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Mayo, Harry Surfing Photography collection
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  • Preferred Citation
  • Access
  • Publication Rights
  • Scope and Content
  • Biographical Note
  • Separated Materials
  • Arrangement
  • Alternate form of material
  • Additional Collection Guide

  • Language of Material: English
    Contributing Institution: University of California, Santa Cruz
    Title: Harry Mayo Surfing Photography collection
    creator: Mayo, Harry
    Identifier/Call Number: MS.405
    Physical Description: 11 Linear Feet 14 boxes, 1 oversize folder
    Date (inclusive): 1929-2013

    Preferred Citation

    Harry Mayo Surfing Photography Collection. MS 405. Special Collections and Archives, University Library, University of California, Santa Cruz.


    Collection is open for research. Access to original copies of film, video, and other media is restricted and requires advance notice. Access copies must be made prior to research use. Please contact Special Collections and Archives to request access to media.

    Publication Rights

    Property rights reside with the University of California. Copyright has been assigned to the Santa Cruz Surfing Club Preservation Society. Due to restrictions imposed by the donation agreement, UCSC Special Collections is not able to provide reproductions of photographs from this collection. To request a reproduction, contact the Santa Cruz Surfing Club Preservation Society at info@santacruzsurfingclub.com.

    Scope and Content

    This collection includes photographs and films of Santa Cruz surfing during the mid-20th century, primarily centered around activities of the Santa Cruz Surfing Club. Also included are correspondence, organizational documentation and ephemera relating to the Santa Cruz Surfing Club and the Santa Cruz Surfing Sculpture Committee. Collected newspaper clippings, publications, and commercial films related to the history of surfing are included as well, many of which are accessible via Cruzcat. 

    Biographical Note

    Harry Mayo was born in Pacific Grove, California in 1923 to William H. and Susie M. Mayo. He attended Santa Cruz High School from 1938-1942, and served in the U.S. Coast Guard from 1942-1945, during which he was stationed at several points in California, including Santa Cruz. Mayo worked as a firefighter in the Santa Cruz Fire Department from 1949 until 1979, when he retired as a captain. He was a founding member of the Santa Cruz Surfing Club, a member of the Santa Cruz Surfing Sculpture Committee, and volunteer at the Santa Cruz Surfing Museum. He currently resides in Santa Cruz.
    The Santa Cruz Surfing Club was founded circa 1936. See Surfing in Santa Cruz  by Thomas Hickenbottom for more information on the history of the Santa Cruz Surfing Club. Also see the Santa Cruz Surfing Museum for general information on the history of surfing in Santa Cruz.

    Separated Materials

    Several books, films, issues of national surfing magazines, local newspapers, and other publications were separated from the collection, many of which are available via Cruzcat. 


    This collection is organized into three series:
    1. Photographs
    2. Santa Cruz Surfing Club Records
    3. Collected Surfing History Materials

    Alternate form of material

    Digitized photographs in boxes 1-5 are available in the Harry Mayo Surfing Photography Digital Collection 
    Digitized photographs in boxes 1-5 are available in the Harry Mayo Surfing Photography Digital Collection.

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    Surfing -- California -- Santa Cruz County
    Mayo, Harry
    Santa Cruz Surfing Club
    Mayo, Harry