Jump to Content

Collection Guide
Collection Title:
Collection Number:
Get Items:
San Rafael Ranch Records and Addenda
Consult repository  
View entire collection guide What's This?
PDF (63.65 Kb) HTML
Search this collection
Collection Details
Table of contents What's This?
  • Descriptive Summary
  • Administration Information
  • Biography
  • Scope and Content
  • Indexing Terms

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: San Rafael Ranch Company Records and Addenda
    Dates: c.1871-1923
    Collection Number: Consult repository
    Creator: San Rafael Ranch Company
    Extent: 41 items in the collection. 74 items in the addenda. 5 boxes total.
    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
    Abstract: The collection consists of letters, documents, maps, and 14 bound volumes related to the business affairs of Conway S. Campbell-Johnston and A. Campbell-Johnston, the sons of Alexander Robert Campbell-Johnston. The addenda consists of additional Campbell-Johnson estate papers, as well as maps, ephemera, and photographs related to the history of Southern California, and in particular the San Rafael Heights region of Pasadena.
    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 the following website .

    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], San Rafael Ranch Company papers and addenda, The Huntington Library, San Marino, California.

    Acquisition Information

    The collection was a gift of Marguerite Bock on February 8, 1954.
    The collection was a gift of Lawrence Cook on February 8, 1955.
    The collection was a gift of Nicholas Brandt on June 21, 1972.
    The addenda was a gift of Steve Brandt on July 1, 2000.


    The San Rafael Ranch was created in 1883, when Mr. and Mrs. Alexander Robert Campbell-Johnston visited the small town of Garvanza, California (near present-day Pasadena) and purchased 2,000 acres of the former Rancho San Rafael from Victor Beaudry. They left the ranch in the hands of their sons and went back to England, but they returned in 1888. The ranch was used for cattle grazing and many buildings were constructed, including the Church of the Angels. The sons ran the ranch until about 1920, when the land was subdivided.

    Scope and Content

    The collection consists of letters, documents, and maps, including 14 bound volumes, related to the business affairs (1898-1923) of Conway S. Campbell-Johnson and A. Campbell-Johnson, the sons of Alexander Robert Campbell-Johnson. The collection includes property titles, cattle records, property annexation agreements with the city of Pasadena, right-of-way agreements with the Pacific Electric Railway Company, and records of the Church of the Angels in Highland Park, Calif.
    The addenda consists of estate papers related to the Campbell-Johnston family, including Conway Seymour Campbell-Johnston, R.A. Campbell-Johnston, A.R. Campbell-Jounston (through Louis Johnston), and Ida Campbell-Johnston; 2 maps of the San Rafael Heights area; programs, printed ephemera, and magazine clippings primarily related to the San Rafael area of Pasadena; miscellaneous newspapers and magazines on Southern California history; and 3 published books, including Progress and Economy by J. Platt (1882) and The dairy of the farm by James Long and J.C. Morton (1885). The addenda also includes 29 photographs of Southern California, including Eagle Rock, the Garvanza Hotel and miscellaneous images of Garvanza, the Mt. Lowe Railroad, the Webster’s Hotel dining room in Pasadena, the beach of Hotel Arcadia in Santa Monica, the Sierra Madre Villa Hotel, and the Sierra Madre Mountains.


    The collection is arranged alphabetically and chronologically, as appropriate.
    A detailed container list is available through the Manuscripts Department.

    Indexing Terms

    Corporate Names

    Church of the Angels (Highland Park, Calif.).
    Mount Lowe Railway.
    Pacific Electric Railway Company.
    San Rafael Ranch Company--Archives.


    Cattle--California, Southern.
    Land titles--California, Southern.
    Ranches--California--Los Angeles County.
    Ranching--California--Los Angeles County.
    Real property--California, Southern.

    Geograhic Areas

    Garvanza (Calif.)--History--Sources.
    Highland Park (Los Angeles, Calif.)--History--Sources.
    Pasadena (Calif.)--History--Sources.


    Business records--California.
    Corporation records--California.
    Letters (correspondence)--California.