Ralph Hamlin (1880-1974) Collection

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Seaver Center for Western History Research, Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County
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Los Angeles, California 90007-4057
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2015


Descriptive Summary

Title: Ralph Hamlin (1880-1974) Collection
Dates: 1894-1976
Collection Number: GC 1342
Creator/Collector: Hamlin, Ralph
Extent: 13.28 linear feet
Repository: Seaver Center for Western History Research, Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County
Los Angeles, California 90007-4057
Abstract: 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. ca. 1894 – 1976, undated. See also photo collection P-115 Ralph Hamlin Collection.
Language of Material: English

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Preferred Citation

Ralph Hamlin (1880-1974) Collection. Seaver Center for Western History Research, Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County

Biography/Administrative History

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. He also acquired a dealership in Hollywood at 5766 Hollywood Boulevard; he also had a Glendale branch selling Franklins under the "Ralph Hamlin" company name.

Scope and Content of Collection

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 photo collection P-115 Ralph Hamlin Collection.

Indexing Terms

Automobile racing--California--History
Bicycles and bicycling--History
Franklin Automobile Company
H. H. Franklin Manufacturing Company
Los Angeles (Calif.)

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