citations should refer to the printed version of The Journal of San Diego History, rather than the web page. Errors may have been introduced during the digitization of an article for the web. Certain spelling and punctuation errors in the original text have been corrected in the web version. If the web page is the only source consulted, it should be cited without page numbers, giving the exact web address (URL), and the date the web page was consulted. Example in the Chicago Manual of Style format (your publisher may deviate from this):

7. Lucinda Eddy, "Visions of Paradise: The Selling of San Diego," The Journal of San Diego History 41, no. 3, (Summer 1995), (accessed January 7, 2002).

We prefer that the entire web address be on one line to avoid the risk of introducing errors, such as inadvertent hyphenation or an added space.

Copies of the original printed Journal are available from the San Diego History Center's Research Library. Copies of individual articles can be downloaded from our web page.

Research Library
San Diego History Center
1649 El Prado
San Diego, CA 92101
(619) 232-6203, ext. 123.


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