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Charles Louis Ducommun (1820?-1896) Collection, 1839-1977
GC 1149  
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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Access
  • Publication Rights
  • Preferred Citation
  • Acquisition Information
  • Biography/Administrative History
  • Scope and Content of Collection
  • Indexing Terms
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  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Charles Louis Ducommun (1820?-1896) Collection, 1839-1977
    Dates: 1839-1977
    Collection Number: GC 1149
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    Extent: 15 linear feet
    Repository: Seaver Center for Western History Research, Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County
    Los Angeles, California 90007-4057
    Abstract: Account books, ledgers, deeds, certificates of title, stock certificates, stock lists, hardware catalogs, photographs, and other material pertaining to the history of the Ducommun store and its subsequent business entities. The Ducommun Corporation is Los Angeles’ oldest continuously operating business dating from 1849.
    Language of Material: English

    Access

    Research is by appointment only

    Publication Rights

    Permission to publish, quote or reproduce must be secured from the repository and the copyright holder

    Preferred Citation

    Charles Louis Ducommun (1820?-1896) Collection, 1839-1977. Seaver Center for Western History Research, Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County

    Biography/Administrative History

    Swiss born businessman who arrived in Los Angeles in 1849. He established a watch repair shop on Commercial Street which grew into a flourishing general merchandising store. Ducommun was a director of the Los Angeles water company, the Main and Agricultural Park Railway, the Pioneer Oil Company, and a founder of the Farmers and Merchants Bank.

    Scope and Content of Collection

    Account books, ledgers, deeds, certificates of title, stock certificates, stock lists, hardware catalogs, photographs, and other material pertaining to the history of the Ducommun store and its subsequent business entities. The Ducommun Corporation is Los Angeles’ oldest continuously operating business dating from 1849. There are a few personal items from Ducommun and his family, including Ducommun's passports and certificate of citizenship and family photographs. There are a few short histories of Charles Ducommun and the Ducommun business, including one written by Charles E. Ducommun. Some of the items are photoprints, rather than originals. (Bulk dates 1852-1906)

    Indexing Terms

    Los Angeles (Calif.)
    Business enterprises.

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