Last month the library’s “San Diego Fishing Industry” mural project received the Excellence in Historic Preservation Award from the City of San Diego Historical Resources Board. This is the second time one of the library’s mural projects has been recognized. The first mural restoration—“NRA Packages”—received the Governor’s Historic Preservation Award in 2008.

“San Diego Fishing Industry” is one of several murals painted by SDSU art students during the mid-1930s. Originally painted on the basement walls of Hardy Tower, it was lost for decades before being rediscovered during routine maintenance in August 2004. It was restored and moved to its new location—the Reference Services Area—in 2010.

San Diego Fishing Industry mural