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Finding Aid for the Henry Workman Keller Papers, 1907-1950
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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Administrative Information
  • Biography
  • Scope and Content
  • Organization and Arrangement
  • Indexing Terms

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Henry Workman Keller Papers,
    Date (inclusive): 1907-1950
    Collection number: 782
    Creator: Keller, Henry Workman, 1869-1958
    Extent: 135 boxes (67.5 linear ft.)
    Repository: University of California, Los Angeles. Library. Department of Special Collections.
    Los Angeles, California 90095-1575
    Abstract: Henry Workman Keller (1869-1958) was a land developer in Southern California. He was a part owner of the South Coast Land Company, president of Bolsa Chica Land Company, vice-president and general manager of the Riverside-Portland Cement Company, manager of the I.W. Hellman estate in San Francisco, chairman of the roads and highways committee of the Automobile Club of Southern California, and a member of the California Fish and Game Commission. The collection consists of Keller's correspondence, legal documents, photographs, maps, ephemera, ledgers, survey books, check registers, and day books. Topics in the collection include land development and management, the Automobile Club of Southern California, and the California Fish and Game Commission.
    Physical location: Stored off-site at SRLF. Advance notice is required for access to the collection. Please contact the UCLA Library, Department of Special Collections Reference Desk for paging information.
    Language: English.

    Administrative Information

    Restrictions on Use and Reproduction

    Property rights to the physical object belong to the UCLA Library, Department of Special Collections. Literary rights, including copyright, are retained by the creators and their heirs. It is the responsibility of the researcher to determine who holds the copyright and pursue the copyright owner or his or her heir for permission to publish where The UC Regents do not hold the copyright.

    Restrictions on Access

    COLLECTION STORED OFF-SITE AT SRLF: Advance notice required for access.

    Additional Physical Form Available

    A copy of the original version of this online finding aid is available at the UCLA Department of Special Collections for in-house consultation and may be obtained for a fee. Please contact:
    • Public Services Division
    • UCLA Library, Department of Special Collections
    • Room A1713, Charles E. Young Research Library
    • Box 951575
    • Los Angeles, CA 90095-1575
    • Telephone: 310/825-4988 (10:00 a.m. - 4:45 p.m., Pacific Time)
    • Email: spec-coll@library.ucla.edu

    Provenance/Source of Acquisition

    • Gift of John Keller, 1962.
    • Gift of Fred M. Keller, 1962.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Henry Workman Keller Papers (Collection 782). Department of Special Collections, Charles E. Young Research Library, University of California, Los Angeles.

    Biography

    Keller was born in 1869 in Los Angeles, California; at 18 he entered the cattle business on his father's Rancho Malibu; in 1892 he sold the ranch and entered the real estate business; became part owner of South Coast Land Company, president of Bolsa Chica Land Company, and vice-president and general manager of Riverside-Portland Cement Company; he was also manager of the I.W. Hellman estate in San Francisco, chairman of the roads and highways committee of the Automobile Club of Southern California, and a member of the California Fish and Game Commission; he helped to bring the first zoo and golf course to Griffith Park in Los Angeles.

    Scope and Content

    Collection consists of correspondence, legal documents, photographs, maps, ephemera, ledgers, survey books, check registers, and day books of Henry Workman Keller, pioneer land developer in Southern California. Topics in the collection include land development and management, the Automobile Club of Southern California, and the California Fish and Game Commission.

    Organization and Arrangement

    Arranged in the following series:
    1. Keller trusteeship for grant deeds and title transfers (Boxes 1-4).
    2. Correspondence (Boxes 5-19, 65-67, 75-79).
    3. Receipts and invoices (Boxes 19-20).
    4. Rancho Los Alamitos (Box 21).
    5. Alphabetical files (Boxes 22-63).
    6. Miscellaneous material (Boxes 64, 104-05).
    7. Datebooks (Boxes 68-69).
    8. Notebooks (Box 70).
    9. Books (Box 71).
    10. Ledgers and journals (Boxes 72-74).
    11. Business papers and correspondence (Boxes 80-93).
    12. Cashbooks (Boxes 94-102).
    13. Trial balance (Boxes 99, 103).

    Indexing Terms

    The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.
    Keller, Henry Workman, 1869-1958--Archives.
    South Coast Land Company.
    Automobile Club of Southern California.
    California--Fish and Game Commission.
    Real estate developers--California, Southern--Archives.