Charles Louis Ducommun (1820?-1896) Collection, 1839-1977

1839-1977


Descriptive Summary

Title: Charles Louis Ducommun (1820?-1896) Collection, 1839-1977
Dates: 1839-1977
Collection Number: GC 1149
Creator/Collector:
Extent: 15 linear feet
Repository: Seaver Center for Western History Research, Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County
Abstract: Account books, ledgers, deeds, certificates of title, stock certificates, stock lists, photographs, and other material pertaining to the history of the Ducommun store.
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, photographs, and other material pertaining to the history of the Ducommun store. There are a few personal items from Ducommun and his family, including Ducommun's passports and certificate of citizenship and photographs of family members. 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.