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Cabrillo National MonumentSan Diego History

Select from the categories below:

  • Native Americans: Interviews with San Diegans of Native American descent, and recordings on the history of Native Americans in San Diego.
  • Chicano history: Interviews and recordings of local and prominent Chicanas and Chicanos.
  • History of San Diego Art: Interviews with prominent local artists including Everett Gee Jackson, Belle Baranceanu, and Homer Dana.
  • The Great Depression: Interviews with San Diegans who lived through the Great Depression.
  • San Diego Zoological Society: Audio and video interviews with former directors and curators of the San Diego Zoo.
  • Twelve Who Shaped San Diego: This educational series of radio programs broadcast on KPBS in 1978, explored the legacies of a dozen influential San Diegans. Individuals discussed include Juan Cabrillo, Alonzo Horton, John Spreckels, Kate Sessions, and Ellen Browning Scripps.
  • Veterans: Interviews with veterans of World War I and the Vietnam War.
  • Vietnamese refugees: Interviews with refugees from Vietnam who immigrated to San Diego following the Vietnam War.
  • "We Were There": A local history project created by SDSU's Educational Growth Opportunities program in 1978-1979. Features several videos on the history of San Diego neighborhoods and local aviation, as well as audio interviews with notable residents.
  • Women in politics: Interviews with women from San Diego who held political office and/or were active in politics.

Image credit: Cabrillo National Monument, Digital Image Archive, U.S. National Park Service.

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