Q. I've seen a San Diego newspaper from V-J Day that announces 'PEACE'. What was the biggest paper at that time, particularly in Coronado?

I'm researching Donald Rumsfeld's early life. In 1945, Rumsfeld was on Coronado selling newspapers on V-J Day, while his father was on a carrier in the Pacific. He did not keep a paper, nor does he seem to recall which paper it was. Does the library have a record of famous editions from that period? I'm in Cambridge; is there microfilm that can be loaned out? Thank you.


Hello Mr. Larkin,

Thank you for your inquiry about local papers in San Diego.  Yes, the San Diego Public Library (SDPL) keeps archives of local publications, most notably the San Diego Union Tribune (we have issues dating back to 1845).

Unfortunately, we do not lend newspaper micorfilm but you can call the Newspaper Room at (619) 236-5894 and they can assist you with your research needs.

Thank you.


Albert Elguira

Interlibrary Loan Service

San Diego Public Library

820 E St.

San Diego, CA 92101

(619) 236-5823

  • Last Updated Jan 07, 2019
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