Southern California Edison Records

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Descriptive Summary

Title: Southern California Edison Company
Dates: 1848-1989
Bulk Dates: 1911-1965
Collection Number: Consult repository.
Creator: Southern California Edison Company
Extent: 510 Boxes
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: lgarcia@huntington.org
URL: http://www.huntington.org
Abstract: A selection of corporate records created by Southern California Edison (SCE), an electric utility founded in 1886. The collection also includes smaller collections created by employees of SCE and materials used in the process of writing the official history of SCE.
Language of Material: The records are in English.

Administration Information

Access

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

The Huntington Library has the right to authorize the non-commercial reproduction, publication, or similar uses of the material. In order to quote from, publish, or reproduce any of the materials for non-commercial purposes, researchers must obtain formal permission from the office of the Library Director. In most instances, the Huntington as owner of the physical property rights gives permission. Researchers may contact the appropriate curator for further information. In addition, researchers and others can contact the appropriate curator to obtain information regarding the commercial reproduction, publication, or similar uses of the material. Authorization for commercial uses must be obtained from Southern California Edison through the EIX (Edison International) Senior Vice President for Corporate Communications.

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Southern California Edison Records, The Huntington Library, San Marino, California.

Acquisition Information

The collection was donated by Edison International in August 2005.

Related Material

The Southern California Edison Collection of over 70,000 photographs is available through consultation with the Photographic Archives.

History

Southern California Edison (SCE) is the largest electric utility in California and one of the nation's largest investor-owned electric utilities, serving more than 13 million people in 15 counties of central, coastal and southern California. Based in Rosemead, California, the utility has been providing electric service in the region for more than 120 years. SCE is a subsidiary of Edison International, which also is headquartered in Rosemead. The SCE service territory includes approximately 430 cities and communities with a total customer base of approximately 4.8 million residential and business accounts. SCE is regulated by the California Public Utilities Commission and the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.
SCE's earliest predecessor was Holt and Knupps which in 1886 installed street lights in Visalia, California. In 1894, a group including Elmer Peck and George Baker organized West Side Lighting to provide electricity in Los Angeles. The next year the company merged with Los Angeles Edison Electric, which owned the rights to the Edison name and patents in the region, and Baker became president. Edison Electric installed the first DC-power underground conduits in the Southwest. In 1899, Edison's Santa Ana River No. 1 hydroelectric plant began operation, transmitting power to Los Angeles over the world's longest power line (83 miles). In 1907, Edison's Kern River-Los Angeles Transmission Line began operation. At 118 miles and 75 kV, it was the world's longest and highest voltage power line, and the first line in the nation to be entirely supported by steel towers.
John Barnes Miller began his 31 year service as company president in 1901, the same year that the Edison Electric Company of Los Angeles recapitalized as a $10 million corporation. In 1909 after another recapitalization the corporate name was changed to the present Southern California Edison Company (SCE). Under Miller's leadership, the firm bought many neighboring utilities and built several power plants. In 1917, SCE doubled its assets through a merger with Henry E. Huntington's Pacific Light and Power Corporation. The centerpiece of the merger transferred ownership of the Big Creek hydroelectric project to SCE - Big Creek eventually became one of the world's largest hydroelectric projects.
At the same time SCE increased its generation and transmission assets through the merger with Pacific Light and Power, it also was losing a major customer in the city of Los Angeles. Beginning in 1912, the city of Los Angeles began developing its own city-owned power department and conflict with SCE ensued. In 1917, SCE and the city of Los Angeles reached a settlement under which SCE sold its combined distribution system within Los Angeles to the city for $12 million. SCE continued to operate the system under lease until 1922, since the city of Los Angeles required that time to develop the generating capacity to serve its new system.
During the middle years of the twentieth century, SCE faced a number of natural and economic challenges. A 1925 earthquake and the 1928 collapse of the St. Francis Dam severely damaged SCE's facilities. The Great Depression and World War II had a significant effect on SCE's continued growth and access to economic and natural resources. Human resources also proved to be an issue in these years as World War II constricted SCE's access to workers and in 1953 SCE faced a major employee strike.
SCE survived these difficult decades and in 1964 consolidated its eastern service area by merging with the California Electric Power Company (also known as Calectric). Through this merger, SCE gained access to Calectric's 450,000 customers and 41,500-square-mile territory. A second significant mid-1960s event for SCE was the 1963 initiation of construction of the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station (SONGS). SONGS Unit 1 began operation in 1968. In addition to nuclear energy, SCE has also supported the development of renewable and alternative energy resources such as wind, solar and geothermal. Today's Southern California Edison is the product of more than a century of providing reliable electric service to central, coastal and southern California.

Scope and Content

The Southern California Edison Records contain books, catalogs, correspondence, journals, ledgers, log books, meeting minutes, newsletters, newspaper clippings, pamphlets, photographs, press releases, reports, scrapbooks, and other materials documenting the history of the Southern California Edison (SCE) Company. The records cover the years 1848 to 1989 with the bulk of the material ranging from 1911 to 1965. The material is largely textual with the exception of a few non-paper items scattered throughout.
The Southern California Edison Records consist of materials created, maintained, and collected by the company. Series 1, Administrative Records, includes documentation of the management of the company such as Annual Reports to the Federal Power Commission (1918-1964) and Annual Reports to Stockholders (1914-1987). Also included are correspondence, manuals, policy and procedure orders, and other documents. Series 2, Department/Division Records, contains records pertaining to the Commercial Department, Communications Division, Engineering Department, Garage Department, Shop and Test Department, and the Steam Generation Division.
The collection also contains Employee Records (Series 3), detailing SCE employees' activities, benefits, and rules, as well as Financial Records (Series 4), consisting of cost reports, valuations, and other materials. Series 9, Publications, includes items published by SCE as well as items collected by SCE. Series 10, Publicity Records, contains mostly newspaper clippings, press releases, and other materials documenting the 1953 Edison Employee Strike. Project Records (Series 8), Research Files (Series 11), Topical Files (Series 12), and the Vertical File (Edison Library) (Series 13) contain a variety of materials on various subjects such as Big Creek, the Central Valley Water Project, the Colorado River, energy, Hoover Dam, hydroelectric plants, public utilities, Thomas Edison, and more.
One of the largest series, Generation, Distribution, and Transmission Records, is divided into four subseries. Subseries 5.1, Generation (Power Plants) Records, contains an extensive set of log books maintained by various SCE plants/stations including Big Creek, Etiwanda, Fontana, Long Beach, Lytle Creek, Mill Creek, Ontario, and Santa Ana River. These log books contain meter readings, statistical information, and documentation of plant/station maintenance and operating activities. Materials in this subseries range in date from 1899 to 1980.
While the Southern California Edison Records are comprised primarily of company records, Series 6 contains collections of personal papers donated to the company by various Edison employees, including Dean E. Batchelder, Albert Chavannes, Elizabeth Erickson Edmunds, and David Hubbard Redinger. Of particular historical note are a set of Redinger's journals ranging in date from 1904 to 1976. These journals document Redinger's life, including his time as division superintendent for SCE at Big Creek, California.
In addition to materials documenting the Southern California Edison Company, the records also contains limited documentation pertaining to a number of SCE's predecessor companies, such as the California Electric Power Company, the Edison Electric Company, the Nevada-California Electric Corporation, the Pacific Light and Power Company, and the Southern Sierras Power Company. Materials for these and other predecessor companies are located in Series 7.
The Southern California Edison Records are arranged alphabetically by series title, with the exception of the last series (Series 14. Oversize Materials). Folders are arranged alphabetically by title within series. Documents within folders are arranged in chronological order by date with undated materials residing at the end of each folder.

Arrangement

The collection is organized into fourteen series:
  1. Administrative Records, 1892-1987. 8.8 linear feet
  2. Department/Division Records, 1903-1987. 25.2 linear feet
  3. Employee Records, 1892-1977. 2.6 linear feet
  4. Financial Records, 1902-1971. 14.5 linear feet
  5. Generation, Distribution, and Transmission Records, 1899-1980. 56.5 linear feet
  6. Personal Papers, 1900-1977. 11.4 linear feet
  7. Predecessor Companies, 1890-1965. 7.5 linear feet
  8. Project Records, 1903-1985. 2.1 linear feet
  9. Publications, 1848-1989. 28.0 linear feet
  10. Publicity Records, 1914-1978. 1.4 linear feet
  11. Research Files, 1866-1987. 5.6 linear feet
  12. Topical Records, 1898-1988. 1.8 linear feet
  13. Vertical File (Edison Library), 1889-1989. 45.8 linear feet
  14. Oversize Materials, 1899-1985 1.5 linear feet
A detailed container list is available through the Manuscripts Department.

Indexing Terms: Added Entries

Personal Names

Batchelder, Dean E.
Chavannes, Albert.
Edison, Thomas A. (Thomas Alva), 1847-1931.
Huntington, Henry Edwards, 1850-1927.
Edmunds, Elizabeth Erickson.
Mullendore, William Clinton, 1892-.
Redinger, David H.

Geographic Areas

Big Creek (Calif.).
Hoover Dam (Ariz. and Nev.).
Shaver Lake (Calif.).

Corporate Names

Boulder Canyon Project (U.S.).
California Public Utilities Commission.
Central Valley Project (Calif.).
Edison Electric Company.
Edison Electric Institute.
General Electric Company.
Metropolitan Water District of Southern California (Calif.).
National Electric Light Association. Convention.
Pacific Gas and Electric Company.
Railroad Commission of the State of California.
Southern California Edison Company.
Tennessee Valley Authority.
United States Reclamation Service.

Indexing Terms: Subjects

Subjects

Air - Pollution.
Chernobyl Nuclear Accident, Chornobyl', Ukraine, 1986.
Civil engineering.
Dams.
Electric engineering.
Electric industry workers.
Electricity.
Electric lines.
Electric power.
Electric power distribution.
Electric power-plants.
Electric properties.
Electric substations.
Electric transformers.
Energy facilities.
Engineering.
Geothermal power plants.
Hydroelectric power plants.
Nuclear energy.
Nuclear power plants.
Power plants.
Power transmission.
Public utilities.
Shortwave radio.
Solar energy.
Steam.
Water power.
Water supply.


CONTAINER LIST

 

Series 1. Administrative Records 1892-1987

Physical Description: 22 boxes

Scope and Content Note

This series contains Southern California Edison's administrative records and includes correspondence, forms, manuals, maps, minutes, pamphlets, policy and procedure orders, reports, and other materials. Of particular note is a set of Annual Reports to the Federal Power Commission and the California Railroad Commission/California Public Utilities Commission containing statistical data, financial details, and stock information. These reports range in date from 1918 to 1964. The series also contains a set of Annual Reports to Stockholders ranging in date from 1914 to 1987. Some years also include supplementary financial and statistical reports, minutes of annual stockholder meetings, and quarterly reports.
 

Series 2. Department/Division Records 1903-1987

Physical Description: 68 boxes

Scope and Content Note

This series contains records documenting Southern California Edison's department/division records. The series is divided into six subseries: Commercial Department, Communication Division, Engineering Department, Garage Department, Shop and Test Department, and Steam Generation Division.
 

Subseries 2.1. Commercial Department 1916-1953

Physical Description: 6 boxes

Scope and Content Note

This subseries contains records documenting Southern California Edison's Commercial Department and includes manuals, memoranda, reports, scrapbooks, and other materials. Statistical reports, ranging in date from 1916 to 1918, provide information related to various districts throughout Southern California.
Files are arranged alphabetically by title, and chronologically thereafter.
 

Subseries 2.2. Communication Division 1922-1969

Physical Description: 6 boxes

Scope and Content Note

This subseries contains records documenting Southern California Edison's Communication Division and includes bulletins, correspondence, log sheets, manuals, minutes, photographs, reports, and other materials. Dispatcher Wartime Bulletins Files include bulletins, clippings, correspondence, diagrams, memoranda, notes, and reports pertaining to war-time air raid alarms, barrage balloons, blackouts, power interruptions, and other matters. Black and white photographic prints and negatives include images of Edison's radio communications system, the division's facilities and equipment, Breckenridge Mountain, Government Peak, and other sites.
Files are arranged alphabetically by title, and chronologically thereafter.
 

Subseries 2.3. Engineering Department 1918-1985

Physical Description: 2 boxes

Scope and Content Note

This subseries contains records documenting Southern California Edison's Engineering Department and includes correspondence, lists, notes, photographs, and other materials. This subseries consists, almost exclusively, of Real Property Files related to business offices, service centers, substations, and other locations. Black and white photographic prints comprise a significant portion of this subseries.
Files are arranged alphabetically by title, and chronologically thereafter.
 

Subseries 2.4. Garage Department 1925-1928

Physical Description: 2 boxes

Scope and Content Note

This subseries contains records documenting Southern California Edison's Garage Department and is comprised of ledgers containing requisitions and invoices for the Main Garage, as well as transfer requisitions for materials being transported from the General Garage to various Edison facilities.
Ledgers are arranged alphabetically by title, and chronologically/numerically thereafter.
 

Subseries 2.5. Shop and Test Department 1903-1987

Physical Description: 44 boxes

Scope and Content Note

This subseries contains records documenting Southern California Edison's Shop and Test Department and includes correspondence, design specifications, invoices, ledgers, manuals, minutes, newsletters, notes, plans, reports, work orders, and other materials. This subseries includes the meeting minutes of the Edison Electric Institute Meter and Service Committee from 1948 to 1972, as well as Meter and Test Department (later called the Shop and Test Department) Annual Reports and/or supporting materials ranging in date from 1921-1959. General store transfer ledgers, with dates ranging from 1917-1935, offer auditing information and comprise the bulk of the Shop and Test Department subseries.
Files are arranged alphabetically by title, and chronologically thereafter.
 

Subseries 2.6. Steam Generation Division 1928-1957

Physical Description: 2 boxes

Scope and Content Note

This subseries contains records documenting Southern California Edison's Steam Generation Division and includes manuals, newsletters, and reports. Of primary importance are the Steam Generation Division's Annual Reports from the 1930s and copies of Edison Energy, a newsletter published by the Steam Generation Division from 1928 to 1932.
Files are arranged alphabetically by title, and chronologically thereafter.
 

Series 3. Employee Records 1892-1977

Physical Description: 6 boxes

Scope and Content Note

This series contains Southern California Edison's employee records and includes booklets, brochures, correspondence, manuals, minutes, newsletters, notes, pamphlets, Edison Choir sheet music, and other materials. Much of the material pertains to accident prevention, employee safety, and benefits. A significant portion of this series consists of items documenting the activities of the Edison Masonic Club and predecessor Masonic clubs. Included are historical notes about the club, a club history, meeting minutes, and miscellaneous materials. There are also two folders containing printed and bound agreements with unions representing Edison workers. These agreements predate and postdate the 1953 strike against Edison. This series does not contain personnel records.
Files are arranged alphabetically by title, and chronologically thereafter.
 

Series 4. Financial Records 1902-1971

Physical Description: 44 boxes

Scope and Content Note

This series contains Southern California Edison's financial records and includes bank books, budgets, checks, ledgers, statements, receipts, reports, and other materials. Many of the items are bound. Included are cost reports for various steam stations and transmission lines ranging in date from 1928 to 1971 and financial statements and auditors' reports from Arthur Anderson & Co.- CPA's. The series also contains information related to stock, ranging in date from 1916 to 1945. Of historical note is a 1917 stock certificate issued to Henry E. Huntington for 115,299 shares. Another significant portion of the series is comprised of valuations pertaining to appraisals of Edison equipment and property.
Files are arranged alphabetically by title, and chronologically thereafter.
 

Series 5. Generation, Distribution, and Transmission Records 1899-1980

Physical Description: 138 boxes

Scope and Content Note

This series contains records documenting Southern California Edison's generation, distribution, and transmission of electricity. The largest subseries, Generation (Power Plant) Records, consists primarily of log books kept by various facilities.
 

Subseries 5.1. Generation (Power Plants) Records 1899-1980

Physical Description: 132 boxes

Scope and Content Note

This subseries contains records documenting Southern California Edison's generation of electricity and includes abstracts, histories, job/work orders, lists, log books, pamphlets, reports, statistical information, and other materials. The log books comprise the bulk of the subseries and range in date from 1899 to 1972. These materials document the creation, operation, and routine maintenance of various generation facilities including Fontana Station, Lytle Creek, Mill Creek, Ontario Power Station, the Santa Ana River Plants, and the Sierra Hydro Plant. Meter readings for some facilities are also included.
Files are arranged alphabetically by title, and chronologically thereafter.
 

Subseries 5.2. Distribution Records 1918-1964

Physical Description: 2 boxes

Scope and Content Note

This subseries contains records documenting Southern California Edison's distribution of electricity and includes blueprints, charts, diagrams, notes, reports, and other materials.
Files are arranged alphabetically by title, and chronologically thereafter.
 

Subseries 5.3. Substations 1912-1974

Physical Description: 2 boxes

Scope and Content Note

This subseries contains records documenting Southern California Edison's distribution of electricity and includes employee examinations, log books, manuals, and other materials.
Files are arranged alphabetically by title, and chronologically thereafter.
 

Subseries 5.4. Transmission Records 1914-1955

Physical Description: 2 boxes

Scope and Content Note

This subseries contains records documenting Southern California Edison's transmission of electricity, and includes diagrams, proposals, reports, and schedules.
Files are arranged alphabetically by title, and chronologically thereafter.
 

Series 6. Personal Papers 1900-1977

Physical Description: 28 boxes

Scope and Content Note

This series contains collections of personal papers created by various Southern California Edison employees. The series is divided into four subseries: the Dean E. Batchelder Papers, the Albert Chavannes Papers, the Elizabeth Erickson Edmunds Papers, and the David Hubbard Redinger Papers.
 

Subseries 6.1. Dean E. Batchelder Papers 1914-1964

Physical Description: 9 boxes

Scope and Content Note

This subseries contains the papers of Dean E. Batchelder, an electrical engineer in Southern California Edison's Electrical Engineering Section. The subseries consists of books, catalogs, correspondence, manuals, pamphlets, photographs, specifications, reports, and other materials. Published monographs pertaining to electrical materials, public utilities, and other topics comprise a significant portion of the collection, as do several file folders containing information related to the Lane-Wells Company.
Files are arranged alphabetically by title, and chronologically thereafter.
 

Subseries 6.2. Albert Chavannes Papers 1920-1971

Physical Description: 6 boxes

Scope and Content Note

This subseries contains the papers of Albert Chavannes who served as Southern California Edison's corporate secretary from the 1930s to the 1960s. The subseries includes biographical information, clippings, correspondence, cost statements, flyers, indices, newsletters, organizational charts, pamphlets, reports, and other materials. Items reflect Chavannes' many roles, including those of SCE corporate secretary, member of the American Society of Corporate Secretaries, and auditor in the Edison Comptroller's Department. The subseries includes materials created by Chavannes, as well as items collected by him.
Files are arranged alphabetically by title, and chronologically thereafter.
 

Subseries 6.3. Elizabeth Erickson Edmonds Papers 1900-1975

Physical Description: 1 box

Scope and Content Note

This subseries contains the papers of Elizabeth Erickson Edmonds who served as an employee of the Pacific Light and Power Company and later as a long-time clerical/secretarial employee of Southern California Edison. The subseries includes correspondence, ephemera, notes, photographs, and scrapbooks. Many of the items are not related to Ms. Edmonds' work with SCE.
Files are arranged alphabetically by title, and chronologically thereafter.
 

Subseries 6.4. David Hubbard Redinger Papers 1904-1977

Physical Description: 12 boxes

Scope and Content Note

This subseries contains the papers of David Hubbard Redinger who served as the division superintendent for Southern California Edison at Big Creek, California. The subseries includes clippings, correspondence, field books, journals, notes, pamphlets, photographs, scrapbooks, and other materials. The most historically significant portion of the subseries is comprised of daily journals written by Redinger. These journals, ranging in date from 1904 to 1976, document his life from adolescence to old age and contain information about his entire working life, including his time at Big Creek. The subseries also contains a number of black and white and cyanotype photographic prints of various sizes, documenting the construction of Big Creek, the Florence and Huntington Lake Projects, the Kern River Flume, and other SCE employees, events, and subjects.
Files are arranged alphabetically by title, and chronologically thereafter.
 

Series 7. Predecessor Companies 1890-1965

Physical Description: 19 boxes

Scope and Content Note

This series contains records documenting Southern California Edison's predecessor companies. The series in divided into eighteen subseries: the Bishop Light and Power Company; the California Electric Power Company; the Edison Electric Company; the Imperial Ice and Development Company; the Kern River Company; the Mountain Power Company; the Mount Whitney Power and Electric Corporation; the Nevada-California Electric Corporation; the Nevada-California Power Company; the Nevada Power, Mining, and Milling Company; the Pacific Light and Power Company; the Redlands Gas Company; the Redlands Light and Power Company; the Rialto Light, Power, and Water Company; the San Joaquin and Eastern Railroad Company; the Southern Sierras Power Company; the United Electric, Gas, and Power Company; and the Ventura County Power Company.
 

Subseries 7.1. Bishop Light and Power Company 1902-1914

Physical Description: 1 box

Scope and Content Note

This subseries contains records documenting the Bishop Light and Power Company and includes ledgers tracking payments and receipts for the Bishop Light and Power Company.
Ledgers are arranged alphabetically by title.
 

Subseries 7.2. California Electric Power Company 1921-1963

Physical Description: 8 boxes

Scope and Content Note

This subseries contains records documenting the California Electric Power Company and includes addresses, agreements, bulletins, bylaws, clippings, correspondence, handbooks, histories, pamphlets, press releases, programs, reports, and other materials. The subseries contains issues of the Calectric Bulletin, the employee bulletin of the California Electric Power Company, ranging in date from 1941 to 1963. Materials pertaining to employee strikes against the California Electric Power Company are also included.
Files are arranged alphabetically by title, and chronologically thereafter.
 

Subseries 7.3. Edison Electric Company 1890-1912

Physical Description: 2 boxes

Scope and Content Note

This subseries contains records documenting the Edison Electric Company and includes blueprints, correspondence, proposals, reports, and other materials related to various construction, development, and generation projects. Photocopies of records documenting Edison Electric Company stockholders and stockholder meetings are also included.
Files are arranged alphabetically by title, and chronologically thereafter.
 

Subseries 7.4. Imperial Ice and Development Company 1923

Physical Description: 1 box

Scope and Content Note

This subseries documents the Imperial Ice and Development Company and consists of a volume containing an appraisal of the facility and equipment at the Imperial Ice and Development Company's Plant No. 5 in Brawley, California.
 

Subseries 7.5. Kern River Company 1907

Physical Description: 1 box

Scope and Content Note

This subseries documents the Kern River Company and consists of a check to the Kern River Company from the A. Brown Company in Kernville, California.
 

Subseries 7.6. Mountain Power Company 1900-1903

Physical Description: 1 box

Scope and Content Note

This subseries contains records documenting the Mountain Power Company and includes articles of incorporation, ledgers, and minutes.
Files are arranged alphabetically by title, and chronologically thereafter.
 

Subseries 7.7. Mount Whitney Power and Electric Corporation 1916-1918

Physical Description: 1 box

Scope and Content Note

This subseries contains records documenting the Mount Whitney Power and Electric Corporation and includes cancelled checks, correspondence, and invoices.
Files are arranged alphabetically by title, and chronologically thereafter.
 

Subseries 7.8. Nevada-California Electric Corporation 1913-1964

Physical Description: 4 boxes

Scope and Content Note

This subseries contains records documenting the Nevada-California Electric Corporation, and include addresses, bulletins, diagrams, ledgers, pamphlets, reports, and other materials. Materials related to the Nevada-California Electric Corporation's substations are located in a separate subseries.
Files are arranged alphabetically by title, and chronologically thereafter.
 

Subseries 7.8.1. Nevada-California Electric Corporation, Substations 1911-1965

Physical Description: 2 boxes

Scope and Content Note

This subseries contains records documenting the Nevada-California Electric Corporation's Goldfield, Manhattan, Millers, and Tonopah substations and includes bulletins, correspondence, general orders, inventories, maps, memoranda, notebooks, reports, and other materials.
Files are arranged alphabetically by title, and chronologically thereafter.
 

Subseries 7.9. Nevada-California Power Company 1908-1909

Physical Description: 1 box

Scope and Content Note

This subseries contains records documenting the Nevada-California Power Company and includes agreements, correspondence, reports, and sketches.
Files are arranged alphabetically by title, and chronologically thereafter.
 

Subseries 7.10. Nevada Power, Mining, and Milling Company 1905-1906

Physical Description: 1 folder

Scope and Content Note

This subseries documents the Nevada Power, Mining, and Milling Company, the predecessor company of the Nevada-California Electric Corporation, and is comprised of annual reports.
 

Subseries 7.11. Pacific Light and Power Company 1903-1918

Physical Description: 2 boxes

Scope and Content Note

This subseries contains records documenting the Pacific Light and Power Company and includes bond records, cash vouchers, and log books.
Files are arranged alphabetically by title, and chronologically thereafter.
 

Subseries 7.12. Redlands Gas Company 1901

Physical Description: 1 folder

Scope and Content Note

This subseries contains records documenting the Pacific Light and Power Company and includes bond records, cash vouchers, and log books.
 

Subseries 7.13. Redlands Light and Power Company 1892-1896

Physical Description: 2 folders

Scope and Content Note

This subseries contains records documenting the Redlands Light and Power Company and is comprised of minutes of the first meeting of stockholders (1892), the first meeting of the Board of Directors, and subsequent meetings.
 

Subseries 7.14. Rialto Light, Power, and Water Company 1913-1915

Physical Description: 1 folder

Scope and Content Note

This subseries consists of trial balance ledgers for the Rialto Light, Power, and Water Company.
 

Subseries 7.15. San Joaquin and Eastern Railroad Company 1921

Physical Description: 1 folder

Scope and Content Note

This subseries consists of a legal settlement between the Director General of Railroads and the San Joaquin and Eastern Railroad Company.
 

Subseries 7.16. Southern Sierras Power Company 1910-1960

Physical Description: 3 boxes

Scope and Content Note

This subseries contains records documenting the Southern Sierras Power Company and includes agreements, bulletins, clippings, correspondence, lists, reports, rosters, scrapbooks, and other materials. The subseries also contains issues of the Sierras Service Bulletin, ranging in date from 1927 to 1940. This publication of the Southern Sierras Power Company for its employees contains news about company and employee activities.
Files are arranged alphabetically by title, and chronologically thereafter.
 

Subseries 7.17. United Electric, Gas, and Power Company 1902

Physical Description: 1 folder

Scope and Content Note

This subseries is comprised of photocopies of a minute book for meetings of the United Electric, Gas, and Power Company Executive Committee.
 

Subseries 7.18. Ventura County Power Company 1906-1919

Physical Description: 3 folders

Scope and Content Note

This subseries contains records documenting the Ventura Power Company and is comprised of agreements, indices, and minutes.
 

Series 8. Project Records 1903-1985

Physical Description: 5 boxes

Scope and Content Note

This series contains Southern California Edison's project records and includes articles, clippings, correspondence, forms, histories, maps, pamphlets, permits, photographs, reports, and other materials. Items document various projects, including those related to Big Creek, the Colorado River, the Florence Lake Tunnel, Kern River, and Redinger Lake.
Files are arranged alphabetically by title, and chronologically thereafter.
 

Series 9. Publications 1848-1989

Physical Description: 5 boxes

Scope and Content Note

This series contains Southern California Edison's publications collections. The series is divided into three subseries: Edison Publications, General Publications, Journals and Serials, and Reference Materials.
 

Subseries 9.1. Edison Publications 1912-1989

Physical Description: 17 boxes

Scope and Content Note

This subseries contains items published by Southern California Edison and includes articles, brochures, bulletins, maps, newsletters, pamphlets, reports, and other materials. Several employee newsletters are included such as Busy Buttons Bulletins, Edison Current Topics, Edison Facts, and Edison News.
Files are arranged alphabetically by title, and chronologically thereafter.
 

Subseries 9.2. General Publications 1848-1985

Physical Description: 13 boxes

Scope and Content Note

This subseries contains general publications related to Southern California Edison, but published by an external source. The subseries includes articles, books, brochures, catalogs, clippings, manuals, maps, pamphlets, reports, and other materials. Many of the items document various SCE projects such as Boulder Dam. The subseries also contains annual reports for the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California, ranging in date from 1950 to 1971.
Files are arranged alphabetically by title, and chronologically thereafter.
 

Subseries 9.3. Journals and Serials 1896-1962

Physical Description: 17 boxes

Scope and Content Note

This subseries contains journals and serials collected by Southern California Edison. A significant portion of the subseries is comprised of issues of the Electric Club Journal (1904), the Electric Journal (1905-1931), and the Journal of Electricity (1896-1926).
Files are arranged alphabetically by title, and chronologically thereafter.
 

Subseries 9.4. Reference Materials 1895-1982

Physical Description: 24 boxes

Scope and Content Note

This subseries contains reference materials collected by Southern California Edison and includes articles, books, notebooks, pamphlets, periodicals, reports, and other materials. A significant portion of the subseries is comprised of books from the SCE Library. These items pertain to a variety of topics including the Calleguas and Central Valley projects, the Colorado River and Boulder Canyon, dams, electrical engineering, flood control, generating plants, public utilities, transmission and overhead lines, and water resources.
Files are arranged alphabetically by title, and chronologically thereafter.
 

Series 10. Publicity Records 1914-1978

Physical Description: 4 boxes

Scope and Content Note

This series contains Southern California Edison's publicity records and includes advertisements, clippings, newsletters, notes, memoranda, press releases, reports, scrapbooks, scripts, and other materials. Many of the items pertain to the 1953 Edison employee strike.
Files are arranged alphabetically by title, and chronologically thereafter.
 

Series 11. Research Files 1866-1987

Physical Description: 14 boxes

Scope and Content Note

This series contains Southern California Edison's research files and includes brochures, certificates, clippings, correspondence, graphs, pamphlets, photographs, press releases, reports, and other materials. Many of the research files were compiled by N. B. Hinson and William Myers, a former SCE historian. Files pertain to a variety of topics such as population, power generation and transmission, substations, and stocks.
Files are arranged alphabetically by title, and chronologically thereafter.
 

Series 12. Topical Records 1898-1988

Physical Description: 5 boxes

Scope and Content Note

This series contains Southern California Edison's topical records and includes articles, biographies, charts, clippings, correspondence, maps, pamphlets, photographs, press releases, procedures, reports, and other materials. Topics include accidents and disasters, hydroelectric development, and SCE employees and history. This series also contains biographical information and memorabilia related to Thomas A. Edison. Black and white photographic prints document various events, people, and projects related to SCE.
Files are arranged alphabetically by title, and chronologically thereafter.
 

Series 13. Vertical File (Edison Library) 1889-1989

Physical Description: 111 boxes

Scope and Content Note

This series is comprised of the Edison Library Vertical File and includes published materials such as articles, newspaper clippings and sections, pamphlets, reports, and other materials documenting topics of interest to Southern California Edison and its employees.
Files are arranged alphabetically by title, and chronologically thereafter.
 

Series 14. Oversize Materials 1899-1985

Physical Description: 6 boxes

Scope and Content Note

This series consists of oversize material that were removed from the collection and filed separately in oversize boxes. Oversize material is located in boxes 505-510.