Guide to the General Collections

The term "General Collections" refers to the Seaver Center's holdings of manuscript materials and ephemeral printed materials, of which there are approximately 385 collections.

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Manuscript Materials: The Seaver Center collects manuscript materials relating to the history of Southern California from the earliest available to about 1940. These include, but are not limited to, letters, diaries, telegrams, memos, ledgers and other financial records, legal papers, research notes, and manuscripts and typescripts of books, scripts and short stories.

Ephemeral Printed Materials: The Seaver Center preserves a large amount of other printed material, usually referred to as ephemera, which includes pamphlets, brochures, booklets, tickets, and clippings. The bulk of the Ephemera Collection consists of materials relating to Los Angeles county and city. There is also a large amount of material for other counties in California. Topics covered include tourism and promotion to California, theatre and film, Los Angeles Olympics, and Los Angeles people and places.

General Collection (GC) numbers are assigned to the papers of individuals and families, records of organizations and businesses, and various artificial collections (i.e., collections of materials devoted to a single theme, person, event or type of record). In some instances, a General Collection relates to a Photograph Collection. When this occurs, the Photograph Collection is noted at the end of the collection description in parenthesis by number, for example (P-1).

This guide is modified and updated on a regular basis.

Los Angeles County Government Records
Los Angeles County government archival records are predominantly from the Registrar and Recorder’s Office and the Tax Collector’s Office.  The holdings are incomplete.  Subject matter includes court records of criminal, civil and probate cases; property and tax records including tax assessments, tax receipts, redemption of real estate certificates, land patents, deeds and mortgages; cattle brand registers and leather brand samples; mining records; voters registers and poll records; and treasurer records including journals.  Significant are two large collections of incorporation records.  Also there are county-issued serial publications. 1825-1985, undated.

Manuscript File
(Boxes: Legal boxes; 3 ov)
There are over 500 items on a varied range of topics, including documents pertaining to Los Angeles and Southern California history; personal accounts and diaries; the Civil War and Reconstruction periods; World War I and II eras; and historic documents pertaining to other American locales. Some record files also include associated photographic items. 1703 - ca. 1983, undated.

This is an artificial collection made up of various accessions.

GC 1001 Antonio F. Coronel (1817-1894) Papers
10 linear feet (Boxes: 2-8 x 10, 30 legal, 3 ov; ov folders in mc; L.C.)

Mayor of Los Angeles, and California State Treasurer.

Correspondence, documents relating to Coronel's appointments to office; Los Angeles city ordinances, political handbills, posters and related materials, largely 1858‑80; deeds, papers connected with lawsuits and similar documents; telegrams; real estate maps, almanacs, lithographs, photos, and memorabilia. Includes material on the Los Angeles City Council, Los Angeles Board of Education, California State Board of Horticulture, and the Democratic Club of California. Persons prominently mentioned include Manuel Coronel, Jose G. Estudillo, Pablo de la Guerra, J.M. Guinn, Helen Hunt Jackson, Augustine Olvera, Andres Pico, Pio Pico, Manuel Rodriguez de Poli, Jose L. Sepulveda, Ygnacio Sepulveda, Mariano G. Vallejo, and Benjamin D. Wilson.  1770-1959, undated.

There are unpublished finding aids in the repository. The collection is also described in "The Antonio F. Coronel Collection" (1906) and in the Los Angeles County Museum quarterly, vol. 14, n. 4 (1958), pgs. 4‑7.

Arranged by accession number.

The material is related to GC 1002, Del Valle Family Papers.

See also (P-157), Antonio Franco Coronel (1817-1894) Collection.

GC 1002 Del Valle Family Papers
3 linear feet (Boxes: 13 legal, 2 ov, ov folders in mc)

Correspondence, business papers, legal papers, personal and family papers, memoranda, military documents, and material relating to Antonio Seferino del Valle (1788 1841), who came to California in the Spanish army in 1819; of his son Ygnacio, (1808 80), born in Jalisco, Mexico, who engaged in the cattle and wine businesses and held at various local and state offices in California; of his grandson, Reginaldo Francisco (1854-1938), who was also active in state politics; Ysabel Varela del Valle (Reginaldo’s mother); and other family members. Activities centered in Rancho San Francisco and Rancho Camulos, located in today’s Ventura County, California. Prominent names mentioned include Jose Carillo, Antonio Coronel, John G. Downey, Juan Forster, Andres Pico, Pio Pico, Ygnacio Sepulveda and Abel Stearns. Arranged chronologically. 1789-1929.

See also GC 1001, Antonio F. Coronel Papers.

See also (P-14), Del Valle Collection, ca. 1870s-1900.

GC 1003 Owen C. Coy Collection
(Boxes: 157 legal, 12 letter, 7 record storage, 1 ov)

Owen Cochran Coy (1884-1952) had a long career in the field of history. He taught at Eureka High School in Northern California (1909-1913). He served as the secretary and subsequently as director for the California Historical Survey Commission from 1915-1923. He was a professor of history at the University of Southern California from 1925-1950. Following the commission’s administrative restructuring, he served as director of the California State Historical Association (CSHA) from 1923 to 1950. He served as a state technical director of the Historical Records Survey, W.P.A. in 1936. His publication work included editing Pictorial History of California and serving as editor for the CSHA serial publication, California History Nugget.

The bulk of the collection consists of newspaper clippings arranged by county and by topic.  Subjects covered include the Gold Rush, transportation, and biographies.  There is a strong emphasis on the California parlors of the Native Sons of the Golden West, Native Daughters of the Golden West, Daughters of the American Revolution, and women's clubs.  The WPA survey work sponsored by the California State Historical Association includes a compilation of materials on California place names and landmarks.  There are also many term papers written by Coy's students and arranged by subject. ca. 1925-1950

See also (P-35), Owen C. Coy Collection.

GC 1004 Dwight Franklin (1888–1971?) Collection
(Boxes: 86 legal, 1 letter, 4 ov)

Magazine illustrator, museum exhibit artist, movie costume designer and set consultant.

A collection of books, pamphlets, maps, photographs, men's fashion plates, motion picture materials including the 1934 film Treasure Island and the 1947 film Sinbad the Sailor, periodicals, bulletins, prints and sketches. There are also notes pertaining to the following historical subjects: the Civil War, pirates, mountain men and ships. Much of the collection deals with western themes and costumes. Signed copy of Mark Twain’s The Stolen White Elephant is cataloged.

GC 1005 Mode Wineman Papers, 1897‑1932
.6 linear feet (Boxes: 1½ letter)

Musician, photographer.

Letters, photographs, brochures, journals, memoirs, and radio transcripts pertaining to Wineman's work as a photographer. Includes correspondence with the Department of Interior regarding Wineman's photos of Yellowstone and other Western areas. There are copies of letters to Wineman from F. Marion Crawford (1897‑1900) and Edward Everett Hale (1902‑1907). The radio broadcasts are entitled, "Some Adventures with a Camera in the Great Out‑of‑doors," and "Memoirs of a Camera" (numbers 1‑3, 5‑6). Also included are Wineman's writings, "Through Yellowstone National Park into Jackson Hole Country: Narrative to Upper Geyser Basin; Followed by Original Journal..." (illustrated with camera studies); "Seven Nights in the Desert," and "Leaves from the Garden of God." There are also photos by Wineman and portraits of him.

See also (P-58), Mode Wineman Collection.

GC 1006 Roscoe P. Conkling (1877-1971) Papers, ca. 1904‑1971
10 linear feet (32 boxes: legal, postcard box, ov; 1 mc)

Research materials, including manuscripts and photographs, used by Roscoe P. and Margaret B. Conkling for their book The Butterfield Overland Mail, 1857‑1869; Its Organization and Operation over the Southern Route to 1861; Subsequently over the Central Route to 1866; and under Wells, Fargo and Company in 1869 published in 1947; cataloged at F 593 .C72 W.H.. There is also some information about the Conkling family, including photographs, newspaper clippings and genealogies.

GC 1007 Moses/Reed Collection, 1890‑1950
(Boxes: 67 legal, 3 ov)

Books, maps, training manuals, published lectures, photographs, and miscellaneous military material from the collections of Major General Andrew Moses, a commander in Hawaii during the 1930s, and his son‑in‑law, Frank F. Reed, an Ordnance officer.

GC 1008 Jonathan D. Dunlap Papers, 1868‑1890
.8 linear ft. (Boxes: 2 legal, mc)

Deputy Marshal of the U.S. for the Southern District of California.

The bulk of the material concerns land problems, especially as related to the railroads. Also contains material on military desertions, fugitives, illegal liquor traffic and various matters related to the duties of the Deputy Marshal of the United States. 1868-1890, undated.

GC 1009 Loraine York Collection, 1924‑1928
.4 linear feet (Boxes: 1 legal; 1ov)

Newspapers with articles relating to real estate development in the Beverly Hills area, including property owned by Thomas Ince and Will Rogers. Also miscellaneous postcards from throughout the U.S.

GC 1010 Thomas Temple Collection
(Boxes: 14 letter)  Notes, transcripts, photostats and translations of original records pertaining to Spanish California, includes Mission Records.  Records include baptisms, deaths, confirmations, marriages, wills, cemetery burials and random entries derived from missions as well as the Los Angeles Plaza church.  San Gabriel baptism records include Indians. 1699-1899.

Photocopying this collection is not available.

GC 1011 Florence Lawrence (1886‑1938) Papers, 1904‑1930
1.25 linear feet (5 boxes: 2 letter, 2 legal, 1 ov, ov folders in mc)

Motion picture actress who appeared in films of the Edison, Vitagraph, Biograph, Independent Motion Picture (IMP) and Lubin Companies.

Letters, fan mail, film scenarios and clippings. Much of the correspondence is with family members, including Lawrence's mother, Charlotte Bridgewood, who writes of her invention of the automatic windshield cleaner. Also includes letters from Lawrence's hus­band, producer Harry Solter.

See also (P-169), Florence Lawrence Collection.

GC 1012 William Surrey Hart (1864?‑1946) Papers, ca. 1889‑1947
50 linear feet (boxes: letter, legal, ov, ov folders in mc)

Stage and motion picture actor, film director, author. Best known for his roles in western films.

Letters (including fan mail), literary productions, legal and financial records, scrapbooks, clippings, theater programs, and other materials relating to the life and career of Hart. Hart's correspondence includes letters from Wyatt Earp and Thomas H. Ince. Paul Conlon's (Hart's publicist) correspondence with newspaper editors and others is also part of the collection. There are manuscripts and typescripts of many of Hart's writings, including the manuscript for his autobiography, My Life East and West. Legal documents relate to Hart's various lawsuits, including Hart vs. Thomas Ince and Hart vs. United Artists.  Financial records include documents pertaining to Hart's life at his ranch in Newhall, California, and to his career (there are records from the Famous Players‑Lasky Corporation and from the William S. Hart Company). The clippings and scrapbooks describe, for example, Hart's film appearances, his marriage to and separation from Winifred Westover, and his decision to remain retired, rather than returning to films. Additionally, there are two Mary Ellen Hart (Hart's sister) diaries that contain only brief passages.

See also (P-75), William S. Hart (1864-1946) Collection, ca. 1890s-1940s.

See also GC 1191, The Fred Gehring Letters, and GC 1192 The William S. Hart County Park Research Files.

See also P-20.1, P-98, GC1353, MSS-247, MSS-251, MSS-575.

GC 1013 Rhode Collection
(Boxes: 2 legal)

Four folders of letters (in German), notebooks, picture books, postcards.

GC 1014 1932 Olympics Collection
(Boxes: 5 legal, 5 letter)

Primarily the 1932 Olympics Games held in Los Angeles, California. Tickets, programs, advertisements and other ephemera. Also publications and ephemera relating to the Olympics Games in general, as well as for other years.  1906-1972.

See also GC 1138, 1984 Olympics.

GC 1015 James J. Meyler and Robert G. Meyler Papers, ca. 1891‑1917
.8 linear ft. (Boxes: 1 legal, 1 ov)

Letters to Capt. James J. Meyler, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, 1899‑1901 (letters are addressed to Meyler in Los Angeles). Also Meyler's notebook, ca. 1880s, and announcements of his marriage to Frances B. Gebhard, 1891. There are also letters and postcards (1903‑1917, undated) to Robert G. Meyler from his friends and relatives. Most letters to Robert Meyler are addressed to Los Angeles or New York.  ca. 1891-1917, undated.

GC 1016 Florence Turner (1888?‑1946) Scrapbooks, 1910‑1928
.4 linear feet (3 boxes: letter, 1 ov)

Motion picture actress, producer, and director who joined the Vitagraph Company in 1907 and stayed until 1913, when she left to form her own company, Turner Films, Ltd.

There are two scrapbooks (1910‑1928 and 1913‑1916) containing clippings, letters, and some photos relating to Turner and her films. A third box contains photocopies of a large portion, but not all, of the artifacts in the scrapbooks.

See also (P-90), Florence Turner (1888?-1946) Collection, 1915-1933.

GC 1017 Dr. Martin Burge Collection
(Boxes: 1 ov)

Watercolor paintings of Cuba scenes by Bernhardt Wall, 1898, relating to the Spanish-American War.

GC 1018 Tibbets Family Collection, 1932‑1937
(Boxes: 1 legal)

Letters and clippings pertaining to the Luther and Eliza Tibbets family. Primarily concerns the dispute over whether Luther or Eliza was responsible for planting the first navel orange trees in Riverside, California. There are several files of correspondence about this topic between Minnie Tibbits Mills, the daughter of Luther and Eliza. The collection also includes biographical sketches about Luther C. Tibbets.

GC 1019 George S. Pelton (1886‑1967) Papers
(Boxes: 8 legal, 1 flat)

Associated with National Mine in Nevada, later a prominent Los Angeles automobile dealer.

Correspondence, maps and legal papers dealing mostly with mining and reworking ancient silver deposits in Hildalgo, Mexico, at Pachuca and Real del Monte, 1920s‑1940s. Mexican correspondence mostly with Attorney Evaristo Paredes. Oversize box contains three photos:  including Pelton with Shirley Temple; and Pelton with Warner Baxter.  ca. 1920s-1940s.

GC 1020 Ogden Scoville (1923‑ ) Collection
(Boxes: 46 legal, 1 legal ov)

Correspondence, pamphlets, leaflets, and books gathered by Ogden Scoville, active in Los Angeles County Republican organizations, 1940s‑1970s. Much of the material relates to conservative and right‑wing causes.

GC 1021 Hudson Family Papers, ca. 1887‑1907
.4 linear ft. (Boxes: 1 legal, 1 ov folder, ov folder in mc)

Deeds, wills, legal papers, military papers (Civil War), personal correspondence, genealogies, bills and re­ceipts of the John and Lydia Hudson family.  John Hudson (1808‑1897) and Lydia Elvira (Jones) Hudson (1820‑1897) brought their family to Escondido Valley in San Diego County, California in 1886. There are materials showing the family's involvement with the Methodist church (including a manuscript, "The Gleamer, vol. 1 no. 3," a Sunday school paper); several obituaries (1908, 1909) about Erma Hudson, the daughter of Omar and Cora Hudson and the granddaughter of John and Lydia; and a lengthy obituary for John and Lydia Hudson (Feb. 1897) which provides a great deal of information about the Hudson family.

GC 1022 Blanchard Collection
(Boxes: 7 legal)

Bibles, school study books, photos, manusript notebook, legal documents, ca. 1700s–1800’s.

GC 1023 Maymie Richardson Krythe Scrapbook Collection
(Boxes: 22 legal)

Krythe was a popular writer. Her articles appeared in such publications as Touring Topics and Southern California Quarterly.

Scrapbooks of clippings. They are identified by topic, including California books and writers, California historical articles, Los Angeles historical articles, Disneyland and Knotts Berry Farm, Gold Rush towns, San Francisco, Pasadena, Missions, and movies. ca. 1944-1955.

GC 1024 Timetable Collection
(Boxes: 88 ½ letter)

Railroad, plane and bus timetables.

See also GC 1089, Aviation Collection and GC 1096, Railroad Manuscript Collection.

GC 1025 Hammel & Denker Collection, 1875-1905
(Boxes: 5 legal, ov folders in mc)

Estate records of Henry Hammel and Andrew H. Denker, owners of the Rancho Rodeo de las Aguas (present day Beverly Hills).

Includes a grant deed, letters, invoices, receipts, ledgers and canceled checks.

GC 1026 T.K. Peters Collection
(Boxes: 4 legal, 4 record storage, 2 ov)

Thomas Kimmwood Peters (1884-December 1, 1973) worked for the Bison Company, a New York film company.

 GC 1027 Sepulveda/Mott Collection
(Boxes: 3 legal, ½ legal, ½  letter, ov folders)

Francisca and Ascension Sepulveda were sisters. Their father, Jose Antonio Andres Sepulveda (1803-1875) was landowner to a large swath of Los Angeles County, including parts of today’s Orange County. They were descendants of the prominent Spanish Mexican Sepúlveda family in the early days of Alta California in present day Southern California.

A collection of some 150 letters from various persons to Francisca Sepulveda de Carrillo (between 1845 and the 1890s), personal correspondence of Thomas Dillingham Mott and family (chiefly Ascension Sepulveda de Mott and Georgia Mott de Van der Leck). These letters are from such notables as Jose Antonio Carrillo, Antonio Maria de la Guerra, Ignacio Sepulveda, Alex Godey, Charles Crocker, Stephen White, Andres Pico, William Money, and several other figures. There are also about 225 pieces of business papers and correspondence, including promissory notes, deeds to houses, grocery bills, etc., from the 1840s and 1850s, as well as Jose Sepulveda's last will and testament. Several of the business papers concern T.D. Mott's enterprises during the 1870s and 1880s and through the 19th century. (One letter dated 4/1/1852 refers to cattle sold to pay Hugo Reid debt.-Box 2, folder 54). A genealogical chart for descendants of Francisco Sepulveda and Ramona Serrano to about 1950. 1837-1950.

See also (P-96) Sepulveda-Mott Collection.

GC 1028 Albertson Newspaper Clippings Collection
(Boxes: 4 legal)

Newspaper clippings from the L.A. Times regarding Watergate, Richard Nixon and school busing. 1969-1981, bulk is 1973-1974.

GC 1029 M. H. McKinnon Papers, ca. 1910s‑1960s
(Boxes: 2 legal)

Personal and military records of M.H. McKinnon relating to his career in the Air Force. Official records are primarily from 1940s; personal records 1918‑1949.

GC 1030 Nichols Theater Program Collection
(Boxes: 6 legal)

Theater programs (performing arts); primarily from New York (1940‑1960) and Los Angeles (1961‑1976).

GC 1031 Butler Collection
(Boxes: 1 legal; 1 ov folder: Folder also contains 9 prints of Vicksburg, Miss.)

Scrapbooks, 4 volumes. New clippings, many concerning Colonel A.C. Fisk, including a letter to Colonel Fisk from General William T. Sherman, 1890. 1877–1915.

GC 1032 Frank G. Bonelli Collection
(Boxes: 4 legal; 52 ov scrapbooks; 1 ov; ov folders in mc)

Los Angeles County Supervisor of the First District from 1958-1972.

Correspondence from Bonelli to various county department  heads and his constituents, 1970.  52 oversize scrapbooks of newspaper clippings pertaining to Bonelli and his career, 1958-1972.  Also photographs and memorabilia, including award certificates and resolutions presented to him.  1921-1972, undated (bulk is 1970)

GC 1033 Gladys Stening Papers
(Boxes: 3 legal; ½ legal; ½ letter; 1 ov folder)

Primarily manuscripts and typescripts of a musician who delivered lectures. Box 1 contains manuscripts and typescripts (of speeches?) (undated.) There are also brochures advertising her lectures and several photographs (1943, undated). Box 2 contains printed sheet music. Box 3 is filled with 35 rpm recordings of Stening playing musical instruments. Box 4 contains books (1847-1948.) 1847-1948, undated.

GC 1034 Theodore G. Lemmon (1855‑1932) Papers, 1906‑1938
.4 linear ft. (Boxes: 1 legal, ov folder in mc)

Lemmon worked for the Bureau of Indian Affairs, first as a school teacher and subsequently as superintendent of several schools. He worked in Keam's Canyon, Arizona; San Carlos, New Mexico; and Grand Junction, Colorado.

The collection consists primarily of literary works, some signed by Lemmon, some anonymous, and a couple by other people. The writings deal with themes related to Southwest Indians, including Hopis, Navajos, Apaches, and Papagos. There is some correspondence (1906‑1925) and a few reports about various Indian reservations.

See also (P-65), Theodore G. Lemmon (1855-1932) Collection.

GC 1035 Teague/Wakefield Collection
(Boxes: 2 legal)

Conservative political material, including California un-American activities, ca. 1960s–1970s, related to Norwood Teague and Floyd L. Wakefield.

GC 1036 Liberty Loan Census Collection
(Boxes: 7 legal)

Census records compiled by the Southern California Liberty Loan State Central Committee, chaired by Mrs. J.T. Anderson, for the Fourth Liberty Loan campaign begun September 1918.  Arranged by precinct number 1-699, the records contain names and addresses, but no donation amounts (undated.)  Also listings of women and women's organizations in Los Angeles, most likely involved in the Liberty Loan campaign.  Also, letters written to donor while she was secretary of the Council of Community Services in Los Angeles (1919-1921.) 1918-1921.

GC 1037 Government Publications Collection
(Boxes:  18 legal, 2 1/2 legal, 1 letter, 1 flat, ov folders in mc, LC)

This is an artificial collection of government publications arranged by series:  1) United States  2) California  3) County of Los Angeles  4)  City of Los Angeles 5) California counties and cities (except Los Angeles). 1851-ca. 2000, undated.
For other Los Angeles County archival records, see separate Los Angeles County Government Records finding aid.  See also GC 1321, Historical Society of Southern California Collection.  See also government publications cataloged by L.C. number.

GC 1038 Sons of the Revolution Programs, 1891‑1913
(Boxes: ½ legal)

Programs and announcements of the Sons of the Revolution organization from the following states:  California, Colorado, Missouri, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, and Washington, D.C.  Also, a program of the Centennial Celebration of the Inauguration of George Washington, 1889.

GC 1039 Julius Jones Papers, ca. 1820s‑1860s
(Boxes: ½ legal)

Legal papers regarding real estate transactions. Also personal letters, including two from a Union Soldier in the South during the Civil War, and one from a prospector, J. Jones, in Bear River, CA.

GC 1040 Madeline Frances Wills Collection
(Boxes: 1 legal, 1 ov folder)

Land grants, legal documents, court papers, speeches, etc. Also calling cards and invitations.  Primarily for Pennsylvania.  1786; 1816‑1869, bulk of the material is from the 1840s.

GC 1041 Eloise Fowler Millegan Collection
(Boxes: 1 legal)

Collection of photographs and personal memorabilia that belonged to Eloise Fowler Millegan primarily in Detroit, Michigan. Dates covered: 1876‑1930, bulk of the material is prior to 1900.

GC 1042 Tirrel/Spear Collection, ca. 1728‑1829, 1863
(Boxes: 3 legal)

Family and town business records (bills, receipts, etc.) related to the John Tirrel and Nathaniel Spear families and the town of Weymouth, Massachusetts.

GC 1043 Frank S. Daggett Collection, 1903‑1911
(Boxes: 1 legal)

Correspondence and financial records relating to the liquidation of the assets of the George H. Dagget Company which went out of business in May 1909. Frank S. Daggett was a trustee of the business at the time, and he later became the first director of the L.A. County Museum.

GC 1044ov James J. Mellus Letterpress Copy Books, 1892‑1904
(Boxes: 2 ov)

Mellus' outgoing business letters. Mellus was a broker involved in the sale of insurance, grain, livestock, property, etc.

GC 1045 Hodge Family Papers, ca. 1840‑1900
(Boxes: 1 legal, 1 ov folder)

Personal correspondence, photos, genealogy and memorabilia of the Hodge family, including a printed roll of members of the North Presbyterian Church of Buffalo, NY, ca. 1872 (History of the North Presbyte­rian Church for 25 Years).

GC 1046 Calendar Collection, 1888‑1981
.4 linear ft. (Boxes: 1 legal, 1 ov; ov folders in mc)

Collection of calendars pertaining to political, businesses and organization advertisement.  Notable are a group published by the Edison Lamp Works of the General Electric Company, illustrated by Maxfield Parrish, for calendars 1920-1929.

GC 1047  French Canadians and The West Research Notes
(Boxes: 1 legal)

Donald Chaput's biographical notes for the book French Canadian Contribution to Winning the American West (1985).

Photocopying this collection is not available.

GC 1048 Greeting Card Collection
(Boxes: 2 letter)

Collection of greeting cards organized by type: birthday; Christmas; Congratulations; Easter; Get Well; New Year's; Valentine's Day; and general cards. 1880-1950.

GC 1049 Express Mail Collection, ca. 1869‑1966
.4 linear ft. (Boxes: 1 legal, 1 ov folder)

This is an artificial collection of materials, primarily ephemera, from the Railway Express Agency and Wells Fargo and Company Express. In addition to ephemera, there is a Wells Fargo Delivery Receipt Book (1916) and Register of way‑bills (1917). There is also a printed booklet detailing the agreement between the Railway Express Agency and its workers. One photograph shows 14 men, possibly bankers, ca. 1900‑1910. A map of Long Beach shows rail and bus lines in that city. There is one Adams Express Company receipt.

GC 1050 Historical Landmarks Committee of Los Angeles County Records, 1943‑1961
.8 linear ft. (Boxes: 2 letter)

Minutes, correspondence and clippings of the Committee pertaining to historic sites in Los Angeles County. In addition to general records, there are files for the following:  sites by community; Dominguez Field/First U.S. Air Meet; Portola Trail/Elysian Park; Manly Marker; Pomona Water Plant; Bella Union Hotel; and high rise developments.

GC 1051 Nelson C. Price Collection, 1930‑1949
.8 linear feet (Boxes: 2 legal, 1 ov; ov folder in mc)

Price was a schoolteacher in Yucaipa, California, when he was drafted in June 1941. He served as a Battalion Operations Sergeant while in the Philippine Islands in 1945. He became a First Lieutenant in 1950.

Letters, drawings, occupation money, newspapers, printed propaganda, posters, photographs and maps relating to the Philippine Islands during and after the U.S. invasion in 1945. T/Sgt. Nelson C. Price collected the materials from January to November 1945. Material relates primarily to POW camps (specifically Cabanatuan, Santo Tomas, and Los Banos) and Japanese military in the Philippines. There is a typescript of Price's unpublished work "One Hundred Days at Luzon," 1945, in which he records his experiences in the Phil­ippine Islands. There are many original documents attached to the typescript, including letters, maps and photographs. Also included in the collection is a copy of Price's 1946 Master's thesis, "The Introduction of American Education to the Christian Provinces of the Philippine Islands."

 GC 1052 Call/Sisk Collection
(Boxes: 2 legal)

Collection of scenes of California and Californians from the mid-1800s to the mid-1900s. Also contains miscellaneous ephemera (stock certificates, newspaper clippings—many re: George S. Patton—magazines, postcards, etc.) from the same period. Also materials related to the Banning family, such as stage-coach travel.

GC 1053 Los Angeles Courthouse Cornerstone Collection
(Boxes: 2 legal, 1 ov, 1 ov folder)

Collection of items removed from cornerstone of L.A. County Courthouse when it was demolished in 1936. Primarily relates to L.A. County. 1887‑1888.

GC 1054 William L. Brown Collection
.8 linear ft. (Boxes:  2 legal)

Collection of ephemera including post cards, portraits (lithographs, engravings), postal covers, photographs (including tintypes and cyanotypes), and other materials, ca. 1760‑1971 (bulk late 1800s to 1940s). There are portraits of George and Martha Washington, U.S. Grant, Abraham Lincoln, James Buchanan, Thomas Jefferson, Millard and Abigail Fillmore, Louis Daguerre, and others. Many of the postal covers are related to aviation. Four photograph albums:  Los Angeles and Santa Monica; Santa Fe Springs and San Bernardino Mountains; California; and foreign locales.

 GC 1055 Death Valley '49ers Committee Records, 1951‑1961
(Boxes: 2 letter)

Correspondence and minutes pertaining to Death Valley and Death Valley explorer Henry Wade. Most of the correspondence is with John Henderson, a Los Angeles County librarian and member of the `49ers Committee. Includes two reel-to-reel tapes (contents unknown).

GC 1056 Dick Wick Hall Papers, 1917‑1926
(Boxes: 1 letter)

Photocopies of originals in Arizona Heritage Center, Tucson, AZ.

Relates to mining in North Yuma County, mining and oil exploration in Texas and Ala­bama and to Hall's literary career.

Photocopying this collection is not available.

GC 1057 Fine Arts League of Los Angeles Records, 1905‑1915
.8 linear ft. (Boxes: 2 legal; 1 ov folder)

Correspondence, minutes, reports and addresses, agreements, by‑laws, membership lists, financial records, and ephemera of the Fine Arts League of Los Angeles. Subjects addressed include the plan to form the Los Angeles County Museum and the search for a building for the Fine Arts League. Most of the correspondence pertains to appointments to and resignations from the Board of Directors of the League and to membership renewals and resignations.

GC 1058 Phonograph Records Collection
(Boxes: 2 phonograph records boxes)

38 phonograph record albums, all 78 RPM. Popular songs, Christmas carols, humorous monologues and dance numbers. 8 additional records subsequently added.  ca. 1900- ca. 1955.

GC 1059 Allan C. Balch Papers, 1920‑1942
.4 linear ft (Boxes: 1 letter)

Correspondence, clippings, and photographs pertaining to Allan C. Balch. There are two files of correspondence.  One pertains to Gaston Brooke, 1929‑38, in which Balch and Brooke discuss Balch's Rolls Royce being stored in France. The other file of correspondence is with art dealers, 1920‑31, most of whom attempted to sell artwork to Balch. The following material is also included with Balch's papers: photographic views of El Solyo Ranch, Vernalis, California; a notebook with descriptions, photos, floor plans, etc. of La Quinta Hotel in La Quinta, Calif.; and a reprint of "The Long Beach Earthquake" by W. M. Davis (1934).

GC 1060 Dwight Pierce (1881‑?) Papers, 1896‑1953
1 linear ft. (Boxes: 3 letter, 1 ov)

Entomologist who worked at the Los Angeles County Museum.

Photographs, postcards, and ephemera gathered while traveling; clippings; maps; and other materials that belonged to Pierce. Most of the photographs and clippings are glued to annotated notebook pages. Photo­graphic and postcard views are of Mammoth Lakes, the Devil's Post Pile, Rainbow Falls, Bodie, and Redondo Beach in California; Colorado; Hawaii; the Philippines; and Luray caverns in Virginia. There is some corre­spondence and ephemera from the Pierces' trip to the Orient, as well as photographs of shipboard activities and of China and Japan. Scrapbook pages hold clipping about Pierce and the L.A. County Museum.

GC 1061 Amelia Earhart (1897‑1937) Papers, 1853, 1928‑1947
.6 linear feet (Boxes: 3 legal, 1 ov)

American aviator.

Letters, flight logs, radiograms and clippings by and about Amelia Earhart (AE). There are two letters (ms) from AE to George Putnam, one about their upcoming marriage and the other expressing her belief that women must challenge themselves. Also in AE's hand is a will (1928) and two flight logs (1928, undated). A scrapbook contains photographic copies of sketches of AE, clippings, AE's handprints, and other related items. Several 1937 radiograms deal with the search for AE after her disappearance. A large portion of the collection consists of letters from AE's mother, Amy Otis Earhart, to Betty Bowers. An addendum to the collection contains information gathered after the Museum received the collection. There is correspondence regarding the plane Earhart used on her last flight, a script by Carol Sobieski entitled "AE," and four audio tapes of lectures about AE.

See also (P-37), Amelia Earhart (1898-1937) Collection.

GC 1062 William Alanson Bryan Collection
(Boxes: 1 legal)

Director of the L.A. County Museum, 1921‑1939.

Correspondence, photographs, publications and personal memorabilia relating to Bryan, the LA County Museum, and the natural history of Hawaii. 1896-1942.

GC 1063 Laura Burmeister Diaries, 1904‑1907
(Boxes: 1 letter; 8 volumes)

Eight diaries written while Burmeister was a resident of the Exposition Park area and a student at University of Southern California.  Also one cabinet card of Burmeister in 1902.

GC 1064 Sons of Veterans, U.S.A., California Division (Los Angeles) Records, 1885‑1901
.4 linear ft. (Boxes: 1 legal, 1 ov folder)

Sons of Veterans (of the Civil War.) Minutes, correspondence, financial records, membership lists and membership rosters for the General Nathan Lyon Camp No. 1, Los Angeles, California.

GC 1065 Los Angeles Daily News Collection
(Boxes: 2 letter, 1 legal, 2 ov folders)

Manchester Boddy was the publisher of the L.A. Daily News beginning in 1926; the paper merged with the Post-Record before becoming bankrupt in 1954. His home in La Canada was Rancho de Descanso, later established as Descanso Gardens. Boddy ran in the primaries for U.S. senator in 1950 and lost.

Photographs and negatives pertaining to Manchester Boddy. Copies of letters, manuscripts, an autobiographical sketch by Boddy; publications by  Boddy:  "Leaves From an Editor's Notebook" or "Now and Then." 1910-1966.

Includes photographs of Daily News staff and the newspaper's General Manager, Robert L. Smith. Smith was also one of the first City Airport Commissioners, and the collection contains some images related to the commission. Several family photographs, including ones of Boddy in his youth.

GC 1066 Produce Label Collection, ca. late 1920s and early 1930s
(Boxes: 1 ov )

Produce labels, alphabetical by brand name, probably from the 1920s and 1930s. Also produce wrappers.

GC 1067 Philippines Veterans Claims Collection
.4 linear ft. (Boxes: 1 legal; 3 bound volumes)

Photocopies from the originals in the private collection of Philippine Ambassador Eduardo Quintero. Quintero served on several commissions on veterans affairs from 1953 to his retirement in the late 1960s.

Material pertains to World War II claims of the Armed Forces of the Philippines and Filipino veterans against the Government of the United States.

Volume 1: Letters and reports, 1942‑1953. 378 pages.

Volume 2: "Summary Report of the Philippine Conference Joint RP‑US Veterans Commission" Malacanang Park, July 1966. 235 pages.

Volume 3: "Summary Report of the Meetings of the Joint RP‑US Negotiating Panels RP‑US Veterans Commission" Quezon City, December 1966. 171 pages.

Ambassador Quintero made these photocopies for Don Chaput (History Division, L.A. County Museum of Natural History). 1942-1966.

GC 1068 Home Front Collection
(Boxes: 2 legal)

Photographs, articles, ephemera, etc. pertaining to WWI activities at the American home front (e.g., Red Cross, food, etc.). 1914-1918.

GC 1069 Western Museums League Collection
(Boxes: 1 legal)

Papers, 1957–1968.

GC 1070 War History Committee of California Records, 1920‑1921
1.7 linear ft. (Boxes: legal)

This collection consists of completed survey forms that the War History Committee sent to veterans of World War I. The forms included the following informa­tion: name; place and date of birth; date respondents entered the service and date of discharge; name or number of army or naval unit; place of service (U.S. or abroad); name of local exemption board; present occupa­tion and address. Some of the responses include photo­graphs.

Arranged alphabetically by last name of respondent. See also GC 1130.

GC 1071 Frank A. Buell (1886‑1919) Collection, 1905‑1919
.4 linear ft. (Boxes: 1 letter, ov folders in mc)

Major Frank A. Buell, Coast Artillery Corps., U.S. Army, was a graduate of the Fort Sill School of Fire for Field Artillery and the General Staff College in France. He died in France from bronchial pneumonia on February 4, 1919.

Diary (Omaha, 1914), account book (1905‑07), calling cards, photographs, military records, and WWI maps. Diary records weather and daily activities, including trips to Sioux City and Des Moines, times when Buell woke in the morning, went to work, returned home, and went to sleep. Also refers to his physical ailments as well of those of his wife, Elmira, who, he reports, gave birth to a son in March, 1914.

GC 1072 Henning/Sweeney Collection
(Boxes: 1 ov)

Photos, correspondence, pamphlets relating to the Sweeney banjo and banjos in general. 1890-98, undated.

See also (P-68) for Sam, Joel Walker, and Richard Alex Sweeney daguerreotypes.

GC 1073 Southern California Historical Societies Collection
(Boxes: 1 legal)

Series 1: Ruth Mahood's (History Division, Natural History Museum) correspondence with southern California historical societies, 1959-1969. Series 2: Harry Kelsey's (History Division, Natural History Museum) correspondence with and files for southern California historical societies, 1973-1986..

GC 1074 Official Bulletin Collection, 1917-1919
(Boxes: 4 legal)

Government periodical. Published daily by order of the President by the Commission on Public Information.

GC 1075 University of Southern California Correspondence Course in Real Estate, Course Material, 1927‑1928
.4 linear ft. (Boxes: 1 letter)

Printed lessons and Cecil W. Owen's work on lessons 1‑24.

GC 1076 Fred Armstrong Papers, 1917‑1919
.4 linear ft. (Boxes: 1 letter, 1 ov folder)

Postcards, telegrams and other personal correspondence from U.S. Army Sgt. Fred Armstrong to his family in Pomona, California during WWI. Most of the letters are from France and Germany. There are also a few personal photos.

 GC 1077 History of the National Guard Collection
(Boxes: 2 legal)

Clippings, historical accounts, research notes and photographs on the history of the California National Guard. Compilation by R.D. St. John between 1959 and 1963. Includes 19th century data by county. 1850-1963.

GC 1078 Barbara Klein for Los Angeles City Council, Records, 1974‑1979
3.75 linear ft. (Boxes: 9 legal; 4 letter)

Correspondence, clippings, topical files, and government publications pertaining to, or collected by the staff of, Barbara Klein's 1979 election campaign.

 GC 1079 Arthur C. Goebel Papers
(Boxes: 21 legal, 8 ov, 4 ov folders)

Arthur Cornelius Goebel (1895-1973) was a pioneer aviator, racer, and stunt pilot. His claim to fame was a race victory in the Dole Derby, also known as the Dole Pineapple Derby, from California to Hawaii in 1927.

Letters, pamphlets, clippings, log books, maps and other printed materials. 1927-1966, undated.

GC 1080 Maximillian N. Lando Estate Collection
(Boxes: 2 legal)

Copies of legal papers relating to the contested estate of Maximillian Nandor Lando, who left much of his estate to the "good people of Los Angeles."  Bulk dates are circa 1966-1972, with one document from 1911.

GC 1081 Louie D. Lovejoy (1890‑ ) Scrapbook, 1917‑1919
(Boxes: 1 legal)

Lovejoy, from Needles, California, served in Company F., 160th Infantry, from 1917 to 1919, chronicling his tour through Europe.

World War I scrapbook of Louie D. Lovejoy. Photographs, postcards, mementos.

See also MSS-324.

GC 1082 Theodore Roosevelt Camp #9 Collection
(Boxes: 3 legal, 1 ov folder)

Spanish-American War material gathered from various states by the Theodore Roosevelt Camp #9. Materials used and mementos of the War, the Philippines Insurrection and the Boxer Rebellion.

See also (P-19) Theodore Roosevelt Camp #9 Collection.

GC 1083 Works Progress Administration (WPA) Historical Records Survey Collection
(Boxes: 67 legal, 46 record storage)

Listing of records held by various political jurisdictions in Southern California.

[In process]

GC 1084 World War I Manuscript Collection
(Boxes: 24 legal, 1 ov)

Publications, documents, correspondence, clippings, and ephemera on service groups and government agencies responding to World War I including the Council of National Defense, the National War Work Council, the U.S. Food Administration, Liberty Loans, and the Red Cross. Emphasis is on the war effort on the home front. Scrapbook concerning Liberty bond drive, World War I Chicago, with photographs of movie and stage personalities in Box 1ov. 1914-1919.

GC 1085 Civil War Manuscript Collection
(Boxes: 2 legal; 1/2 legal; 1 ov; 1 ov folder)

Union and Confederate items.  Soldiers' letters, including one by a confederate soldier; documents, forms, newspapers, recruitment broadsides and ephemera. Includes contemporary ephemera about the Civil War. One 78 rpm record of the 39th annual convention of the Daughters of the Confederacy, 1939.

See also (P-117) Civil War Exhibit Collection; See also GC 1326 Abraham Lincoln Documents Collection; See also Security Pacific National Bank manuscript items

GC 1086 Movie Music Collection
(Boxes: 4 flat)

 Sheet music for motion pictures arranged alphabetically by title of song. Covers often have actor portraits and other graphic design elements. 1909-1934.

GC 1087 World War II Manuscript Collection
(Boxes: 3 legal, 1 flat, ov folders in mc)

Booklets, serial publications, maps and other ephemera. Armbands, and several contemporary photographs of military cassion remains. 1941-1972, bulk is 1940s.

GC 1088 Military Manuscript Collection
(Boxes: 2 legal)

Publications and ephemera. 1898-1921.

GC 1089 Aviation Collection
(Boxes: 24 legal; ½ legal; 1 ov)

Publications, clippings, brochures, and ephemera particularly related to American innovations in the air travel industry. 1900-1976.

See also GC 1024, Timetable Collection.

GC 1090 Laura Oakley Papers
(Boxes: 1 letter; ov folder in mc)

Oakley (1879–1957) was a silent film actress and comedienne. She was elected Chief of Police in 1913, shortly after Universal City was incorporated, when 8 of the 28 city officials were won by women. Little over a year later, she was sworn in as a police officer of Los Angeles and given a number 99. Collection includes clippings; photographs including Milton Moore, Oakley’s husband and Universal Film cameraman; movie stills, particularly of the serial “Black Box Mystery” (1915); movie poster for “Her First Arrest” (1914); and items reflecting her capacity as chief of police. 1914-1924.

GC 1091 J. Stuart Blackton Collection on Vitagraph Company of America
(Boxes: ½ letter, 2 ov folders)

James Stuart Blackton (1875-1941) was a pioneering filmmaker. He founded the Vitagraph Company in 1900 along with Albert E. Smith.

Collection relating to Vitagraph Company and its founder. Images include Blackton's own artwork of the American Vitagraph trademark, his illustrated recollection of the first Vitagraph open air studio in New York, and photographic scenes from "The Battle Cry of Peace," (1897 - 1933). Folders 18 through 21 (1939 - 1947) contain biographical items in the form of clippings; also there is correspondence from museum curators' files.  Noteworthy is a strip of ten film frames from an early color and stereoscopic experiment by Mr. Bailey, an associate of Blackton. 1897-1947.

See also (P-136), J. Stuart Blackton Collection.

GC 1092 Patent Collection
(Boxes: 9 letter)

United States Patent Office specifications, correspondence. 1838-1959.

GC 1093 William Farnum Collection
(Boxes: 12 letter, 2 ov, 1 ov folder)

Manuscripts, photographs, clippings and ephemera relating to the life of William Farnum and his acting career.
Series 1:  Biographical Material and Ephemera; Series 2:  Speeches and Manuscript Material; Series 3:  Programs; Series 4:  Correspondence.  Collection also contains clippings, film stills and other photographs. Collection also covers his brother Dustin Farnum. 1899-1952.

GC 1094 Ocean Cruise Tour Pamphlet Collection
(Boxes: 5 legal, 1 ov folder)

Brochures, advertising leaflets, luggage stickers, passenger keepsakes. 1920s-1973 (bulk is 1920s through 1930s).

GC 1095 Motion Pictures Collection
(Boxes: 7 legal; 1 ½ legal; 2 ½ letter; 4 ov; ov folders in mc)

Pamphlets and ephemera; publicity materials such as ads and theater ads; correspondence, clippings, trade and movie fan publications, scripts and continuities, fake movie currency, and celebrity stationery and bookplates. There are also title cards and art cards used in silent film production and three scrapbooks to commemorate the first “talkies” by Fox Films and Paramount Studios. 1914-2007, bulk is before 1933.

See also (P-26) Motion Picture Collection; see also (P-26.1) Motion Picture Collection (Second Series)

See also GC 1269, GC 1286, GC 1287, GC 1288.

GC 1096 Railroad Manuscript Collection
(Boxes: 9 legal; 1 letter; 1 postcard; 1 ov)

Publications, clippings, brochures, transfer tickets and other ephemera. Dated items begin at 1889. Includes street  railways. Primarily for Los Angeles County, but also includes San Francisco and Oakland, other U.S. railroad lines, and some foreign. Noteworthy are Angels Flight cable car coupons, car blueprints for the Los Angeles Railway Company and C.P. Huntington model, and a way-bill for the Los Angeles Cable Railway Company dated 1889. 1889-1965.

See also GC 1024, Timetable Collection.

GC 1097 Tech (General) Manuscript Collection
(Boxes: 4 letter, record storage)

[In process]

GC 1098  Golden Gurley Upham Collection
(Boxes: 4 legal; ov folders in mc)

Upham graduated in 1918 from the State Normal School in Los Angeles to become an elementary school teacher.

Family papers, ephemera, booklets, children’s books, sheet music, teaching certificates, Chinese language materials. ca. 1800–1962.

GC 1099 Rubin Philatelic Collection
(Boxes: 1 legal)

Includes revenue stamps, letters, bills, a Sears, Roebuck letterhead, and a passport. 1779–1900.

GC 1100 Behrendt Christmas Card Collection
(Boxes: 2 legal)

Sam Behrendt was a successful insurance salesman in Los Angeles in the teens and twenties. As early as 1924 he operated the Behrendt-Levy Company, which underwrote about 75% of the movie industry's insurance. He was a second-generation Angeleno, as his father was a German-born Los Angeles pioneer of 1852, Caspare Behrendt.

Primarily Christmas cards and holiday cards received by Behrendt; some senders were well-known names in the movie industry. 1926-1928.

GC 1101 Thomas E. New (b. 1886) Papers, 1901‑1963 (Bulk: 1937‑1942)
1.7 linear ft. (Boxes: 4 legal)

New was involved in mining and radio and scientific instrument design and construction.

Correspondence, financial records, manuscripts, printed material, and photographs. Correspondence is between New and his family (his wife Minnie, daughter Vinita, and son Billy), friends and business associ­ates. New's outgoing letters are carbon copies of the originals. Subjects discussed in the letters include family matters, such as the difficulties stemming from the long term separation of Thomas New, living in Arizona, from his family, living in California. Also disciplinary problems with his son and the pull be­tween job and school for his daughter. New also dis­cusses his need to earn money and some of his pursuits toward that end including mining, developing "treasure finding" instruments, and writing a manuscript called "The Treasure Hunter's Manual." Most of the manu­scripts are New's writing on various scientific topics and inventions.

GC 1102 Alfred R. Waud Collection
.4 linear ft. (Boxes: 1 legal, 1 ov)

Sketches, correspondence, photographs, tintypes, and ambrotypes pertaining to Alfred R. Waud, a Civil War illustrator, and his family. 1842-1921, undated.

See also (P-27) Alfred R. Waud Collection.

See also MSS-441 for two drawings attributed to Waud.

GC 1103 Charles A. Moreno Collection
(Boxes: 1 legal)

Advertising ephemera, including calendar, menu, packaging wrappers, Clifton’s Cafeteria booklets, and three lantern slides used as letter announcements during silent film showings (topics include English Channel swimmer Gertrude Ederle and actress Dorothy Phillips). Also photographs of the A.M. Paulus family, including unidentified studio portraits and other photographs. 1906-1945, undated.

GC 1104 August Berg Military Papers
(Boxes: ½ letter)

Veterans affairs of August Berg, who served in the Spanish American War. Booklets from veterans' posts at Hayden Y. Grubbs Camp No. 3, Roosevelt Camp No. 9, Nelson A. Miles Camp No. 10, and John Dibert Post No. 351. Other military service-related publications including a soldier handbook, an emergency drill booklet, a Purple Heart pamphlet, and a 1932 issue of a Roosevelt Camp periodical "Angeleno Sentry." Includes photographs. 1904-1935.

GC 1105 Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo Collection
(Boxes: 3 legal)

Harry Kelsey, Chief Curator of History at the Natural History Museum (1972-1987), compiled this material while preparing a biography of Cabrillo.

Research notes and photocopies made by Harry Kelsey. 

Photocopying of this collection is not available.

GC 1106 Joseph Trevitt Hudson Estate Records
(Boxes: 1 ov)

English court papers relating to the settlement of the estate of Joseph Trevitt Hudson, 1874‑79, with one document from 1865. Papers include various petitions filed in court, letters, legal documents and assorted papers—all involving the settlement of the estate. 1865-1879.

GC 1107 George Steckel Photograph Order Book Collection
(Boxes: 2 ov)

Steckel was a photographer in 19th century Los Angeles.

1 order book, 1899-1900; 1903-1904.Photographer’s order book for negatives 2107-24700 (November 27, 1900-February 25, 1903.)

See also (P-50), George Steckel Collection.

GC 1108 Animation Collection
(Boxes:  1 legal, 2 letter, 6 flat, 1 record storage, 1 bundle; ov folders)

This artificial collection pertains to the history animation and cartoons. There are background scenes; cels, sequential drawings; several scripts with the scenes and corresponding dialogue; and photographs including a sequential set labeled “Bray, 1911.” There is an emphasis in the collection of the early animation work of Walter Lantz; other noteworthy items include the work of Leon Schlesinger Productions (pre-Warner Bros.) and Fleischer Studios. There are two later cartoon examples:  an Al Capp comic strip engraving plate (1988) and a Hanna-Barbera Productions storyboard (1992). 1911 – 1992, undated; (bulk is before 1935).

GC 1109 David M. Hughes Diary, 1938‑1939
(Boxes: 1 ov)

Diary kept by David M. Hughes on board the S.S. Tolten while touring the South Pacific. Contains typed notes, black/white photos and maps. The diary began on Sept. 29, 1938 and ended on Jan. 6, 1939.

GC 1110 Hugo Reid Collection
(Boxes: ½ legal)
Hugo Reid (1811?-1852) left Scotland at the age of eighteen and settled in California in 1832. He married a woman of the Gabrielino tribe and became a rancher and owner of Rancho Santa Anita, near the San Gabriel mission in Los Angeles County.

Correspondence along with letters to the editor of "Star" newspaper. Topics emphasize customs and the treatment of Mission Indians. Signatures are Hugo Ried [sic] and P. Hugo Ried [sic]. Primarily undated, with one sheet dated 1852.

GC 1111 Provincias Internas Collection
(Boxes: 3 ov)

Copies of documents from volumes 197, 198, and 199 relating to California territories of Spain. Acquired in 1975 from the microfilm collections of the Archivo General De La Nacion, Mexico, D.F. 1780-1796.

GC 1112 U.S. Depression Scrip Collection
(Boxes: 1 letter)

Various types of scrip issued by private organizations, banks and government entities during the Depression. 1931-1934.

GC 1113 Helms Autograph Collection
(Boxes: ½ legal, 12 ov, 4 x 6 box in ov)

Commemorative United States presidential sets consisting of a medallion, a lithographic portrait and an autograph. Each set is framed and under plexi-glass and is current to Ronald Reagan. Also letters and other documents written or signed by well-known people. 1784-1956, undated.

GC 1114 Talley Presidential Autograph Collection, 1792‑1975
(Boxes: 1 legal)

Presidential letters and documents, Washington to Ford.

GC 1115 Warren C. Shearman City Views Collection
(Boxes: 3 letter, ov, mc)

Warren C. Shearman (d. March, 1963) was a professional engraver.  He was a noted collector of rare books, maps, and manuscripts.

Birdseye views and maps, primarily European cities from 16th and 17th centuries. Also covers Asia and North Africa. Also eight sets of portraits of European rulers.  Letter-size boxes contain photographs and negatives of the collection. Also two notebooks "Pictorial Americana, 1492-1822, An Exhibition" along with correspondence dated 1957-61. ca. 1206-1961, bulk is 1500-1700.

GC 1116 Soldiers' and Sailors' Replacement Bureau Records
(Boxes: 16 legal)

Administrative papers, forms and correspondence; registrant lists; roster of ex-servicemen, primarily for Los Angeles; Official U.S. Bulletin. 1918-1920.

GC 1117 Nineteenth Century European Urban Scenes
(Boxes: 1 ov housed with GC 1118)


GC 1118 Diego Rivera Prints
(Boxes: 1 ov housed with GC 1117)

Photographic prints of art murals taken while on exhibit. ca. 1930.

GC 1119 French Military Scenes
(Boxes: 1 ov)

Illustrations from the Pictorial Press, Franco‑Prussian War and World War I. 1870-1918.

GC 1120 Portrait Print Collection
(Boxes: legal, 1 ov, ov folders in mc)

Artificial collection of assorted prints and engravings, mostly published in the 19th century based on earlier paintings, many of which are stamped "Los Angeles County Free Library". U.S. presidents; prominent American men and women; historical figures; well-known British and European individuals; all who lived from the mid-1500s to ca. 2000s.  19th century - ca. 2000, undated (bulk is 19th century)

GC 1121 Mount Lowe Collection
(Boxes: 1 letter, 2 ov)

Mount Lowe (Los Angeles Co., Calif.) news publications and other ephemera. 1893-1934. See also P-172 Mount Lowe Photograph Collection.

GC 1122 California Place Names Collection
(Boxes: 55 letter)

Owen C. Coy was professor of History at the University of Southern California from 1925-1950.

Index card research files from Owen C. Coy.

GC 1123 Antelope Valley, Lancaster, Kern County Scrapbook, 1880‑1892. (Bulk: 1889‑1892)
(Boxes: 1 scrapbook in ov)

Scrapbook of newspaper clippings concerning a variety of topics in the history of these California regions.

GC 1124 Stephen Mallory White Scrapbooks, 1894‑1900
(Boxes: 9 volumes in 2 legal and 1 ov)

San Francisco‑born lawyer who practiced in Los Angeles, where he also became prominent in Democratic Party politics. He served in the U.S. Senate (1893‑99), where he championed the creation of a harbor for Los Angeles at San Pedro.

These scrapbooks contain correspondence, pamphlets, clippings, speeches, invitations, and other material relating to White's political career, particularly during his term as U.S. Senator. The bulk of the material concerns his involvement in the "Free Harbor controversy." Also contains materials on his involvement in the Democratic Party and the U.S. presidential election of 1896. Correspondents include William Jennings Bryan and Leland Stanford.

See also GC 1205, Stephen M. White Ledger, 1892-1899.

GC 1124-A Hortense Sacriste White Letters, 1874‑1935 (Bulk: 1877‑1882)
(Boxes: ½ letter)

Collection of letters written to Hortense Sa­criste, later Hortense Sacriste White. Many of the letters are from male admirers before she married. Writers include George H. Bonebrake, James C. Kays, Reginaldo F. del Valle, James W. Dunn, John A. Fanning, Maurice O'Brian, and R. M. Pogson. There are also letters of condolence after the deaths of Hortense S. White's husband Stephen M. White (1901) and mother (1935). One folder contains financial records.

GC 1125 Florence Hotel Register, 1889‑1927
(Boxes: 1 ov)

San Diego. Spine and pages read W. Bowers, Proprietor. One page, dated 1927, has Florence Hotel crossed out and Broadway Hotel written in its place.

GC 1126 "Memories: Will Rogers" Scrapbook, 1879‑1935
(Boxes: 1 ov)

Rogers was a circus and vaudeville performer turned movie actor. He was also a humorist and social commentator.

Newspaper and magazine clippings relating to Rogers' career and death, and to the numerous tributes and memorials to him after his death. All the clippings appear to have been collected at the time of his death in 1935 and in the years immediately following. Bound in leather with tooled portrait of Rogers on cover. 1935-1961.

GC 1127 Joseph Pomeroy Widney Scrapbooks, 1870‑1890
(Boxes: ½ legal; 1 ov; 1 scrapbook in ov)

Widney was Los Angeles’ first health officer; he joined his brother (Judge Robert M. Widney) in founding the University of Southern California, and he became USC's second president. He also worked to develop San Pedro as the city's harbor, and served as President of the Los Angeles Board of Education and of the Los Angeles County Medical Association.

Scrapbooks contain correspondence and clippings, including many speeches made by Widney, on a variety of topics. Includes material pertaining to proposals to divide California into two states, Wilmington/San Pedro harbor improvements, education (including a proposal of a State university at Elysian Park), medicine and climate in California, and transportation development in Southern California. Correspondents include Leland Stanford.  Additional items filed with the collection (however not contained in the scrapbooks) include a property title search for the Widney property at First Street between Spring and Main Streets. The title search was performed by the Title Insurance & Trust Co. in 1902, and shows title ownership back to 1849. Also a clipping of a "Map of the Southern Pacific Railroad" from a newpaper, 1876.  1870-1890, 1902.

GC 1128 Story of the War of 1898 Scrapbook
(Boxes: 1 scrapbook in ov)

Photo clippings of the Spanish American War. Cover includes pasted label citing 30th U.S. Volunteer Infantry Association of Los Angeles at 5510 Blackwelder Street, Los Angeles, Calif. ca. 1898-1901.

GC 1129 State Council of Defense, Women's Committee Records
(Boxes: 18 legal)

The state's Council of Defense reported to the Council of National Defense in Washington. The Women's Committee operated within the state council.

Records of California's State Council of Defense and the state division of the Women's Committee, with its headquarters at 719 So. Hill Street, Los Angeles, Calif. Correspondence, reports, receipts and cancelled checks. Ledger; activity book, June 1917-January 1919; checkbook, 1919. Pamphlets and other ephemera. The State Council worked on domestic issues during the war years, including Americanization; child welfare; food administration; education; educational propaganda; girls war service; health and recreation; home economics; information and library; liberty loans; publicity; Red Cross; social agencies; and women in industry. 1917-1919.

GC 1130 War History Committee for Los Angeles County Records, 1914-1921
(Boxes: 25 letter, legal)

Los Angeles County region. World War I information. Lists of enlistees and inductees by local boards, and some lists include addresses and nearest relatives. Correspondence of the committee, and biographies and photos of veterans of the war, including those who died while in service. Records include regional subcommittees, in example the Compton Branch of the committee and Pasadena. The committee also compiled reports and histories of local civilian war organizations, in example, Women's Improvement Association of South Pasadena; American Protective League; California Loyal League; Daughters of the American Revolution; local induction boards; the Los Angeles chapter of the American Red Cross; Jewish Women's Red Cross Auxiliary and the LA Council of Jewish Women; Pasadena chapter of the Red Cross; Japanese war work; volunteer intelligence and secret service organizations in the county; and there is one historical narrative of the Southwestern Ship Building Company in San Pedro.

See also GC 1070, War History Committee of California Records.

GC 1131 Photographers' Catalogs
(Boxes: 2 legal)

Original catalogs of three photographers:  Adam Clark Vroman (1856-1916); Al Greene (1906-1980); and Frederic Hamer Maude (1858-1959).

GC 1132 Leah Hellman Meyberg Scrapbook, ca. 1885‑1901
(Boxes: 1 volume in letter)

Leah Hellman Meyberg was the daughter of Isaiah M. Hellman (d.1890). Her older siblings, were in the following order, Emma, Bertha, Camilla, and Marco. Their father came to Los Angeles from Bavaria, Germany about 1854; all his children were born in California. He was a merchant and also appointed to City Treasurer. His younger cousin was Isaias W. Hellman. The Hellmans are considered Jewish pioneers of the city. Leah Hellman died while giving birth to a daughter. The Concordia Club formed in May, 1891 and maintained a membership limited to 100 persons from prominent Los Angeles Jewish families. The club dissolved about 1916.

Letters, notes, photographs, dance cards, and other memorabilia pertaining to Leah Hellman, including her marriage to Eugene V. Meyberg. Several items tell of events sponsored by the Concordia Club.

See also (P-216), Leah Hellman Photograph Album, 1898.
See also GC1172, Concordia Club Minutes of Meetings.

GC 1133 American Revolution Bicentennial Collection
(Boxes: 1 legal)

Newsletters; agendas and news releases by the California Bicentennial Celebration Committee; magazines commemorating bicentennial. 1969.

GC 1134 "Four‑Minute Men" Records
(Boxes: 8 letter; 2 legal)

The Los Angeles County chapter of the Four-Minute Men was headquartered at 719 So. Hill Street, Los Angeles. The chairman was Marshall Stimson.

Los Angeles County chapter of the World War I Committee on Public Information, Division of Four-Minute Men, a group of men organized to give four-minute long speeches on various subjects related to war efforts on the home front including Liberty Loan and "the meaning of America." Bulletins and correspondence, but primarily report cards completed by speakers with the following information:  name of speaker, venue, date, time, number of people in attendance, and topic. Also statistical report cards completed by the county chairman to be sent to the state level. 1914-1918.

GC 1135 Munroe McFarland Collection
(Boxes: 2 legal; 1 record storage)

McFarland (1867-1924) entered West Point in 1884 and graduated in 1888. He rose to the rank of Brigadier General in his military career.

Correspondence, photographs, clippings and military documents relating to the career of Munroe McFarland, United States Army. Subject matter includes cadet life at West Point in the 1880s; army life in South Dakota. There are photographs of the Battle of Wounded Knee, 1890, published by Northwestern Photograph Company, Chadron, Nebraska, and a group photo, 1890, with Buffalo Bill. There are personal travel photos taken abroad in 1912.

GC 1136 Holdridge Ozro Collins (1844‑ ) Scrapbooks, 1857‑1924
.8 linear ft. (3 volumes in letter; 1 ov)

Los Angeles attorney who received an A.B. and A.M. at St. Louis University before studying law at Harvard University.

Four annotated scrapbooks (three are labeled: volume 1, 5 and 6) with indexes, containing clippings, letters, memorabilia, and some photographs pertaining to Collins, his lineage, and his career as an attorney. There is information about Collins' membership and participation in various patriotic societies including the Sons of the Revolution, the Society of Colonial Wars, and the Order of Descendants of Colonial Gover­nors. There are also printed materials pertaining to the Harvard Club of Southern California. There is a biographical sketch of Collins (vol. 5, p. 167), and a 1906 photograph of him in his Los Angeles law office (vol. 5, p.78). The unnumbered volume (oversized) covers the period from ca. 1875‑ ca. 1918 and primarily contains political cartoons and cards from hotels across the country. There is also a printed portrait of Collins; Collins' report cards from St. Louis Universi­ty, 1861‑65; a manuscript of "Bylaws of Company `E,' First Regiment Illinois State Guard" written by Collins when he was captain of the regiment; and a printed and holograph Illinois State Militia bill (1879) with a "memoranda concerning this document" in which Collins details the history of the proposed bill.

GC 1137 Political Materials Collection
12.1 linear feet (Boxes: 19 legal, 3 ov; ov folders in mc)

An artificial collection includes textual and non-textual materials of American politics.  Textual holdings consist of election and political ephemera.  Non-textual material includes posters, a few postcards, and two sound recordings.  Other artifacts are buttons, ribbons and leather-bound and woven keepsakes.  1828 – present, undated

GC 1138 1984 Olympics Materials Collection
(Boxes: 38 legal; 13 ov; 3 flat in legal)

Programs, guides, newspapers, stamps, coins, medals, flags, banners, posters, photos and slides.Venue information including Exposition Park.

GC 1139 Benjamin Cummings Truman (1835‑1916) Scrapbooks 1875‑1885
(Boxes: 5 ov)

Rhode Island born journalist who wrote for the New York Times and San Francisco Bulletin before becoming editor of the Los Angeles Evening Express and owner of the Los Angeles Star (1837‑77).  He became a press agent for the Southern Pacific Railroad in 1879.

Five scrapbooks. Four of the five scrapbooks (labeled "F," "G," "H," and "I") contain clippings about railroads in the United States. The clippings are from California papers (including the San Francisco Chronicle, the Stockton Independent, Oakland Evening Tribune, and the Los Angeles Journal), as well as papers in other states. The articles address many subjects pertaining to rail­roads, such as labor relations, questions of land ownership, legislation, and taxation. The Southern Pacific Railroad and the Central Pacific Railroad Company are mentioned often. The fifth scrapbook, labeled "Fiction," contains short stories, most of which are undated and do not list an author.

GC 1140 Philatelic Collection
(Boxes: 8 legal, 1 record storage, 21 postcard boxes)

Postal covers, stamps and philatelic-related publications. Primarily postal covers from the United States; Southern California addresses are negligible; some foreign postal items. Covers date back to 1845 with the bulk 1880-1960. Covers include commemoratives; U.S. military and World War I soldier mail; first-day covers; unused Civil War covers; George Washington Bicentennial (1932); ship cancellations (1930-1960); California Historical Series (1969-70); stage coach commemoratives (1930s-1940s); aviation and airmail (1928-1970); Charles Lindbergh (1928); Wiley Post and Will Rogers (1931-1935); railroad including the San Francisco Bay Area BART opening (1938-1973); Philippines covers (20th century). A stamp album published in 1976 with some stamps adhered; U.S. stamp sheets (circa 1973). Publications (circa 1930s) include philatelic catalogs, Aero News, and Postal Record. U.S. Postal Service philatelic bulletins (circa 1981); notes and clippings on postal history (1985). 1845-1985.

GC 1141 Paper Currency Collection
(Boxes: 11 ½ width; ½ legal)

United States currency: early colonial and continental; pre-Civil War state-issued; Civil War-era and Confederate States of America; postage and fractional currency; and some 20th century bills.  U.S. Military Payment Certificates from 20th century.  Foreign currency: from a variety of countries; Japanese occupation currency from the Philippines; German World War I-era and post-war 'notgeld' inflation or emergency money; and a few allied military scrip. 1767-1973.

GC 1142 Jean Stinchfield Ambassador Hotel Publicity
(Boxes: 14 legal, 1ov)

The Ambassador Hotel opened in 1921 in the mid-Wilshire district of Los Angeles.  Preservationists including the Los Angeles Conservancy were unsuccessful in preventing its demolition in 2005.

Photographs, correspondence, press releases, clippings, and memorabilia collected by Jean Stinchfield, Publicity Director, Ambassador Hotel. Primarily photographs of celebrities and political figures; the collection omits the year 1968 when presidential candidate Robert F. Kennedy was fatally shot while campaigning at the hotel, however, there is an earlier photograph of John F. Kennedy at a podium. Memorabilia includes ephemera, programs and miscellaneous publications; materials reflect: the history of the Cocoanut Grove nightclub (including the Grove’s re-opening in 1957); the breadth of hotel events for organizations and international affairs (including the first Japanese-American debutante ball, the Richard M. Nixon visits in 1958 and 1960, and the Nikita Khrushchev visit in 1959); the establishment of the hotel’s permanent press room; hotel employees in photos and publications; Stinchfield’s biographical files; and a taped interview with her in 1987.  Most of the materials were collected by Stinchfield in the course of her years employed, however, there are early photographs and memorabilia dated prior to her time with the hotel.  1921-1987, undated.  Bulk dates are the 1950s.

GC 1143 Edward Curtis Manuscript: The North American Indian
9 linear feet (Boxes: 20 legal)

Curtis' original typewritten manuscript and research notes for his 20 volume The North American Indian, published roughly one volume annually between 1907 and 1930 in a numbered edition of 500. Manuscripts were most likely to be printer’s proofs. Included are vocabularies of various tribal languages. Box 21 contains transcripts of oral histories from members of various tribes. ca. 1907-1930.

GC 1144 Book and Magazine Advertisement Collection
(Boxes: 1 ov folder; ov folders in mc)

GC 1145 L. A. County Incorporation Records
310 linear ft. (Boxes: 781 legal)

Articles of incorporation, arranged by incorporation number (roughly chronologically). Includes records for businesses, organizations and churches incorporated in Los Angeles County. Includes early records before Orange County became separate in March, 1889. 1854-1978, bulk is 1854-1938.  See also GC 1145.1

GC 1145.1 L. A. County Incorporation Records (Second Series)
435 linear feet (Boxes:  1,093)

Articles of incorporation, arranged by box number and by incorporation number within each box number. Includes records for businesses, organizations and churches incorporated in Los Angeles County. This collection (covering the 1920s and 1930s) will fill in the gaps of GC 1145 which has bulk dates of 1854-1938. 1903-1939 (bulk is 1922-1939).

GC 1146 Theater Program Collection, ca. 1893‑1958
(Boxes: 37 legal; 4 ov folders)

Performing arts and movie theater programs.  Arranged geographically and then by venue: Los Angeles City; San Francisco; New York City; United States--Individual States; United States--National; and World, other than United States.

See also:  GC 1343, Performing Arts Collection, GC 1258, San Francisco Theatres Scrapbook, 1886-1888.
For Los Angeles City see also GC 1299 L.A. City Description and Travel.

GC 1147 Early Mexican Imprint Collection
(Boxes: 1 ov; 2 ov folders)

Documents issued by Mexican government, 1828 - 1846, reflecting the history of the city of Los Angeles, Southern California and Alta California; Andrés Pico; Manuel Micheltorena; and others. Secularization of the missions; Los Angeles elevated from a pueblo (town) to a ciudad (city); defense and escalation of war between the U.S. and Mexico. A container list is included; the descriptions are in English (translated by Esperanza Gutierrez).  See also GC 1360.

GC 1148  International Earth Ceremony Scrapbook
(Boxes: 1 ov)

One scrapbook containing newspaper clippings, letters and photographs pertaining to the International Earth Ceremony held at the Hollywood Bowl in August, 1950. For the ceremony, people brought soil from important music centers in 19 nations and combined the soil at the Hollywood Bowl. ca. 1950.

GC 1149 Charles Louis Ducommun (1820?‑1896) Collection, 1839‑1977
2.8 linear feet (Boxes: letter, legal, ov; ov folders; hardware catalogs)

Swiss born businessman who arrived in Los Angeles in 1849. He established a watch repair shop on Commercial Street which grew into a flourishing general merchandising store. Ducommun was a director of the Los Angeles Water Company, the Main and Agricultural Park Railway, the Pioneer Oil Company, and a founder of the Farmers and Merchants Bank.

Account books, ledgers, deeds, certificates of title, stock certificates, stock lists, photographs, hardware catalogs and other material pertaining to the history of the Ducommun store and its subsequent business entities. There are a few personal items from Ducommun and his family, including his passports, certificate of citizenship and family photographs. There are a few short histories of Charles Ducommun and the Ducommun business, including one written by Charles E. Ducommun. Some of the items are photoprints, rather than originals. Bulk dates 1852‑1906.

GC 1150 Marion Davies (1897‑1961) Scrapbooks, 1925‑1928
2.5 linear feet (Boxes: 5 ov)

Motion picture actress.

Ten scrapbooks containing newspaper clippings about the following Davies films: Beverly of Graustark, Buddies, The Fair Co‑Ed, Lights of Broadway, Little Old New York, The Patsy, Quality Street, Tillie the Toiler, When Knighthood was in Flower, Yolanda, and Zander the Great.

GC 1151 Emancipation Proclamation
Charles Maltby was a personal friend of Lincoln. Lincoln appointed him to the position of California Superintendent of Indian Affairs. Maltby wrote The Life and Public Services of Abraham Lincoln in 1884.

Maltby’s copy of the Emancipation Proclamation signed by Abraham Lincoln. ca. 1863.

GC 1152 Jackson A. Graves Collection
(Boxes: 2 items in 1 letter)

Graves (1852-1933) was a prominent resident of Los Angeles and president of the Farmers & Merchants National Bank for twelve years. He wrote My Seventy Years in California. He was a member of the executive committee of the Los Angeles Clearing House Association for over twenty years and was its president in 1907. He was custodian of all securities of the National Currency Association of Los Angeles during the World War.

Certificate of commendation, done in calligraphy, to Graves from the L.A. Clearing House Association, presented when he resigned from the Clearing House Committee (1928). Also a L.A. Clearing House Certificate (1907). 1907-1928.

GC 1153 Berkeley Student Protest Collection, 1969‑1973
(Boxes: 1 ov; ov folder in mc)

Newspaper clippings, flyers and posters.

GC 1154 Jacob E. Waldeck Theater Scrapbook, 1903‑1904
(Boxes: 1 ov)

Scrapbook contains clippings about manager Jacob E. Waldeck's, Casino Theater (334 S. Spring St., Los Angeles), and the performers who appeared there.

GC 1155 Theater in Los Angeles Scrapbook, 1886‑1924
(Boxes: 1 bundle in ov)

Programs and some clippings from Los Angeles theaters. Bulk of the material is from 1886‑1890.

GC 1156 Tlaxcala Excise Tax Records, 1780 and 1804
(Boxes: 1 letter)

Tax records of Tlaxcala, Mexico, kept by Don Vicente Domingo Lombardini of the Administration of the Royal Excises of Tlaxcala.

GC 1157 Index of American Design
(Boxes: 1 legal; 6 ov; 3 legal in Reading Room; slides binders in Reading Room)

The WPA Art Project of Southern California was located at 1845 So. Western Avenue, Los Angeles, Calif.

Photographs and renderings from a Work Projects Administration (WPA) Art Project of California historical material, both decorative and utiliarian objects (particularly from various California missions), including furniture, architecture, metal and leatherwork, paintings and costume. Bulk of the collection is of renderings such as watercolor and charcoal pencil. Also a collection of color slides taken from renderings. 1936-ca. 1942, undated.  See also P-124 for photographs of paintings of the Stations of the Cross, San Gabriel Mission.

GC 1158 Chadwick Autographs Collection
(Boxes: ½ legal)

Letters, brief handwritten notes and other manuscripts collected for their autographs by notable Americans and Europeans including government and military officials; writers and scholars; and actors. Manuscript of Heinrich Heine. Signatures include William Howard Taft, Theodore Roosevelt, William T. Sherman, Olivia L. Clemens (wife of writer Samuel Clemens), abolitionist Sallie Holley, and Helen Keller. ca. 1850-1926.

GC 1159 Abstracts of Title to Lands of Los Angeles County
(Boxes: 4 volumes in 1 legal; 5 volumes in ½ legal)

Abstracts of title in Box 1 pertain to Rancho Los Feliz (1845-86) prepared by Gillette & Gibson; Gallardo Grant in San Gabriel (1837-91) prepared by Griffin Johnston; San Rafael in La Canada (1837-86) prepared by Griffin Johnston, Sheldon Borden, B.A. Yorba; and Rancho Paso de Bartolo Viejo (1881-91) prepared by the Abstract and Title Insurance Co. Box 2 pertains to E.G. Johnston Tract, East Los Angeles [present-day Lincoln Heights] (1863-1886) prepared by Johnston, Borden & Yorba; John S. Griffin and J.C. Welsh Tract, East Los Angeles, includes assignment of oil rights (1863-1886) prepared by Griffin Johnston; also prepared by Johnston & Borden; Ambrogia Vignolo and Domingo Rivara Tract on Augustin Machado Vineyard (1876-1890) prepared by Johnston & Borden; Lucia Ramirez lot, Los Angeles (1852-1882) prepared by Gillette, Gibson & Wood; and William Cogswell's Sierra Madre Villa Tract on Rancho Santa Anita (1847-1887) prepared by Russell, Poor & Raney; also prepared by Galloway & Chase.1837-1891.

GC 1160 Abstracts of Title to Rancho Santa Anita
(Boxes: ½ legal)

Abstracts of title to Rancho Santa Anita in Los Angeles County, California.  One volume prepared by the Title Insurance and Trust Co. Second volume prepared by the Abstract and Title Insurance Co. of Los Angeles. 1886-1900.

GC 1161 Charles J. Wade Account Books, ca. 1872‑1909
(Boxes: 2 letter)

Primarily account books, most belonging to Charles J. Wade of Boston, ca. 1872-1909. Also an account book with the name Mary E. Howard written in, 1876. Several diaries, including a travel account from 1909 which records a trip beginning in L.A. and continuing to Europe. Several prayer books and some ephemeral items. ca.1872-1919.

 GC 1162 U.S. California Boundary Field Books
(Boxes: 1 letter)

Volumes are signed H.M. Whitney [Henry Mitchell Whitney] and stamped Beloit College Library.

Records of meteorological, barometric and sextant observations and latitude by polaris and Zenith telescope. Of primarily California and the west. ca. 1860–1861.

GC 1163 Pan American Exposition (Buffalo, NY, 1901) Scrapbooks
(Boxes: 1 ov)

Scrapbooks contain photogravure and/or rotogravure pictures, some ticket stubs and programs from the Exposition.

GC 1164 Alcalde/Los Angeles County Court Records, 1830‑1863
(Boxes:  8 legal; 18 bound volumes)

Los Angeles area court records; civil, criminal and probate cases, 1830 – 1863, with one item from 1882.  Also the first minutes book of the County Board of Supervisors, dated 1852.  Organized in four series:

Series 1.  8 boxes contain loose, folded records in chronological order.  1850-1863, with one item from 1882.

Series 2.  7 volumes of criminal court records; 2 volumes of civil court records; handwritten in Spanish.  1830-1850.

Series 3.  6 volumes of the Minutes of the Court of Sessions.  Civil and criminal records.  1850-1863.

Series 4.  Additional volumes, labeled other than Court of Sessions.  1850-1856. 

GC 1165 Street and Road Maps Collection
(Boxes: 22 legal; 7 flat; ov folder in mc)

California cities and counties, United States, World. Primarily published by the Automobile Club. ca. 1900 - ca. 1980.

See also GC 1310 General Map Collection and GC 1280 Special Maps Collection.

GC 1166 Ancient Order of United Workmen Ledgers, 1883‑1899
(Boxes: 4ov)

Forest Lodge No. 124 General Ledger of Records and Minutes; 3 partly charred grocery store ledgers from Forest, California. Includes Financier’s Cash Book 1883-1889; Financier’s Cash Book 1883, 1889-1899; Ledger 1886-1891.

GC 1167 Armed Services Catalog of Medical Materials, 1949‑1952
(Boxes: 1 volume in letter)

Catalog entitled Armed Services Catalog of Medical Materiel [sic] published by the Armed Services Medical Procurement Agency, Brooklyn, New York.

GC 1168  Los Angeles County Poll Lists (1886-1889) and Index to 1880 Census
(Boxes: 1 ov)

Election and census lists.  Tally list for Los Angeles County general election of First Ward, First Precinct, November, 1886; poll and tally lists for Los Angeles City special municipal election, August, 1889; blank poll list book; bulk are census lists dated 1880 for townships in Los Angeles County:  Anaheim; Westminster & Fountain Valley; Los Angeles City First Ward (2 volumes); Los Angeles City Second Ward; Centenela Ballona Santa Monica & Cahuenga Road Districts; San Jose & Azusa Townships of Rancho La Puente; Los Nietos Township; San Gabriel Township (2 volumes); Florence, San Antonio & Vernon Road Districts; Santa Ana Townships (2 volumes); and San Juan Township.  For other Los Angeles County archival records, see separate Los Angeles County Government Records finding aid.

GC 1169 Los Angeles County Tax Collectors Office Records, 1888‑1938
(Boxes: 1 letter, 1 legal)

Los Angeles County and City tax receipts, forms, related documents, 1888-1938. Certificates of Redemption of Real Estate Purchased by the State [of California], 1888-1889.  For other Los Angeles County archival records, see separate Los Angeles County Government Records finding aid.

See also GC 1266, Los Angeles County Records.

GC 1170 Los Angeles Fire Department Collection, 1873‑1933
.6 linear feet (Boxes: ½ letter, 1 ov folder)

Annual Reports (1896‑1933), Constitution and Bylaws (1873), Rules and Regulations (1886‑1905), programs and tickets for banquets & balls, and other ephemera related to the Los Angeles Fire Department.

See also (P-79), Los Angeles Fire Department Collection.

GC 1171 Charles Owens Sketches
(Boxes: 1 ov)

Charles Owens was a Los Angeles Times illustrator from 1921 until 1953. These sketches (some originals and others printed) are primarily of California scenes, including Boulder Dam, Yosemite, the Ventura Mission, Los Angeles High School on Fort Moore Hill, Giant Redwoods, and Exposition Park. ca. 1925-ca. 1953.

GC 1172 Concordia Club Minutes of Meetings, 1891‑1918
(Boxes: 2 ov; one folder)

The Concordia Club formed in May, 1891 and maintained a membership limited to 100 persons from prominent Los Angeles Jewish families.  The club dissolved about 1916.

Manuscript minutes of the club, some typed sheets attached. Also bylaws of the Concordia Building Asso­ciation of Los Angeles (1901) and minutes of the asso­ciation (May 1 to November 19, 1901).

See also GC1132, Leah Hellman Meyberg Scrapbook, ca. 1885-1901.

GC 1173 Gerard Barnes Collection
(Boxes: 1 ov, housed with legal)

Eight letters dated 1850 to 1868 from Thomas Loftin, Narcissa Harison, and James Lee to various family members. Most are from Thomas Loftin in El Dorado County to family members in Mississippi. An unrelated part of the collection consists of three 8-mm films: “The Louis-Walcott Fight,” “Donald’s Ice Capades,” and “Mickey in Eliza Crossing the Ice.” 1850-1947.

GC 1174 Appointments, Diplomas, and Certificates
(Boxes: 4 ov; ov folders in mc)

Professional and fraternal appointments as well as for public service and personal commendations. 1784-1958, undated.

GC 1175 Prohibition Collection
(Boxes: 1 ov)

Typescripts, leaflets, newspapers, and clipsheets pertaining to prohibition published by the Temperance Society of the Methodist Episcopal Church. 1915-1919.

See also GC 1137, Political Materials Collection.

GC 1176 Edwin Deakin Mission Sketches
(Boxes: 3 ov)

Englishman Deakin (1838-1923) began studying and painting California missions upon settling in California in 1870 and continued until about 1899.

Scrapbook of Deakin's California mission sketches; sketches of El Molino, a Spanish mill in Pasadena; several magazines of which belonged to Deakin (1900-1905). ca. 1872-1905.

GC 1177 Los Angeles County Jail Registers, 1887‑1914
(Boxes: 5 volumes in ov)

Jail Registers: January 1887 – April 1888; 1888 – 1889; April 1888 – January 1889; 1888 – 1889; 1897 – 1900; 1913 - 1914. Information in volumes includes names, offenses and booking dates.

GC 1178  Max Meyberg/La Fiesta de Los Angeles Scrapbook, 1894‑1931
(Boxes: 1 ov)

Meyberg, a Los Angeles merchant, was credited with the idea of holding the annual celebration known as La Fiesta de Los Angeles.

Photographs (of La Fiesta and of Meyberg), clippings and programs related to La Fiesta de Los Angeles and Meyberg's involvement with it.

GC 1179 Book of Drawings of Public School Children
(Boxes: 1 ov)

Album of sketches includes charcoal and pen and ink botanical and patterned designs. [ca. 1890s]

Mostly 7th and 8th grades of schools in the city of Los Angeles including Breed Street, Harper, Spring Street, Sentous Street, Custer, and Ninth Street.

GC 1180 Harold H. Griffen Collection of Political Cartoons
(Boxes: 2 ov)

Clippings including cartoons published in Harper's Weekly, Judge, Puck and Wasp relating to American political satire. Cartoons include those illustrated by Homer Davenport. 1857-1968, bulk is 19th century.

GC 1181  Carlos Nebel Lithographs
(Boxes: 1 ov)

Mostly color, taken from illustrations by Carlos Nebel, of views of Mexico. Includes lithographs by Bayot. [ca. 1836-1851]. See also Nebel lithographs in GC 1001 Antonio F. Coronel Collection.

GC 1182 Early Printing Examples Collection
(Boxes: 1 legal, 1 ov folder)

Issued in 1926 by The Foliophiles Incorporated of original leaves (many with accompanying text providing details of the specimen.) World examples including Javanese, Sanskrit, German, Chinese and Japanese. 1263 - 19th century.

GC 1183 Miriam Spicer Papers
(Boxes: 2 legal, 1 ov folder)

Personal letters, calling cards, ephemera, school notebooks. Reflects on life in Lawrence, Kansas. Includes two yearbooks for Tulane University, Louisiana and two etchings by C. Trano.

See also photographs in (P-95).

GC 1184 "America!" Scrapbook, 1918‑1927
(Boxes: 1 letter)

Pictures and articles about American troops fighting in WWI, especially American "Aces." Includes reports of men who died in service, a few photographs and two letters. The bulk of the material is from 1918, with a few items from later years.

GC 1185 American Smelting and Refining Company (ASARCO) Collection, 1910‑1930
.6 linear feet (Boxes: ½ legal)

Photocopies and hand‑written notes collected by Donald Chaput, History Division, Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County, during the years 1984‑1988, as part of a biographical project related to Julius Kruttschnitt, Jr. Most of the materials are from the Tucson office of ASARCO, where Kruttschnitt was headquartered from 1912‑1930 (he was Manager, Southwest District for ASARCO). Files cover Arizona, New Mexico and Mexico.

Photocopying of this collection is not available.

GC 1186 Earthquakes Scrapbook, 1925‑1927
(Boxes: 1 ov)

Newspaper clippings, from a clipping service, pertaining to earthquakes, primarily in the United States.

GC 1187 Charlie Chaplin (1889‑1977) Scrapbook, 1931
(Boxes: 1 volume in ov; mc)

Charles Spencer Chaplin was born in Paris in 1889. He became universally known as a comedic silent screen actor.

Scrapbook of clippings about Chaplin taken from papers in many countries. "Charles Chaplin Film Corporation" is stamped on the inside cover. Clippings are in several languages including French, English, Swedish and Italian.  (P-181)

GC 1188 "Modern Mexico" Scrapbook, 1919‑1924
(Boxes: 1 ov)

Very fragile.

GC 1189 Lee De Forest (1873‑1961) Scrapbook, 1919‑1924
(Boxes: 1 ov)


Iowa‑born inventor, received a B.S. and Ph.D. from Yale.  Worked on apparatus for radio telegraphy. Invented the triode (1906), the prototype of all electronic amplifiers.  Among his other inventions were sound film and colored television. Lived in Palo Alto from 1910‑1913 and moved back to California in 1930. Died in Hollywood in 1961. [Hart, Companion to California.]

One scrapbook of clippings, letters and photographs pertaining to De Forest and his inventions. There are articles by and about him. The bulk of the clippings are about his invention of sound film. There are also clippings and ephemera pertaining to Thomas A. Edison’s 75th birthday celebration (1924) and a letter from Edison to De Forest on the same subject.

GC 1190 Park Villa Tract Collection, 1887‑1964
.2 linear ft. (Boxes: 1 legal)

Deeds, indentures and other legal documents pertaining to personal property on the Park Villa tract in the city of Los Angeles.  Also some documents relating to personal property in the Ellis Tract in the city of Los Angeles and the San Pasqual Tract in the county of Los Angeles.

GC 1191 Fred Gehring Letters, 1957‑1963
.2 linear feet (Boxes: ½ letter)

Gehring was Assistant Director at the Natural History Museum.  This material was transferred from the Fred Gehring Papers in the museum archives.

There are three files of Assistant Director Gehring's correspondence pertaining to the William S. Hart County Park.

See also GC 1192, The William S. Hart County Park Research Files and GC 1012, The William S. Hart Papers.

GC 1192 William S. Hart County Park Research Files, ca. 1950's‑
(5.8+ linear feet, including ov folders in mc)

When William S. Hart died in 1946, he left the bulk of his estate to the County of Los Angeles, stipulating that his house and ranch property were to be used as a museum and public park. The Parks and Recreation Department of Los Angeles County operates and maintains the grounds at Hart Park and the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County is responsible for the historical interpretation of Hart's home, its contents, and several other buildings.

Most of the collection consists of correspondence and clippings generated and collected by employees, mainly Lloyd Hiatt, of the Los Angeles County Parks and Recreation Department working at Hart Park during the 1950s‑1970s. The files contain information on the artifacts at Hart Park, especially guns and Indian textiles, as well as on many western artists, including Charles M. Russell, James Montgomery Flagg, and photographer David F. Barry. There are magazines and clippings about Hart and Hart Park. This collection continues to grow as the History Division staff of the Natural History Museum adds additional relevant material.  Included, for example, is the "William S. Hart County Park Historical Background Study" by Abraham Hoffman, prepared in 1988 for the History Division.

See also GC 1012, William S. Hart Papers, and GC 1191, Fred Gehring Letters (pertaining to Hart Park).

See also GC1353, P-75, MSS-247, MSS-251, MSS-575.

Photographs transferred to collection (P‑98).

GC 1193 Print Collection
(Boxes: 5 ov)

Many documents stamped Los Angeles Free Library. Undated.

GC 1194 Nineteenth Century Magazine Illustrations Collection
(Boxes: 1 ov)

Illustrations extracted from various issues of Ballou's Pictorial, Frank Leslie's Budget of Fun, Harper's Bazaar, Harper's Weekly,  and Illustrated London News. 1855-1881, undated.

GC 1195 "Military and Political Leaders, United States, Nineteenth Century”
(Boxes: 2 volumes in 1 letter)

Typescript with index; pages contain biographical sketches of participants from the Civil War with original lithographs, photographs, letters, autographs, and calling cards tipped in. A laborious compilation with an unknown creation date therefore the acquisition date of 1975 is used.  Noteworthy in Volume 1 is an autograph and lithograph of Major General Edward O.C. Ord. 1975.

GC 1196 World War I Scrapbooks
(Boxes: 2 volumes in ov)

Primarily newspaper clippings in brittle condition. 1917.

GC 1197 Conservative Political Direct Mail Collection
(Boxes: 12 legal; 2 ov)

Campaign mail and political publications. Boxes 1-2 filed by campaigner name; boxes 3-10 by organization. Also three publications:  The Spotlight on Washington and the World, published by Cordite Fidelity Corporation, Washington, D. C. (Feb. 1985-Feb. 1986); New Solidarity Nonpartisan National Newspaper of the American System, published by Campaigner Publications, New York, N.Y. (Jun. 1986-Feb. 1987; Executive International Review, published by New Solidarity International Press Service (May-Dec. 1986). Collected by Susan M. Maclay. 1985 - 1987.

GC 1198 Xth Olympiad Scrapbook, 1932
(Boxes: 1 scrapbook in ov)

Tickets, passes, stationery, clippings, matchbook covers, programs, photographs, autographs by athletes. Compiled by Pauline Prezant, secretary to the aide of the Austrian team.

GC 1199 William P. Moore Los Angeles Survey Books, 1854; 1864‑1865
(Boxes: ms. volumes in 1 letter)

Moore (1827-1897) was City Surveyor 1857-1860, 1864-1865, 1873-1875. He emigrated from Maine in 1852. After spending time in Napa, California, he set out on foot and arrived in Los Angeles on April 3, 1854. Soon he began his lifelong work as a surveyor and a lifelong association and friendship with George Hansen. As City Surveyor and Superintendent of Streets, he is credited with standardizing, straightening and leveling to uniform grade the city sidewalks.

Two notebooks with handwritten notes taken in the course of his surveying activities in the nascent American city.

GC 1200 Gift Books Collection
(Boxes: ½ letter)

8 small gift books, mostly poetry, published between 1883 and 1912, and undated. Noteworthy is The Raven by Edgar Allan Poe, an 1883 E.F. Dutton edition designed with a fringe-edged cover.

GC 1201 Hattie A. Pease (1846‑1933) Papers, 1861‑1894
.2 linear ft. (Boxes: ½ letter, 1 ov folder)

Harriet Almira Sturtevant Pease was born in Westport, New York and educated at North Granville Seminary in New York. In April 1877 she married Edmund Morris Pease, M.D., just a few months before they set sail on their voyage as missionaries. Most of their missionary work was done at Ebon in Micronesia.

The bulk of this collection consists of long letters "Hattie" Pease wrote to "friends at home" while she was in Micronesia. 1877–1894. One letter is from Honolulu (May‑June, 1877), and there are two folders containing pages from her journal.

GC 1202 Chris Jorgensen Collection
(Boxes: 1 legal; 2 ov)

Jorgensen (1860-1935) was a Norwegian-born California artist. He painted scenes of the California missions.

Clippings, biographical material, correspondence, 1901-1973. Artwork includes watercolors and sketches by Jorgensen, Virgil Williams, and others, 1885-1915, undated. The works by Jorgensen reflect the places he resided and traveled, include California, Italy and Mexico. 1885-1973, undated.

GC 1203 Samuel K. Baker (?‑1864) Letters, 1851‑1905
.2 linear ft. (Boxes: ½ legal)

Samuel K. Baker of New York fought in the Civil War as a Union soldier.

The bulk of this collection consists of letters written by Baker to his wife Amanda from 1861‑1864. Most of the letters are written from various locations in Virginia and discuss the health of the troops, the horses assigned to them, and some of the battles the soldiers fought. Also typescripts of the original letters.

GC 1204 California Real Estate Exchange Letter Copying Books
(Boxes: 1 ov)

2 volumes of business correspondence copies, produced by an invention called a "letter copying book". Its onion skin sheets are blurred often illegible. Created by the California Real Estate Exchange. Book #2: June 1, 1899-July 31, 1899 Book #4: Oct. 26, 1899-Feb. 9, 1900.

GC 1205 Stephen Mallory White Ledger, 1892‑1899
(Boxes: 1 ov bundle)

San Francisco born lawyer who practiced in Los Angeles, where he also became prominent in Democratic Party politics. He served in the U.S. Senate (1893-99), where he championed the creation of a harbor for Los Angeles at San Pedro.

Account book of financial transactions of Los Angeles businesses and individuals.

See also GC 1124, Stephen Mallory White Scrapbooks, 1894-1900.

GC 1206 DuShane Stock Certificate Collection
(Boxes: ½ letter)

Primarily stock certificates issued separately to several individuals for mining, oil and other stocks in various states. Also for El Oro Club, Mexico.  Also several letters and related documents. See also:  GC 1219, Stock Certificate Collection.

GC 1207 Mary Alice Kennedy (compiler) Scrapbook
(Boxes: 1 ov)

Clippings on U.S. presidents, prominent people and pets. 1903–1919.

GC 1208 LeRoy Motion Picture Patents Collection, 1861‑1936
(Boxes: 8 letter)

Jean A. LeRoy (1854-1932?) was an early developer of moving picture processes.

Research materials of Jean A. LeRoy, of patents pertaining to the development of motion pictures.

GC 1209 William Woodhead Collection, 1860-1881
.5 linear ft. (Boxes: ½ letter)

12 letters written by William Woodhead (except one by Thomas [Woodhead]) to their mother and sister. William Woodhead wrote of various job experiences in Three Rivers, Michigan (foundry, papermaking, etc.); his broken engagement which motivated him to re-enlist in the army; his later experiences as a guard in the Michigan State Prison (Jackson); and various other topics. Thomas [presumably William’s brother] wrote one letter in which he describes the Chicago fire in 1871.

GC 1210 Bernal and Fisher Survey Records
(Boxes: 13 letter; 3 ½ letter; 1 volume in ov; ov folders in mc)

Joseph (Jose) Antonio Bernal (d. 1927) was the son of a Californio mother, Serafina (1805?-1898). He was cited in the Los Angeles City/County Directory 1886/1887, p. 180 as a surveyor,  with18 years experience, specializing in old Spanish land grants. In the 1910 and 1920 censuses, his occupation was listed as Civil Engineer. Two sons were also civil engineers. He had a long career as a city employee, including Surveyor in the Bureau of Engineering.  Apparently well-respected and active in community affairs, his friends included Joseph Mesmer, Isidor Dockweiler, William Mulholland, E.A. Tuttle, John G. Rockhold, Eugene Biscailuz, William Traeger, R.F. Del Valle, W.R. Rowland and Boyle Workman. He died at age 71 in January, 1927. G.M.D. Fisher was an 1885 graduate from Indiana.

Primarily field and level notebooks containing handwritten notes, drawings and calculations for survey work in the Los Angeles and Southern California region. Created by Joseph A. Bernal, G.M.D. Fisher, Bernal & Bernal and also Alphonso J. Bernal (son of Bernal). One large volume containing survey drawings for clients, ca. 1888-1914. Includes indices for many of the notebooks, however volumes are incomplete. Includes personal photographs, possibly of Alphonso and family; photographs of some building properties. Noteworthy are several index references to Bernal's surveys of Chinatown following violence and murder among Chinese residents (including Tong gang disputes in February, 1895 which J.A. Bernal testified in court several months later in June, 1895 in his capacity as surveyor.) ca. 1883- 1961, undated.

GC 1211 Cosmopolitan Hotel Register, 1882‑1883
(Boxes: 1 volume in ov)

Los Angeles hotel; volume spine reads Proprietors–Hammel and Denker. 1882–1883.

GC 1212 Historic American Buildings Survey, Southern California District 3
(Boxes: 3 ov)

The Historic American Buildings Survey, or HABS, was initiated during the Great Depression to put unemployed architects to work and provide architectural, historical, and photographic documentation of historic structures and sites throughout the United States. (Source:

Diagrams and blue prints. Henry F. Withey supervised the Southern California project with the California State Historical Association likely having provided administrative support. (Withey's photographs are housed in P-35). Box 1 contains Surveys No. 37-1 through 37-37; 38-1 through 38-10. Box 2 contains Surveys No. 21-332. Box 3 contains Surveys No. 3-2 through 3-29. 1937 index in Box 1.

GC 1213 Cigar Bands, 1922‑1925
(Boxes: 4 loose leaf binders in 2 letter)

4 loose leaf binders; arranged alphabetically by Cigar Company: Book 1: A-B, no brand names, ov bands; Book 2: C-G; Book 3: H-N Book; 4: O-Z, Samples of Cigar Box Edgings.

GC 1214 California Army and Navy Posts, Research Files
(Boxes: 7 letter)

Don Chaput's research files (added to the Seaver collections February 1990). Chaput was curator in the History Department of the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County.

GC 1215 Aerial Navigation Scrapbook Pages, ca. 1906‑1909
(Boxes: 1 ov; fragile)

Clippings and a few business cards. Clippings are about balloon flight, dirigibles, the Wright Broth­ers, and other aeronautic topics.

GC 1216 C. E. McKeag Los Angeles Mayor's Office Letterpress Books, 1905‑1908
(Boxes: 2 volumes, with indexes in ov)

McKeag was the Los Angeles Mayor's secretary.

These official letters cover portions of the terms of Mayors Owen McAleer and Arthur C. Harper. Most of the letters pertain to the police and fire departments. Volume 1 is from January 19, 1905 to April 28, 1906. Volume 2 is from May 4, 1906 to January 29, 1908.

GC 1217 G.A.R. Register of Visitors, 1886‑1887
(Boxes: 1 volume, 26 cm x 35 cm in ov)

Part of the register is for San Francisco (August 1886) and part is for Los Angeles (February 1887).

GC 1218 Homer Hamlin Correspondence, 1900‑1919
(Boxes: 2½ legal)

Hamlin was the City Engineer of Los Angeles from 1906-1917.

Collection consists of correspondence on the following topics: Laguna Dam, California‑Arizona; Los Angeles Harbor; Los Angeles Municipal Railway; the decomposition of cement and concrete; the Paradise‑Verde Irrigation District. There are also correspondence and witness report forms about earthquakes occurring in Southern California in 1917. Also, correspondence with the following organizations and bodies: Consolidation Committee of Los Angeles, Calif.; Los Angeles Harbor Commission; Municipal League of Los Angeles; Municipal Waterways Association.

See also Report on the Disposal of the Surplus Waters of the Los Angeles Aqueduct, cataloged at TD224.C33 R4.

GC 1219 Stock Certificate Collection
(Boxes: 1 legal, 1 ov folder)

A collection of over 50 stock certificates representing mining, oil, railroads, and other industries. Includes the Los Angeles Pioneer Oil Company (1865), but many are undated. Mostly for western states. 1863-1970 (bulk is 1910-1930).
See also:  GC1206, DuShane Stock Certificate Collection

GC 1220 E. H. Amet (b. 1864) Collection
(Boxes: ½ legal, 2 ov folders)

Edward Amet (1860-1948) was the inventor of the first practical 35mm motion picture projector, the Magniscope. He also invented other movie and sound machines. He also invented the Ethelo, a violin-like instrument.

Patents, sketches, and clippings. 1880-1917, undated.
Photographs transferred to collection (P-42).

GC 1221 Russell E. Danforth Scrapbook, 1918‑1919
(Boxes: 1 bundle in ov; 1 ov folder)

Danforth was a WWI soldier stationed in France.

The scrapbook contains military papers (promotions, passes, permission requests), invitations, photographs, programs, ticket stubs, and sheet music. Also includes a letter from Danforth to his grandmother (May 4, 1919) telling about sightseeing in France.

GC 1222 Indian Tribes of North America Lithographs
(Boxes: 1 ov, 56 cm x 40 cm)

13 black and white lithographs from Thomas Loraine McKenney and James Hall, Indian Tribes of North America, Philadelphia, 1938.

GC 1223 “Vignettes of Los Angeles” Manuscript by Sidney B. Reeve
(Boxes: 3 legal, L.C.)

Pioneer surveyor of the city and vicinity of Los Angeles.

Autograph manuscript providing description of Los Angeles during the pioneer period. Also Los Angeles City Lots & Tracts, ca. 1850s.  Last date signed was 1931.  ca. 1850- ca. 1931

GC 1224 California Wanted Posters Scrapbook, 1919
(Boxes: 1 legal)

About 300 posters dated 1919 for criminals, escapees, and missing persons from various California locales.

See also GC 1224.1 Wanted Posters, 1911-1917.

GC1224.1 Wanted Posters, 1911-1917
(Boxes: 1 bundle)

49 items of small posters, bulletins, real photo postcards, all describing persons, primarily men, wanted for specific crimes; issued by American federal, state and local law enforcement agencies, the military, and private detective agencies.

See also GC1224 California Wanted Posters Scrapbook.

GC 1225 Cordelia Matheson Birken and Leonard E. Birken Correspondence, 1889‑1900
(Boxes 2½ legal; 1 ov folder)

Primarily correspondence between Cordelia ("Cor­die") Matheson and Leonard ("Len") Birken before and after their marriage. The letters are to and from various small towns in Nebraska. Most of the letters are written by Cordelia Matheson; there are also some letters from family and friends. The letters are primarily about the social lives of the writers and their friends.

GC 1226 Ninety Years of Law Enforcement: A History of the Los Angeles County, California Sheriff's Department, 1850‑1940, by F. W. Emerson, 1940
(Boxes: 2 vols. 30 cm x 24 cm and 29 cm x 21 cm in 1 letter)

Annotated typescript glued into two bound volumes.

There are photographs of the city and county jails, sheriffs, and other employees of the department.

GC 1227 Daniel E. Reeme Diaries, 1863‑1864
(Boxes: 4 items in 4 x 5 housed in letter)

Reeme was a Union soldier, Ohio volunteer.

Three diaries mention Annapolis, Martinsburg, and Cumberland. Also included is a bible carried by Reeme during the Civil War.

GC 1228 Sam Moore Papers, 1931‑1936
.2 linear ft. (Boxes: ½ legal)

Letters, telegrams, legal agreements, photographs, posters.  Most of the collection pertains to Moore's airplane, used by J. Herman Banning (pilot) and Thomas C. Allen (mechanic), the first African‑Americans to fly from Los Angeles to New York (1932). There is an agree­ment in which Moore and his associate give the use of the plane to Banning for one year. Much of the materi­als deal with Moore's attempts to reclaim the plane after Banning's 1933 death. Photographs are of Banning and Allen as well as Marie Daughter, another pilot. There are also posters announcing the public appear­ances of Banning and Allen.

GC 1229 Wallace L. DeWolf Etchings
(Boxes: 1 ov)

26 prints of landscapes drawn by DeWolf. Scenes might not be of California; prints were made by Bertha E. Jaques of Chicago from plates. 1914-1931, undated.

GC 1230 Bausch and Lomb Optical Company Prints
(Boxes: 1 ov)

8 color commercial prints on textured boards, illustrating use of spectacles through history published by Bausch and Lomb Optical Co., Rochester, N.Y. Artwork by Harold Anderson, W.F. Soare, and unsigned. 1936. See also P-122 Bausch and Lomb Optical Company Collection, ca. 1950.

GC 1231 John Bartlett Goodman (1901-1991) Collection
(Boxes: 1 ov, ov folders in mc)

Goodman was active in the motion picture industry as an art director for 47 years. He worked for Paramount Studios in the 1930s and 1940s.

Booklets, clippings, drawings, many pertaining to architecture, likely collected during his career. Also two brochures on the Pullman Co.  1892-1953, undated. Photographs transferred to (P-13).

GC 1232 Sights and Scenes in the Philippines
(Boxes: 1 legal)

Drawings, paintings, maps, receipts, documents, photographs, and typescripts with photographs. Collection documented the social life and customs in the Philippines, created by Ella M. and Forest Clark while residing on the island from July 1909 to August 1911.

GC 1233 Associations and Clubs Collection
(Boxes: 8 legal; 3 ov folders)

Printed miscellany of educational, social, religious, political and cultural entities primarily from the Southern California region. 1876-2009, bulk is 1880s-1940s.

GC 1234 American Legion Scrapbook, 1941‑1954
(Boxes: 1 ov)

Compiled by Marie Peterson, the scrapbook includes badges, photographs, clippings, meeting agendas, membership lists, and other ephemera relating to the American Legion, Columbus Park (Illinois) Auxiliary, Unit 688. There is also some material relating to the American Legion, Santa Barbara, Post 49.

GC 1235 Philip J. Lauber (b. 1874?) Military Records, 1860‑1926
(Boxes: ½ legal; 4 ov folders)

Pertains to the Spanish-American War, Philippines Expedition.

GC 1236 Joseph Plaisted Military Records
(Boxes: 1 ov)

Plaisted (1833-1886) was a captain of Company E, 5th Regiment of the Ohio Infantry Volunteers.

Civil War roll of men, expenditure records, payroll and muster rolls. 1862-1865.

GC 1237 Los Angeles Photochromers Scrapbooks
(Boxes: 4 letter)

Organization of "color camera fans", and its club publications and correspondence. 1940-1952.

GC 1238 Charles J. Prudhomme Papers
(Boxes: 1 legal; 1 1/2 legal; 1 flat; 2 ov folders)

Charles J. Prudhomme (1854-1934) was the son of Frenchman Leon Victor Prudon and a Californio mother, Mercedes Tapia. He was an active member of the HSSC and collected historical artifacts and photographs.  Prudhomme’s father took part in the Bear Flag Revolt of 1846.

Papers reflecting the social life and customs of early residents of Los Angeles and Alta California. Range from 1748-1876, undated (bulk is 19th century). English and Spanish. Includes The Ladies Album, containing poetry, engravings, and locks of hair.

Photographs housed in (P-68, P-78 and P-260).

GC 1239 Avila Family Papers
(Boxes: 1 legal)

Anastasio Avila received the Mexican land grant, Rancho Tajuata, also known as Rancho de Los Cuervos, located in the present-day Watts district of the city of Los Angeles.

Documents of the Avilas, an early California family.  Includes historical account by Carolina Avila. Spanish surname spelling variant:  Abila.  English and Spanish. 1824 - 1940.
Most photographs have been moved to (P-78), Portrait Collection; one photograph is in (P-14), Del Valle photograph collection.  See also GC-1318 Josefa Avila Papers.

GC 1240 Maltese Falcon Script Illustrations by Lucien Denman
(Boxes: ½-width 5 x 7 in letter)

Denman (1893–1986) arrived in Los Angeles around 1931. Taught commercial art.

Illustrations pertaining to the film Maltese Falcon. ca. 1941

GC 1241 International Lyceum Association, ca. 1910s‑1940s
(Boxes:  1 legal; 1 ov)

Printed portraits, posters, programs and advertisements pertaining to Ernest J. Sias. Also brochures on other speakers, including: Ross Crane, Francis J. Gable, Bergderfer, Ralph Parlette, Sarah Mildred Willmer, Sidney Landon, Russell H. Conwell, Newell Dwight Hillis, John Merritte Driver, Gilbert Atlee Eldridge, and Roland A Nichols. There are also some photographs.

GC 1242ov Los Angeles Smog Scrapbook, 1967‑1970
(Boxes: 1 volume in ov)

Mainly clippings from the Los Angeles Times.  See also GC 1242.1 Los Angeles Smog Scrapbook, 1970-1971.

GC 1242.1 Los Angeles Smog Scrapbook, 1970-1971
(1 volume in ov bundle)

Mainly clippings from the Los Angeles Times.  July, 1970 - January, 1971.  See also GC 1242 Los Angeles Smog Scrapbook 1967-1970.

GC 1243 Printing Samples Collection
(Boxes: ½ letter, 1 ov)

Calling cards, business cards, calendars, and greeting cards primarily of Los Angeles and New York establishments, 1880s–1890s. Includes catalog of Miehle Printing Press and Manufacturing Co., and a photograph of a Dexter printing machine.

GC 1244 Theodore C. Bowles Military Records, 1863-1867
(Boxes: ½ legal)

Records and correspondence from the files of Bowles, who was Quartermaster during the Civil War and was in charge of Joe Holt Hospital in Jeffersonville, Indiana. Includes post-war records such as veterans' claims.

GC 1245 Martin H. Burge Civil War Collection
(Boxes: 5 x 7 housed in letter; ½ legal; 1 ov)

Soldiers' letters; postmarks and postal covers; Confederate almanac; and veterans' scrapbook. Letters from sites including Elk River Bridge, Tennessee (1865); a letter by a woman who accompanied her medical officer husband (1864); a series of letters by Norman Allen to his wife and family (1864-65); postmarks; Confederate Army almanac (1864); patriotic envelopes unused, circa 1861-1865 in variations of patriotic, political and comic themes; scrapbook mostly of newspaper clippings pertaining to the Gettysburg Reunion of 1938 with later items through 1969. 1861-1969.

GC 1246 Maynard Dixon Collection
(Boxes: 1 flat housed in legal)

Illustrations of Touring Topics magazine series on “The Story of Transportation in the Southwest.” 1930s.

GC 1247 Horse Racing Record Book
(Boxes: 1 volume in letter)

Includes handwritten entries listing track names, primarily Santa Anita, some Hollywood Park and occasionally Tanforan. Horse names are followed by numbers (possibly page numbers?). 1935-1946.

GC 1248 Vignes Family Papers
(Boxes: 1 legal, 1 ov folder)

The Vignes Family was a part of a small but influential French community. The family patriarch was Jean-Louis Vignes who left Cadillac, France in 1826, arriving in El Dorado, California in 1831. (Vignes remained in Los Angeles until his death in 1863.) He bought a tract of land adjacent to the Los Angeles River (near the present location of Alameda Street and south of Aliso Street) and laid out El Aliso Vineyard, named for the huge sycamore which shaded it—a misnomer; “aliso” actually means alder. (Vignes's neighbors then called him Don Luis del Aliso.) Vignes, whose name means “vines” in French, became the most important winemaker in the West, producing as many as forty thousand gallons a year, and is today considered a pioneer of California viticulture. (He also planted what was probably the first orange grove in the city of Los Angeles.) Two present-day Los Angeles thoroughfares. Vignes and Aliso streets, are named for this pioneering family.
Collection consists of a diary, letters, legal documents, photographs, recipes and wine-making notes. Pierre Vignes was Jean-Louis's brother and the author of the diary in this collection. Creators of this collection were Pierre Vignes and Pierre's son, Vital Ferdinand Vignes. The letters and other written materials in the collection are all in French, though some of the letters have been transcribed and translated by Claudine Chambers; the diary has been transcribed and translated by Annick Foucrier. 1843-1901.

GC 1249 Amber Dunkerley Broadus and Katherine Field Western Sketches
(Boxes: 1 legal)

51 pen and ink drawings of cowboy life by Katherine Field, signed and dated 1934, 1936, 1937, 1940, 1941, 1942, 1948, 1949, 1950, and 1951; commissioned for use in calendars and in the Western Livestock Journal published by the Los Angeles Union Stock Yards Company. 49 drawings of cowboy and western life by Amber Dunkerley Broadus, all undated but signed either "D" or "Dunkerley." Items are not chronologically organized. The Los Angeles Union StockYards Company hired the artists. 1934-1951, undated.

GC 1250 Mrs. J. J. Woodworth Papers
(Boxes: 1 legal; ½ legal; 1 ov folder)

Woodworth settled in Los Angeles in the early 1850s; the Woodworth adobe at Second and San Pedro Streets was replaced with a house. A receipt in the Seaver Center collections dates the operationof Perry-Woodworth and Company as early as 1865, selling furniture, mattresses and woodworking. The company continued to operate selling lumber and window sash at 76 Commercial Street until the death of Woodworth in 1882. His widow was Maria A. Foster (daughter of Merced Lugo and Stephen Foster; granddaughter of Antonio Maria Lugo.)

Bills on letterhead, bills without letterhead, receipts, railroad and steamship papers, Western Union telegrams, calling cards, government and business papers, clippings, advertisements, correspondence of Wallace Woodworth and the Perry Woodworth Co. for Southern California, Los Angeles and San Francisco locales. Also family papers, notably estate records for Antonio Maria Lugo. ca. 1840-1902, undated.

See also photographs in (P-224).

GC 1251 Anna Bell Picher Collection
(Boxes: 2 ov; 1 ov bundle, 2 ov folders)

Scrapbooks about "California in Harpers Magazine," "California Missions as Architecture" and other loose documents related to California mission culture. One scrapbook "El Camino Real" dated 1900, shown by the Pasadena Exhibition Association, includes photographs of the last families of the San Gabriel Mission. Notable are several missal parchments of hymns printed in Latin. ca. 1892-1900, undated.

GC 1252 Los Angeles County Hospital Birth Registration Book, 1916-1920
(Boxes: 1 ov bundle)

Handwritten entries include dates, patient names, husbands’ name, race,birth-place, age, occupation, place of delivery, condition of child at birth and more. Includes index of names.

GC 1253 South Land Mining Association Records
(Boxes: 1 ov)

2 books of stock certificates, ca. 1906-1908 and 1 manuscript book listing stockholders.

See also MSS-368 and GC 1219.

GC 1254 M.L. Hinman Deed Collection, 1681-1844
(69 items)

Property deeds and documents for various individuals, primarily of Chester County and Philadelphia in Pennsylvania.

GC 1255 Synchronous Club Minutes, August 1915-September 1921
(Boxes: 1 legal in ov)

Minutes and records of a Los Angeles-based electrical society. The minutes, both manuscript and typescript, chronicle the club's move to rename itself Synchronous; the club also decided on a slogan "Advancement of knowledge is everything electrical." Described were lecture topics including electrical inspection, governmental regulation, economics, motor manufacturing and notable was an April, 1918 lecture on Motion Pictures with a demonstration of a motion picture camera.

GC 1256 William Murdock Letters
(Boxes:  ½ legal)

Civil War soldier’s letters addressed to Elizabeth Affleck, 1862-1865.

GC 1257 Ingham Map Collection
(Boxes: 1 ov, ov folder in mc)

40 maps of the world (16th to 18th centuries).

GC 1258 San Francisco Theaters Scrapbook, 1886-1888
(Boxes: 1 ov)

Primarily programs with some reviews and ticket stubs and 1 photo of Theodora de Gillest (?). The scrapbook is annotated with opinions about plays and notes on the players.

See also GC 1146, Theatre Programs Collection, ca. 1893-1958.

GC 1259 New United States Hotel Registers, ca. 1890s
(Boxes: 2 volumes (47 cm x 32 cm.) in ov)

The registers for this Los Angeles hotel do not have any names of guests entered. There are many pages of advertisements for Los Angeles businesses.

GC 1260 Business Card Collection
(Boxes: ½-width 5 x 7 and 2 5 x 7 housed in letter)

An artificial collection of business cards arranged by subject. Primarily Los Angeles and Southern California. 1930s-1950s, undated (some undated items may be from early 20th century).

GC 1261 Grace Bennett Sheet Music Collection, 1891-1957
(Boxes: 3 ov housed with legal)

Sheet music for piano collected by Bennett.

GC 1262 M.J. Pusey Newspaper Articles
(Boxes: ½ legal)

Newspaper clippings of articles published in New Era from Mediapolis, Iowa. Written by Pusey about Peru from 1899 to 1903. See also: (P-197), Peru Photograph Album.

GC 1263 William M. Ferry Papers
(Boxes: 2 legal)

Papers of the Ferry family. Typescript recorded in 1913-14 by the eldest daughter of Rev. and Mrs. Ferry when she was 86 years of age, selected from family letters of incidents in the history of Mackinac Island, Michigan dating back to the 1820's-1830's during the residence there of Rev. William Montague Ferry and Amanda White Ferry between 1823 and 1837. The papers are a genealogical record for the Ferry, Montague, Henry, White, Harwood and Bannister lines. Also original and typewritten copies of Civil War letters, 1862-1865; an invitation to President Harrison's inauguration, 1889; military map of Chickasaw Bluffs; Probate Judge Commission, 1882; correspondence 1862-65 with U.S. Army Commissary Dept. when William M. Ferry [Jr.] was serving as Captain.

See also (P-201), William M. Ferry Family Photograph Albums, 1860s.

GC 1264 Stutz Automobile Scrapbook, ca. 1913-1919
(Boxes: 1 ov)

Scrapbook contains newspaper clippings pertaining to the racing activities of Stutz automobiles and to Mr. Walter H. Brown, Los Angeles Stutz automobile dealer.

GC 1265 Whitlock Metered Mailing Machine Collection
(Boxes: ½ legal, 3 ov folders)

Ralph G. Whitlock was an early California inventor and founder of the Whitlock Mfg. Co. in Los Angeles.

Photographs, drawings, flyers, patent records, incorporation records and other material pertaining to the Whitlock metered mailing machine, which was authorized by the United States Postal Service, 1925-1930.

GC 1266 Los Angeles County Records
(Boxes: 3 legal; 3 8x10; 1ov, 4 ov folders)

1851–1909 (Bulk 1851-1883)

Account books from 1880s-1890s. Poll tax books list surnames and tax information; 5 of the ledgers list surnames and page numbers of some other (unidentified) volume. Also cancelled bonds; warrants, vouchers and receipts; jury lists; militia lists; correspondence; civil and criminal judgments, court summons, bonds, attachments, warrants to pay witnesses, legal and social services rendered; Los Angeles city and county school papers; certificates for sales for taxes; applications for licenses; statements on properties for taxation. 1851 warrants in Spanish. Militia list, 1861-62. Also Los Angeles City Treasurer warrants 1871-1873. Oversize box contains school district bonds.  For other Los Angeles County archival records, see separate Los Angeles County Government Records finding aid.

See also MSS-380 for 1850-1851.  See also GC 1169 L.A. County Tax Collectors Office Records.

GC 1267 Nathan W. Post Collection
(Boxes: 1 legal)

Post was governor of Samoa.

Photographic album of Samoan scenes and of family and children [likely of Post family]; also printed material and momentos relating to the Great White Fleet; South Seas tourism ephemera. 1908-1915, undated

GC 1268 College Women’s Club of Pasadena Yearbooks and Bulletins
2 linear feet. (Boxes: 2 5 x 7 and 2 ½-width 5 x 7 housed in letter; 1 letter; ½ letter)

Yearbooks, bulletins. 1925–2001.

GC 1269 Motion Picture Programs and Memorabilia
(Boxes: 3 legal, 1 ov)

An artificial collection primarily published by individual movie theaters from the Los Angeles region. Arranged alphabetically by film title. 1889-2007, bulk is 1920s -1960s.

GC 1270 “Rocket 86” Film Promotion Press Books
(Boxes: 1 letter)

Pressbooks produced and distributed by National Telefilm Associates, Inc. (NTA) as the "Rocket 86" campaign for TV film release. Most of the films date from the 1930s-1940s and most were produced by 20th Century Fox Studios. Arranged alphabetically by film title. 1957.

GC 1271 George Washington Bicentennial Collection
(Boxes: 1 legal)

24 folders of booklets issued by the United States George Washington Bicentennial Commission, Washington, D.C., 1931.

GC 1272  Restaurant Menus Collection
(Boxes: 6 legal, 1 ov folder; ov folder in mc)

An artificial collection of over 450 menus from abroad and the United States. Bulk is of California restaurants from 1920 through the 1970s.  Includes airline, cruise ship and railway menus. 

Arranged geographically, then alphabetically.

GC 1273 Costume Sketches Collection
(Boxes: 1 ov; ov folder in mc)

Movie costume sketches by Renee Hurbert, William C. Lambert, William Travilla, Theodora Van Runkle, Arlington F. Valles, Edith Head (The Ten Commandments) and Helen Rose (Carmen Miranda). 1941-1968, bulk is 1942.  See also GC 1273.1 Feeder Collection of Motion Picture Costume Sketches

GC 1273.1 Feeder Collection of Motion Picture Costume Sketches, 1920s-1930s
(Boxes:  2 ov)

212 motion picture costume sketches.  Sketches are gouache, pencil, and ink on paper measuring approximately 12" x 19".  29 of the sketches are attributed to the following movies by First National (1924):  For Sale, The Goldfish, The Lady, Secrets, and Single Wives.  11 of the sketches are attributed to movies by United Artists (1929, 1933, 1934).  1924-1934, undated.  See also GC 1273 Costume Sketches Collection

GC 1273.2 Scotti Collection of Costume Design
(Boxes:  1 ov; 2 ov folders) 

Business records generated by Mary Ann Embroidery (formerly located at 315 East Eighth Street, Los Angeles), Mary Ann Originals, and A. Scotti Manufacturing (formerly located at 743 Santee Street and 746 Los Angeles Street, Los Angeles)

Scrapbook; color and sample cards of beads and sequins; photographs; advertisements; costume sketches for the musical group, the Supremes (1970); costume sketches for amusement park uniforms (1970s).  1954-1976, n.d.

GC 1274 Trade Catalogues Collection
(Boxes: 82 legal)

Catalogs pertaining to industrial as well as consumer products.

This collection originates from materials collected by two former Museum employees and is still in process as more catalogs are being added. Items date mostly from the twentieth century.

GC 1275 American Women Collection
(Boxes: 1 ov)

Two items pertaining to notable American women:  brochure for 1999 Ken Burns documentary "Not for Ourselves Alone" and an issue of Life magazine from 1976 highlighting 200 years of remarkable American women. 1976-1999.

GC 1276 Orra Monnette Papers
(Boxes: 30 boxes in legal; 12 letter)

Los Angeles banker, attorney and author (1873–1936).

The collection consists of 42 boxes (letter-size, legal-size, and oversize) of the personal papers, business records, and memorabilia belonging to Orra E. Monnette, 1865-1996, undated.

[In process]

GC 1277 Videotapes Collection
Collection includes movies, museum publicity footage, news and documentary works using Seaver Center materials, and other donated items on subjects appropriate for the Seaver Center.

[In process]

GC 1278 Carla Laemmle Collection
4 linear feet (Boxes: 7 legal; 3 ov; 1 record storage).

Carla Laemmle was a dancer and actress predominantly in the late 1920s to 1950s. Growing up she lived in Universal City, founded by her uncle Carl Laemmle, and observed Universal Studios' movie-making firsthand. She performed in several early Universal films and plays, and was Prima Ballerina at the Shrine Light Opera Company.

Collection of documents and mementos from Laemmle and her family including the Civil War, Daughters of the American Revolution, early Hollywood, and the Loomis Institute (an early private secondary school in Connecticut). 1848-2000.

See also GC 1331, Ray Cannon Collection.

GC 1279 Cattle Brands Collection, 1836-1917
(Boxes:  50 legal, 1 1/2 letter, 3 ov).

Cattle brand samples on leather; earmark samples on leather. English and Spanish. ca. 1836 - 1917, undated.

See also GC1339, Brands and Counterbrands Collection ([1835] - 1935).

GC 1279.1 Drawings of Cattle Brands
(Boxes:  2).

Drawings on individual cards, mostly of California brands, created from the Works Progress Administration (renamed in 1939 as the Work Projects Administration) (WPA). No index or identifying information for the brands.

GC 1280  Special Maps Collection
(Boxes: 19 boxes; 2 ov folders)

Includes maps other than street and road maps. Specialized charts, diagrams and maps pertaining to topography, soil condition, mines and minerals locale, building renderings, city planning and real property; maps published by the National Geographic Society, the United States Forest Service and the National Park Service; and strip maps published by the Automobile Club of Southern California and several other automobile associations. Geographic concentration is Los Angeles and California (particularly for real estate and strip maps), however other state maps are available, especially pertaining to topography, mines and minerals. There are some foreign maps. 1857-1966.

See also GC 1310, General Map Collection and GC 1165, Street and Road Maps.

GC 1281 Los Angeles Conservancy Collection
(Boxes: 1 letter, 1 5 x 5 photo)

The Historic American Engineering Record (HAER) was originally established in 1969 by the National Park Service, the American Society of Civil Engineers and the Library of Congress to document historic sites and structures related to engineering and industry.
Photographs, negatives, and documents produced for the Los Angeles City HAER program of documenting historic city bridges, including several seismic retrofit documents. 1996, undated.

GC 1282 Los Angeles Public Library Collection
(Boxes: 2 legal)

Administrative documents, office forms, press releases, publications, and clippings. 1893 through 1980s. Includes a library regulations guidebook 1893-1895, bibliography from 1917, a 1926 dedication pamphlet, and many items relating to the historic 1986 Central Library fire.

GC 1283 University of Southern California Bulletins Collection
(Boxes: 1 legal)

Publications of the school, including its colleges (i.e., Chaffey School of Agriculture). 1884-1937.

GC 1284 Los Angeles Schools Collection
(Boxes: 1 legal)

This collection is comprised chiefly of school directories for the L.A. City Schools from the 1880s to 1961. Most of the directories include the names and addresses of schools within the city of Los Angeles along with names and addresses of principals and teachers. Also items from other education entities including a program for the California Teachers' Association, 1931; and a booklet containing Rules and Regulations of the Los Angeles Board of Education, 1900. ca.1880s–1961.

GC 1285 Collection on W.K. Laurie Dickson and the Biograph Company
(Boxes: ½ legal)

William Kennedy Laurie Dickson (1860 – 1935) was the English inventor of the kinetoscope (1889) during his employment with Thomas Edison in New Jersey, incorporating the use of 35 mm celluloid perforated film. This enabled the Edison Company to provide moving images for entertainment purposes. In 1895, Dickson, along with several other individuals, formed the American Mutoscope and Biograph Company, which became successful in delivering to audiences the first moving pictures projected in theaters.

Correspondence, drawings, photographs and a few celluloid film frames. 1889 – 1934, undated (bulk is 1932).

GC 1286 Movie Posters Collection
(Boxes: 12 ov in Row 22-2 shelves 10 through 16; ov folders in mc)

Films range from 1907 to 2007, undated (bulk is 1926 to 1929).  See also GC 1286.1 Daryl Maxwell Collection of Movie Posters

GC 1286.1 Daryl Maxwell Collection of Movie Posters
28 movie posters primarily of Disney productions.  Mostly release posters, many of which are double-sided.  1983-2009 (bulk is 1990s).  See also GC 1286 Movie Posters Collection

GC 1287 Movie Window Cards and Lobby Cards Collection
(Boxes: 5 flat letter, 2 ov, mc)

Films range from 1921 to 1972, undated (bulk is 1951 to 1964). Box 7 contains stand-up cards.

GC 1288 Motion Picture Exhibitors’ Campaign Books
(Boxes: 7 ov; 5 ov folders)

Films range from ca. 1920-1970.

GC 1289 Los Angeles County Great Registers
(81 volumes)

Registrar of Voter records, 1866-1914. Original volumes; also separate volumes for Los Angeles City; also published volumes for many of the years, including published volumes for other California counties.

GC 1290 Los Angeles County Taxpayers’ Guides
(Boxes: 4 legal)

Thirty-one L.A. County Taxpayers’ Guides (Schedule of Tax Rate and Legal Requirement) 1926-1983. Also 13 L.A. County Tax Rates booklets (by tax rate areas) 1971-1984.

GC 1291 Helms Bakery Collection
(Boxes: ov folders in mc)

Placards and baked goods wrappers from Helms Bakery. 1930-1969.

GC 1292 Max Factor Collection
(Boxes: 1 letter; ov folder in mc)

Maksymilian Faktorowicz, Max Factor, (1877-1938) was a Jewish cosmetician from Poland. He immigrated with his family to Los Angeles in 1904 to provide made-to-order wigs and theatrical make-up for the growing film industry. In 1914, Max Factor improved upon the early greasepaint formula that was typically used for the stage by creating a lighter compound that was to be used exclusively for the film medium. Max Factor developed pancake face powder in 1918, and by 1927 began to market his cosmetics to the general public as make-up.

Booklets and clippings for motion picture make-up and its application, including one for the consumer market, 1928–1935. Also a greasepaint sketch portrait of Factor from the 1930s.

See also photographs in (P-239).

GC 1293 Celebrity Advertisements Collection
(Boxes: 1 ov; ov folder in mc)

Magazine clippings, 1930s–1940s; cardboard stand-up.

GC 1294 Dillu Ashby Collection
(Boxes: 1 postcard)

Dillu Ann Fisher Ashby (b. 1935)

Postcards and greeting cards, 1910-1948, undated. Postcards are all used, providing glimpses into the lives of the Dillu, Fisher and Ashby families. Also genealogical compilations (1981) of family from Geneva, Illinois, including photocopied letters and photographs. 1910-1982, undated.

GC 1295 Walt Disney Collection
(Boxes: 3½ letter; 2 letter; 6 flat in letter; 2 ov; ov folders in mc; L.C.)

Collection covers facets of Walt Disney Productions, including the development of Mickey Mouse, the Silly Symphonies series and other animated characters; animation cameras, animators at work; the Hyperion Avenue studio building and Mickey Mouse promotions. Manuscripts including Mickey Mouse fan mail; drawings; animation cels and backgrounds; film frames; photographs; posters; newspaper clippings; publications including ones by Earl Theissen; and ephemera. Also comic strip engraving plates for Mickey Mouse and Silly Symphonies series. 1906-1980, undated, (bulk is 1930s-40s).

GC 1296 First Aid and Civil Defense Collection
(Boxes: 1 letter)

Brochures, publications and one clipping on first aid and emergency procedures, including material on surviving a nuclear attack and constructing a fallout shelter. Primarily published by federal agencies including the Office of Civil Defense in the Department of Defense; and the Office of Civil and Defense Mobilization in the Office of the President. 1950-1962.

GC 1297 Sheet Music Collection
(Boxes: 1 flat ov)

Collection is not geography specific, but noteworthy is Spanish Songs of Old California by Charles F. Lummis. 1837 - 1954.

GC 1298 Josephine Roberts Collection
(Boxes: 2 letter; 2 legal; ov folder in mc)

Family papers for the Wyman, Jean and Hubbard lines; also the Jean Hotel, 840 So. Flower Street, Los Angeles; Jean Investment Co. Framed and unframed photographs, family documents, and clippings. 1865-1962, undated.

GC 1299 Ephemera Collection
(Boxes: 74 legal; 2 ov)

Brochures, pamphlets, and publications relating primarily to Southern California, but also includes national and international materials. Arranged geographically, and then by subject. 1880s-present, undated.

GC 1299.1 Business Ephemera Collection
(Boxes: 1 legal; 2 ov)

Brochures, pamphlets, publications, tickets, decals and other ephemera relating primarily to Southern California business enterprises, but also including national and international companies. Arranged geographically, and then by business name.  1880s-present, undated

GC 1300 Carl Laemmle Collection
(Boxes:   1/2 letter; 6 letter; 2 record storage)

Founder of Universal Studios.

Papers and photographs; in English and German; includes Carl Laemmle's "My Book of Friends," a bound volume with handwritten messages and illustrations from the Universal Studios founder's friends in Germany and later in the United States, dated from 1883-1927.  (A microfilm roll of "My Book of Friends" is housed in the L.C.)  Collection contains primarily autographs from an international circle of friends, including heads of organizations, business magnates, statesmen, friends from Laupheim, Germany, the opera world, actors, writers and athletes.  1883-1975 (bulk is 1927-1939).

See also:  GC 1278, Carla Laemmle Collection.

GC 1301 John Heyning Phonograph Record Collection
(Boxes: 3 legal)

Heyning was a marine biologist (d. February 17, 2007) with the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County.

Seventy-eight RPM records include 1970s pop and rock artists.

GC 1302 Los Angeles Registry of Burials, 1869-1885
(Boxes: 1 ov)

Book containing the registry of deaths in Los Angeles in the public cemetery from 1869 to 1879 and in private cemetery grounds from 1879 to 1884. The book was donated to the museum in 2000 as the registry has been preserved on microfilm in the County Clerk’s office, LA County. Some or all of the graves listed in the registry may have been moved from Fort Moore Hill to Rosedale Cemetery. The book is in fragile condition and should be handled as little as possible. A photocopy of the entire registry is enclosed in the box with the volume.

GC 1303 Set Design Sketches and Storyboards
(Boxes: 1 letter; 1 ov; ov folders in mc)

Movie set sketches of Columbia, RKO, Twentieth Century Fox, United Artists and Warner Bros. productions primarily 1930s - 1940s; also from the 1976 King Kong film and several unidentified sketches. 1926-1976, undated.

GC 1304 Alhambra High School Yearbook, 1978
(Boxes: 1 flat housed in legal)

Yearbook “Alhambran 1978,” Alhambra High School, California, 1978.

GC 1305 Burton O. Burt Collection
(Boxes: 6 letter, 1 flat, 1 ov folder)

Burt wrote a newspaper column in the Pomona Valley Citizen in the 1940s.

Family papers, clippings, photographs of people and nature, with only a few specifically identified as Southern California locales. 1906-1962, undated.

GC 1306 Harvey and Lois Mudrick Collection
(Boxes: 1 flat in legal)

Primarily publications dated 1923. This was the year in which the donors were born. Various people gave them the magazines as they found those that bore the year 1923.

GC 1307 Helen V. Meredith World War II Collection
(Boxes: 1 flat housed in legal)

Certificates, photographs, and personal memorabilia relating to Helen V. Meredith’s service in the Women’s Army Corps during World War II. 1944-1973, undated.

GC 1308 Mrs. Georgie Mott Vander Leck Collection
(Boxes: ½ 4 x 5)

Prayer book La Luz del Catolico, [1885]. Leather bound. On the fly leaf is written, "Francisca Sepulveda, Los Angeles, Calif.  April 11 de 1875." [sic] Belonged to Dona Francisca Sepulveda, wife of Don Jose Sepulveda.
See also GC 1027 and P-096.

GC 1309 Dr. Lucius A. Wright Collection, 1900-1907
(Boxes: 2 letter; 1 ov)

Letter-press book (bound journal) of letters written by Dr. Lucius A. Wright in his capacity as the United States Agent of Indian Affairs for all the Mission Indians of Southern California. The letters document the events, the historical geography of the region, and the relationship between the Southern California Mission Indians, the Indian Agent, and the Department of Indian Affairs in Washington, D.C. A photocopied set of the letters is included for preservation/handling purposes (the letterpress book is delicate due to the thinness of the pages).

GC 1310 General Map Collection
An artificial map collection. Southern California maps documenting real estate development, transportation patterns, promotion of tourism, and other subjects. 19th to 20th centuries. Also California maps and maps of other states. World maps ranging from the 16th to 20th centuries.
See also a separate rolled map collection (named so because the maps are rolled up.)
See also insurance and real estate atlases.
See also:  GC1165, Street and Road Maps and GC1280, Special Maps Collection.
See also:  GC1115 and GC 1257 for other world maps.

GC 1311 RKO Studios Collection
(Boxes: 1 ov; ov folder in mc)

Framed pictures, photographs, miniature set, displays showing construction of sets, design of costumes and other objects used in filming “Top Hat” and “Nit Wit” by Radio Keith Orpheum Studios. ca. 1935.

GC 1312 Lithographs, Engravings and Etchings
An artificial collection of prints which include lithographs, engravings and etchings.

GC 1313 Newspaper Collection
(94 microfilm rolls; bound newspapers, loose newspapers: Seaver Center Reading Room, Seaver Repository, Seaver Workroom, Research Library)

An artificial collection of American newspapers published in the English language. Also American-published papers of southern California in other languages. One of the strengths of the collection is its southern California and Los Angeles area papers. Also some foreign newspapers. 1690 - 1999, undated

For holdings, go to California Newspaper Project website: and search their Public Access Public Newspaper Catalog on the institution field “LA Natural History Museum”. Also, card file in Reading Room card catalog.

GC 1314 Los Angeles Town Bicentennial Collection
(Boxes: 1 flat box; 1 square storage; ½ letter; ov folder in mc)

"Los Angeles Town" was a song self-promoted by a Daytona Beach, Florida songwriting pair, Billy Cude and Watie Riley Pickens during the city's 1981 bicentennial. The songwriting team also sponsored a performance contest open to secondary school bands within the Los Angeles Unified School District. Manuscripts, letters, photographs, posters, music scores, clippings, audiocassette tapes and one compact disc. 1973-1994.

GC 1315 Federal Art Project Collection
(Boxes: 6 ov)

WPA art collection, mostly charcoal pieces with matting. Artists include Marian Hebert, Arthur Durston, Jerre Murry and Nicolas Panesis. Scenes include the California desert, Olvera Street and flower compositions. 1930s.

GC 1316 S&H Green Stamps Collection
(Boxes: ½-width 5 x 7 housed in letter)

Six filled S&H Green Stamps books, 1959-1965.

GC 1316.1 Savings Stamps Collection
Boxes: ½-width photo box in letter)

S&H Green Stamps and Blue Chip Stamps in completely and partially filled books; also unfilled books.

GC 1317 Southern California Tourism Collection
(Boxes: 1 letter, ½ letter, ½ 5 x 7, 1 flat, 2 ov folders)

Postcards, brochures, programs, and other ephemera related to Southern California recreation and tourism, chiefly from the 1950s through the 1980s. Topics include Disneyland and other amusement parks, the Tournament of Roses Parade, etc. The programs for the Tournament of Roses Parade go back to the 1930s, and there is an issue of Screenland magazine dating back to 1929. 1929-1980s.

GC 1318 Josefa Avila Papers
(Boxes: 1 legal; 1 ov folder)

Anastasio Avila received the Mexican land grant, Rancho Tajuata, also known as Rancho de Los Cuervos, located in the present-day Watts district of the city of Los Angeles.

Documents, receipts and other items from the estate of Josefa Avila. Also postcards and two portraits. She was the daughter of Jose Maria Avila [died ca. January, 1900] and Francisca Avila [died 1916.] The papers provide a snapshot of the Avila family, including the real estate transactions to sell off portions of Rancho Tajauta. Spanish surname spelling variant: Abila. English and Spanish. 1814-1943, undated (bulk 1871-1916).
Most photographic items from the collection have been transferred to (P-68), Case Art Collection and (P-78), Portrait Collection.
See also related collection GC1239, Avila Family Papers.

GC 1319 Robbie Conal Art Collection
(Folders: ov folders in mc)

A Los Angeles-based labor activist who used art and painting to express political beliefs.

A collection of posters produced by Los Angeles-based artist Robbie Conal during the 1990s and early 2000s. Topics are political and tend to target presidential candidates and social issues. Fifteen of the items are posters; the other two are a sticker and a pamphlet. 1990-2000.

GC 1320 Gladys Stanley Allard Collection
(Boxes: 1 letter, 2 ov folders)

Gladys Stanley moved to California from Colorado with her parents as a teen.  She attended Huntington Park Union High School and later lived in Monrovia and Glendale. She married Daniel Allard.

A small collection of photographs, yearbooks, and ephemera of a high school student in the 1920s. There are a few items from her adulthood, but most of the collection is from her high school years. 1908-1982.

GC 1321 Historical Society of Southern California Collection
(Boxes: 16 legal, 1 letter, LC)

The organization was formed in 1883 to collect and preserve manuscripts, periodicals, newspapers, and both written and oral historical accounts regarding the history of the Pacific Coast in general and of Southern California in particular.

The collection comprises of publications and ephemeral materials collected by the Historical Society of Southern California (HSSC) prior to the 1910s. 1870 - 1910s.

See also GC1383 Historical Society of Southern California Collection (2018 Donation) and GC1037, Government Publications Collection.  (P-266)

GC 1322 World War Posters Collection
(Boxes:  1 ov, mc)

Over 1,000 posters from World War I and World War II. Posters used for educational, recruiting and propagandizing purposes. Issued by organizations including the Red Cross, the YMCA, the American Library Association, the Liberty Loan Co., and the California Civic League. Also issued by federal government agencies and departments including the Treasury Department, Army, Food Administration, War Office, Federal Board for Vocational Education, the National War Garden Commission, and military recruitment agencies. Foreign posters include French, Australian and Canadian. ca. 1914-18 and 1939-45, undated.

GC 1323 Historic Sites Surveys
Files for surveys conducted in the 1970s for over 850 cultural and historic sites in Los Angeles County. Data includes building names, year of construction, architect, owner and type of business. Some photographs attached. 1974-1996, (bulk 1974-1978).

GC 1324 Exhibition Artifacts
(Boxes: 1 ov)

Artifacts purchased from the County and Foundation Acquisition Funds at various times and used in exhibits.

GC 1325 Behrendt Manuscript Collection
(Boxes: 7 legal; 1 flatbox; 2 ov and 1 folder; L.C.)

Sam Behrendt was a successful insurance salesman in Los Angeles in the teens and twenties. As early as 1924 he operated the Behrendt-Levy Company, which underwrote about 75% of the movie industry's insurance. He was a second-generation Angeleno, as his father was a German-born Los Angeles pioneer of 1852, Caspare Behrendt.

A collection of historical papers, primarily of legal documents, forms, pamphlets, booklets and serial publications relating to Southern California and the United States. The dates range from ca. 1538-1939, with its bulk dates between 1850-1920.

Photographic items have been separated into (P-10).

GC 1326 Abraham Lincoln Documents Collection
(Boxes: 1 ov)

The artificial collection brings together repository documents signed by Abraham Lincoln, including original and copies. 1865-1865.

See also GC 1085, GC 1113, GC 1114, GC 1151, GC 1347.

GC 1327 Anne Howell Collection
(Boxes: 1 letter)

Primarily photographs documenting the collection of political buttons housed in the Material Culture section of the History Collection. Also guidebooks and other publications for collectors of this genre. 1973-2001, undated.

GC 1328 Paul F. Lupo Papers
(Boxes: 1 letter, 1½ letter, 1 legal, 3 ov, ov folders in mc)

Italian-American interior decorator (1889-1936), who designed the home of celebrities, including hatmaker G. Henry Stetson. He also designed the Mediterranean Home Exhibit of the Janss’ real estate development, Westwood Hills. He was employed by Barker Brothers Furniture. He was active in civic projects to further the arts as well as Italian culture by participating in the Artists’ Council of the Civic Bureau of Music and Art; he presided over the International Artists’ Club; he designed the interiors for the 1932 International Olympics Ball in Los Angeles and the 1928 Pacific Southwest Exposition. He facilitated crowning actress Mary Pickford as queen of the 1931 California Artists’ Frolic and Ball in Hollywood.

Family papers and photographs; business papers and photographs; scrapbook. Notable are photographs of actress Mary Pickford. ca. 1890-ca. 1992, (bulk is 1920-1936).

GC 1329 Sepulveda and Guirado Papers
(Boxes: 1 letter)

Guirado was a member of the First Cavalry California Volunteers as well as the 11th Cavalry Missouri Volunteers. His brother-in-law was California Governor John G. Downey.

Family and business papers of Maria de Jesus Alexandra de Sepulveda and Juan Francisco Guirado. Includes items of descendants of Alta California Governor Pio Pico. 1861–1968.

GC 1330 Muriel Pollia Collection
Los Angeles-based broadcaster and philanthropist.

[In process]

GC 1331 Ray Cannon Collection
(Boxes:  10 letter; 10 legal; 8 negative)

Sportfishing writer who served as Western Outdoor News’ first ‘Baja editor’. Cannon wrote Sea of Cortez in 1966. His long-time partner was actress Carla Laemlle.

Manuscripts, correspondence and clippings relating to the magazine Western Outdoor News, Cannon's book Sea of Cortez and publicity files.  Photographs, negatives, slides and transparencies. Some photographs of actress Carla Laemmle. 1954-1979.

GC 1332 Jose Clemente Orozco Prints
(Boxes: 1 flat)

One album of ten lithographs printed by Litografos Mexicanos: 10 Reproductions of His Mural Paintings, text by Justino Fernandez. Published by Eugenio Fischgrund, Mexico, 1944.

GC 1333 George E. Cryer Papers
(Boxes: ½ letter)

Cryer was mayor of Los Angeles from 1921–1929.

Papers include his marriage license; a handwritten poem by Annie C. Hallamore entitled “Lindbergh’s Light on City Hall”; a carbon copy of his farewell address; two photographs; and a photocopy of the Los Angeles Public Library’s Cryer biography file. 1906-1929.  See also oversize portrait of Cryer in P-78.

GC 1334 Henri Pénélon Tax Records
(Boxes: ½ letter)

Pénélon (1827–1885) was a Frenchman who arrived in Los Angeles in 1853 and thrived as a Daguerre photographer. He was also a self-taught portraiture artist who was commissioned by many prominent Californios. Tax records with several attributed to Pénélon along with Adrien Davoust. 1859–1868 and undated.

GC 1335 Japanese Friendship Doll Records
(Boxes: ½ letter)

Photographs, literature, a book, Dolls of Friendship, and a 1927 “Passport of Goodwill” for the doll called “Miss Taiwan”. The doll is in the Material Culture collection of the History Department. It represents one of a group of dolls sent by Japan on a “World Friendship Among Children” tour of the U.S. When the itinerary of the U.S. was completed the dolls making up the group were distributed at points where they had been shown. “Miss Taiwan” was received through First Congregational Church at Eighth and Hope Streets.  Important note:  In October, 2018 the doll was re-identified as "Miss Hyogo" and not "Miss Taiwan."  See the article on the discovery of the doll's actual identity.

GC 1336 Los Angeles Chamber of Commerce Publications
(Boxes: 4 letter, 2 ½ letter, 1 legal, 1 ov bundle, 2 flat, 1 ov folder)

Annual directories, business directories, Southern California Business, Southwest Business Review, Bulletin of the Los Angeles Chamber of Commerce, Los Angeles Chamber of Commerce Bulletin, Industrial Los Angeles County, and various manufacturing reports of the Industrial Department. Also several issues of Commercial Bulletin, which originally began as an unofficial adjunct of the chamber of commerce. 1888 - 1959.

GC 1337 Automotive Literature Collection
(Boxes: 49 letter; 3 ½ letter; 4 ov; 1 ov folder; 1 record storage)

Sales, promotional and advertising publications for vehicles and related products and services in the form of brochures, leaflets, catalogs, parts lists, posters, postcards, and calendars; automotive manuals; topical literature includes races and racetracks; photographs of steam and gas powered vehicles, motorcycles, buses, trucks, as well as engines.  1900-2002, undated (bulk is 1900-1950).

 GC 1338 Earl Theisen Collection on the History of Motion Pictures
(Boxes: 1 legal, 1 letter, 1 ov folder)

Earl Theisen (1903-1973) served as Honorary Curator of Theatrical Arts at the museum for a few years following 1931. Theisen was a technician at the Dunning Process Plant, a member of the Society of Motion Picture Engineers, and a member of the Society’s Historical Committee. Much of the film collections in the Seaver Center and the History Department were acquired as a result of his efforts.

Correspondence, movie programs, studio press releases, studio forms and passes, clippings from his articles in the International Photographer (1933-1936), reproductions of movie house title cards (including advertisements for “Angel of Hell’s Kitchen” (Hart), “The Eyes of the World” (Wright), “By-Gone Days of An Engine House” (Grauman), and “The Clansman” (Griffith)), and some photographs. There is one exhibitors’ campaign book for “Son of the Sheik.” 1900 – 1936, undated (bulk is 1934 – 1935). See also P-26, P-74, P-190, GC 1337.  (P-190)

GC 1339 Brands and Counterbrands Collection
(4 volumes)

Cattle brand registers:  Volume 1:  [1835]-March 1852. Volume 2:  June 1851-December 1857. Volume 3:  January 1858-February 1917. Volume 4:  February 1917-December 1917, 1928, 1935, and a group of previously recorded brands but perpetuated in 1917 and 1918.

See also GC 1279 Cattle Brands Collection, 1843-1917.

GC 1340 George E. Van Guysling (d.1946) Collection, ca. 1850-1927
(Boxes:  1 legal, 2 letter, 1 ov, 2 ov folders)

Van Guysling managed the New England office of American Mutoscope and Biograph in 1901. By 1904 he became General Manager of the New York office. Various sources cite the establishment of a Los Angeles branch in late 1905 or early 1906 whereby Van Guysling, his brother Archibald, and another associate, Otis M. Gove, ran the West coast operation. Their early film association in Los Angeles preceded the better-known work of the Selig Company, and the collection contains six photographs and a handbill for the little-known first moving pictures made in Los Angeles in 1906.

The collection is primarily an assortment of documents relating to the American Mutoscope and Biograph Company and items of the British Mutoscope and Biograph Company. There are items pertaining to incorporation matters for both companies, catalogs, and the related film industry. There is a scrapbook of press clippings, 1898-1900, with photo event coverage including the Second Boer War in South Africa. There is a continuous 15-foot band for a peep show. Other non-moving picture items in the collection include Abraham Lincoln prints, a Civil War-era wet collodian negative, Brady negatives and prints, a Millard Fillmore print (housed in the mc folder) and large-size tintypes. ca. 1850-1927, undated, (bulk is 1898-1926).

See also (P-26) for kinetoscope strip images and portraits of Van Guysling, his brother Archibald and Gove.

GC 1341 Dan O’Neill (b. 1875) Collection
(Boxes: 1 flat)

O’Neill was a vaudeville actor.

Lantern slide of O’Neill on stage, and photographs in None, Alaska, in a 1900 storm aftermath. Also an assortment of personal documents. 1900-1940.

GC 1342 Ralph Hamlin (1880 – 1974) Collection
13.28 linear feet (9 legal; 1 letter; 2 storage; 8 ov, 1 bundle)

Hamlin operated an automobile dealership by 1901 at 1806 So. Main Street, Los Angeles. His original Franklin dealership opened in 1905 at 1040 So. Flower Street.

A collection of papers, personal and professional, belonging to Ralph Cunningham Hamlin (1880 - 1974), who was a pioneer Los Angeles automobile dealer and racing enthusiast. Also covers his early years racing on bicycle. Also taped interviews and 143 pages of interviews transcribed. ca. 1894-1976, undated. See also P-115 Ralph Hamlin Photograph Collection.

GC 1343 Performing Arts Collection
(Boxes:  35)

Artificial collection of programs for live theater performances primarily in the Los Angeles vicinity including the Philharmonic Orchestra, the Hollywood Bowl magazine, and the Performing Arts magazine. Collection arranged by venue, publication, geography, production title, touring company, opera, and foreign publications. 1902-1996, undated.

See also GC 1146, Theater Program Collection.

GC 1344 Nash Motors Company Records
(Boxes:  5 legal, 14 letter, 6 1/2 letter, 1 record storage)

Jeffery produced its first automobile in the U.S. in 1902. In 1916 the Jeffery Company was sold to the Nash Motors Company which moved its headquarters to Kenosha.

The records of the Thomas B. Jeffery Company of Kenosha, Wisconsin and its successor company, the Nash Motors Company of Maryland. Notable are clippings, correspondence, patent records and lawsuit records beginning in 1902 for challenges by George B. Selden’s patent to automobile manufacturers. 1890-1938.

 GC 1345 William Estrada Research Collection on Dr. Ernesto Galarza (1905-1984)
(Boxes:  1 legal; 44 digital photographs)

Galarza (1905-1984) was a Mexican immigrant and a graduate of Occidental College in 1927. He wrote an autobiography Barrio Boy and other books and articles. He championed on behalf of farm workers.

Collection of photocopied papers, correspondence, and photographs pertaining to Dr. Ernesto Galarza compiled by Estrada in the course of his research; also papers on the 1987 symposium and exhibit at Occidental College honoring the achievements of Galarza. Digital photos are copies from original negatives housed at Occidental College Special Collections. The photos include family images; student life in Sacramento and at Occidental College; his professional and political work; farm workers. 1904-1987, undated.

GC 1346 Miscellaneous Serials File
(Boxes: 8 legal, 2 1/2 legal, 2 flat ov)

An artificial collection of single issues, or scattered issues of periodicals, bulletins, and magazines published by companies; educational and religious entities; clubs; and associations; and tourism groups.  From all geographic locations, including several foreign items.  1826 - 2009, undated (Bulk is 1880s - 1950)

GC 1347 Presidents of the U.S. Ephemera Collection
(Boxes: 1 legal; 1 ov)

Ephemera, including cards, clippings, programs, and souvenir programs relating to United States presidents created during or after their lifetimes. Includes several handwritten notes by Abraham Lincoln (1848-1860). 1848- , undated.

See also GC 1137 Political Materials Collection; GC 1326 Abraham Lincoln Documents Collection.

GC 1348 California Immigration and Settlement Papers
(Boxes: 1/2 legal; 2 ov folders)

An artificial collection includes booklets, correspondence, ephemera, forms, handbills, lithographs, manuscripts and newspaper accounts relating primarily to the settling of California by the Americans; a manuscript about J.C. Fremont by Jessie Benton Fremont; excursion literature; papers by immigration organizations; also papers related to settling of the Southwest; also a letter by a London company sponsoring immigration to the eastern U.S. ca. 1846 - 1988 , undated (bulk is 19th century).

GC 1349 Spanish American War Collection
(Boxes: 1/2 legal; 1 ov folder)

An artificial collection of clippings, documents, ephemera and publications of the Spanish-American War, 1898, in particular, papers of veteran Edward Hutfilz; 20th century reunion (national encampment) publications. 1898-1963, undated.

GC 1350 Moreno Family Collection
(Boxes:  1 flat)

Ezequiel Moreno left Zacatecas, Mexico, with his family in 1915, like many other Mexicans to escape the revolution. He forged a business selling and delivering Mexican bread and eventually opened Restaurante La Esperanza at 507 No. Main Street, in the plaza area and historic heart of Los Angeles. Later, four addition locations were established throughout the city.

One menu, along with photographs, digital photographic prints and photocopied images; clippings; one typescript on the history of La Esperanza Bakery, first established in Los Angeles by Ezequiel Moreno. Collection primarily focuses on the bakery and also John Moreno (d. 1999), who held public office as Assemblymember for the 51st district of Los Angeles County. ca. 1918-1999, undated.

GC 1351 Expositions and Fairs Collection, 1892-1974
(Boxes:  3 legal; 1 letter; 4 flat)

An artificial collection of ephemera, booklets, and other publications of primarily California venues. Non-California events include the Trans-Mississippi Exposition at Omaha in 1898; the Louisiana Purchase Exposition at St. Louis, 1904; and the Seattle World's Fair, 1962. Arranged chronologically. 1892-1974.

See also P-84 Pan-Pacific Exposition 1915 Collection; P-85 World's Columbian Exposition 1893; P-156 Exposition Park-Monroe Doctrine Centennial 1923; and GC-1163 Pan-American Exposition at Buffalo, 1901.  See also GC-1321 for World's Columbian Exposition, 1893.

GC 1352 Kurz Papers on John F. Kennedy Presidential Campaign, 1960
(Boxes: 1 flat)

10 pages of manuscripts of Lynn Kurz' experience as a "Kennedy girl" attending the 1960 Democratic Convention in Los Angeles while John F. Kennedy was campaigning for the presidency. Also books and one magazine. Kurz' donation also included a "Kennedy Girl" campaign dress and sash that are described in the manuscripts.

GC 1353 William S. Hart Collection
(Boxes: 1 1/2 letter; 2 ov folders, mc)

Stage and motion picture actor, film director, author. Best known for his roles in western films.

An artificial collection of manuscript and photographic items pertaining to William Surrey Hart (1864-1946) derived from various donations. See also the related larger Hart collections: P-20.1, P-75, P-98, GC-1012, GC-1192. See also MSS-247, MSS-251, MSS-575.

GC 1354 Olympic Games (2012) Collection
(Boxes: 1/2 legal)

London 2012 Olympic Games ephemera and publications.

GC 1355 Stewart Collection on Southern California Public Transit
(Boxes: 1 letter)

Research materials on Los Angeles and southern California public transit, including draft environmental impact reports (EIR), clippings, leaflets and publications. Also a leaflet for boxing championships at the Los Angeles Athletic Club (1925). 1925-ca. 2000 (bulk 1983-ca. 2000)

GC 1356 Justus Baldwin Lawrence Collection
(Boxes: 1 letter; 1/2 legal)

Lawrence (1903-1987) was a reporter for the Hearst newspapers in the 1930s and served as advertising and publicity chief for Samuel Goldwyn. From 1939 to 1942 he was public relations director for the Motion Picture Producers Association. During World War II, he became Chief Public Relations Officer European Theater of Operations in the United States Army.

Personal papers, manuscripts, and photographs of Lawrence (known as Jock Lawrence) along with his family. Also photographs with colleagues, including movie producer Samuel Goldwyn. 1929-1987, undated

GC 1357 Lucretia Breazeale Hamilton Cactus Illustrations
(1 ov folder)

Hamilton (1908-1986) was an Arizona-based plant illustrator and collaborator on several plant books.

15 lithograph cactus illustrations selected from the book "The Cacti of the United States and Canada" by Lyman Benson, 1982, Stanford University Press. Printed by the artist's son, Edward Hamilton.

GC 1358 Hollywood Park Collection
(Boxes: 1 flat; 1 ov folder)

Hollywood Park race track was a horse-racing venue in Inglewood, California, now demolished.

Publications including official programs and media guides. Also 7 issues of "Harness Tracks of America" newsletters. A deck of playing cards with Hollywood Park Casino design. Clippings from May 1949 on Hollywood Park arson fire and several photographs.

GC 1359 CRA/LA Original Art on Paper Collection
(3 ov boxes, mc and loose pieces)  Click here to view digital images.

The CRA/LA, a Designated Local Authority donated artwork to various southern California cultural institutions that were previously owned by the now-dissolved former agency, the Community Redevelopment Agency of the City of Los Angeles. NHM received a portion, including the original art on paper managed by the Seaver Center but also paintings and other works of art managed by the Material Culture section of the History Department.

The CRA/LA Collection of Original Art on Paper consists primarily of photographs particularly silver gelatin and ambrotype prints. Watercolor and pastel; mixed media; linocut and block print; letterpress, serigraph; and cel vinyl on acetate. Subject matter and locale covers the city of Los Angeles, California. Artists are William Acedo, Joyce Campbell, Carlos Figueroa, Cliff Garten, Daniel Gonzales, Raul Guerrero, Milano Kazanjian, Michael G. Levine, Chris Morland, Sonia Romero, John Smith, Neal Taylor with Elaine Fuess Parks, Pat Warner, and Ernesto Yerena. 1981-2008, n.d. (bulk 2006-2008).  Also visit Search the Digital Collections to view images from the collection.

GC 1360 Early Spanish American Imprint Collection
(Boxes:  1/2 legal)

Two publications printed in Spanish colonial Mexico:  1.  A Short Abridgement Fo [sic] Christian Doctrine.  [Entirely in English after two-age preface beginning:  "Nos los Inquisidores Apostolicos..."]. 41 pp., [Mexico, ca. 1787].  2.  Fabian Y Fuero, Francisco.  Oracion ... a Bendecir Solemnemente los Reales Estandartes del Regimiento de Dragones de Mexico en el Dia 21 de Julio de 1768.  14 pp., [Puebla, 1768].  See also GC1147 Early Mexican Imprint Collection.

GC 1361 Darling Motor Company Records, 1916-1917
(Boxes:  1/2 legal) 

Omer Foy Darling founded the company in Dayton, Ohio. He took over a former Wright-Martin airplane factory.

Company papers include correspondence, customer reservation forms, sales contracts, clippings; the first drawing of the automobile; photographs; one sales brochure; one metal radiator badge. The records cover the onset of business and production of the Darling car.

GC 1362 Charles E. Duryea and J. Frank Duryea Papers, 1894-1944
(Boxes: ½ letter)

Charles E. Duryea (1861-1938) and J. Frank Duryea (1869-1967) collaborated in Springfield, Massachusetts to build a gasoline-powered motor vehicle in 1892. Frank contended that he alone successfully invented the car.

Publications, advertising booklets, correspondence and ephemera.  An artificial collection about the Duryea brothers and their contributions to the start of the automobile industry in the United States. 1894-1944, undated.

Some papers document the Kiwanis Club of Springfield, Massachusetts, that honored Charles in 1937 as the "Father of the Automobile".  The state governor’s office sought to lay a plaque to similarly honor Charles in 1942.  Several publications from the 1940s reveal the rivalry between the brothers, with the surviving younger brother Frank’s attempts to correct the historical fact.  These publications contain reprinted manuscripts, typescripts, clippings, letters and notarized affidavits attesting to Frank’s involvement as inventor and his contention that his older brother fabricated lies. Correspondence includes those received and written by the museum curator of Physical & Mechanical Sciences. Contact the Detroit Public Library, National Automotive History Collection, for Charles E. Duryea Papers 1878-1957 (bulk 1898-1930).

GC 1363 J.V. Rhoades Employment Agency Records
5 linear feet (Boxes:  1 legal; 11 letter) 

The Rhoades Employment Agency operated at three locations (Denver, Salt Lake City, and Los Angeles) from 1907 to about 1932.  It was co-owned primarily by two brothers, Joseph V. and Louis M. Rhoades, both of whom were based in Denver.  Joseph Alfredo Pacheco, whose name appeared on the Los Angeles letterhead, owned 1/6 of the company and served as both Manager and Interpreter at the Los Angeles Office at 606 N. Main Street.  The agency specialized in the placement of Mexican laborers.

Company records include correspondence, receipt books, loose receipts, and work order books; one photograph portrait of an unidentified woman.  English, with some documents in Spanish.  The records provide primary labor data on Mexican casual workers recruited from the Plaza area in Los Angeles, California. Many of the workers were placed in urban jobs, however client correspondence also included the employer Los Alamitos Sugar Co.  1924-1931, undated.

GC 1364 Southern California Aircraft Industry Employee Newspapers Collection
(Boxes: 1 flat)

Scattered issues of employee newspapers published primarily in Burbank, California, but also Santa Monica and Inglewood, California.  1941-1969.

Aircraft News, June 19, 1941 (Santa Monica & Inglewood), 1 issue.
Aviation News, July 21, 1944 - July 6, 1945 (Burbank), 2 issues.
Bay Cities Aircrafter, June 20, 1941 (Santa Monica), 1 issue.
Lockheed Star, Official Publication of the Lockheed Aircraft Corporation, December 24, 1943 - August 21, 1969 (Burbank) (26 issues).
Lockheed-Vega Aircraftsman, March, 1943 [Burbank], 1 issue.
Lockheed-Vega Star, Official Publication of the Lockheed and Vega Aircraft Corporation, November 6, 1942 - July 23, 1943 (Burbank), 35 issues.

GC 1365 Welcome Collection on Commercial Iron Works
(Boxes:  ½ letter)

A few personal papers of Solon B. Welcome (1861-?), founder of the Commercial Iron Works in Los Angeles in 1905. Also several items for his son, Claude including a photograph, One product catalog and one issue of an employee newspaper, Southern California Forum. 1941-1968, undated

GC 1366 Articles of Capitulation at Cahuenga: photocopies and other materials, 1847
(Boxes: ½ legal)

Photocopy of the Articles of Capitulation at Cahuenga (1847 January 12), also known as the Treaty of Cahuenga.  Provided in 1959 to the Native Sons of the Golden West, Los Angeles Parlor No. 45 by the National Archives and Records Service of the General Services Administration in Washington, D.C. Also a photocopy of a letter (1847 January 15) from Commodore Robert F. Stockton to George Bancroft, Secretary of the Navy.  Also a photocopy of a letter (1847 January 12) from Lieutenant Colonel John C. Fremont regarding the surrender of the Californians.  Collection includes typed transcriptions and correspondence between the Native Sons of the Golden West and various government officials.  1847-1959

GC 1367 Los Angeles History Scrapbooks
(Boxes: 2 letter)

Five volumes of clippings, primarily from local newspapers; occasional clippings from magazines.  Some typescripts.  1922 - 1960, undated (bulk is 1920s-1930s).  Each volume contains a table of contents.  Many articles were written in the "then and now" fashion; other articles reported, with historical context, on current events of the time, pointing out the transformations that have occurred in Los Angeles and southern California.

GC 1368 Scrapbook on Upton Sinclair
(1 bundle: 1 volume)

Newspaper scrapbook on Upton Sinclair.  Compiled by Earl C. Craig.  1934-1962, undated (bulk 1934-1935)

GC 1369 Scrapbook on the Southwest
(1 bundle: 1 volume)

Scrapbook primarily of Native Americans of the southwest, color prints of Frederic Remington paintings, and other painters and photographers of Native Americans.  Also covers subject matter of westward migration and cowboy culture.  New Mexico, California and other locales. 1890-1930, undated

GC 1370 Scrapbooks on the Development of the Arroyo Seco Region
(Boxes:  1/2 letter)

7 thin scrapbooks covering the development of the Arroyo Seco region of Los Angeles County, including Eagle Rock, Highland Park, and Pasadena.  Scrapbooks contain newspaper clippings.  1908-1913

GC 1371 Boston Massacre Oration, 1774

Book.  [Boston Massacre Oration, 1774.]  An oration; delivered March 5th, 1774 . . . By the Honorable John Hancock, Esq., 4to, stitched, uncut.  Boston:  Edes & Gill, 1774

GC 1372 Big Little Books Collection
(Boxes:  1 letter; 1/2 letter)

Eight books including several photoplay books, commonly known as Big Little Books.  Seven books published by Whitman Publishing Company, Racine, Wisconsin:  Powder Smoke Range (1935); Silver Streak (1935); Popeye in Quest of His Poopkeck Pappy (1937); Cowboy Lingo (1938); Dan Dunn Secret Operative 48 and the Border Smugglers (1938); Tim Tyler's Luck and the Plot of the Exiled King (1939); and Wells Fargo (no date) (pages missing through page 6).  One book published by Saalfield Publishing Co., New York:  Shirley Temple with Lionel Barrymore in The Little Colonel, [1935].  1935-1939

GC 1373 J. C. Maguire Company Records and Photographs Collection
(Boxes:  1 legal, 3 letter)

Records were collected by J. C. Maguire, and they are related to various construction companies and public works contractors, some of which were operated by Maguire. Correspondence; financial and accounting records; legal documents; invoices and inventories; meeting minutes; photographs; drawings; maps.  1925-1952, undated

GC 1374 Louis Alpert Collection
(Boxes:  1 legal)

Primarily photographs; one sketchbook; one trade advertisement.  Ladies' coat manufacturer brand "Alpert" was headquartered in Los Angeles; their coat label also identified their brand with Hollywood, California (1948).  The company Alpert also partnered with Philip Gindoff, a Russian immigrant and apparel manufacturer.  1924-ca. 1948, undated

GC 1375 Los Angeles Motor Car Company Business Records, 1908-1912
3.5 linear feet (Boxes: 9 legal)  

LAMCC was the Southern California distributor for Locomobiles in California, Arizona and Mexico.

The Los Angeles Motor Car Company (LAMCC) Business Records, consists of correspondence, telegrams, work orders, invoices, sales receipts, and minutes for the business dating between 1908 – 1912.

GC 1376 Business Men’s Art Institute of Los Angeles, Art Beacon Publications
(Boxes:  1 letter)

The institute was formed by downtown business men who wanted to paint as a pass time.  The institute was incorporated in the 1940s and continues to this date.  In its hey day it consisted of over a hundred business men of Los Angeles.  As the downtown area changed in the 1950s, 1960s and 1970s fewer men were willing to stay in down town and the membership diminished and currently consist of about 10 members.  The institute is now located at 2228 Florencita, Montrose, California.

Two bound volumes of the publication, Art Beacon.  One volume dated 1947 through 1960 (first two issues titled Palette Painter prior to name change to Art Beacon).  Second volume dated November-December, 1963 through March, 1972).

GC 1377 Greater Los Angeles New Car Dealers Association Historical Records (1905-1980s)
(Boxes:  14 -1/2 letter; 1 letter; 2 1/2 legal; 3 legal; 2 flat; 1 ov)  Click here to view the digital images.

The Greater Los Angeles New Car Dealers Association (GLANCDA) Historical Records is comprised of bound albums, reports and scrapbooks; photographs; clippings; floor plans; and ephemera pertaining to the activities of the Association, particularly identified by earlier organizational names that have changed since 1905.  Creators:  Licensed Motor Car Dealers Association of Los Angeles; Los Angeles Motor Car Dealers Association (LAMCDA); Motor Car Dealers Association of Los Angeles (MCDA); Motor Car Dealers Association of Southern California (MCDASCA); and Greater Los Angeles New Car Dealers Association (GLANCDA).

GC 1378 Edna and Dorothy Deakin Correspondence
(Boxes:  1 letter)

Correspondence by Edna and Dorothy Deakin, who were the daughters of artist Edwin Deakin.  Letters and notecards by both sisters to Mr. Lockhart Darling, on December 30, 1942; and from December 26, 1944 through October 22, 1945.  The remainder correspondence from November 11, 1945 through March, 1948 were written by the surviving sister, Dorothy Deakin to Mr. Darling.  Also one photograph copy print of Edwin Deakin, his wife and two daughters.  1942-1948, undated.

According to the donor, Lockhart Darling was a wealthy Central Valley farmer from Fowler, California, who aided the Deakin sisters with financial support to support the Deakin California mission paintings by keeping them intact rather than sold off piecemeal.

GC 1379 D.G. Cathcart Collection
(Boxes:  9 legal)

D.G. Cathcart served as the Chief Personal Property Appraiser with the Los Angeles County Office of the Assessor.  He was a resident of Pasadena, California.

18 journal books used in scrapbook fashion to record day to day notations, news, and activities related to tax assessment, current events and personal matters.  They were created during Cathcart's tenure with the Los Angeles County Assessor's Office,  and they are dated 1934 - 1951.  The journals contain newspaper clippings, brochures, postcards, tickets and other ephemera, some loose and others attached to pages.  There are written entries and also some photographs.  Beginning on page "September 2, 1951" are handwritten recollections presumably by Cathcart, highlighting details of each year on the job from 1924 through 1950.

Two additional scrapbooks contain newspaper clippings and photographs (photos of County Assessor Ed Hopkins and other Assessors from throughout California.)

GC 1380 El Pueblo de Los Angeles Historical Monument, Los Angeles Fire Department Records
(Boxes:  1/2 letter; 1 letter; 5 ov)

Primarily original photographs, cabinet cards, photograph albums, copy prints, enlargements, two digital scans and negatives relating to the Los Angeles Fire Department and the history of firefighters in Los Angeles.  Also some reports, clippings, publications, letters, receipts, and invoices.  Depicted are firemen, fire trucks, firefighting apparatus, fire houses and hose companies, oftentimes seen in parades, but also in fire battle scenes.  Two publications include an informative booklet "Los Angeles Fire Department, 1892" and an annual report of the Board of Fire Commissioners, 1896.  A small number of photographic items are not related to firefighting.  Those images are of Los Angeles locales, Elysian Park, Redondo Beach, Mount Wilson, and San Diego.  ca. 1878 - 1965 (bulk is 1880s - 1965), n.d.

GC 1381 Mallard Papers on the Bank of Finance
(1 folder in mc)

The Bank of Finance was founded in Los Angeles in 1964 and became the first African American owned and operated bank in the West.  The founder, Onie B. Granville (1916-1998), was a prominent businessman beginning with the establishment of a local realty firm in 1949.

Photocopied papers, newspaper articles, and printed images about Onie B. Granville and the Bank of Finance.  Also an original condolence citation issued by the City Council of Los Angeles for Granville's passing in 1998.  1961-2017, n.d.

GC 1382 Don Lee Scrapbooks
(Boxes:  2 record storage)

Donald Musgrave Lee sold his first Cadillac in 1905.  He was a successful new and used car dealer in Los Angeles and also opened a dealership in San Francisco.

9 scrapbooks containing newspaper and magazine clippings by a clipping service, 1916 through 1925.  Coverage on the development and marketing of the Cadillac automobile brand and heavily on the news, advertisements and activities of Don Lee Cadillac, a dealership.  Geographic coverage is Los Angeles, the Bay area of northern California and also nationally.

GC 1383 Historical Society of Southern California Collection (2018 Donation)
(19 Linear feet, 3 oversize maps, 6 framed items, flat files)

The organization was formed in 1883 to collect and preserve manuscripts, periodicals, newspapers, and both written and oral historical accounts regarding the history of the Pacific Coast in general and of Southern California in particular.  The collection is one of the founding collections of the Natural History Museum.  The Historical Society of Southern California (HSSC), along with the Fine Arts League, the Southern Division of the Cooper Ornithological Club, and the Southern California Academy of Sciences entered into an agreement with the County of Los Angeles on February 7, 1910 to build a historical museum and art gallery. 

The collection is comprised of the Historical Society of Southern California (HSSC) business archives (1890s-2017), and books, ephemera, photographs and manuscripts all collected by the HSSC. The organization was formed in 1883 to collect and preserve manuscripts, periodicals, newspapers, and both written and oral historical accounts regarding the history of the Pacific Coast in general and of Southern California in particular. The collection is arranged into five series primarily by format: Manuscripts, Photographs, Ephemera, Books, with the exception being the HSSC Business Archives. 

GC 1384 Mrs. Frank R. Seaver Family Papers, 1916-1994
(Boxes:  1/2 letter, 1 ov) (3 ov bundles)

Mrs. Seaver was the wife of Frank Roger Seaver, oil industrialist, philanthropist and founder of the Seaver Institute.  In 1986 the Institute established the Seaver Center for Western History Research, and the Institute continues to operate today.

Theater programs, periodicals, invitations and other personal papers of Blanche Ebert Seaver (1891-1994).  Three photograph albums for events held in Los Angeles, California:   Mrs. Seaver’s 100th birthday, 9/14/1991; Navy Ball, 5/5/1990; Navy Ball, 9/11/1992.  One album of photographs published by the Percy H. Clark Co., Los Angeles, of unidentified subdivisions and the Los Angeles Country Club, undated. Newspaper obituary clipped following her death.

GC 1385 Automotive News, Slocum Publishing Co., Detroit

Issues of Automotive News, the Newspaper of the Industry.  Published by Slocum Publishing Co., Detroit.  It was a weekly trade newspaper effective June 4, 1938.  Prior to that date, it was published daily.  Bulk is 6/11/1938 - 2/1941, with gaps.  Also 9/7/1942 issue.  Also annual almanac issues for 1938, 1939, 1940.  Also Album of Automobiles for 1941.  Chronicling America website has digitized issues for 1940 - 1946.

GC 1386 Miriam Wosk (1947-2010) Mixed Media Art Supplies Collection
(1,062 items)

The collection are the paper items that served as art supplies and inspiration for Wosk who was a Santa Monica-based illustrator and collage artist who incorporated mixed media.  Catalogs, publications, children's activities booklets, sheet music, sewing patterns, calendars, paper toys, masks, die cuts, advertisements, postcards and photographs.  19th century - 1980, undated

GC 1387 Yolanda O. Wilson Collection of Historical Los Angeles County Government Manuscripts, 1913-1989
(Boxes:  2 legal)

The collector was Yolanda O. Wilson.  Source:  Los Angeles Times obituary, 2014:  After graduating from Garfield High, Yolanda entered the Los Angeles County workforce. She proved to be a valued employee for more than 40 years working in the secretarial field in Health Services, Sheriff, and ultimately attained the position of Executive Secretary to the Chief Executive Officer.

Publications, scrapbooks, programs, invitations, photographs and papers produced by the Los Angeles County government in the course of planning special and commemorative events.  Events include the County Courthouse dedication in 1958; County Hall of Administration building dedication in 1960; County building dedication at Long Beach in 1960; County Hall of Records dedication in 1962; Hollywood Museum groundbreaking in 1963; Presidential Inaugural Committee for Ronald Reagan in 1981; the XXIIIrd Olympiad held at Los Angeles in 1984;  Pope John Paul II visit in 1987; 1989 Grammy Awards; memorial for Supervisor Kenneth Hahn in 1997; Consular Corps activities; information about the University of Southern California Medical Center; and specimens of the County flag, the County seal and information cards.  1913-1989, undated (bulk is 1958-1989)

GC 1388  Luz y alegria, the Pan-American quarterly (Culver City, Calif.) records
(Boxes:  1/2 letter; 1 ov folder)

1935-1998 (bulk is 1955-1959). Twelve issues of Luz y alegria, the Pan-American quarterly in English & Spanish, or Luz y alegria, revista trimestral Panamericana en Ingles y Espanol, 1955-1959.  Published in Culver City by a Colombian family and other staff:  Aura Ramirez Forastieri, Maria Iannone, F.J. Iannone, Anita Duran de Jones, Lucia de Ruiz, Sarah Hobson, and Antonio Ruiz.  The publication advocated bilingual literacy and aimed to promote Pan-American relations.  Also a certificate of commendation by the Pan American Friendship Club, June, 1956

GC 1389  Hollywoodland papers
(Boxes:  1/2 letter; 1 ov folder)

1923-2020, undated (bulk is 1992-2020). Collected by a family who resided in a custom-built 1949 house and at the time was situated closest to the Hollywood Sign. Includes a 1923 sales brochure, an undated tract map, a book The Story of Hollywoodland, and more recent publications and handbills regarding the Hollywoodland Homeowners Association

GC 1390 Kim Walters Phonograph Record Collection
(Boxes:  1 legal, 1 1/2 photo)

 78 rpm, 33 1/2 rpm, and 45 rpm records; 6 inch yellow vinyl records; also one set playing cards "LA. History Playing Cards" published by Southern California Studio.  [1950]-2009, undated

GC 1391 Oki Family Papers
(Boxes:  1 letter; 1 flat)

Kazuichi "Jack" Oki, his wife Yayoi, and their daughter Lily (Tsurumaki) and son Kazuto, resided in the Silverlake district of Los Angeles, California.  The attack on Pearl Harbor led to their incarceration at Heart Mountain, Wyoming.

Correspondence, publications, manuscripts, and two albums.  The collection reflects the family's lifelong appreciation for the visual arts and the natural world of rocks and minerals.  Papers indicate Jack Oki's involvement in the gardener profession.  But mostly the papers show Oki's activities as president of the Southern California Japanese Rock Society and their 1964 nature study tour of various national parks.  Also the Oki's trip with the Lapidary Society to Mexico in 1978.  Also publications on the Hollywood Independent Church and the Union Church of Los Angeles. Albums show Japanese design and batik samples. Some items in Japanese.  1952-1980, undated

GC 1392 John Mieding Business Collection on Southern California Bakeries and Four-S Bakery
(Boxes:  1 letter; 1 legal; 1 postcard box)

Four-S Bakery was founded in Los Angeles in 1922.  Donor John Mieding began at Four-S and finished his career as Western Regional Manager of Interstate Brands Corporation.  Four-S Bakery first merged with other baking companies into Western Bakeries and later Interstate Bakeries Corp. (reorganized into Interstate Brands Corporation).

Business records and photographs pertaining to Four-S Bakery, Interstate Brands Corporation, Good Stuff Bakery, and Good Stuff Food Company, Inc.  Covers operations and statistics of the bread and commercial bakery industry in southern California. Contains a manuscript titled "A Story About a Bakery, Four-S Bakery, 1922-2000" written by Elmer Pedrotti, Joe Tarro and John Mieding, chronicling company history and subsequent mergers through facts, anecdotes, humor, and remembrances. Also a collection of dinner programs/menus from the Les Amis d'Escoffier Society.  1942-2005, undated (bulk 1963-1995)

GC 1393 Peter Aguilar Despart Papers
(Boxes:  2 letter; 1 flat ov)

Despart (1906-1997) was an Angeleno of Sicilian/Mexican heritage.  He was a descendant of Los Angeles Mayor Cristobal Aguilar.  He was a veteran of World War II and the Korean War.

Photographs, letters, clippings, ephemera, commendations and documents in original, copy, and digitized format.  Also research print-outs compiled by the donor.  Papers relate to a Mexican circus; Despart's local restaurant businesses; his military service in World War II and the Korean War; his association with several Japanese American friends during WWII; his affiliation in founding the American Legion Post 804 in East Los Angeles, California; his political career and civilian career at the Department of Water and Power.  There are some minor references to the Hollywood motion picture industry.  The collection strongly resonate his lifelong involvement with sports and team athletics that took place at many well-known southern California venues and in Mexico.  1930-1994, undated

GC 1394 Jackie Fields (1908-1987) Boxing Scrapbook
(Boxes:  1 ov)

Scrapbook of newspaper clippings mostly from Los Angeles including the Examiner, the Express and the Herald. Also a Chicago newspaper.  Also Western Union telegrams, correspondence and one pencilled illustration of Fields in a boxing stance in a full-length portrait.  1925-1928, undated.  Name variation:  Jacob Finkelstein