SCOPE AND CONTENT
Title: Gerald Warren Papers,
Date (inclusive): 1975-1995
Collection number: MSS 0306
49.00 linear feet
(49 records cartons)
Mandeville Special Collections Library, UCSD
Abstract: Papers of Gerald Lee Warren, deputy press secretary during the Nixon and Ford
administrations and editor (1975-1995) of the SAN DIEGO UNION. The collection contains
Warren's office files from the editorial department of the UNION and includes subject
files, correspondence, department files, membership files, trip files, appointment
calendars, telephone logs, and awards. Material relating to Warren's service as deputy
press secretary is sparse and relates chiefly to his transition from that office to
newspaper editor. The papers are arranged in eight series: 1) HOOVER INSTITUTION REGISTER, 2) SUBJECT
FILES, 3) CORRESPONDENCE, 4) DEPARTMENT FILES, 5) MEMBERSHIPS, 6) TRIPS, 7) APPOINTMENT
CALENDARS AND TELEPHONE LOGS, and 8) AWARDS.
Physical location: For current information on the location of these
materials, please consult the Library's online catalog.
Collection is open for research
Gerald Warren Papers, MSS 0306. Mandeville Special Collections Library, UCSD.
Gerald Lee Warren was born on August 17, 1930, in Hastings, Nebraska. In 1952 he
graduated from the University of Nebraska with a bachelor of arts degree in journalism.
He served as the editor of the DAILY NEBRASKAN (1951) and worked as a reporter for the
LINCOLN STAR (1951-1952). Between 1952 and 1956, Warren served as a pilot in the U.S.
After a brief time with the MILL VALLEY RECORD, Warren joined the staff of the SAN DIEGO
UNION as a reporter and later as assistant city editor (1956-1961). He served as business
representative (1961-1963) for the Copley News Service. In 1963, Warren returned to the
editorial department as the city editor (1963-1968) and then assistant managing editor
Gerald Warren served as deputy press secretary (1969-1974) to President Richard Nixon and
was the principal presidential spokesman during Nixon's last year in the presidency. He
also served as deputy press secretary (1974-1975) to President Gerald Ford.
In 1975 Warren returned to the SAN DIEGO UNION as editor (1975-1995). During that time,
Warren worked to promote San Diego and to enrich the community. He has been a frequent
supporter of and participant in University of California, San Diego programs, including
events on Latin America at the Center for U.S.-Mexican Studies, the Institute of the
Americas and the School of International Relations and Pacific Studies. He has lectured
frequently on the topic of the free press in a democratic society in various Latin
American countries. Warren has also been a member of the Chancellor's Associates at UCSD
SCOPE AND CONTENT
The Gerald Lee Warren Papers contain Warren's office files as the editor (1978-1994) of
the SAN DIEGO UNION. The materials include subject files, correspondence, department
files, photographs, membership files, travel files, appointment calendars, telephone
logs, and awards. The collection is arranged in eight series: 1) HOOVER INSTITUTION
REGISTER, 2) SUBJECT FILES, 3) CORRESPONDENCE, 4) DEPARTMENT FILES, 5) MEMBERSHIPS, 6)
TRIPS, 7) APPOINTMENT CALENDARS AND TELEPHONE LOGS, and 8) AWARDS.
SERIES 1: HOOVER INSTITUTION REGISTER
This series contains a copy of the finding aid for Warren's papers held by the Hoover
Institution, which arerelated to his position as deputy press secretary during the Nixon
and Ford administrations.
SERIES 2: SUBJECT FILES
The SUBJECT FILES series contains files related to significant news events in the San
Diego region, topics of interest to the newspaper, important personalities, and
controversal issues. Materials in the news event files often include letters to the
editor, responses by the editor, background information, correspondence, and criticism or
support of SAN DIEGO UNION editorial positions. The SUBJECT FILES document the editorial
process and the UNION'S interest in regional topics and public opinion.
Of importance in the SUBJECT FILES series are speeches (1975-1994) by Warren filed under
"Speeches" and articles located under "Writings." Materials in this series are arranged
SERIES 3: CORRESPONDENCE
The CORRESPONDENCE series is arranged in three subseries: A) Interoffice Correspondence,
B) Personal Correspondence and C) Letter Logs.
A) The Interoffice Correspondence comprises a chronological file (1975-1995) of
communication with SAN DIEGO UNION staff regarding policy and administration of the
B) The Personal Correspondence subseries relates Warren's transition from deputy press
secretary to editor of the UNION. The materials date from 1975 to 1978 and include
Warren's correspondence while still deputy press secretary.
C) The Letter Logs series contains detailed records of incoming correspondence from 1990
to 1995, including date received, author, address, description of contents, and
SERIES 4: DEPARTMENT FILES
The DEPARTMENT FILES document Warren's interaction with other SAN DIEGO UNION
departments. They contain policy statements, interoffice memoranda and miscellaneous
materials. Also included are photographs of newspaper staff events and
newspaper-sponsored events. Thematerials are arranged in alphabetical order.
SERIES 5: MEMBERSHIPS
The MEMBERSHIPS series contains files related to the various organizations to which
Warren belonged. The materials include correspondence, financial records and promotional
SERIES 6: TRIPS
In the TRIPS series are files related to conferences, conventions, speaking engagement,
and meetings that Warren attended, including Warren's trip to Egypt to interview Anwar
SERIES 7: APPOINTMENT CALENDARS AND TELEPHONE LOGS
This series is arranged in two subseries: 1) Appointment Calendars and 2) Telephone Logs.
The first subseries documents Warren's daily activities and meetings between 1975 and
1994. The second subseries contains spiral bound carbons of his telephone messages.
SERIES 8: AWARDS
The AWARDS series comprises a selection of awards and plaques Warren received during his
career with the SAN DIEGO UNION.
Gerald Warren's papers related to his position as deputy press secretary are housed at
Stanford University's Hoover Institution.