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Finding Aid to the Inyo County Collection MS.539
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  • Title: Inyo County Collection
    Identifier/Call Number: MS.539
    Contributing Institution: Autry National Center, Braun Research Library
    Language of Material: English
    Physical Description: 0.2 Linear feet (1 scrapbook; 2 folders)
    Date (inclusive): 1919-1922
    Abstract: Scrapbook of articles about Inyo County; letter from John L. Von Blon, a journalist and photographer, to "Bill," regarding publicity for Red Rock Canyon; and copy of article regarding Red Rock Canyon by Von Blon.
    creator: Von Blon, John L., 1870-1957

    Processing history

    Processed by Glenna Schroeder, circa 1977-1981. Finding aid completed by Holly Rose Larson, NHPRC Processing Archivist, 2012 October 1, made possible through grant funding from the National Historical Publications and Records Commissions (NHPRC).

    Scope and Contents

    Letter from John L. Von Blon to Bill regarding publicity for Red Rock Canyon; copy of article regarding Red Rock Canyon by Von Blon; and scrapbook of Inyo County articles from 1919-1922.

    Preferred citation

    Inyo County Collection, 1919-1922, Braun Research Library Collection, Autry National Center, Los Angeles; MS.539; [folder number] [folder title][date].


    Copyright has not been assigned to the Autry National Center. All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Autry Archivist. Permission for publication is given on behalf of the Autry National Center as the custodian of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained by the reader.


    Collection is open for research. Appointments to view materials are required. To make an appointment please visit http://theautry.org/research/research-rules-and-application or contact library staff at rroom@theautry.org. An item-level list is available

    Historical note

    Inyo County is a county on the east side of the Sierra Nevada and southeast of Yosemite National Park in the eastern-central part of the U.S. state of California. Inyo County includes the Owens River Valley; it is flanked to the west by the Sierra Mountains, and to the east by the White Mountains and the Inyo Mountains. Present day Inyo county has been the historic homeland for thousands of years, of the Mono tribe, Coso people, Timbisha and Kawaiisu Native Americans. Inyo County was formed in 1866 from the territory of the unorganized Coso County created on April 4, 1864 from parts of Mono and Tulare Counties. It acquired more territory from Mono County in 1870 and Kern County and San Bernardino County in 1872.
    In order to provide water needs for the growing City of Los Angeles, water was diverted from the Owens River into the Los Angeles Aqueduct in 1913. The Owens River Valley cultures and environments changed substantially. From the 1910s to 1930s, the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power purchased much of the valley for water rights and control. In 1941, the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power extended the Los Angeles Aqueduct system further upriver into the Mono Basin.

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    Inyo County (Calif.)
    Inyo County (Calif.) -- Description and travel
    Red Rock Canyon (Calif.)