Finding Aid for the Luce Family Papers, 1861-1959

Processed by Manuscripts Division staff; machine-readable finding aid created by Caroline Cubé
UCLA Library, Department of Special Collections
Manuscripts Division
Room A1713, Charles E. Young Research Library
Box 951575
Los Angeles, CA 90095-1575
Email: spec-coll@library.ucla.edu
URL: http://www.library.ucla.edu/libraries/special/scweb/
© 1999
The Regents of the University of California. All rights reserved.

Finding Aid for the Luce Family Papers, 1861-1959

Collection number: 257

UCLA Library, Department of Special Collections

Manuscripts Division



Los Angeles, CA

Contact Information

  • Manuscripts 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
  • URL: http://www.library.ucla.edu/libraries/special/scweb/
Processed by:
Manuscripts Division staff
Encoded by:
Caroline Cubé
Online finding aid edited by:
Josh Fiala, August 2002
© 1999 The Regents of the University of California. All rights reserved.

Descriptive Summary

Title: Luce Family Papers,
Date (inclusive): 1861-1959
Collection number: 257
Creator: Luce family
Extent: 2 boxes (1 linear ft.)
Repository: University of California, Los Angeles. Library. Department of Special Collections.
Los Angeles, California 90095-1575
Abstract: Moses Augustine Luce (1842-1903) practiced law in San Diego, California specializing in real estate and probate cases. He was also the director and vice-president of the California Southern Railroad and president of the Golden Hill Land & Building Company, and helped draft the San Diego city charter. His son, Edgar Augustine Luce (1881-1958) was San Diego City Attorney (1909-10), California state senator (1914-18) and a judge in the Superior Court of San Diego County (1919-25). The collection consists of correspondence, documents, pictures, ephemera and memorabilia of Moses A. Luce, his son Edgar A. Luce, and his grandson Edgar A. Luce, Jr.
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: Open for research. Advance notice required for access. Contact the UCLA Library, Department of Special Collections Reference Desk for paging information.

Provenance/Source of Acquisition

Gift of Edgar A. Luce, Jr., 1959.

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Luce Family Papers (Collection 257). Department of Special Collections, Charles E. Young Research Library, University of California, Los Angeles.

UCLA Catalog Record ID

UCLA Catalog Record ID: 4233340 

Biography

Moses Augustine Luce was born on May 14, 1842 in Payson, Illinois; participated in many battles in the Civil War, and awarded the U.S. Congressional Medal of Honor (1882); BA (1866) and AM (1870), Hillsdale College, MI; LL.B, Albany Law School, 1867; in 1870 began practicing law in Bushnell, Illinois; started practice in San Diego, California, 1873; involved in real estate and probate cases; elected judge, County Court of San Diego, 1875-80; attorney for Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railway, 1880-89; director and vice-president, California Southern Railroad; president, Golden Hill Land & Building Company; helped develop Shenandoah gold mine and draft San Diego city charter; attended two Republican Party national conventions and several California state conventions; died on April 23, 1933 in San Diego; his son, Edgar Augustine Luce, was born on May 20, 1881 in San Diego; BA (1905) and LL.B (1906), Stanford University; San Diego City Attorney, 1909-10; California state senator, 1914-18; judge, Superior Court, San Diego County, 1919-25; became senior partner in the firm of Luce, Forward, Kunzel & Scripps from 1936 until his death; died August 27, 1958 in San Diego.

Scope and Content

Collection consists of papers of Moses A. Luce, his son Edgar A. Luce, and his grandson Edgar A. Luce, Jr. Includes correspondence, documents, pictures, ephemera and memorabilia. The papers of Moses A. Luce contain material on the California Southern Railroad and the Congressional Medal of Honor awarded to him for gallantry at the Battle of Laurel Hill during the Civil War. The papers of Edgar A. Luce contain papers relating to his judgeship in the Superior Court, San Diego County, his term in the California State Senate, and his activities as a lieutenant in the Aviation Section of the Signal Corps during World War I; also includes a letter from Hiram A. Johnson.

Indexing Terms

The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.

Subjects

Luce, Moses Augustine--Archives.
Luce, Edgar Augustine--Archives.
Luce family--Archives.
Lawyers--California--San Diego--Archival resources.
Judges--California--San Diego--Archival resources.
Legislators--California--Archival resources.

Genres and Forms of Material

Family papers.


Container List

 

Luce Family Papers, 1861-1959

Physical Description: (2 boxes)

Scope and Content Note

Papers of Moses A. Luce, his son, Edgar A. Luce, and his grandson, Edgar A. Luce, Jr. There are correspondence, documents, pictures, ephemera and memorabilia. The papers of Moses A. Luce container material on the California Southern Railroad and the medal ofhonor awarded to Luce for bravery at the Battle of Laurel Hill during the Civil War. The papers of Edgar A. Luce contain papers relating to his judgeship in the Superior Court, San Diego Company, his term in the California State Senate, and his activities as a lieutenant in the Aviation Section of the Signal Corps during World War I, including a letter from Hiram W. Johnson.