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Hotel del Coronado Records, 1888-1995Add to your cart. | Special Collections & University Archives

Title: Hotel del Coronado Records, 1888-1995Add to your cart.
ID: MS-0025
Extent: 55.0 Linear Feet
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303 volumes, 15 boxes
Predominant Dates: 1888-1935
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The Hotel del Coronado has been a noted landmark in the history of Coronado and the greater San Diego area since its groundbreaking, and has been a National Historic Landmark since 1977. Beginning with two visionary men, Elijah Babcock and H.L. Story, the mission to build one of the greatest hotel resorts in the world became a reality. Since its opening in 1888, the Hotel del Coronado has become a world-renowned destination. From the use of early cutting edge technologies (such as providing guests with telephone service and electricity), to its ideal atmosphere for entertaining, to its Victorian elegance and charm, the Hotel del Coronado is truly one of a kind. The Hotel del Coronado has touched the lives of most San Diegans, and has attracted numerous notable names throughout the world including Presidents Benjamin Harrison and Richard Nixon, world dignitaries, movie stars, and other world figures such as Charles Lindberg.

The Hotel del Coronado has had a number of owners throughout its history, including Elijah S. Babcock, Hampton Story, John D. Spreckels, John Alessio, and Larry Lawrence. The Coronado Beach Company was created to help fund the construction of the Hotel, and continued to own many of the facilities available to the public after the Hotel was completed, as can be seen in the records of the Hotel del Coronado which detail dealings with services such as waterways to railroads.

The Hotel del Coronado has a rich history from its amazingly quick construction, its illustrious guest list, and its reputation for excellence as a Hotel.

Author: Aislinn Catherine Sotelo
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I. Bound Correspondence, 1888-1907

II. Guest Registers, 1888-1926

III. Room Books, 1888-1905

IV. Reservation Records, 1901-1910

V. Room Books of Guests’ Hometowns, 1898-1931

VI. Mail Books, 1900-1932

VII. Mailing Lists, 1890-1903

VIII. Miscellaneous Guest Records, 1893-1931

IX. Boarder’s Ledgers, 1892-1905

X. Room Books of Financial Records, 1904-1953

XI. Miscellany, 1900-1925

XII. Coronado Tent City, 1917-1928

XIII. Coronado Country Club, 1912-1930

XIV. Scrapbooks, 1903-1970

XV. Photographs, 1840-1973

XVI. Incoming Correspondence, 1911

XVII. Hotel Renovations, 1918-1943

XVIII. Hotel del Coronado Dining, 1888-1979

XIX. Miscellaneous Boxed Materials, 1920-1978

XX. Newspaper Clippings, 1922-1998

XXI. Artifacts

XXII. Preservation Media

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Acquired: 1977
Restrictions: This collection is open for research.
Rights: The copyright interests in some of these materials have been transferred to or belong to San Diego State University. The nature of historical archival and manuscript collections means that copyright status may be difficult or even impossible to determine. Copyright resides with the creators of materials contained in the collection or their heirs. Requests for permission to publish must be submitted to the Head of Special Collections, San Diego State University, Library and Information Access. Permissions is given on behalf of Special Collections as the owner of the physical item and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder(s), which must also be obtained in order to publish.  Materials from our collections are made available for use in research, teaching, and private study. The user must assume full responsibility for any use of the materials, including but not limited to, infringement of copyright and publication rights of reproduced materials.
Acquisition Note: Hotel del Coronado
Related Materials:

San Diego Photograph Collection

San Diego Memorabilia Collection

John and Jane Adams Postcard Collection

Louise Patterson Scrapbook

Preferred Citation: Identification of item, folder title, box number, Hotel del Coronado Records, Special Collections and University Archives, Library and Information Access, San Diego State University.
Collection Material Type: Official Records
Other Note:

An index to the first four years of correspondence (1888-1892) is available as a large, keyword-searchable PDF file here:

http://www-rohan.sdsu.edu/nas/streaming/dept/scuastaf/collections/HotelDel/HoteldelIndex.pdf

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