The J. D. Black Papers (CSLA-15) contain photographs, publications,
correspondence, and organizational records related to J. D. Black's career and business in
Big Pine, California. Of particular value are the records of the reparations organizations
of Big Pine active during the Owens Valley Water Wars of the 1920s and the photographs
documenting life in the mining towns of California's eastern Sierras and western
John David Black was born in 1893 to a pioneer family of California's Owens Valley of the
eastern Sierra Nevadas. J. D.'s father, John, established a store in Bishop in 1888 that J.
D. continued to run at least until the 1950s. In 1902, still retaining the family home and
store in Bishop, the Blacks moved to nearby Big Pine, where John opened another store, which
eventually came under J. D. Black's management and remained in business until 1948. John
participated in other business enterprises, such as a saloon, and father and son also held
mining property jointly, as well as individual mines.
22 archival document boxes, 14 oversize boxes
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The J. D. Black Papers are part of the Thomas and Dorothy Leavey Center for the Study of
Los Angeles Research Collection, a program of the Thomas and Dorothy Leavey Center for the
Study of Los Angeles, Loyola Marymount University. The Research Collection is administered
by the Department of Archives and Special Collections, Loyola Marymount University. The J.
and Special Collections, Loyola Marymount University.