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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Access
  • Administrative Information
  • Biographical Note
  • Scope and Content
  • Indexing Terms

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: John Alexander Gray Papers
    Dates: 1961-1965
    Collection Number: mssGray papers
    Creator: Gray, John Alexander
    Extent: 176 items in 1 box
    Repository: The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens. Manuscripts Department
    1151 Oxford Road
    San Marino, California 91108
    Phone: (626) 405-2191
    Email: reference@huntington.org
    URL: http://www.huntington.org
    Abstract: The collection consists primarily of draft article manuscripts written by Los Angeles journalist John Alexander Gray, who drafted articles relating to the Bureau of Power and Light (later the Dept. of Water and Power) and of the history of the City of Los Angeles.
    Language of Material: The records are in English.


    Open to qualified researchers by prior application through the Reader Services Department. For more information, contact Reader Services.

    Administrative Information

    Publication Rights

    The Huntington Library does not require that researchers request permission to quote from or publish images of this material, nor does it charge fees for such activities. The responsibility for identifying the copyright holder, if there is one, and obtaining necessary permissions rests with the researcher.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item]. John Alexander Gray Papers, The Huntington Library, San Marino, California.


    Gift of James A. Linck, February 1968.

    Biographical Note

    John Alexander Gray was a Los Angeles newswriter who drafted articles relating to the Bureau of Power and Light (later the Deptartment of Water and Power) and of the history of the City of Los Angeles.

    Scope and Content

    The collection consists primarily of draft article manuscripts written by John Alexander Gray and relating to William Mulholland, Ezra Scattergood, William B. Matthews, and John B. Elliott, connected with the procurement of water and power from the Owens Valley (California) via the Los Angeles Aqueduct and from Boulder Dam for the city of Los Angeles. Other subjects of the articles include key institutions in Los Angeles and Southern California history including the Metropolitan Water District and the Southern California Edison Company. The correspondence includes letters responding to inquiries sent by Gray to deans and officials at several colleges, universities, and other cultural institutions in the Los Angeles area such as Disneyland, the California Institute of Technology, Wycliffe Bible Translators, California State College at Palos Verdes, San Fernando Valley State College, California State College, Los Angeles, University of Southern California, University of California, Los Angeles, and the Henry E. Huntington Library and Art Gallery.
    Additionally, the collection includes a file of newspaper clippings that reflects Gray’s interest in Los Angeles’s air quality and educational environment and an ephemera section, which consists of some of John Alexander Gray’s personal financial documents, tax receipts, and membership cards for the Los Angeles Water & Power Defense League and the University of Southern California General Alumni Association.

    Indexing Terms

    The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the Huntington Library's Online Catalog.  

    Personal Names

    Gray, John Alexander.
    Mulholland, William, 1855-1935.
    Scattergood, E. F. (Ezra Frederick), 1871-1947.

    Corporate Names

    Boulder Canyon Project (U.S.)
    Colorado River Basin Project (U.S.)
    Los Angeles (Calif.). Bureau of Power and Light.
    Los Angeles (Calif.). Dept. of Water and Power -- History -- Sources.
    Southern California Edison Company.


    Power resources -- California -- Los Angeles.
    Water resources development -- California -- Los Angeles.
    Water rights -- California -- Los Angeles.
    Water-supply -- California -- Los Angeles.

    Geographic Areas

    Hoover Dam (Ariz. and Nev.) -- History.
    Los Angeles (Calif.) -- History -- 20th century -- Sources.
    Los Angeles Aqueduct (Calif.)
    Metropolitan Water District of Southern California (Calif.)
    Owens Valley (Calif.) -- History.


    Articles -- California -- 20th century.
    Clippings -- California -- 20th century.
    Letters (correspondence) -- California -- 20th century.