Register of the Crippen Family Papers MSS 729

Finding aid prepared by Mandeville Special Collections Library
Mandeville Special Collections Library
9500 Gilman Drive
La Jolla, California, 92093-0175
Copyright 2010

Descriptive Summary

Title: Crippen Family Papers
Identifier/Call Number: MSS 729
Contributing Institution: Mandeville Special Collections Library
La Jolla, California 92093-0175
Language of Material: English
Physical Description: 0.4 Linear feet 1 archives box and 1 card file box
Date (inclusive): 1888-1969
Abstract: Papers of the Crippen Family, including patriarch George H. Crippen, who settled in San Diego in 1886 and helped develop the city through real estate and investment ventures. The papers include writings of John Crippen, son of George Crippen, personal diaries and correspondence of several family members, and amateur historian Marvin Studebaker's research on the Crippen family.
Creator: Crippen family

Scope and Content of Collection

The Crippen Family Papers are arranged in two series: A) MISCELLANEOUS MATERIALS and B) DIARIES.
MISCELLANEOUS MATERIALS include financial records from George Crippen, fictional writings by John Crippen, Melissa Crippen's typed recollections of her childhood in Ohio, copy photos of the family members, and Marvin Studebaker's writings and research notes on the Crippen family.
DIARIES were written by Melissa Daniel Crippen, and her sons Roy and John. Handwritten entries describe many early events in San Diego such as the first cross-bay ferry service and the openings of schools, as well as daily events in their personal lives. The 1914 diary of Melissa Crippen includes several newspaper clippings and gelatin silver prints of unidentified subjects, which have been placed in envelopes with the diary. The diaries are arranged chronologically.


After serving in the Civil War, New York native George Crippen moved to Kansas where he met and married Melissa Daniel of Ohio. They moved to San Diego in 1886 with their sons John and Roy. Included in the move were Melissa Crippen's sister and brother-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. Frank Jennings, and their daughter Belle. In San Diego the Crippens had two more children, both girls; one died in infancy and the other, Ruth, died in 1918.
George Crippen was a prominent businessman and had a hand in developing the Point Loma neighborhood Roseville, and surrounding San Diego areas. John Crippen was an early school teacher for San Diego City schools before he pursued a masters in education at Columbia University.
After living in Point Loma, the Crippens sold their land and moved to downtown San Diego and kept a cabin in Ramona.

Publication Rights

Publication rights are held by the creator of the collection.

Acquisition Information

Not Available

Preferred Citation

Crippen Family Papers, MSS 729. Mandeville Special Collections Library, UCSD.

Subjects and Indexing Terms

Crippen family -- Archives
Point Loma (San Diego, Calif.)




Crippen, George

Box 1, Folder 1, Oversize FB-203-07

State and county tax receipts detailing properties owned 1893-1909

Box 1, Folder 2

San Diego City tax receipts detailing properties owned 1894-1912

Box 1, Folder 3, Oversize FB-203-08

Federal tax return detailing investments and properties owned 1916-1927


Crippen, John

Box 1, Folder 4

Fictional writings undated

Box 1, Folder 5

Teaching application and recommendations 1906-1908

Box 1, Folder 6

Crippen, Melissa Daniel - "Life in Early Ohio" 1911

Box 1, Folder 7

Crippen, Roy - Correspondence with family 1918

Box 1, Folder 8

Copy photos


Studebaker, Marvin

Box 1, Folder 9

"A Literary Treasure Lost" 1968

Box 1, Folder 10

Research notes on Melissa Crippen 1967-1969




Crippen, John

Box 2, Folder 1-2


Box 2, Folder 3


Box 2, Folder 4


Box 2, Folder 5


Box 2, Folder 6



Crippen, Roy

Box 2, Folder 7


Box 2, Folder 8



Crippen, Melissa Daniel

Box 2, Folder 9


Box 2, Folder 10


Box 2, Folder 11


Box 2, Folder 12


Box 2, Folder 13


Box 2, Folder 14-15


Box 2, Folder 16


Box 2, Folder 17