San Diego Center for Children Photograph Collection, ca. 1920s and 1930s
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Brief Description: This small collection consists of sixteen photographic negatives of the San Diego Center for Children.  Photos of the interior and exterior of the Balboa Park building, designed by Irving Gill, are included, as well as photographs of children and their adult caretakers.  The images date from the late 1920s or 1930s.
Held at:
Special Collections & University Archives
5500 Campanile Dr. MC 8050
San Diego, CA 92182 8050
Phone: 619-594-6791
Email: askscua [at]
Created by: San Diego Center for Children (1887-)
Volume: 16.0 Items
Biographical Note for San Diego Center for Children (1887-) :

The San Diego Center for Children is San Diego's oldest accredited nonprofit organization serving children and adolescents.  It was founded in 1887 as the Women's Home Association and served poor, aged, and destitute women.  In 1889 the Women's Home Association formally merged with local philanthropist Bryant Howard's Children's Industrial Home, which served homeless, abused, and delinquent children, many of them orphans.  In 1898 the Association changed it's name to the Women and Children's Home.

During the first half of the 20th century, the Women and Children's Home was located in Balboa Park, in a building designed by architect Irving Gill.  That building was torn down in 1957, and in 1959 the Children's Home moved to its current site in Kearny Mesa, and the Home's name was changed to the San Diego Center for Children.

Access Restrictions: This collection is open for research.
Genres/Forms of Material
Languages of Materials
English [eng]
Rights/Use Restrictions: The copyright interests in these materials have not been transferred to San Diego State University. Copyright resides with the creators of materials contained in the collection or their heirs. The nature of historical archival and manuscript collections is such that copyright status may be difficult or even impossible to determine.  Requests for permission to publish must be submitted to the Head of Special Collections, San Diego State University, Library and Information Access. When granted, permission 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.
PreferredCitation: Identification of item, folder title, box number, San Diego Center for Children Photograph Collection, Special Collections and University Archives, Library and Information Access, San Diego State University.