Finding aid for the G. Edward Vandeventer Collection of Public Transportation Ephemera, Reports, and Other Material

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Finding aid for the G. Edward Vandeventer Collection of Public Transportation Ephemera, Reports, and Other Material

Collection number: 21-DGPTL

Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority Research Library and Archive

Los Angeles, California
Processed by:
Denise Villegas
Date Completed:
July 24, 2012
Encoded by:
Denise Villegas
© 2012 Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority. All rights reserved.

Descriptive Summary

Title: G. Edward Vandeventer collection of public transportation ephemera, reports, and other material
Dates: 1930 - 2001
Bulk Dates: 1940 - 1995
Collection number: 21-DGPTL
Creator: G. Edward Vandeventer
Collection Size: 2.502 linear feet 6 boxes
Repository: Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority Research Library and Archives.
Los Angeles, CA 90012-2952
Abstract: Gale Edward Vandeventer was an employee of the Southern California Rapid Transit District (SCRTD) from 1975 to the 1997. During this time, Vandeventer contributed to the creation of a new scheduling system for SCRTD's Scheduling Department and was part of the operational planning of the Blue, Red, and Green Metro Rail lines. This collection contains ephemera published by the SCRTD including notices of service changes, bus guides, and maps, as well as material related to planning Blue Line operations. Also included in this collection is material collected by Ed Vandeventer published by antecedent transit companies of Los Angeles: the Pacific Electric Railway Company, Los Angeles Transit Lines, Metropolitan Coach Lines, Los Angeles Metropolitan Transit Authority, and of SCRTD's successors, the Los Angeles County Transportation Commission and the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority.
Physical location: For current information on the location of these materials, please consult the Library's online catalog.
Languages: Languages represented in the collection: English

Access

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Publication Rights

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Preferred Citation

G. Edward Vandeventer collection of public transportation ephemera, reports, and other material, 21-DGPTL. Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority Research Library and Archive

Custodial History

This material was donated to the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority by G. Edward Vandeventer in 2011.

Biography/Administrative History

Gale Edward "Ed" Vandeventer (1942 - 2003) was a long-term employee of the Southern California Rapid Transit District (SCRTD) who began working as a planner for the District in July, 1975. Vandeventer later served as Rail Operations Superintendent from 1985 to 1988 and was reappointed to the position in July 1991 after serving as the Superintendent of Instruction from 1988 to 1991. Vandeventer retired from the SCRTD in 1997.
During his employment with SCRTD, Vandeventer was an integral part of developing and implementing a freeway fare increment system, training supervisors for rail transit operations and train operators for Metro Rail's Blue Line.

Scope and Content of Collection

This collection comprises material collected by Edward Vandeventer that was created by various public transportation agencies that existed in Los Angeles from the 1940s to the very early 2000s. This includes reports, service planning documentation, promotional material, service guides, correspondence, ephemera, service schedules, maps, and photographs created by the Pacific Electric Railway Company, Los Angeles Transit Lines, Metropolitan Coach Lines, Los Angeles Metropolitan Transit Authority, Southern California Rapid Transit District, Los Angeles County Transportation Commission, and the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Agency.
Also included in this collection are books, journals, and bulletins on the subject of public transit outside of the Los Angeles area. This includes a book titled, "British Columbia Railway," published by Western miner Press, "The New Tokaido Line," published by Japanese National Railways, "Rapid Transit Boston," by Bradley H. Clarke, "The Bus," by Paul Kirchner, and the Summer 1998 issue of "Railway Museum Quarterly," published by the Association of Railway Museums.
Promotional take-ones not created by transportation agencies are also present in this collection. This includes brochures for the Los Angeles County Fair, Griffith Observatory and Planetarium, Disneyland, Knott's Berry Farm, horse racing in Hollywood Park, and tourist guides.

Arrangement

Arranged in 11 series:
1. Pacific Electric Railway Company, 1930 - 1953.
2. Los Angeles Transit Lines, 1945 - 1958.
3. Metropolitan Coach Lines, 1953 - 1958.
4. Los Angeles Metropolitan Transit Authority, 1954 - 1964.
5. Southern California Rapid Transit District, 1960 - 1993.
6. Los Angeles County Transportation Commission, 1985 - 1993.
7. Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority, 1992 - 2001.
8. Other Transportation Agencies, 1976 - 1993.
9. Transit Related Materials, circa 1986.
10. Transportation Union, circa 1950.
11. Non-Transit Materials, 1949 - 1999.
The contents of each series are arranged chronologically.

Indexing Terms

The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.
Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority
Pacific Electric Railway Company
Metropolitan Coach Lines
Los Angeles Metropolitan Transit Agency
Southern California Rapid Transit District
Los Angeles County Transportation Commission

Other Finding Aids

Container list available.

Related Archival Material

Related materials about the operations of the Pacific Electric Railway Company, Los Angeles Transit Lines, Metropolitan Coach Lines, the Los Angeles Metropolitan Transit Authority, the Southern California Rapid Transit District, the Los Angeles County Transportation Commission, and the Los Angeles Metropolitan Transportation Agency may be found in this repository.