Scope and Content
Title: Robert C. Gillingham Working Papers
Collection Number: Consult repository.
Gillingham, Robert C. (Robert Cameron), 1896-
1 linear foot
California State University, Dominguez Hills
Archives and Special Collections
Archives & Special Collection
University Library, Room G-145
1000 E. Victoria Street
Carson, California 90747
Phone: (310) 243-3013
Robert C. Gillingham was a historian who focused on the South Bay, specifically the Rancho San Pedro, the Dominguez family,
and Compton. This collection consists of correspondence, drafts, and manuscript copies related to his work on The Rancho San
Pedro and Yesterdays of Compton.
Language: Collection material is in English
There are no access restrictions on this collection.
All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Director of Archives
and Special Collections. Permission for publication is given on behalf of Special Collections as the owner of the physical
materials and not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained.
[Title of item], Robert C. Gillingham Working Papers, Courtesy of the Department of Archives and Special Collections. University
Library. California State University, Dominguez Hills
Likely donated by Robert Gillingham in the 1970s or 1980s.
Materials in this collection were removed from the Rancho San Pedro Reference Collection and the Compton History Collection.
This collection was created in 2006 during the processing of the above collections.
This finding aid was created as part of Early Los Angeles/Rancho San Pedro Manuscript Cataloging Project, a CSU Dominguez
Hills Library project funded by the National Historical Publications and Records Commission. The project started in 2005.
Project Director was Greg Williams. Project Archivists were Thomas Philo and Jennifer Allan Goldman.
Robert C. Gillingham was born in Michigan in 1896 and moved to Compton, California in 1906. He attended Compton Union High
School, earned his B.A. and M.A. degrees from Pomona College, and served in the first World War. Gillingham later earned his
PhD from the University of Southern California and, in 1927, became Dean of Compton Junior College, a position he held for
35 years. During this time, he also spent 17 years as the chairman of the Compton City Planning Commission. His interest in
local history led him to write The Rancho San Pedro, first published in 1961 and financed by the Dominguez Estate Company.
He also published over sixty articles on Compton history for the Compton News-Tribune, which were later compiled into the
book Yesterdays of Compton.
Scope and Content
A majority of this collection is manuscript drafts and copies of sections of The Rancho San Pedro and Yesterdays of Compton.
Also included are Gillingham’s notes and correspondence to and from local historians, the Dominguez Estate Company, Compton
pioneers, and others.
Arranged in two series:
- Series I. Compton, 1932-1960
- Series II. Rancho San Pedro, 1944-1983
Dominguez Water Corporation
Dominguez Water Company
Rancho San Pedro (Calif.)
The Rancho San Pedro; the story of a famous Rancho in Los Angeles County and of its owners the Dominguez family
The following related collections can be found in the CSUDH Archives and Special Collections.
- Compton History Collection
- Del Amo Estate Company Collection
- Del Amo Nurseries Collection
- Dominguez Air Meet Collection
- Dominguez Water Company Collection
- Rancho San Pedro Collection
- Rancho San Pedro Reference Collection
- South Bay History Collection
- South Bay Photo Collection
- Watson Land Company Collection