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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Administrative Information
  • Biography
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  • Organization and Arrangement
  • Indexing Terms
  • Index

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Joseph Mesmer Papers,
    Date (inclusive): 1860-1914
    Collection number: 539
    Creator: Mesmer, Joseph, 1855-1947
    Extent: 7 boxes (3.5 linear ft.)
    Repository: University of California, Los Angeles. Library. Department of Special Collections.
    Los Angeles, California 90095-1575
    Abstract: Al Mesmer (1855-1947) was the president of the North Los Angeles Development Company, served as a member of the Freeholder's Charter Commission to frame a city charter for Los Angeles, and served as Los Angeles park commissioner. The collection consists of notes gathered by Joseph Mesmer for a projected history of Los Angeles.
    Physical location: Stored off-site at SRLF. Advance notice is required for access to the collection. Please contact the UCLA Library, Department of Special Collections Reference Desk for paging information.
    Language: English.

    Administrative Information

    Restrictions on Use and Reproduction

    Property rights to the physical object belong to the UCLA Library, Department of Special Collections. Literary rights, including copyright, are retained by the creators and their heirs. It is the responsibility of the researcher to determine who holds the copyright and pursue the copyright owner or his or her heir for permission to publish where The UC Regents do not hold the copyright.

    Restrictions on Access

    COLLECTION STORED OFF-SITE AT SRLF: Advance notice required for access.

    Additional Physical Form Available

    A copy of the original version of this online finding aid is available at the UCLA Department of Special Collections for in-house consultation and may be obtained for a fee. Please contact:
    • Public Services Division
    • UCLA Library, Department of Special Collections
    • Room A1713, Charles E. Young Research Library
    • Box 951575
    • Los Angeles, CA 90095-1575
    • Telephone: 310/825-4988 (10:00 a.m. - 4:45 p.m., Pacific Time)
    • Email: spec-coll@library.ucla.edu

    Provenance/Source of Acquisition

    Gift of Al Mesmer, ca. 1950.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Joseph Mesmer Papers (Collection 539). Department of Special Collections, Charles E. Young Research Library, University of California, Los Angeles.

    UCLA Catalog Record ID

    UCLA Catalog Record ID: 4233410 

    Biography

    Mesmer was born on November 3, 1855 at Tippecanoe City, Ohio; moved to Los Angeles with his parents in 1859; attended the College of Strasburg, Germany; returned to Los Angeles, opening the Queen Shoe Store in 1878, which he sold in 1896; became president of the St. Louis Fire Brick and Clay Company, president of the N.E.W. Commercial and Improvement Association, and president of the North Los Angeles Development Company; served as a member of the Freeholder's Charter Commission to frame a city charter for Los Angeles, and also as Los Angeles park commissioner.

    Scope and Content

    Collection consists of notes gathered by Joseph Mesmer for a projected history of Los Angeles. Subject files include business, churches, Chinese, French, lighting and gas, parks, San Pedro, suicides, and transportation. Biography files include Don Juan Bandini, Alfred Beck Chapman, William Mulholland, Mesmer family, Pio Pico, and Don Abel Stearns.

    Expanded Scope and Content

    Joseph Mesmer came to Los Angeles in the mid-1800's with his parents, brothers, and sisters. He was educated in the Los Angeles schools, but was sent to college in Stras bourg, France. The Franco-Prussian War cut short his academic aspirations. After returning to Los Angeles, he acquired training by clerking in his parents businesses - a bakery and the U.S. Hotel. From 1878-1906 he owned and operated the Queen Shoe Store. After 1906 his business was the St. Louis Fire Brick & Clay Company. Aside from his business enterprises he was actively engaged in civic affairs. He was a member of the Parks Commission, Property Owners Committee, Volunteer Fire Department, president of the Jackson Democratic Club, president of the Los Angeles Catholic Benefical Society, etc. The entire Mesmer family was extremely active in philanthrophy. Their donations ranged from churches to raising and contributing large sums for the relief of the disaster stricken in the Galvaston, Johnstown floods, and the San Francisco earthquake.
    This collection consists of the files and research materials that Joseph Mesmer compiled on the history of Los Angeles. The organization of the collections is alphabetical by subject heading. Most of these headings were established by Joseph Mesmer for his own files and have been retained here in order to facilitate the processing of the collection. The time-span that is covered is roughly from the birth of Los Angeles to approximately World War I.

    Organization and Arrangement

    Arranged in the following series:
    1. Alphabetical subject files (Boxes 1-5).
    2. Alphabetical biographical files (Boxes 5-7).

    Indexing Terms

    The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.
    Mesmer, Joseph, 1855-1947--Archives.
    Businessmen--California--Los Angeles--Archival resources.
    Los Angeles (Calif.)--History.

    Index

    Ada Hancock disaster: Box 1, folder 1
    Amat, Thaddeus, bishop of Monterey & Los Angeles, 1854-1878: Box 1, folder 21
    Agriculture: Box 1, folder 11
    Aguilar, Don Christoval: Box 5, folder 18
    Aguirre, Martin G.: Box 5, folder 18
    Alexander, Ramon: Box 5, folder 18
    Allen, George Greek George: Box 5, folder 18
    Apostolic delegate, 1903: Box 1, folder 22
    Aqueduct, Los Angeles: Box 5, folder 13
    Arcadia block: Box 4, folder 9
    Ayers, James Joseph: Box 5, folder 18
    Baker, Mrs. Arcadia de: Box 5, folder 18
    Bakeries: Box 3, folder 13
    Bandini, Don Juan: Box 5, folder 18
    Banning, General Phineas: Box 5, folder 18
    Beaudry, Prudent: Box 5, folder 18
    Bell Captain Alexander: Box 5, folder 18
    Bicknell, John D.: Box 5, folder 18
    Board of Education: Box 4, folder 19
    Boyle, Andrew A.: Box 5, folder 18
    Braun, Frederick William: Box 5, folder 18
    Breweries: Box 4, folder 12
    Bridge, Dr. Norman: Box 5, folder 18
    Bus service: Box 5, folder 9
    Business center: Box 1, folder 11
    Campo Santo: Box 4, folder 20
    Carpenter, Lemuel: Box 5, folder 21
    Cattle: Box 1, folder 11
    Chalmers, John Kelman: Box 5, folder 21
    Chamber of Commerce: Box 2, folder 3
    Chapman, Alfred Beck: Box 5, folder 21
    Children's games: Box 1, folder 4
    Chinese massacre, 1871: Box 2, folder 6
    Church of Our Lady, Queen of Angels: Box 1, folder 19
    City Hall: Box 2, folder 3; Box 2, folder 9
    City taxes: Box 5, folder 6
    Civic Center: Box 2, folder 3; Box 4, folder 9
    Cole, Cornelius: Box 5, folder 21
    Coronel, Antonio Francisco: Box 5, folder 21
    Courthouse: Box 2, folder 11
    Covarrubias, Nicholas A.: Box 5, folder 21
    Dancing: Box 1, folder 3
    De Valle, Regimaldo F.: Box 5, folder 21
    De Valle, Ygnacio & Ysable: Box 5, folder 21
    Dimmick, Kimball H.: Box 5, folder 21
    Dillon, Richard: Box 5, folder 21
    Dockweiler, John Henry: Box 5, folder 21
    Domestic water: Box 5, folder 13
    Domingo, Juan: Box 5, folder 21
    Downey, John Gately: Box 5, folder 21
    Dress making: Box 3, folder 13
    Earthquakes: Box 1, folder 1
    East Los Angeles Cable Line: Box 5, folder 9
    East Side Board of Trade: Box 1, folder 11
    Eastlake park: Box 4, folder 3
    Eaton, Frederick: Box 5, folder 21
    Elections: Box 4, folder 7
    Eylsian park: Box 4, folder 3
    Federal building: Box 1, folder 10; Box 3, folder 2
    Financial panic of 1893: Box 1, folder 7
    Fire fighters: Box 2, folder 3
    Flint, Senator Frank P.: Box 5, folder 21
    Franklin, Mary A.: Box 5, folder 21
    Fruit processing: Box 3, folder 13
    Forster, Don Juan: Box 5, folder 21
    Gambling: Box 1, folder 3
    Govenors: Box 5, folder 1
    Great White Fleet: Box 3, folder 7
    Greenbaum, Ephraim: Box 6, folder 2
    Griffith, J.J.: Box 6, folder 1
    Griffith park: Box 4, folder 3
    Hamilton, Henry: Box 6, folder 2
    Hayes, Judge Banjamin: Box 6, folder 2
    Hayes, Judge J.C.: Box 6, folder 2
    Hewitt, Randall Henry: Box 6, folder 2
    Highways: Box 5, folder 8
    Hospitality: Box 1, folder 4
    Hospitals: Box 4, folder 20
    Howard, General Volney E.: Box 6, folder 2
    Irrigation: Box 5, folder 13
    Joughim, Andrew, Sr.: Box 6, folder 2
    Joughim, Mrs. Ann Cannell: Box 6, folder 2
    Keller, Don Mateo: Box 6, folder 2
    Kenealy, John: Box 6, folder 2
    Kremer, Mr. & Mrs. Maurice: Box 6, folder 2
    Kurts, George J.: Box 6, folder 2
    Le Grand, Louis: Box 6, folder 2
    Lelman, Round House George: Box 6, folder 2
    Lichtenberger, Louis: Box 6, folder 2
    Lincoln's assassination: Box 2, folder 4
    Lotteries: Box 1, folder 3
    Lugo, Don Antonio Maria: Box 6, folder 2
    Lumber: Box 3, folder 13
    Lynch, Joseph David: Box 6, folder 2
    McGill, James. J., Rev: Box 1, folder 22
    Market House and Theater building: Box 4, folder 9
    Mellus, Henry: Box 6, folder 3
    Mellus, Francis: Box 6, folder 3
    Meyer, Eugene: Box 6, folder 3
    Mora, Francis, bishop of Monterey & Los Angeles, 1876-1896: Box 1, folder 21
    Moram, Mr. & Mrs. John: Box 6, folder 3
    Moran, John P., Jr.: Box 6, folder 3
    Morrison, Judge Murray: Box 6, folder 3
    Mulholland, William: Box 6, folder 3
    Nadeau, Remi: Box 6, folder 3
    Negro Alley: Box 5, folder 3
    Negro settlers: Box 4, folder 4
    Newmark, Rev. Joseph: Box 6, folder 3
    Newspapers, catholic: Box 1, folder 22
    Nicholas, John Gregg: Box 6, folder 3
    Nurseries: Box 1, folder 11
    Orange County: Box 4, folder 7
    Orphanage, catholic: Box 1, folder 20
    Osborne, Henry J.: Box 6, folder 3
    O'Sullivan, John: Box 6, folder 3
    Pershing Square, Box 4, folder 3
    Pest poison: Box 3, folder 13
    Picnics: Box 1, folder 4
    Pico, Pio: Box 6, folder 3
    Plaza: Box 4, folder 3
    Post office: Box 3, folder 2
    Post-masters: Box 3, folder 21
    Preuss, Dr. Edward A., Jr.: Box 6, folder 3
    Property tax: Box 4, folder 9
    Prudhomme, Louis Victor: Box 6, folder 3
    Pryor, Nathaniel M.: Box 6, folder 3
    Raho, Blas, rev: Box 1, folder 21
    Railroads: Box 5, folder 8
    Resort: Box 1, folder 3
    Rose, Truman Harrison: Box 6, folder 3
    Rowland, John: Box 6, folder 3
    Sacred Heart church: Box 1, folder 22
    Saddles and harness: Box 3, folder 13
    Sainsevain, Jean Louis: Box 7, folder 4
    St. Vibiana Cathedral: Box 1, folder 21
    St. Vincents College: Box 1, folder 21
    Saloons and restaurants: Box 1, folder 11
    San Bernadino: Box 4, folder 7
    San Francisco earthquake: Box 1, folder 1
    San Pedro harbor: Box 3, folder 7
    Schaeffer, Henry C.B.: Box 7, folder 4
    School Commissioners: Box 4, folder 19
    Schools, catholic: Box 1, folder 20
    Schumacher, Mrs. & Mrs. John: Box 7, folder 4
    Schirvamm, Anthony: Box 7, folder 4
    Shaw, Dr. Joseph: Box 7, folder 4
    Sherman, General Moses H.: Box 7, folder 4
    Sister Scholastica: Box 4, folder 20
    Sisters of Charity: Box 4, folder 19
    Sister Xavier Shauer: Box 1, folder 20
    Soap: Box 3, folder 13
    Sports: Box 1, folder 3
    Stage lines: Box 5, folder 8
    State capitol: Box 4, folder 7
    State Normal School: Box 4, folder 19
    Stearns, Don Abel: Box 7, folder 4
    Sunset blvd.: Box 5, folder 3
    Sycamore park: Box 4, folder 3
    Temple, Francis Pliny Fish: Box 7, folder 4
    Temple, John: Box 7, folder 4
    Temple and Workman bank failure: Box 1, folder 7
    Temple block: Box 4, folder 9
    Tibbet, Jonathan, Sr.: Box 7, folder 4
    Tibbet, Jonathan, Jr.: Box 7, folder 4
    Tobacco: Box 3, folder 13
    Trinkets: Box 3, folder 13
    Union Depot: Box 5, folder 9
    University of California at Los Angeles: Box 4, folder 19
    Varela, Don Cervelo: Box 7, folder 4
    Vasallo, Fransicso: Box 7, folder 4
    Vigilance Committee: Box 2, folder 6
    Vincentian Sisters: Box 4, folder 19
    Warner, Jonathan Trumball: Box 7, folder 5
    Weaver, Pliny E. Box 7, folder 5
    Weber, John: Box 7, folder 5
    Weid, Ivar A.: Box 7, folder 5
    Welcome, Adolphus Paula: Box 7, folder 5
    Wells Fargo: Box 3, folder 21
    Westlake park: Box 4, folder 3
    Wholesale stores: Box 4, folder 12
    Wicks, Moses Langley: Box 7, folder 5
    Williams, Colonel Isaac: Box 7, folder 5
    Wilson, Benjamin (Benito) David: Box 7, folder 5
    Wolfskill, William: Box 7, folder 5
    Workman, William: Box 7, folder 5
    Yarrow, Henry G.: Box 7, folder 5