Helen Raitt Papers, 1927-1985 (SMC 19)

Restrictions: Original sound recordings are restricted. Listening copies may be available for researchers.

Extent: 7.2 Linear feet (16 archives boxes, 3 card file boxes, and 2 map case folders)

Digital Content

Selected photographs from this collection have been digitized and can be viewed by searching the term "Helen Raitt papers" on the UC San Diego Digital Collections website.

Papers of Helen Raitt (1905-1976), author, publisher, and wife of oceanographer Russell W. Raitt. The collection contains correspondence, research materials, writings, photographs, and audiocassettes.

Helen Hill Raitt (1905-1976) was born in Los Angeles, California on March 28, 1905. Helen graduated from Pomona College in 1927. In 1935, she married Russell W. Raitt, whom she had known since high school. When Russell accepted a position working for the University of California Division of War Research (UCDWR) in 1942, the family moved to La Jolla. During this time, Helen volunteered at the Red Cross and became chair of the Arts and Crafts Section. In 1948, Russell Raitt became a professor at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography. Helen took a robust role in in university activities, including: working with Scripps Estates Associates (SEA), founding the UC San Diego women's organization the Oceanids, establishing the Bear Facts newsletter along with Carol Schultz, and helping to establish the Friends of the UC San Diego Library.

Helen Raitt is best known for her work as an author and publisher, as well as for her participation in the Capricorn Expedition (1952-1953). During the Capricorn Expedition Helen kept logs, stood watch, typed reports, and took dictation for Roger Revelle. After returning home, she wrote about this experience in her book, Exploring the Deep Pacific. In 1967 Helen Raitt and Beatrice Moulton wrote Scripps Institution of Oceanography: First Fifty Years. Over the years Helen developed an interest in the culture and history of Tonga. During her various trips, she noted the lack of access to books documenting Tongan culture. By 1973, Helen Raitt founded Tofua Press to preserve Tongan history and increase availability of texts.

Helen Hill Raitt passed away on March 26, 1976.

For more information about Helen Raitt, please see: http://library.ucsd.edu/dc/object/bb0957213m/_1.pdf

Papers of Helen Raitt (1905-1976), author, publisher, and spouse of SIO oceanographer Russell W. Raitt. The collection documents her travels and activities, including correspondence, research materials, writings, photographs, and audiocassettes. Of particular interest are materials related to Tonga and the Tofua Press, as well as documentation from the Capricorn Expedition (1952-1953).

The collection does not contain biographical information concerning Helen Raitt's early life. Additional correspondence for the years 1946-1969, including correspondence and interview notes she prepared for her book Scripps Institution of Oceanography: First Fifty Years can be found in the SIO Biographical Files (SAC 5).


Friends of the UCSD Library records. RSS 1033. Special Collections & Archives, UC San Diego.

Russell W. Raitt Papers. SMC 35. Special Collections & Archives, UC San Diego.

UC San Diego. Scripps Institution of Oceanography. SIO Biographical Files. SAC 5. Special Collections & Archives, UC San Diego.

Container List


Scope and Content of Series

Series 1) BIOGRAPHICAL: A small series including calendars, articles, biographical notes, awards, and obituaries. Contents date from 1953 to 1985, and are arranged chronologically.

Oversize Annex MC-009-03
Pomona College diploma, 1927
Box 1 Folder 1-2
Raitt Ellentown residence - Specifications, contracts, materials, and correspondence, 1953-1955, 1972
Box 1 Folder 3
Copyrights, 1955-1974
Box 1 Folder 4
Calendar with notes on trip to Rome, 1961
Box 16 Folder 1
"Scrapbook" - Correspondence, newspaper clippings, publicity, and biographical notes, 1964-1971

Individual pages, not bound. Includes correspondence from: John Galbraith, Hubert H. Humphrey (Former Vice President of the United States), Samuel L. Lawrence, Ruth Ragan, Taufa'ahau Tupou IV (King of Tonga), and others.

Box 1 Folder 5
Newspaper clippings, 1966-1975
Box 1 Folder 6
Tribute to Helen Raitt, "Helen's Day" at Scripps Institution of Oceanography, 1968
Oversize Annex MC-009-03
Tribute to Helen Raitt, "Helen's Day" at Scripps Institution of Oceanography - Poster, 1968
Box 1 Folder 7
Theta Sigma Phi with certificate, 1968
Box 1 Folder 8
Philanthropy - UC San Diego and library, 1972-1974
Box 1 Folder 9
Historical Society of Southern California - Membership card, ca. 1974-1975
Box 1 Folder 10
Biographical notes for talk given at the Soroptimist Club of La Jolla, 1975

Includes descriptions of Tofua Press.

Box 1 Folder 11
Soroptimist Club of La Jolla, award - Newspaper clippings, 1975
Box 1 Folder 12
Memorial service - Correspondence and newspaper clippings, 1976-1985
Box 1 Folder 13
Helen Raitt Reading Room dedication - Copy of scrapbook, 1977


Scope and Content of Series

Series 2) CORRESPONDENCE: A small selection of professional and personal correspondence. Contents date from 1952 to 1975, and are arranged alphabetically by correspondent.

Correspondence regarding the Capricorn Expedition (1952-1953), Tonga, and the Tofua Press can be found in the SUBJECT FILES series.

Box 1 Folder 14
A-Z - Miscellaneous, 1952-1975
Box 1 Folder 15
Aldredge, Adelaide, 1975
Box 1 Folder 16
Beatty, Jerome, 1953
Box 1 Folder 17
Dawson, Glen, 1973-1975
Box 1 Folder 18
Eakin, Phyllis, 1965
Box 1 Folder 19
Faletau, Senileva, 1972-1975
Box 1 Folder 20
Fanua, Tupou Posesi, 1975-1976

Includes photograph.

Box 1 Folder 21
Filatova, Finaide A. (Institution of the Oceanology Academy of Sciences USSR), 1959
Box 1 Folder 22
Furnish, Maya, 1975
Box 1 Folder 23
Gerstle, Donna, 1973-1975

Includes correspondence regarding Tofua Press.

Box 1 Folder 24
Giles, L., 1967
Box 1 Folder 25
Hahn, Walter A. (National Research Council), 1952-1953
Box 1 Folder 26
Huston, Clare, 1975
Box 1 Folder 27
Johnson, Granger, 1974
Box 2 Folder 1
Johnston, Emelita
Box 2 Folder 2
Lelenoa, Ana (From Tonga), 1975
Box 2 Folder 3
Liz, ca. 1972-1973
Box 2 Folder 4
Manessier, Hugh, 1967

Includes correspondence with Alfonso Núñez V. and Ing. Pedro Trujillo Garcia.

Box 2 Folder 5
Martinez, Pablo L., 1965-1968

Includes photograph.

Box 2 Folder 6
Mary Anne, 1974-1975
Box 2 Folder 7
Matheson, Pat, 1971-1975

Includes correspondence regarding Tonga.

Box 2 Folder 8
Meyer, Paul and Betty, 1974-1975
Box 2 Folder 9
Mirella, ca. 1972-1973
Box 2 Folder 10
Peace Corps in Tonga (S. Eileen Johnson, Acting Director and Jack Timmons, Program Training Officer), 1972-1975
Box 2 Folder 11
Pederson, Ian, 1972-1973
Box 2 Folder 12
Peenie, 1972-1975
Box 2 Folder 13
Peta, 1974
Box 16 Folder 2
Pilolevu, Salote (Princess of the Kingdom of Tonga), 1972-1975
Box 2 Folder 14
Prentiss, Jeannette A.O., 1975
Box 2 Folder 15
Risser, Joe and Judith, 1974
Box 2 Folder 16
Ross, Mary Ann and Peni, 1973
Box 2 Folder 17
Salesi, 1974-1975
Box 2 Folder 18
Sally, 1974
Box 16 Folder 3
Trujillo Garcia, Ing. Pedro (Colegio de Historia de Baja California), 1966-1974

Includes notes and untitled drafts.

Box 2 Folder 19
Tui'fua, 1974
Box 2 Folder 20
Tupuo, Laumakia, 1974-1975
Box 16 Folder 4
Tupou IV, Taufa'ahau (King of Tonga), 1967-1975
Box 2 Folder 21
Udintsev, Gleb, 1963-1967
Box 2 Folder 22
Van Dusen, A.J., 1974
Box 2 Folder 23
Wheelock, Walt


Scope and Content of Series

Series 3) TONGA: A selection of material documenting Helen Raitt's travel and research related to Tonga and the South Pacific. Since participating in the Capricorn Expedition (1952-1953), Helen Raitt had an avid interest in Tonga and spent years studying its people, language, and culture. Helen Raitt's interest in Tonga would lead to the founding of Tofua Press in 1973. Between 1971 and 1974, Raitt took several trips to the Polynesian kingdom. The majority of materials in this subseries originate from these trips. Audiocassettes taken during these trips are located in the AUDIOCASSETTES series.

Arranged in two subseries: A) Subject Files and B) Photographs.

A) Subject Files: A selection of materials, including files from Raitt's trips to Tonga in 1973 and 1974, notes and bibliographies on Tongan literature, transcripts of works by Dumont d'Urville and George Vason, and correspondence. Contents date from 1965 to 1975, and arranged in alphabetical order by topic, with general materials at the beginning of the subseries.

B) Photographs: Includes images from everyday life, buildings, industry and transportation, and portraits. A photograph log can be found at the beginning of the subseries. Many of the images were taken by Helen Raitt's grandson, Christopher Gist and document the people and culture of Tonga in the 1970s. Arranged in alphabetical order by topic, with miscellaneous images at the end of the subseries.

Subject Files

Box 6 Folder 7
General - Correspondence, newspaper clippings and articles, and maps, 1969-1975
Box 6 Folder 8
Artifact costs - Notes and receipts, 1973 November
Box 6 Folder 9
Books mailed - Handwritten lists, 1973
Box 16 Folder 16
Drawings and paintings, 1972-1975
Box 6 Folder 10-11
Dumont d'Urville, Jules Sébastien César. Voyage Au Pole Sud Et Dans l'Océanie Sur Les Corvettes l'Astrolabe Et La Zélée: Exécuté Par Ordre Du Roi Pendant Les Années

Partial English translations. Includes tape transcript by Odette Donna and translations of chapters 30 and 31 on Vava'u, edited by Helen Raitt.

Box 6 Folder 12-14
Dumont d'Urville, Jules Sébastien César. Voyage Pittoresque Autour du Monde , 1966

Drafts of English translation by C. Pretl, edited by Helen Raitt.

Oversize Annex MC-009-03
Dumont d'Urville, Jules Sébastien César. Voyage Pittoresque Autour du Monde - Oversized images, 1966
Box 6 Folder 15
Fangufangu (Tongan Nose Flute), 1972
Box 6 Folder 16
Feast of the Islands - Invitation and hand painted coat of arms of Tonga, ca. 1972-1975
Box 6 Folder 17
Ha'apai trip notes
Box 6 Folder 18
History of Liahona High School, 1965

Notes and presentation by D.K. Young.

Box 6 Folder 19
Koe Boobooi, no. 1, vol. II - Copy of 1875 edition
Oversize Annex MC-009-03
Maps - Tongatapu Island and Tonga Island
Box 6 Folder 20
Maurelle, Francisco Antonio - Notes on the voyage of the Sonora
Box 6 Folder 21
Micronesia, 1969-1973

Includes travel itinerary, postcards, notes, newspaper clippings, materials from the Micronesian Products Center, and article by Joe Brown titled "Micronesia: A slumbering giant awakens."

Box 6 Folder 22
Missionaries, South Pacific - List from the Pacific Islands Yearbook , 1967
Box 6 Folder 23
New Caledonia - Maps and correspondence, 1966-1968
Box 6 Folder 24
New Hebrides - Notes, newspaper clippings, maps, and translations of songs, 1970-1971

Includes "Talk Tok," 1971 June; "Bulletin d'information de la résidence de France: Aux Nouvelles-Hébrides," 1971 June 25; and "Kona Torch," vol. II, no. 15.

Box 16 Folder 17
Mariner's notes on Tonga: Modern Spelling of Words Used in Mariner's Text
Box 6 Folder 25
Publicity, 1971-1972

Includes paper by H.G. Cummins titled "An experiment in Tongan history."

Box 7 Folder 1
Samoa and Tonga - Notes and draft "Talofa and Tofa"
Box 7 Folder 2
Singapore - Postcards and newspaper clipping, 1973
Box 7 Folder 3
Teehuteatuaonoa (Pitcairn Island) - Notes
Box 16 Folder 18-20
Trip - Correspondence, 1968-1974
Box 7 Folder 4
Trip - Postcards, 1973
Box 7 Folder 5-7
Trip - Reports, notes, and newspaper clippings, ca. 1971-1975
Box 16 Folder 21
Tonga Women Association - Correspondence, notes, and price lists, 1971-1972
Box 7 Folder 8
Tongan show - Notes
Box 7 Folder 9
University of the South Pacific - Correspondence and programs, 1972-1973
Box 7 Folder 10-11
Vason, George. An Authentic Narrative of Four Years' Residence at Tongataboo (Tongatabu)

Includes notes and handwritten drafts with edits and annotations by Helen Raitt.


Box 7 Folder 12
Photograph log, 1974
Box 7 Folder 13
Administrative Buildings - Contact sheets taped to paper, ca. 1971-1974
Box 7 Folder 14
Agriculture - Contact sheets taped to paper, ca. 1971-1974
Box 7 Folder 15
Artifacts - Contact sheets taped to paper, ca. 1971-1974
Box 7 Folder 16-17
Artwork, ca. 1971-1974

Includes images published in Tonga pictorial: A tapestry of pride (Kupesi'o Tonga: ko e makatu'unga'o e laukau by Gerstle, Raitt, and Gist.

Box 7 Folder 18
Cemeteries - Contact sheets taped to paper, ca. 1971-1974
Box 7 Folder 19
Churches - Contact sheets taped to paper, ca. 1971-1974
Box 7 Folder 20
Coastlines and Scenery - Contact sheets taped to paper, ca. 1971-1974
Box 7 Folder 21
Crafts, carving and Weaving - Contact sheets taped to paper, ca. 1971-1974
Box 8 Folder 1
Dancing - Contact sheets taped to paper, ca. 1971-1974
Box 8 Folder 2
Education (schools, libraries, and museums) - Contact sheets taped to paper, ca. 1971-1974
Box 8 Folder 3
Fishing - Contact sheets taped to paper, ca. 1971-1974
Box 8 Folder 4
Food industries - Contact sheets taped to paper, ca. 1971-1974
Box 8 Folder 5
Food preparation - Contact sheets taped to paper, ca. 1971-1974
Box 8 Folder 6
Health (clinics, hospitals, and medicinal preparation) - Contact sheets taped to paper, ca. 1971-1974
Box 8 Folder 7
Hotels and Visitors Bureau - Contact sheets taped to paper, ca. 1971-1974
Box 8 Folder 8
Kava Ceremony - Contact sheets taped to paper, ca. 1971-1974
Box 8 Folder 9
Markets - Contact sheets taped to paper, ca. 1971-1974
Box 8 Folder 10
People and portraits - Photographs and contact sheets taped to paper, ca. 1971-1974
Box 8 Folder 11
Police - Contact sheets taped to paper, ca. 1971-1974
Box 8 Folder 12
Royal family residences - Contact sheets taped to paper, ca. 1971-1974
Box 8 Folder 13
Sports - Contact sheets taped to paper, ca. 1971-1974
Box 8 Folder 14
Transportation - Contact sheets taped to paper, ca. 1971-1974
Box 8 Folder 15
Village structures - Contact sheets taped to paper, ca. 1971-1974
Box 8 Folder 16-23
Miscellaneous photographs and contact sheets - Portraits, street scenes and buildings, and landscapes, ca. 1971-1974
Oversize Annex MC-009-03
Miscellaneous photographs and contact sheets - Oversized, ca. 1971-1974
Box 17
Negatives - Taken by Christopher Gist, 1973
Box 18
Negatives - Taken by Christopher Gist, 1973


Scope and Content of Series

Series 4) SUBJECT FILES: A selection of materials on a variety of topics, documenting Helen Raitt's travels, research, and activities.

Arranged in four subseries: A) A-Z, B) Baja California, C) Capricorn Expedition, and D) Tofua Press.

A) A-Z: Includes notes, correspondence, conference materials, expeditions, and trips; as well as subjects of general interest. Arranged in alphabetical order, by topic.

B) Baja California: A small selection of materials on Baja California, including travel, culture, history, organizations, and education. Of note are materials related to the Baja California collections at the UC San Diego Library, which Helen Raitt helped develop as the acquisition's chairman for the Friends of the UC San Diego Library Baja California Committee. This series also documents Scripps Institution of Oceanography and its involvement with the Escuela Superior de Ciencias Marinas, through the People to People project. Arranged in alphabetical order, by topic.

C) Capricorn Expedition: A small selection of materials related to the Capricorn Expedition (1952-1953), including notes, itineraries, logs, report drafts, photographs, and correspondence. This subseries contains Helen Raitt's subject files kept during the expedition. Helen was invited by Roger Revelle to join the expedition while visiting her husband, Russell Raitt. She became one of the first women to take part in an extended American oceanographic expedition. During the expedition, Helen stood watch, kept logs, took dictation for Roger Revelle, and typed reports. More information about Helen Raitt's experience can be found in her book Exploring the Deep Pacific.

D) Tofua Press: A small selection of materials documenting Tofua Press and its publications. Includes correspondence, notes, newspaper clippings and publicity, portraits of staff, and drafts of works, including Tonga pictorial: A tapestry of pride (Kupesi'o Tonga: ko e makatu'unga'o e laukau) by Gerstle, Raitt, and Gist, as well as We Three Came West by Helen Raitt and Mary C. Wayne. Arranged in alphabetical order by topic, with general materials at the beginning of the subseries.


Box 2 Folder 24
American Red Cross Arts and Skills Corps - Newspaper clippings, 1945-1946
Box 2 Folder 25
Arizona State University, "Planning Programs for the Culturally Different", 1973
Box 2 Folder 26
Biddle, W. Craig - Newspaper clippings, 1971-1974
Box 2 Folder 27
Congress of History - 12th annual convention, Casa del Prado, 1976
Box 2 Folder 28
Framers Workshop, Frame the Whales contest- Hand drawn sign, 1982
Box 2 Folder 29
Friends of the UC San Diego Library - By-Laws, loan agreements, publicity, and correspondence, 1963-1971

Includes descriptions of Tonga materials donated by Helen Raitt.

Box 2 Folder 30-31
Hawaii trips - Correspondence and notes, 1965-1973
Box 2 Folder 32
High Sierra Pack Trip, 1957-1958
Box 2 Folder 33
International Union of Geodesy and Geophysics, XII General Assembly, Berkeley California - List of participants, 1968 August 19-31
Box 16 Folder 5
Japan trip - Correspondence, 1962
Box 2 Folder 34
Lusiad Expedition - Correspondence, itinerary, and newspaper clipping, 1962
Box 16 Folder 6
Mazatlán, Mexico -Trip with Russell W. Raitt, 1936-1945

Includes itinerary, notes, and correspondence.

Box 2 Folder 35
Mangisi, Sio - Newspaper clippings, 1974
Box 2 Folder 36
MidPac Expedition - Newspaper clipping, 1950
Oversize Annex MC-009-04
MidPac Expedition - Map with cruise pattern, 1950
Box 2 Folder 37
National Council of Teachers, 65th Annual Conference on Literature for Adolescents Today, 1975
Box 2 Folder 38
Newspaper clippings - General, 1962-1964
Box 3 Folder 1
Poetry class, National Council of Teachers of English Convention, 1975 November 21
Box 3 Folder 2
Poetry, San Diego - Notes and newspaper clippings, 1975
Box 3 Folder 3
Poetry, Tahitian

Poems written in French, some with English translations. Includes poems by Mireille Tanepau, Teretia Bataillard, Ferry Taharia, Taahitini Tehouri, Olivier Tauhero, Jacques Opeta, Perrine Apini, Belina Tereopa, and Timothée Tupea.

Box 3 Folder 4
Revelle, Roger - Newspaper clippings, 1974-1975
Box 3 Folder 5
Russia - Postcards, 1963
Box 3 Folder 6
Russia - Newspaper clipping on Helen Raitt's visit to Russia, 1966
Box 3 Folder 7
Russia - Talk, 1966
Box 3 Folder 8
Russian oceanographers and women, 1959-1966

Includes untitled drafts, as well as materials from the Second International Oceanographic Congress, Moscow.

Box 3 Folder 9
Russian vessel photograph, 1973
Box 3 Folder 10
San Diego Natural History Museum, Nu/seum 74 program, 1974
Box 3 Folder 11
San Diego Press Club, 1974

Includes talk on women in communication.

Box 3 Folder 12
San Diego Historical Society, Serra Museum and Research Library, 1974
Box 3 Folder 13
Scripps Estates Associates (SEA) - Memoranda and meeting minutes, 1950
Oversize Annex MC-009-03
Scripps Estates Associates (SEA) - Site plan, ca. 1950
Box 3 Folder 14
Scripps Institution of Oceanography - NEL progress report, 1950
Box 3 Folder 15
Second International Oceanographic Congress, Moscow, Russia, 1965-1967

Includes photograph.

Box 3 Folder 16
Society of California Archivists, 1972-1975

Includes correspondence and meeting minutes.

Box 16 Folder 7
Teilhet, Jehanne - Correspondence, press releases, and newspaper clippings, 1973-1974

Includes materials related to Dimensions of Polynesia.

Box 3 Folder 17
Wood, Fred - Borrego Notes, ca. 1975

Baja California

Box 3 Folder 18
General - Correspondence, 1967
Box 3 Folder 19
Anthropology of Baja California, Social Science 142, 1968-1969

Includes course syllabus and notes on tourist products, as well as two papers by Price titled: "The urbanization of Mexico's Northern Border states" and "The recent smuggling of drugs from Tijuana."

Box 3 Folder 20-29
Asociación Cultural de las Californias, Comité Baja California, 1965-1972

Includes newspaper clippings, photographs, meeting minutes, and symposia materials.

Box 3 Folder 30
Asociación de Escritores de Baja California, 1966-1967

Includes newspaper clippings, photographs, and meeting materials.

Baja California Collection, UC San Diego Library

Box 3 Folder 31
Activities and publicity, 1963-1966

Includes Helen Raitt's notes on the Baja California Collection Committee.

Box 3 Folder 32
Acquisition Committee, 1967

Helen Raitt serves as chair for committee.

Box 4 Folder 1
Acquisitions, 1963-1967
Box 4 Folder 2
Acquisitions - Problems, 1965-1967
Box 4 Folder 3
Acquisitions - Friends of the UCSD Library, 1963-1972
Box 4 Folder 4
Article on Bibliographies from Acquisition Committee, 1967
Box 4 Folder 5-8
Bibliographies, 1964-1968

Includes bibliographies compiled by Helen Raitt for Friends of the UCSD Library.

Box 16 Folder 8
Correspondence, 1965-1968
Box 4 Folder 9
Dedication meeting, 1963
Box 4 Folder 10
Notes, 1963-1966

Includes lists of materials wanted for acquisitions, as well as untitled drafts for publicity and events.

Box 4 Folder 11
Visits to Glen Dawson, Charles Rudkin, Don Meadows, Ruth (Honey) Moore, and Miss Barrett - Notes
Box 4 Folder 12
Barranca Canyon story - Manuscript drafts, 1964

Includes notes from trip with Ricardo Dominguez.

Box 4 Folder 13
Bear Facts articles - Draft of "Borrego in the Spring", 1964
Oversize Annex MC-009-03
Bear Facts articles - Mock-up, ca. 1964-1968

Includes articles titled: "Why you go to Tijuana" and "Dedication of Special Collection - Baja California."

Box 4 Folder 14
Bob Dill's Adventure - Newspaper clippings, 1968-1972
Box 4 Folder 15
Classes - University of California Extension, Land and Life in Mexico: Baja California, 1964-1965

Includes lecture notes.

Box 16 Folder 9
Colegio de Historia de Baja California, 1966
Box 4 Folder 16
Escuela Superior de Ciencias Marinas (ESCM), Universidad Autonoma de Baja California, 1963-1975

Includes materials related to Scripps Institution of Oceanography visit and People to People exchange project.

Box 4 Folder 17
Escuela Superior de Ciencias Marinas (ESCM), Universidad Autonoma de Baja California - Departmento de Investigaciones Submarinas, Roberto Calderon, 1972-1973

Includes photograph and proposal.

Box 4 Folder 18
Gardner, Erle Stanley (Uncle Erle) - Newspaper clippings, 1967
Box 4 Folder 19
Guadalupe Island Trip, 1957
Box 4 Folder 20
Gulf of California Cruise, R/V E.W. Scripps - Report titled "An oceanographic cruise into the Gulf of California", 1939
Oversize Annex MC-009-03
Map - The Vizcaino Desert, Baja California, ca. 1954
Box 5 Folder 1
Meling Ranch - Notes and newspaper clippings, 1967-1973
Box 5 Folder 2
Mexicali, cortisone - Newspaper clippings, 1969
Box 5 Folder 3
Mexico talks, ca. 1964
Box 5 Folder 4
Mexico travel, 1952-1954

Includes notes and postcards.

Box 5 Folder 5
New road - Newspaper clippings, 1971
Box 5 Folder 6
Newspaper clippings, 1965-1972
Box 5 Folder 7
Notes published in Bear Facts , 1971
Box 5 Folder 8
Plane accident - Newspaper clippings, 1966-1967
Box 5 Folder 9
Punta Cabras, Baja California, Mexico - Trip notes and hand drawn map
Box 5 Folder 10
Seri Indians - Correspondence, notes, and proposal regarding book with William Neil Smith
Box 5 Folder 11
Tijuana cancer clinics - Newspaper clippings, 1967-1968
Box 5 Folder 12
Tijuana library - Centro Mutualista de "Zaragoza", 1968
Box 5 Folder 13
Trip descriptions, 1965-1966

Published in Smoke Signals (Pacific Coast Archaeological Society).

Box 5 Folder 14
Valenzuela - Photograph by Helen Ellsberg
Box 5 Folder 15
Visit from Centro Ensenanza Tecnica y Superior (CETYS), Mexicali University, 1966-1967

Includes photographs and speech.

Capricorn Expedition

Box 5 Folder 16
General - Notes, correspondence, memoranda, and publicity, 1951-1953
Box 5 Folder 17
General - Raitt family correspondence, 1953-1955
Box 5 Folder 18
Coral Atoll - Notes and report draft, ca. 1952-1953
Box 5 Folder 19-24
Notebooks, 1952 November-1953 February
Box 6 Folder 1
Notes and trip descriptions, 1952 November-1953 February

Includes correspondence with family members.

Box 6 Folder 2
Photographs, 1952-1953
Box 6 Folder 3
Reports - Revelle, Roger. Notes on Polynesia, ca. 1952-1953
Box 6 Folder 4
R/V Spencer F. Baird - Daily itineraries, 1952 December 27-1953 February 20
Box 6 Folder 5
R/V Spencer F. Baird - Scientific Log, 1952 December 27-1953 February 17
Box 6 Folder 6
R/V Spencer F. Baird - Ship notes, 1952 December-1953 February
Box 16 Folder 10
Fiji - Newspaper clippings, notes, correspondence, and itineraries, 1952-1953
Box 16 Folder 11
Reports - Drafts, 1952-1953
Box 16 Folder 12
Samoa - Notes and correspondence, 1953 January
Box 16 Folder 13
Tahiti, Tuamotus, and Marquesas - Notes, itineraries, and report, 1953 January

Includes report by Robert Livingston titled "Takaroa geology."

Box 16 Folder 14
Tonga - Notes on names and language, 1952 December-1953 January
Box 16 Folder 15
Tonga to Samoa, 1952-1953

Tofua Press

Box 9 Folder 1
General - Correspondence, 1971-1976
Box 9 Folder 2
Bonner, Eric M. (Bookseller), 1970-1972
Box 9 Folder 3
Bookkeeping Chart, ca. 1974
Box 9 Folder 4
Business estate planning, 1974
Box 9 Folder 5
The crying princess
Box 9 Folder 6
Gerstle, Donna. Gentle People; Into the Heart of Vavau, Kingdom of Tonga: 1781-1973 - Correspondence, notes, and exerpts, 1973-1974
Box 9 Folder 7-9
Gerstle, Raitt, and Gist. Tonga pictorial: A tapestry of pride (Kupesi'o Tonga: ko e makatu'unga'o e laukau) - Notes, mock-up, and draft of acknowledgements, 1974
Box 9 Folder 10
Loan to the Loft (Laurence McGilvery), 1975 June
Box 9 Folder 11
Box 9 Folder 12
Portraits of Tofua Press staff - Photographs, ca. 1971-1975

Includes portraits of: Topou Posesi Fanua, Emelita Johnson, Helen Raitt, and Nick Rott.

Box 16 Folder 24
Portraits of Tofua Press staff - Contact sheets, ca. 1971-1975

Includes portraits of: Topou Posesi Fanua, Emelita Johnson, Helen Raitt, and Nick Rott.

Box 9 Folder 13
Publicity, 1971-1985
Box 9 Folder 16-23
Raitt and Wayne. We Three Came West - Correspondence, photographs, publicity, reviews, list of bookstores and purchasing correspondence, and permissions requests., 1974-1975
Box 9 Folder 14
Speech, ca. 1974

Includes descriptions of the founding of Tofua Press and Helen Raitt's research.

Oversize Annex MC-009-03
South Pacific Calendar, 1976

Published by Tofua Press. Last months of calendar are missing.

Box 9 Folder 15
Tupuo, Laumakia, 1975

Includes press releases.


Scope and Content of Series

Series 5) WRITINGS: A selection of writings by Helen Raitt, including published and unpublished works. Contents date from 1937 to 1976, and are arranged chronologically.

For articles written by Raitt on the topic of Baja California and works published under Tofua Press, please see the SUBJECT FILES series.

Box 10 Folder 1
Bargains in adventure: A Mexican interlude, 1937

Short story about travel in Mexico, published.

Box 10 Folder 2-8
Problems of the underwater swimmer in the South Pacific, 1952-1953

Includes handwritten bibliographies, notes on diving and sharks, and drafts.

Box 16 Folder 22
Problems of the underwater swimmer in the South Pacific, 1952-1953

Notes on diving materials.

Box 10 Folder 9-14
Exploring the Deep Pacific (early drafts are titled, "Uncle this is William: An unscientific account of a scientific expedition"), 1952-1966

Includes correspondence, first article, drafts, notes, and quotations used in book.

Box 11 Folder 1-14
Exploring the Deep Pacific - Drafts A-F, 1952
Box 12 Folder 1-13
Exploring the Deep Pacific - Drafts G-K, 1952-1953
Box 13 Folder 1-13
Exploring the Deep Pacific , ca. 1952-1953

Includes typescripts A-B, photographs, figures, unpublished materials, and book critiques.

Box 16 Folder 23
Exploring the Deep Pacific - Figures, ca. 1952-1953
Oversize Annex MC-009-04
Exploring the Deep Pacific - Oversized figures, ca. 1952-1953

Includes map of the Tonga Trench and Capricorn Expedition chart.

Box 14 Folder 1
"Give us room" - Radio talk about UC San Diego history, 1961-1962
Box 14 Folder 2
Bear Facts - Scrapbook with article contributions, 1962-1971
Box 14 Folder 3-14
Raitt and Moulton. Scripps Institution of Oceanography: First Fifty Years, 1967

Includes book contract with the Ward Ritchie Press, typescript draft, correspondence, chapter notes, and photographs from 1904-1965.

Box 15 Folder 1
Tonga writings, ca. 1971-1976

Typed manuscripts and handwritten notes. Includes "The unique Kingdom of Tonga (The extraordinary Kingdom of Tonga)."

Box 15 Folder 2
The campus of 5,000 trees
Box 15 Folder 3
Random Thoughts

Miscellaneous typed notes ranging from societal expectations to reviews of writing.


Scope and Content of Series

Series 6) PHOTOGRAPHS: A small selection of photographs, including portraits and images of UC San Diego and Scripps Institution of Oceanography. Arranged alphabetically.

Photographs of Tonga can be found in the TONGA series. For photographs from the Capricorn Expedition (1952-1953) and Tofua Press, please see the SUBJECT FILES series.

Box 15 Folder 4
Fiji - Public Relations Office photographs
Box 15 Folder 5
Portrait - Senator W. Craig Biddle, 1974
Box 15 Folder 6
Portrait - Myrtle Johnson and Edna Watson Bailey, 1905-1967

Includes correspondence with Marjorie J. Livingston.

Box 15 Folder 7
Portrait - Roger Revelle and Ellen Revelle
Box 15 Folder 8
Scripps Institution of Oceanography - Dedication of the Thomas Wayland Vaughan Aquarium Museum, 1957 March 29
Box 15 Folder 9
UC San Diego and Scripps Institution of Oceanography - La Jolla bluffs and Scripps Estate Associates (SEA), 1920-1969


Scope and Content of Series

Series 7) AUDIOCASSETTES: 26 audiocassettes, including lectures, conversations, and Helen Raitt's descriptions of trips. Most of the audiocassettes are undated, but are believed to be from Raitt's 1971-1972 trip to Tonga. Arranged alphabetically and grouped together by: Conversations and interviews, readings and translations, Tonga, and Travels to other Pacific Islands.

Conversations and Interviews

Box 19 Folder 1
Allison - Conversation regarding communication and cultural differences
Box 19 Folder 2
Bill (Brother) - Family history, recorded in Borrego Springs, California
Box 19 Folder 3
Michel - Conversation

Readings and Translations

Box 19 Folder 4
Malaspina chapter, ca. 1971-1972

First part of the recording is conversation and music, reading starts at 28:06.

Box 19 Folder 5
Malaspina chapter, part 3, ca. 1971-1972
Box 19 Folder 6
Translation by Odette Filloux - Reading notes of Quoy (page 344) and Sainson, ca. 1971-1972
Box 19 Folder 7
Translation by Odette Filloux - Sainson, continued, ca. 1971-1972


Box 19 Folder 8
Before trip - Helen Raitt and children, 1971 May

Tape titled "Euen et al." Includes messages to Russell Raitt describing trip preparations.

Box 19 Folder 9
Futa - Conversation, ca. 1971-1972

Includes discussion of photographs and Atenisi Institute.

Box 19 Folder 10
Kava - Singing and music, ca. 1971-1972
Box 19 Folder 11
Nuku?alofa, Tonga - Interview and music, ca. 1971-1972

First part of tape is music, interview starts at 20:25.

Box 19 Folder 12
Tonga, first tape - Account of trip, 1971 May
Box 19 Folder 13
Tonga - Account of trip and reading, ca. 1971-1972

Account of discussion with Robert William Becker, visit to doctors, and shipping materials. Also includes reading of a report by the Director of Education in Tonga, titled "Youth in Tonga."

Box 19 Folder 14
Tonga - Account of trip, recording of singing, and talk by the King of Tonga, ca. 1971-1972

First part of tape is difficult to hear.

Box 19 Folder 15
Tonga - Interview with Feta, Atenisi Institute, ca. 1971-1972
Box 19 Folder 16
Tonga - Account of trip, ca. 1971-1972

Tape titled "Tonga, My Fortune."

Box 19 Folder 17
Tonga - Account of trip, interview, and music, 1972
Box 19 Folder 18
Vava'u, Tonga - Herbs, Tauifua, children, King of Tonga, etc., 1972
Box 19 Folder 19
Vava'u, Tonga - Day on the Beach, Pat's House and description of the Peace Corps, farewell singing, and account of Vava'u, ca. 1972
Box 19 Folder 20
Vava'u, Tonga - Lecture, part 1, ca. 1972
Box 19 Folder 21
Vava'u, Tonga - Lecture, part 2, ca. 1972
Box 19 Folder 22
Vava'u, Tonga - Interviews with children and account of leaving, ca. 1972

Travels - Pacific Islands

Box 19 Folder 23
Fiji - Account of trip, ca. 1971-1972
Box 19 Folder 24
Hawaii tapes - Art Lecture, Mirella
Box 19 Folder 25
Hawaii tapes - Chants and music, Mirella
Box 19 Folder 26
Vanuatu (New Hebrides) - Account of trip and recording from Presbyterian Church


Box 15 Folder 10
Conklin, Jim (Deane T.). Tijuana: Genesis y primeras noticias (Tijuana: Genesis and early history) - Speech, 1965-1966
Box 15 Folder 11
Graves, Nancy B. Inclusive versus exclusive interaction styles in Polynesian and European classrooms, 1974
Box 15 Folder 12
Graves, Nancy B. and and Theodore D. Graves. The impact of modernization on the personality of a Polynesian People, 1975
Box 15 Folder 13
Guillén, Jorge. Poemas de "aire nuestro"

Spanish poems with English translations.

Box 15 Folder 14
Henderson, Walter E. Vaya vd. Con dios amigo, 1966-1968

Includes correspondence with Arda M. Haenszel (San Bernardino County Museum), regarding the Baja California Collection at the UCSD library.

Box 15 Folder 15
Meade, Adalberto Walther. Trinidad Valley, 1965
Box 15 Folder 16
Peñalosa, Victor M. Cuchuma: The Legend of Tecate, 1968
Box 15 Folder 17
Price, John A., 1968

Includes "Baja California in anthropological theory: Desert adaptation, cul-de-sac, frontier, and border, "The urbanization of Baja California," and "A history of Tijuana: Border town and port-of-trade."

Box 15 Folder 18
Price, John A. and Mike Logan. A preliminary ethnographic survey of Tijuana, 1968
Box 15 Folder 19
Robles, Joaquin Aguilar. Delincuencia juvenil (Juvenile delinquency), 1968 July 5
Box 15 Folder 20
Servin, Manuel P. The Mexican-American in California, 1966
Box 15 Folder 21
Wolfe, John and Deborah Burton. A border study: San Ysidro-Tijuana, 1968 June