Repository Tours

Your San Diego-area colleagues represent some of the most diverse and interesting repositories in the country – many of which are offering special behind-the-scenes access for Beyond Borders attendees on Tuesday, August 7, and Wednesday, August 8. Arrive early for the conference and visit these repositories. Transportation is on your own. Please contact the facilities directly for scheduling and for answers to your questions.

Please check back for more information and updates provided by our dynamic Host Committee! (And be sure to visit the Host Committee’s blog at

To add a tour of your repository to the list, contact Ardys Kozbial, SAA’s 2012 Host Committee chair (akozbial [at] gmail [.] com).

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Chicano Park (murals)

When: Wednesday, August 8, 1:00 p.m.

Capacity: Maximum of 25 people.

Directions: Established by Chicano activists on April 22, 1970, Chicano Park has received international recognition as a major public art site for its commanding murals. Chicano Park, located beneath the San Diego-Coronado Bridge, has over 70 murals painted on bridge and flyover columns as well as ramps and retaining walls depicting a wide variety of social, political, cultural, and historical aspects of past and present struggles of Chicanos/Mexicanos. “…a seamy underbelly of massive gray concrete freeway ramps and pylons re-imagined by muralists as dazzling public art.” Chicano Park was added to the Historical Landmarks Registry, designated by the San Diego Historical Resources Board in March 1980.

Over the past year (June 2011-June 2012) through the Chicano Park Mural Restoration project, 18 of the murals have been restored and revitalized by the original artists and/or their designees. The project was recently awarded the 2012 Excellence in Historic Preservation Award (Cultural Landscape) given by the City of San Diego Historical Resources Board.

Chicano Park Samba:

New York Times: A Resilient San Diego Barrio.

Reservations: Tommie Camarillo (Chairwoman, Chicano Park Steering Committee), Please put "Chicano Park tour August 8" in the subject line. Tour Guide: Rosa Olga. See for more information about the Park.

Directions: The park is located under the San Diego-Coronado bridge, bounded by Interstate 5 freeway, Crosby Street, National Ave., Newton Ave., Dewey St. and Evans St., 92113 (Cesar Chavez Blvd. between National Ave. and Logan Ave.). Meet at the Kiosco (pictured).

Public transportation: Catch the southbound Route 11 bus at 10th Ave and Park Blvd (Petco Park) to Logan Ave. and Cesar E. Chavez Pkwy. (Chicano Park) ( Or take the blue line trolley to the Barrio Logan station. For alternate routes, go to

Lambda Archives of San Diego

When: Tuesday, August 7, 2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Capacity: Minimum: 5; maximum: 25. A second tour can be opened if there is additional interest.

Description: Lambda Archives of San Diego is dedicated to collecting, preserving and teaching San Diego’s rich Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) history. Lambda Archives primarily focuses on the history and activities of LGBT individuals and groups in San Diego County and northern Baja California, but also includes materials documenting LGBT culture globally, including one of the largest Pride collections in the world. Collections date from the 1800s, with most materials from 1970 to the present. Lambda Archives is one of the larger collections of LGBT history in the country, with more than 1,125 linear feet of collections. The archival inventory includes tens of thousands of historical items within personal, organizational, and business archival collections, fiction and non-fiction books, periodicals, photos, films, audio recordings, artifacts, original works of art, and ephemera. We invite you to tour our newly expanded facilities!

Directions: Lambda Archives is located at 4545 Park Blvd., Room #104, in the Diversionary Theater Building. Lambda is accessible by bus from the conference hotel. Pick up the northbound route 11 bus at Park Blvd. and 10th Ave., and travel to University Heights. Depart the bus at the Park Blvd./Monroe Ave. stop. Walk ½ a block north to the Diversionary Theater Building. Lambda Archives is in room #104. (Approximately 45 minutes by bus or 15 minutes by car or taxi.)

Contact: For reservations and information, contact Kelly Revak (

Museum of Photographic Arts, Dubois Library

When: Wednesday, August 8, 10:30 a.m., 30-minute tour.

Capacity: Maximum 20.

Description: Enjoy a 30-minute tour of the Dubois Library at the Museum of Photographic Arts (MOPA), located in beautiful Balboa Park. Explore one of the largest photography libraries in the country and get an unforgettable glimpse into a side of the Museum most visitors never get to see with a look at the collection storage vault and exhibition prep areas. For more information about MOPA, see:

Directions: Located in Balboa Park, 1649 El Prado, San Diego, 92101. From Park Boulevard, turn onto Space Theater Way and cross the small bridge. Park in any of the parking lots along Space Theater Way or on Park Boulevard. At the end of Space Theater Way, you will be directly behind the Museum of Photographic Arts’ building. Come around the front of the building to enter. For maps and information on public transportation, see:

Contact: For reservations and information, contact Holland Kessinger,, 619-238-7559, ext. 216.

National Association of Music Merchants Resource Center and Museum of Making Music

When: Tuesday, August 7, 1:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Capacity: Maximum 20 per tour; multiple tours available. 

Description: Established in 1946 when NAMM was only 45 years old, the NAMM Resource Center provides access to historical data about the music industry. Drawing on more than a century of NAMM research, records, and archives, the Resource Center has access to everything from statistical records on retail music products sales to videotaped interviews with more than 1,000 of the people who have shaped this industry's history. Founded in 1998 by NAMM, the Museum of Making Music was developed to showcase and celebrate the music products industry. Join Dan Del Fiorentino, rebel librarian, and music historian extraordinaire as he guides you through over 100 years of vintage instruments, audio and video clips, and our vibrant interactive gallery. Organized chronologically, each gallery features the historic milestones, popular music, and instruments of those eras. A snapshot of music business practices and nostalgic re-creations of music stores provide a glimpse into the music products industry.

Directions: NAMM is 33 miles (40 min drive) from the conference hotel. The address is NAMM Resource Center & the Museum of Making Music, 5790 Armada Drive, Carlsbad, CA 92008.

In Southern California: Take Interstate 5 to Carlsbad. Exit at Palomar Airport (Exit 47) and turn east. Turn left at Armada Drive. The Museum is at the top of the hill at 5790 Armada Drive, and the building is located on the east side of the street.

Parking: The parking lot is located behind the building. Several spaces are reserved for coach parking. Parking is free.

Contact: Tony Arambarri,, 760-438-8007, ext. 218.

San Diego Air and Space Museum Library and Archives

When: Tuesday, August 7, and Wednesday, August 8, 10:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. at front of Museum.

Capacity: Maximum 20 per tour. 

Description: Enjoy a one-hour tour of the San Diego Air and Space Museum located in beautiful Balboa Park.  Explore the Museum’s Library and Archives, the third largest of its type in the nation, where the Archives staff will explain their effort to digitize their vast photo and moving image holdings and put them online.  Additional highlights include a “behind-the-scenes” look at the Museum’s restoration/construction area, where flyable aircraft are built from scratch, and a visit to the “4-D” theater!

Directions: Located in Balboa Park, 2001 Pan American Plaza, San Diego, CA 92101.  Take Park Boulevard to President’s Way, make a left, and go forward until the first stop sign; then look for the big building with airplanes out front on your left! Go to the admission desk and let them know you are there for the Library tour.  Bus route 7 has a stop at the corner of Park and President’s Way, just a few steps away from the Museum.

Contact: Alan Renga,, 619-234-8291, ext. 150.

San Diego Chinese Historical Museum

When: Wednesday, August 8, 10:30 - 11:30 a.m.

Capacity: Maximum 30. Preregistration is required.

Description: Join the San Diego Chinese Historical Museum for a one-hour docent-led tour, which provides an overview of the history of San Diego's Chinatown, Chinese art and culture, the museum's Asian garden, and an explanation of the current featured exhibit and permanent collection. Our forthcoming Archive and Learning Center is currently under construction, but we would be happy to discuss our exciting plans for the facility that is scheduled to be opening by late fall 2012. The tour begins in the museum's permanent collection building, located on the corner of 3rd Ave. and J St. in downtown San Diego. The tour continues into the Chuang Garden, and then concludes at the Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Memorial Extension Building where the rotating exhibits and museum library are located.

Directions: The San Diego Chinese Historical Museum is a half-mile walk from the conference hotel. From the front of the hotel, walk to East Harbor Dr. (toward the railroad tracks). Turn left onto East Harbor Dr. Turn right onto 5th Ave. Turn left onto K St. Turn right onto 3rd Ave. The museum will be on the left at 404 3rd Ave.

Contact: Ianna Angelo,, 619-338-9888.

San Diego Zoo Global Library and Archives

When: Wednesday, August 8, 9:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.

Capacity: Maximum 10. Preregistration is required. CLOSED.

Description: Join an exclusive behind-the-scenes tour of the San Diego Zoo Global Library and Archives, located approximately 35 miles north of downtown San Diego. During the tour, attendees will have the chance to explore the library, ordinarily accessible only to San Diego Zoo Global staff, and learn about the various historical collections managed by organization—including a small archival collection which documents and preserves the San Diego Zoo’s nearly-100-year history. The tour includes brief introductions to the library, archives, animal registry, histology slide collection, native seed bank, and the Frozen Zoo gene bank. In addition, tour participants will have the opportunity to enter the San Diego Zoo Safari Park free of charge immediately following the tour. All time in the Safari Park will be unguided and attendees are free to explore at will.

Directions: Located at 15600 San Pasqual Valley Road, Escondido, CA, the library and archives are approximately 35 miles north of San Diego and adjacent to the San Diego Zoo Safari Park. The SDZG Library and Archives is located within the Beckman Center, home to the San Diego Zoo Institute for Conservation Research. For directions from the conference hotel (Hilton San Diego Bayfront), click the following link: Access information regarding the Beckman Center gate will be communicated directly to attendees following tour confirmation. Due to extremely limited availability of free parking, carpooling is highly encouraged.

Contact: For reservations, contact Amy Jankowski, or 760-747-8702 x 5736.

Walking Tour along San Diego Bay

When: Wednesday, August 8, 11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Capacity: Maximum 20; minimum 10. Pre-registration is required.

Description: Join Linda Canada, SAA member and local historian, on a moderately paced walking tour along San Diego Bay. You’ll walk along the bay with stops to discuss aspects of San Diego’s history. The tour will end at a collection of shops and restaurants called Seaport Village, allowing tour members to get some lunch before making the short walk back to the Hilton Bayfront Hotel. Linda is a popular, long-time member of the San Diego History Center’s Speakers Bureau and has been leading tour groups in San Diego for more than 15 years.

Directions: Meet at the SAA registration desk in the conference hotel by 11:00 a.m.  Wear comfortable walking shoes and take sun precautions (sunblock and/or a hat).

Contact: For reservations and information, contact Linda Canada,

Wells Fargo History Museum Old Town State Park

When: The museum is open Tuesday, August 7, 10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m., and Wednesday, August 8, 10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.

Description: Come visit the Wells Fargo History Museum in San Diego’s Old Town State Park. We specialize in local history as well as Wells Fargo history. We have displays of the Butterfield Overland Mail; the Pony Express; Gold, Guns and Robbery; an Express Agent Office; safes and treasure boxes; as well as an authentic and restored 1868 Abbot-Downing Concord Stagecoach.

Directions: We are located in Old Town State Park. The Park is in the southwest quadrant where highways 5 and 8 intersect. From 8 (going west), get off on the Taylor Street exit, cross the freeway south and continue west along Taylor to Congress Street, park within one or two blocks from making your turn, and follow the signs into the park. From 5 (north or south) get off on Old Town Avenue, head east, and turn north (left) up 3 blocks on San Diego Avenue to the Park. Also, you can easily take the San Diego trolley to Old Town from many locations around San Diego. Questions? Just ask:  

Contact: Allan Peterson,, 619-238-3929. Please contact Allan at least one day in advance.

Women's Museum of California

When: Tuesday, August 7, 10:30 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. and Wednesday, August 8, 11:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m.

Capacity: Maximum 10, minimum 3. Preregistration required.

Description: Join us IF YOU DARE! The Women's Museum of California is on the move! After 16 years in one small location and 15 years in the founder’s home, we are moving to a new, larger location, which will more than double our archive and exhibition space. We are scheduled to move on August 15, which means we have been pulling out 30 years of materials, many things never before seen by current staff. Our Archive Room is pretty much intact and still looks good according to our new Collections Manager, Bonnie Domingos. What you will see is a museum dealing with making decisions about what goes and what doesn’t to the new space. This experience has provided us with inspiration for future exhibits and events. We welcome your visit to our chaos. It will be great for anyone planning a move. We are located at the corner of 23rd and Broadway, about 5 minutes from Balboa Park.

Directions: By public transportation. Walk from the hotel to the 12th and Imperial Transit Center. Take the Blue Line light rail toward Old Town. Exit at the City College Trolley Station. Pick up the #2 bus toward North Park. Exit the bus at Broadway and 22nd St. The museum is at 2323 Broadway.

The Women's Museum of California is a 1.5 mile walk from the conference hotel. [Note: There is an uphill climb on this walk.] Cross the pedestrian bridge toward Petco Park. Turn right on Park Blvd. Bear right onto K St. Turn left onto 14th. Turn right onto Broadway. The museum is on the right at 2323 Broadway.

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Contact: Ashley Gardner, Executive Director,, 619 233-7963.