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Finding Aid for the Rancho Los Amigos Hospital records 0407
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  • Scope and Content
  • Access
  • Publication Rights
  • Preferred Citation
  • Acquisition Information
  • Processing Note
  • Historical Note
  • Organization

  • Title: Rancho Los Amigos Hospital records
    Collection number: 0407
    Contributing Institution: USC Libraries Special Collections
    Language of Material: English
    Physical Description: 30.0 Linear feet 50 cartons
    Date: ca. 1887-1999
    Abstract: 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.
    Physical location: Stored off-site. Advance notice is required for access to the collection. Please contact for paging information.
    creator: Rancho Los Amigos Medical Center.

    Scope and Content

    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 publictions 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.

    Access

    Open for use by appointment only.

    Publication Rights

    Copyright has not been assigned to the the California Social Welfare Archives. All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the appropriate agency or person.

    Preferred Citation

    Rancho Los Amigos Hospital records, Collection no. 0407, California Social Welfare Archives, Special Collections, USC Libraries, University of Southern California

    Acquisition Information

    The material was acquired directly from personnel at Rancho Los Amigos Hospital with the approval of the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors.

    Processing Note

    The Rancho Los Amigos Hospital records were gathered from a variety of sources within the hospital itself. In many cases, records had been "mined" for other purposes. Many items show evidence of having been moved from one scrapbook to another, for instance. In addition, some of the most valuable records were used for public display purposes and then stored away in offices or series that had little to do with their original provenance.
    The most thorough-going disruption of the records appears to have occurred during the writing of the Centennial history in 1985-1988 by Colleen Adair Fliedner, RANCHO: Centennial, Rancho Los Amigos Medical Center, 1888-1988 published by the Rancho Los Amigos Hospital Medical Center, 1988. [LC number 90-061927; ISBN: 09267156-0-3]. Many of the records that appear in that book are no longer to be found in the collection. The book itself does, however, stand as a reasonable compendium of Rancho history, and the researcher is encouraged to use this source before tackling the records in this collection.
    Part of the same process of preparation for the Centennial celebration involved a conscientious attempt to create photographic archives of some of the earliest Rancho records. Some of the most useful records in this collection are proof-sheets and negatives from that effort. The great bulk of the material in this collection is photographic or cinematic. Annual group photos of every department make up the bulk of the photos, but there are many unidentified photos and photo series that were clarly intended for internal staff instruction. The provenance and use of many of these photos is open to question. Most of the film and audiotape collection also appears to be for internal instruction. The provenance of these films is open to severe question. Unlike the rest of the collection, the films were not weeded to eliminate redundancy, since multiple copies might well be necessary for future preservation efforts.
    Given the condition of the fond, then, it was thought best to create a wide set of topically based series, maintaining original order whenever possible, but recognizing that for the most part, precise provenance is not attainable.

    Historical Note

    Names for Rancho

    1888 County Farm
    1932 Rancho Los Amigos
      Los Amigos Rancho
    1955 Rancho Los Amigos Hospital
    1984 Rancho Los Amigos Medical Center

    Superintendents/Administrators

    1889 B. V. Dougall
      Thomas Borden
    1889-1901 Edwin L. Burdick
    1901-1903 Thomas F. Simpson
    1903-1907 George S. Clarke
    1907 Donald S. Chick
    1907-1911 Andrew F. Wade
    1911-1915 Charles C. Manning
    1915 Carl P. Talle
    1915-1931 William R. Harriman
    1931-1933 Everett Gray
    11933-1952 William R. Hariman
    11952-1956 Robert J. Thomas
    1956-1976 Eugene R. Erickson
    1976-1980 Edward J. Foley
    1980-after 1988 Armando Lopez, Jr

    Medical Directors (Chief Resident Physicians)

    1921-1924 William A. Kristensen
    1924-1927 James Houloose
    c. 1917-c. 1930 Homer R. Keys
    c. 1930-1937 F. Malcolm Hebard
    1937-1956 Dougls W. Ritchie
    1957-1964 John E. Affeldt
    1964-1970 Vernon L. Nickel
    1970-1977 Harold Mazur
    1976-1977 Alan T. Webb
    1977-1981 Robert L. Spears
    1981-1988 Matthew O. Locks
    after 1988 Robet L. Waters

    Organization

    This collection is organized into the following series:

    1. Administration

    2. Accounting

    3. Buildings and Plans

    4. Departments

    5. Publications

    6. Employees

    7. Professional Staff Association

    8. Staff Publications

    9. Public Affairs

    10. Fundraising

    11. Descriptive and retrospective

    12. Inmate Life

    13. Individuals

    14. Oral History

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    Rancho Los Amigos Hospital -- Archives
    Rancho Los Amigos Medical Center. -- Archives
    Hospitals--California--Los Angeles County--Archival resources