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RANCHO SAN PEDRO REFERENCE COLLECTION, 1902-2004
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General History 1905-1990

Physical Description: 12 folders

Scope and Content Note

This series contains material regarding the history of the Rancho and has been divided into three subseries.
 

Papers 1910-1984

Physical Description: 5 folders

Scope and Content Note

Contains historic papers written about the Rancho San Pedro, including student papers on the Nigger Slough, a copy of William Mulholland’s report on the Rancho’s water supply system, and a paper on the battles of Dominguez Hill.
Box 1, Folder 1

Chronology and history of chief events n.d.

Box 1, Folder 2

"Preliminary Report on the Installation of a Water Supply System for the San Pedro Rancho," William Mulholland 1910

Box 1, Folder 3

"Battle of Dominguez Ranch I and II" n.d.

Box 1, Folder 4

"Research Resource Materials on the Origins of "Nigger Slough" in the Dominguez Family Papers," Bonita Miramontes 1977

Box 1, Folder 5

"History of Nigger Slough", Susan Hikida 1984

 

Publications 1955-1990

Physical Description: 3 folders

Scope and Content Note

Contains published pieces about the Rancho San Pedro, including an oral history by John Victor Carson and Judson Grenier and a history distributed by the Dominguez Water Company.
Box 1, Folder 6

"The Storied Past of the Rancho San Pedro," C.M. Crawford, distributed by the Dominguez Water Company 1955

Box 1, Folder 7

"Black Gold Suburbs: The Influence of the Extractive Industry on the Suburbanization of Los Angeles, 1890-1930," Fred Viehe 1981

Box 1, Folder 8

"Early Dominguez Families and Settlement of the Rancho San Pedro", booklet, William M. Mason. 1990

 

Miscellaneous 1905-1985

Physical Description: 4 folders

Scope and Content Note

Contains newsclippings, land development proposals, a calendar with many historic photographs, a land-use proposal, a program from a symposium related to the Rancho San Pedro, and a lesson plan for 3rd grade classes learning the history of Carson.
Box 1, Folder 9

Newsclippings 1905-1970

Box 1, Folder 10

Ocean View Cemetery Co. Proposal 1906

Box 1, Folder 11

Rancho San Pedro Historical Calendar 1985

Box 1, Folder 12

Symposium program: "Hispanic Roots of California and the Southwest 1976

Box 3

Carson Community History binder contents - lesson plans for 3rd grade 1998

Box 4

Houghton, William L., Justice of the Peace; case book, with index circa 1870s

 

Legal Documents and Maps 1919

Physical Description: 18 folders

Scope and Content Note

This series contains generally undated copies of legal documents and maps showing the partition of the Rancho San Pedro lands. Included are copies of the 1858 land patent, brand registration and transcripts of court proceedings between Manuel Dominguez and the United States government. Other legal documents include deeds of right-of-way on rancho land and challenges to the ownership of parts of the Rancho San Pedro. Maps detailing early Spanish pueblos, the location of Spanish ranchos, and the partition of the rancho lands are also included.
Box 1, Folder 13

Manuel Dominguez v. U.S., Case #398, translation of 1805 grant n.d.

Box 1, Folder 14

Petition, Original Land Grant, 1852, typed copy n.d.

Box 1, Folder 15

Brand Registration for Manuel Dominguez, 1854, copy with negative n.d.

Box 1, Folder 16

Transcript of Proceedings, Nasario Dominguez v. US, case #480, circa 1854, typed copy n.d.

Box 1, Folder 17

Manuel Dominguez v. U.S., Case #398; Decree of Confirmation, 1857, copy n.d.

Box 1, Folder 18

Land Patent, 1858, copy with negative n.d.

Box 1, Folder 19

Deed of Right-of-Way Manuel Dominguez to Phineas Banning and the Los Angeles and San Pedro Railroad Company, 1869, copy n.d.

Box 1, Folder 20

Deed of Right-of-Way Manuel Dominguez to the Los Angeles and San Pedro Railroad Company, 1869, copy n.d.

Box 1, Folder 21

Partition of the Estate of Manuel and Maria Engracia Dominguez/Lands Allotted to Maria Dolores Simona Dominguez de Watson: Case 3284, L.A. County Superior Court, 1885, copy n.d.

Box 1, Folder 22

Description for Taxation - Maria Dolores Dominguez de Watson, copy n.d.

Box 1, Folder 23

Abstract title to Salt Flat, Inner Bay, Rattlesnake Island and Deadman's Island, 1891, copy n.d.

Box 1, Folder 24

Map of Indian villages on Rancho San Pedro, with negative and key n.d.

Box 1, Folder 25

Maps of original grant of Rancho San Pedro based on maps in National Archives, with negatives n.d.

Box 1, Folder 26

Map of "The Old Spanish and Mexican Ranchos of Los Angeles County" 1919

Box 1, Folder 27

Map of Spanish pueblos in the Southwest and Northern Mexico n.d.

Box 1, Folder 28

Map of 1884 partition of Rancho San Pedro, 1884, copy and negative n.d.

Box 1, Folder 29

Map of subdivision of part of Rancho San Pedro, 1870, copy n.d.

Box 1, Folder 30

Map of township 3, South Range 13, showing RSP boundaries, copy n.d.

 

Dominguez Adobe 1941-2004

Physical Description: 15 folders

Scope and Content Note

This series includes materials related specifically to the Dominguez Adobe, the homestead built by Manuel Dominguez and used by various branches of the Dominguez Family and the Claretian Order before becoming a museum and cultural center. The materials have been divided into seven subseries.
 

History 1954-2004

Physical Description: 2 folders

Scope and Content Note

Contains newsclippings and a paper on the homesite by Robert Gillingham
Box 1, Folder 31

Newsclippings from local publications 1954-1994, 2004

Box 1, Folder 32

"History of the Development of the Dominguez Ranch Homesite", R.C. Gillingham 1974

 

Claretian Order 1941-1996

Physical Description: 2 folders

Scope and Content Note

Contains newsclippings about the Claretian Order and the Dominguez Seminary, as well as brochures and pamphlets from and about the Order.
Box 1, Folder 33

Brochures and pamphlets n.d.

Box 1, Folder 34

Newsclippings 1941-1996

 

Sesquicentennial 1974-1976

Physical Description: 1 folder

Scope and Content Note

Contains news releases and programs from the celebration of the adobe’s 150th anniversary.
Box 2, Folder 1

News releases and program 1974-1976

 

Bicentennial 1983-1984

Physical Description: 5 folders

Scope and Content Note

Contains news releases, newsclippings, invitations, and programs for the 200th anniversary of the adobe. The bicentennial event included the participation of Hollywood celebrities Lorne Greene and Ricardo Montalban. Also included is a first-day postcard and press about the US Postal Service stamp depicting the Dominguez Adobe and an article by Judson Grenier in the LA Education Network newsletter about the bicentennial.
Box 2, Folder 2

Correspondence and planning materials 1983

Box 2, Folder 3

News releases 1984

Box 2, Folder 4

Newsclippings 1983

Box 2, Folder 5

Postal stamp and card of Dominguez Adobe, first day issue and New York Times column 1984

Box 2, Folder 6

Event invitations and programs 1984

Box 2, Folder 7

LA Education Network newsletter, article by Grenier 1984

 

Museum 1975-2005

Physical Description: 4 folders

Scope and Content Note

Contains newsclippings and news releases, programs, and invitations directly related to the Dominguez Adobe as museum. Informational pamphlets were used as museum guides.
Box 2, Folder 7

Newsclippings 1985, 1989

Box 2, Folder 8

Informational pamphlets 1975, 1984

Box 2, Folder 9

Airmeet Room opening 1977

Box 2, Folder 10

Grand re-opening and flyers 2004-2005

 

Events 1966-1978

Physical Description: 1 folder

Scope and Content Note

Materials regarding events held at the Adobe are contained in this subseries. Included are invitations to the annual fiesta and other events.
Box 2, Folder 11

Annual fiesta and other events 1966-1978

 

Dominguez Family 1906-1987

Physical Description: 34 folders

Scope and Content Note

This series contains materials regarding the Dominguez family from Juan Jose through the daughters of Manuel Dominguez. It has been separated into six subseries.
 

History 1965-1985

Physical Description: 2 folders

Scope and Content Note

Includes newsclippings on the Dominguez family in general and a piece about the family in honor of the sesquicentennial.
Box 2, Folder 12

Articles and newsclippings 1965-1985

Box 2, Folder 13

"A Tribute to the Dominguez Family for the 150th Anniversary of the Building of Their Home and Almost 200 Years on the Rancho San Pedro 1826-1976" by Evelyn M. Stanford 1976

 

Carson 1906-1981

Physical Description: 4 folders

Scope and Content Note

Includes Judson Grenier’s oral history interview with John Victor Carson, newsclippings, and a photocopy of a railway pass.
Box 2, Folder 14

Carson, George: L.A. Terminal Railway Pass, 1899, copy n.d.

Box 2, Folder 15

Carson, John Victor: "Reminiscences of the Dominguez Ranch and the Carson Family: An Oral History," Judson Grenier, 1st and 2nd eds. 1976, 1981

Box 2, Folder 16

Carson, George Earl birthday press release 1991

Box 2, Folder 17

Newsclippings 1906-1969

 

Del Amo 1900-1976

Physical Description: 7 folders

Scope and Content Note

Contained in the subseries are tax records, audits, correspondence, newsclippings, and a paper on the Del Amo Family.
Box 2, Folder 18

"An Anniversary" 1976

Box 2, Folder 19

Del Amo, Dr. Gregorio, Correspondence 1900, 1914

Box 2, Folder 20

Tax receipt, Redondo Beach 1900

Box 2, Folder 21

Audit report 1922

Box 2, Folder 22

Home, Westchester Place, copy n.d.

Box 2, Folder 23

Susana and Gregorio, Obituaries 1931, 1941

Box 2, Folder 24

Newsclippings 1960-1967

 

Dominguez 1906, 1984

Physical Description: 14 folders

Scope and Content Note

This subseries contains information regarding the Juan Jose, Jose Cristobal, Manuel and his wife Maria Engracia, and Guadalupe, Manuel’s only unmarried daughter. Materials include copies of the wills of the family members and term papers on Manuel.
Box 2, Folder 25

Cattle brands of Nasario, Pedro, Maria Engracia, Guadalupe, and Dolores n.d.

Box 2, Folder 26

Guadalupe: Cancelled check 1906

Box 2, Folder 27

Guadalupe: Correspondence, 1897, copy n.d.

Box 2, Folder 28

Guadalupe: Declaration of Trust, 1910, copy n.d.

Box 2, Folder 29

Jose Cristobal - "The Children of Jose Cristobal" n.d.

Box 2, Folder 30

Jose Cristobal - will, transcript copy, 1825 n.d.

Box 2, Folder 31

Juan Jose - will, transcript copy, 1827 n.d.

Box 2, Folder 32

Manuel - "Factors in the Survival of Manuel Dominguez," Anthony Armendariz 1984

Box 2, Folder 33

Manuel - Untitled term paper on the life of Manuel Dominguez n.d.

Box 2, Folder 34

Manuel - Interrogatory, transcript n.d.

Box 2, Folder 35

Manuel - will, transcript, 1882 n.d.

Box 2, Folder 36

Manuel - land holdings, sales, and partitions n.d.

Box 2, Folder 37

Maria Engracia: Letter of Administration of Will, 1883, copy n.d.

Box 2, Folder 38

Maria de los Reyes Ybanez - will, transcript, 1834 n.d.

 

Francis 1933-1934

Physical Description: 3 folders

Scope and Content Note

This subseries contains correspondence, an Internal Revenue Service petition and a copy of Maria Jesus de los Reyes Dominguez de Francis’ obituaries.
Box 2, Folder 39

Correspondence, 1909-1913, copies n.d.

Box 2, Folder 40

IRS Petition 1934

Box 2, Folder 41

Obituaries 1933

 

Watson 1924-1988

Physical Description: 4 folders

Scope and Content Note

This subseries contains correspondence, newsclippings, and obituaries of Watson family members, including Lavena Watson Brown and Susan Watson Lacayo.
Box 2, Folder 42

Brown, Lavena correspondence 1926-1927

Box 2, Folder 43

Lacayo, Susan correspondence and auction catalog 1941, 1988

Box 2, Folder 44

Maria Dolores obituary 1924

Box 2, Folder 45

Newsclipping 1987

 

Dominguez Companies 1955-1995

Physical Description: 3 folders

Scope and Content Note

This series covers two of the many companies the Dominguez families founded and maintained: the Dominguez Water Corporation and the Dominguez Estate Company. Materials include newsclippings, brochures, and newsletters.
Box 2, Folder 46

Dominguez Water Corporation - brochures and newsclippings 1955, 1984

Box 2, Folder 47

Dominguez Estate Company - brochures and newsclippings 1959, 1963, 1967