This collection contains surveyors' field books, plat maps and other maps from counties of Southern California, spanning the
years from 1855 to 1968.
A number of surveyors appear in the collection. The most prominent are Joseph A. Hurley, E(dward) T(homas) Wright and his partner, Nicholson. Although the partner's Christian name is unidentified in the collection he is most likely W. B. Nicholson, who is cited as Wright's partner in Nicholson's obituary in the Los Angeles Herald of 21 August 1901. Wright was married to Nicholson's sister, Lucy, until her death in 1900. Also, a Mary Perry Nicholson
learned the profession of engineering in the office of E. T. Wright, according to a Los Angeles Herald article of 12 July 1903. She may have been a relative of W. B. Nicholson.
1737 maps, 7 tables, 15 archival document boxes, 10 flat oversize boxes
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