The Rancho Los Amigos Hospital began in the late 1880's as the Los Angeles County Poor Farm. For over a century, the Rancho's
mission has evolved, first as a hospital for indigents and then as a center for rehabilitation for chronic diseases. The papers
in this collection chronical this development. Included are administrative and financial records, internal and external publications
generated by Rancho staff, retrospective and historical accounts, oral history tapes, blueprints, plans, and similar material.
The collection includes large numbers of photographs, both of staff members and therapeutic techniques. Likewise, there are
many films and audio-recordings on issues involving.physical therapy and rehabilitation.