Finding Aid of the Los Angeles Corral of the Westerners records 0117

Finding aid prepared by Rebecca Hirsch
Collection processing and creation of the finding aid was funded by the generous support of the National Historic Publications and Records Commission.
USC Libraries Special Collections
Doheny Memorial Library 206
3550 Trousdale Parkway
Los Angeles, California, 90089-0189

Title: Los Angeles Corral of the Westerners records
Collection number: 0117
Contributing Institution: USC Libraries Special Collections
Language of Material: English
Physical Description: 42.5 Linear feet 25 boxes, 1 tube, 5 scrapbooks
Date (inclusive): 1949-1999
Abstract: This collection contains correspondence, financial and publication records, scrapbooks and drafts of articles documenting the history of the Los Angeles Corral of the Westerners. The Los Angeles Corral was founded in 1946 and promotes the study and understanding of Western history through publications and events.
creator: Westerners. Los Angeles Corral.

Historical Note

The first Westerners Corral was established in Chicago in 1944 with the aim of promoting the study and understanding of Western history. The first formal meeting of the Los Angeles Corral of the Westerners was held on December 19, 1946. The Los Angeles Corral of the Westerners published a quarterly periodical, the Branding Iron, and an annual book, the Brand Book. In addition to its publication activities, the Corral also held a number of events ("round-ups") throughout the year that included both social activities and speakers on historical topics. When the Corral started, membership was all male, but it starting admitting women in 1995.


Within series, records are arranged in chronological order.

Scope and Content

This collection contains the records of the Los Angeles Corral of the Westerners, including correspondence pertaining to Westerner activities, membership and publications, financial records, the publication records of works published by the group, audiocassettes of Westerner programs, and scrapbooks of photographs of Westerner events. The publication records for the Branding Iron (a quarterly periodical), the Brand Book (an annual or bi-annual monograph length publication) and Keepsakes (irregular publications) include correspondence with authors, drafts of articles including art, floppy and zip disks, and proofs. Artifacts found in the collection include printing plates and a plaque.

Conditions Governing Access

COLLECTION STORED OFF-SITE. Advance notice required for access. Consult finding aid for additional information.

Conditions Governing Use

The collection contains published articles; researchers are reminded of the copyright restrictions imposed by publishers on reusing their articles and parts of books. It is the responsibility of researchers to acquire permission from publishers when reusing such materials. The copyright to unpublished materials belongs to the heirs of the writers. Permission to publish, quote, or reproduce must be secured from the repository and the copyright holder.

Preferred Citation

[Box/folder# or item name], Los Angeles Corral of the Westerners records, Collection no. 0117, Special Collections, USC Libraries, University of Southern California.


The Los Angeles Corral of the Westerners records were donated to USC Special Collections by the Los Angeles Corral of the Westerners in 1985. Since the initial donation of records in 1985, multiple new accessions have also been received.

Subjects and Indexing Terms

Westerners. Los Angeles Corral.
Branding Iron
California--History--Archival resources
Los Angeles (Calif.)--History--Archival resources
Los Angeles (Calif.)--History--Periodicals
Page proofs
Private clubs--California--Los Angeles--Archival resources
Social history--Societies and clubs--Social aspects--Archival resources
West (U.S.)--History--Archival resources

Box 1-4, 11-14

Correspondence and Administrative Records

Box 4, 25-26

Financial Records

Box 23, Box 5-8, 11, 15, 21-22

Brand Book Publication Records

Box 9-11

Branding Iron Publication Records

Box 10-11

Keepsake Publication Records

Box 12


Box 16-20


Box 24, Volume 1-5