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North County Times negatives

Identifier: 2018-001

Content Description

Approximately 222.31 linear ft. (196 boxes with around 30,000 negatives) of photograph negatives created by Daniel Flores Rios, Chief Photographer, North County Times from 1968-2001. The collection provides a visual documentation of the San Diego North County geographic region, community, and events that helped shape its history. The negatives are in varying sizes, primarily black and white. Acetate film was used from 1925 to the present, and polyester film from 1960 to the present and both may be included. The newspaper was originally called the Escondido Times Advocate (1886-1995). It merged with the North County Blade-Citizen of Oceanside on December 3, 1995, and was subsequently known as the North County Times. In 2012, the North County Times was bought by The San Diego Union Tribune.

Acquisition Type



The collection was donated by Daniel Flores Rios to Special Collections, California State University San Marcos Library, on April 17, 2018. The Library Dean was originally contacted by Alexa Clausen, Pioneer Room Friends board member, in 2017 regarding the possibility of a donation. A site visit was conducted by Judith Downie and Aditi Worcester to the Rios residence on September 21, 2017, following which a departmental decision was made (in consultation with the Library Dean) to accept the collection.

Restrictions Apply


Access Restrictions

The North County Times negatives has not been processed but is open for research. Please contact Special Collections in advance to request access. The Special Collections and University Archives Reading Room is accessible by appointment only, Monday-Friday, 8am - 4pm. Final requests for materials must be made one hour prior to closing. Please submit requests for archival materials at least 24 hours in advance of desired appointment. Materials requested over the weekend will be available on the following Tuesday at the earliest. Please note that Special Collections and University Archives observes all campus holiday closures as noted in the Library Calendar. For more information, please send an email to or call at 760-750-4312. The Ecke collection includes records with restricted access, including medical records, documents listing Social Security numbers, personnel records, archival original media (including fragile original photographic formats, audio and/or video recordings, and disk media), and materials named in the gift agreement as restricted to use for a stipulated period of time. The Special Collections and Archives department does not itself waive such restrictions, nor will it act as an advocate for any researcher seeking such waivers. Access to restricted materials requires the permission of the donor or donor’s agent, and the application process is the responsibility of the researcher.

Use Restrictions

Property rights to the physical object belong to CSUSM University Library. Intellectual rights, including copyright, belong to CSUSM University Library. For permission to reproduce or to publish, please contact Permission to examine Library materials is not authorization to publish or to reproduce the examined material in whole, or in part. Persons wishing to quote, publish, perform, reproduce, or otherwise make use of an item in the Library’s collections must assume all responsibility for identifying and satisfying any claimants of the copyright holder. The researcher assumes full responsibility for use of the material and agrees to hold harmless the University Library, and California State University, against all claims, demands, costs, and expenses incurred by copyright infringement or any other legal or regulatory cause of action arising from the use of the Library's materials. In assuming full responsibility for use of the material, the researcher also understands that the materials they examine may contain Social Security numbers, other personal identifiers, and/or sensitive material on potentially living and identifiable individuals (e.g., medical, evaluative, or personally invasive information). The researcher agrees not to record, reproduce, or disclose any Social Security number or other information of a highly personal nature that may be found.


  • 1968-2001



222.31 Linear Feet (186 containers totaling 195 boxes and drawers of various sizes, roughly sized like postcard boxes. Metal containers house 2 or 3 drawers each.)