Scope and Content
Title: Papers of John Alexander Gray
Collection Number: Consult repository.
Gray, John Alexander
The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens
The Huntington Library
1151 Oxford Road
San Marino, California 91108
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Abstract: The collection consists primarily of draft article manuscripts written by John Alexander Gray, a Los Angeles newswriter 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.
Collection is open to qualified researchers by prior application through the Reader Services Department. For more information,
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In order to quote from, publish, or reproduce any of the manuscripts or visual materials, researchers must obtain formal permission
from the office of the Library Director. In most instances, permission is given by the Huntington as owner of the physical
property rights only, and researchers must also obtain permission from the holder of the literary rights. In some instances,
the Huntington owns the literary rights, as well as the physical property rights. Researchers may contact the appropriate
curator for further information.
[Identification of item], Papers of John Alexander Gray, The Huntington Library, San Marino, California.
Gift of James A. Linck, February 1968.
John Alexander Gray was a Los Angeles newswriter 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.
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.
Gray, John Alexander.
Mulholland, William, 1855-1935.
Scattergood, E. F. (Ezra Frederick), 1871-1947.
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.
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.