John Alexander Gray Papers

Finding aid prepared by Eric Steiger.
The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens
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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.

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Administrative Information

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Preferred Citation

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

Provenance

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.

Subjects

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.

Genre

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


Box 1

mssGray papers

 

Bateman, Ivan L. “More Power for Los Angeles”: speech. 1962, Feb. 26

 

Gray, John Alexander. “The Four Crusaders”: manuscript. Undated

 

Gray, John Alexander. “Frank Wiggins”: manuscript. Undated

 

Gray, John Alexander. “The Heroic Years”: manuscript. Undated

 

Gray, John Alexander. Miscellaneous Notes. Undated

 

Gray, John Alexander. “Mulholland”: manuscript. Undated

 

Gray, John Alexander. “Peculiar Happening”: manuscript. Undated

 

Gray, John Alexander. “Saga of John B. Elliott”: manuscript. Undated

 

Gray, John Alexander. “Scattergood”: manuscript. Undated

 

Gray, John Alexander. “The Three Club”: manuscript. 1965

 

Correspondence. 1963-1964

 

Correspondence. 1965

 

Ephemera. 1961-1965

 

Ephemera: clippings. 1964-1965