San Rafael Ranch Records and Addenda

Finding aid prepared by Katrina Denman.
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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
URL:http://www.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

Access

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Publication Rights

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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.

Biography

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.

Arrangement

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.

Subject

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.

Genre

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


Collection Contents

 

Records

Box  1

Business and Property Papers

Box 1, Folder 1

San Rafael Ranch Co. Correspondence and business papers. 1898-1923

Physical Description: 22 items.
Box 1, Folder 2

San Rafael Ranch Co. Cattle book. 1887-1891.

Physical Description: 1 item.
Box 1, Folder 3

San Rafael Ranch Co. Book of buildings. 1888-1889; 1909.

Physical Description: 1 item.
Box 1, Folder 4

San Rafael Ranch Co. Pasturage record book. MOVED TO BOX 3. 1890-1910.

Physical Description: 1 item.
Box 1, Folder 4a

San Rafael Ranch Co. Agreement made with Charles R. Foot re: a portion of the property... 1904, Aug.19.

Physical Description: 1 item.
Box 1, Folder 5

San Rafael Ranch Co. Account book. MOVED TO BOX 3. 1904, Aug.19.

Physical Description: 1 item.
Box 1, Folder 6

Not in box.

Box 1, Folder 7

San Rafael Ranch Co. Account book. MOVED TO BOX 3. 1907-1909.

Physical Description: 1 item.
Box 1, Folder 8

Highland Park, Calif. Church of the Angels choir book. 1899-1904.

Physical Description: 1 item.
Box 1, Folder 9

Highland Park, Calif. Church of the Angels account book. MOVED TO BOX 3. 1904-1920.

Physical Description: 1 item.
Box  2

Abstracts of Title and Maps

Box 2, Folder 1

Gillette, Gibson, and Wood (firm). Abstract of title to tract of land in Rancho San Rafael. 1871, Nov.29.

Physical Description: 1 item.
Box 2, Folder 2

Gillette, Gibson, and Wood (firm). Abstract of title to tract of land in Rancho San Rafael. 1883, Aug.31.

Physical Description: 1 item.
Box 2, Folder 3

Gillette, Gibson, and Wood (firm). Abstract of title to property in Rancho San Pascual. 1886, July 14.

Physical Description: 1 item.
Box 2, Folder 4

Gillette, Gibson, and Wood (firm). Abstract of title to property in Rancho San Rafael, containing copy of plat map of Rancho San Rafael (1869) and Annandale Tract (1884). 1886, July 14.

Physical Description: 1 item.
Box 2, Folder 5

Johnston, Griffin. Abstract of title showing all conveyances by and to A.R. or R.A. Campbell-Johnston and the estate of said Campbell-Johnston, deceased... 1889-1895.

Physical Description: 1 item.
Box 2, Folder 6

Eden, Lisenby, and Eden (firm). Abstract of title to Section 30, Township 11, Fresno Co., Calif. [belonging to Robert Alexander Campbell-Johnston]. 1889-1902.

Physical Description: 1 item.
Box 2, Folder 7

Purcell, Gervaise. Map of Rockdale Addition [in Rancho San Rafael]. 1887, Aug.

Physical Description: 1 item.
Box 2, Folder 8

Purcell, Gervaise. Map of Campbell-Johnston tract in Rancho San Rafael (Rockdale and Annandale Subdivisions. c.1887.

Physical Description: 1 item.
Box 2, Folder 9

Map of...tract owned by Hodgkins and Wright, from Los Angeles City...[in Rancho San Rafael]. c.1887.

Physical Description: 1 item.
Box 2, Folder 10

[Map of property of A. Campbell-Johnston in Rancho San Rafael]. c.1887.

Physical Description: 1 item.
Box 2, Folder 11

Printed map showing subdivision from Rancho Los Felis to San Rafael. c.1890.

Physical Description: 1 item.
Box  3

Items re-housed from Box 1 (see list under Box 1)

 

Addenda

Box  1

Manuscripts, Printed Items, and Ephemera

Box 1, Folder 1

Ida Amelia Campebll-Johnston estate papers. 1916.

Physical Description: 4 items.
Box 1, Folder 2

Certificate of title to Por Lot 4, A.R. Campbell-Johnston estate, for Louis Campbell-Johnston. 1905, Jan.27.

Physical Description: 1 item.
Box 1, Folder 3

Memorandum of lands in Los Angeles County allotted to English heirs of R.A. Campbell-Johnston.

Physical Description: 1 item.
Box 1, Folder 4

Summary of estate of Conway Campbell-Johnston. c.1916.

Physical Description: 1 item.
Box 1, Folder 5

Miscellaneous estate papers. 2 items.

Box 1, Folder 6

Maps of San Rafael Heights. 2 items.

Box 1, Folder 7

Long, James and J.C. Moreton. The Dairy of the Farm: published book. 1885.

Physical Description: 1 item.
Box 1, Folder 8

Platt, J. Progress and Economy: published books. 1882.

Physical Description: 2 items.
Box 1, Folder 9

Printed programs and ephemera.

Physical Description: 8 items.
Box 1, Folder 10

Postcards and ephemera.

Physical Description: 12 items.
Box 1, Folder 11

Magazines.

Physical Description: 2 items.
Box 1, Folder 12

Newspapers.

Physical Description: 7 items.
Box  2

Photographs.

Box 2, Folder 1

Photograph of men climbing Eagle Rock.

Physical Description: 1 item.
Box 2, Folder 2

Photograph of the Garvanza Hotel. c.1880s

Physical Description: 1 item.
Box 2, Folder 3

Miscellaneous photographs - [Garvanza].

Physical Description: 6 items.
Box 2, Folder 4

Photograph of the Mt. Lower Railway Car, Echo Mountain.

Physical Description: 1 item.
Box 2, Folder 5

Photographs of the Great Cable Incline, Mt. Lowe Railway and Golden Gate and Fort Point. 1898.

Physical Description: 1 item.
Box 2, Folder 6

Photographs of unidentified house, Pasadena.

Physical Description: 2 items.
Box 2, Folder 7

Photograph of Webster's Hotel Dining Room, Pasadena, Christmas 1883.

Physical Description: 1 item.
Box 2, Folder 8

Photograph of Santa Monica, Beach of Hotel Arcadia.

Physical Description: 1 item.
Box 2, Folder 9

Photograph of Sierra Madre Villa Hotel.

Physical Description: 1 item.
Box 2, Folder 10

Photograph of snow scene on the Sierra Madres.

Physical Description: 1 item.
Box 2, Folder 11

Miscellaneous photographs of Southern California.

Physical Description: 11 items.
Box 2, Folder 12

[Photograph of Southern California], in frame.

Physical Description: 1 item.
Box 2, Folder 13

[Damaged photograph].

Physical Description: 1 item.