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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Administration Information
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  • Indexing Terms

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Bradbury Land Papers
    Dates: 1855-1933
    Collection Number: Consult repository.
    Collector: Bradbury family
    Extent: 54 items
    Repository: The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens Manuscripts Department
    The Huntington Library
    1151 Oxford Road
    San Marino, California 91108
    Phone: (626) 405-2203
    Fax: (626) 449-5720
    Email: manuscripts@huntington.org
    URL: http://www.huntington.org
    Abstract: This collection consists of land records associated with the Bradbury family and company developments in the Rancho Azusa de Duarte and the city of Monrovia from the 1850s to the 1930s.
    Language of Material: The records are in English.

    Administration Information


    Collection is open to qualified researchers by prior application through the Reader Services Department. For more information, please go to following web site .

    Publication Rights

    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.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Bradbury Land Papers, The Huntington Library, San Marino, California.

    Acquisition Information

    Gift to the Huntington Library of Louisa Bradbury Jenkins in June 1999.


    L. L. Bradbury was an investor and real estate developer prominent in Los Angeles in the late 19th century. In the 1880s, he acquired the Rancho Azusa de Duarte, which now includes the city of Duarte. He died in 1892. His son Lewis Bradbury assumed control of the family business in 1902 and incorporated the Bradbury Estate Company in 1904. The company continued to acquire and develop landholdings in Southern California throughout the first three decades of the 20th century, including land and water development in and near the city of Monrovia, California.

    Scope and Content

    This collection consists of land records associated with the Bradbury family and company developments in the Rancho Azusa de Duarte and the city of Monrovia from the 1850s to the 1930s. These documents include certificates of title, deeds, and contractual agreements relating to land sales, mortgages, leases, and water rights. Parties to various contracts in the collection include the city of Monrovia, Los Angeles County, the Southern California Edison Company, Elias Jackson Baldwin, and several members of the Bradbury family, including L. L. Bradbury, Simona Bradbury, and Lewis Bradbury. There is also a folder of correspondence relating to the family’s business interests. Correspondents include the Los Angeles Flood Control District and William Mulholland.


    The materials have been maintained in their original batches, with the exception of the correspondence, which had no apparent original order.

    Indexing Terms

    Personal Names

    Baldwin, Elias Jackson, 1828-1909.
    Bradbury family.

    Corporate Names

    Southern California Edison Company.

    Alternate Authors

    Bradbury Estate Company.
    Bradbury, L. L.
    Mulholland, William, 1855-1935.


    Real property -- California -- Los Angeles.
    Water rights -- California.

    Geographic Areas

    California -- History -- 19th century -- Sources.
    California -- History -- 20th century -- Sources.
    Duarte (Calif.)
    Los Angeles County (Calif.)
    Los Angeles County Flood Control District (Calif.)
    Monrovia (Calif.)


    Agreements California 19th century.
    Agreements California 20th century.
    Deeds California 19th century.
    Deeds California 20th century.
    Leases California 19th century.
    Leases California 20th century.
    Mortgages California 19th century.
    Mortgages California 20th century.