About this site

written by Richard

San Diego Yesterday is an archive of the local history column I write for the San Diego Union-Tribune.  But it’s more than that.  It’s a place where students, historians, writers, and history buffs can share knowledge, questions, and ideas about San Diego history.   I hope this site will become a resource for local history, as well as an interesting place to visit.

A bit about me.  I came to San Diego in the fall of 1973 as a junior at San Diego State University.  After getting an undergraduate degree in history I stayed in school for the M.A. program in history.   As I was finishing that program I began working at the San Diego Historical Society, where I stayed for the next eighteen years as archivist and eventually,  Editor of the Journal of San Diego History.   Since 1999 I’ve been at the San Diego Public Library where I’m the Supervisor of Special Collections.

I’ve done some writing over the years.  Stranger Than Fiction was a compilation of local history articles published by the Historical Society in 1995.  I’ve been writing the weekly “Way We Were” column for the Union-Tribune since January 2008.  A list of all 100+ columns is included on the site and I’ll be adding complete pdf files for these articles in the weeks to come.

–Rick Crawford