The University of San Diego's Archives and Special Collections include unique personal and business records. Below are guides, called Finding Aids, used to aid research by describing the materials in a collection. Special Collections Finding Aids include historical and/or biographical information along with a description of the collection and a folder listing of the content. If you wish to view a collection please contact University Archives and Special Collections staff.>
Bessie F. Collins
Bessie F. Collins was a freelance writer, poet, and essayist who lived in the San Diego area from the 1970s through the early-1980s. The collection consists of her published and unpublished poems, essays, and plays as well as newspaper clippings and awards associated with those works.
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Julia T. Metcalf and San Diego College for Women
This collection contains a bound book and original records detailing the donation of the Saint Thomas More Library to the San Diego College for Women by Dr. Julia Metcalf. The book and records include an account of the founding of Saint Thomas More Library, correspondence, telegrams, board of directors’ meeting minutes and resolutions, affidavit of service by mail, and a list of books in the collection.
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Mildred Cecilia Hagan
The bulk of this collection consists of invitations and programs for various San Diego area events. These primarily consist of lectures and theatre performances. Also included is personal correspondence and informational material for the San Diego College for Women and the University of San Diego.
This scrapbook is an architectural notebook compiled by Rev. Mother Celeste Marie Thompson, RSCJ. It includes Thompson's notes on architectural history, newspaper clippings, postcards, and magazine cutouts covering a variety of architectural styles.
Bliss & Faville
This collection consists of architectural blueprints from the James Leary Flood and Maud Lee Flood residence. These drawings are primarily of the architectural details on the house including the entrance doors, walls, transoms, and cornices. All blueprints were completed by architects Bliss & Faville.
Bishop Charles Francis Buddy
1906, circa 1936-1972
This collection contains documents and photographs related to Bishop Charles Francis Buddy and the Catholic church. The majority of the documents are sermons given by Bishop Buddy. Photographs are primarily of Bishop Buddy and signed photographs given to Bishop Buddy.
This collection contains a scrapbook created by San Diego College for Women student, Linda Gary ("Tippy"). The scrapbook is Gary's documentation of her life as a student. Scrapbook materials include welcome letters in advance of Gary's arrival to campus, notes from fellow students, course schedules, invitations to and photographs of campus events, newspaper clippings, and programs for theatre performances. In addition to photographs taken at events, photographs of Gary and her classmates, and of theatre performances are included.
Rosalie Clifton Hill
This collection contains blueprints of the Sacred Heart Academy and Barat College ("Old Main") building, the Barat Gymnasium and Theatre building, and the Barat College Dormitory.
circa 1920-2010 (inclusive); 1958-2010 (bulk)
The collection contains the awards, documents, and photographs of Craig Noel. The bulk of the awards were presented to Noel in honor of his decades of contribution to San Diego's Old Globe Theatre. Awards also include Old Globe Atlas awards. Documents include tributes to Noel and to the Old Globe along with script books. Photographs include those taken during travel, actor photographs, photographs of Noel, and albums of the Shanghai Drama Institute, Shanghai People’s Art Theatre, and Shanghai Youth Drama Troupe.
This collection contains a photograph album and scrapbook that belonged to San Diego College for Women and University of San Diego Professor of Chemistry Sister Agnes Schmit, RSCJ.
Emmett J. Culligan
The Emmett J. Culligan collection contains the personal and professional records of Emmett Culligan, entrepreneur and founder of the water conditioning company, Culligan, Inc.
This collection includes memorabilia from Julia and James Nahn's travels on the S.S. Bremen, and at the 1936 Olympic Games in Berlin. S.S. Bremen materials include menus marketing the Olympic Games, and a passenger list with ship information. Olympics materials include a ticket book for attendance in the Olympic Stadium on August 2nd through 4th. August 3rd, 1936 was the date Jessie Owens won the gold medal for the 100 meter dash with a time of 10.3 seconds. A propaganda book titled Germany The Olympic Year is included along with film clips of the 1936 Winter Olympic Games. In addition to records pertaining to the Olympic Games, this collection contains family photographs of the Hoevelmann family, and photographs and film clips of family trips throughout Europe and the United States.
Mary Davidson Wagner
1903-2018 (Inclusive); 1908-1978 (Bulk)
The Davidson Family papers include photographs taken and correspondence written during Ethel Helena Davidson's time as an American Expeditionary Force nurse in France during World War I and Frederick Arthur Davidson's time in the United States Army between the 1920s and 1950s. Also includes a scrapbook of Ethel's war experience and army records for each of them.
Alumnae of the Sacred Heart of San Diego
These records document the actions of the Alumnae of the Sacred Heart of San Diego. Included are conference planning materials, membership information, event flyers, newsletters, and records documenting the relationship between the Religious of the Sacred Heart and the University of San Diego. In addition to records specific to the San Diego chapter, are records of the Associated Alumnae/i of the Sacred Heart, the World Association, and various regional chapters.
Alan Douglas Bersin
The Alan Bersin papers consist of records collected by Bersin during his tenure as the Superintendent of San Diego City Schools and the Secretary of Education for the State of California. The vast majority of the records are in the form of correspondence, memoranda, meeting minutes, reports, and newspaper articles. These records delve into the workings of Bersin's office, planning behind such programs as the Blueprint for Student Success, the Institute for Learning, Special Education, and Charter Schools. Correspondence, news articles, and court cases document reaction to those programs from the public, labor unions, and the San Diego Board of Education. Records also include meeting minutes and meeting preparatory material for the Board of Education as well as correspondence between Bersin and Board members. Also included are grant proposals and grant reports for a variety of Foundations, as well as legislative records to assist funding San Diego City Schools.
The Alan Bersin papers also consist of California-wide education records collected during his tenure as Secretary of Education. Records cover topics such as standards, testing, curriculum, facilities, funding, charter schools and implementation of No Child Left Behind. Transition materials related to Bersin's time as Superintendent of San Diego City Schools, as well as letters from the public regarding Bersin's successes and failures, are also included.
Commission on the Bicentennial of the Constitution
The Commission on the Bicentennial of the Constitution (the Commission), consisting of 23 members appointed by President Ronald Reagan, was charged with promoting and coordinating activities to commemorate the 200 year anniversary of the Constitution. This collection documents the work of the Commission, as well as activities planned by state and local organizations for the Bicentennial. These records consist of the meeting materials, planning documents, and publications generated by the Commission, as well as materials highlighting events that took place throughout the United States.
Leo D. Hermle
Leo D. Hermle was an Adjunct Professor of Law at the University of San Diego College of Law as well as a decorated veteran of the United States Marine Corps. He served in both World War I and World War II. His records include biographical information, memorabilia, professional records pertaining to his community involvement and his work in the College of Law, as well as historical records about the Fifth Marine Division and their participation in Iwo Jima in 1945. Hermle was Brigadier General of the Fifth Marine Division during the Iwo Jima invasion.