The collection consists of 1165 black-and-white photographs, 97 glass negatives, clippings, correspondence, manuscripts, notes,
a card file, and a
ledger book related to the Los Angeles Railway, 1851-1939, collected and created by Edwin L. Lewis, a longtime employee
of the Los Angeles Railway Corporation. The
collection provides a broad pictorial overview of the development of the railway systems in Los Angeles, California, in
the late 19th and early 20th centuries, as well
as information on the physical development of the city itself.
The Los Angeles Railway Corporation (LARy) was the product of mergers and consolidations of numerous local and interurban
railways in Los Angeles and adjacent communities.
In 1910, Henry E. Huntington yielded his interests in the Pacific Electric Company to the Southern Pacific Railroad Company,
which subsequently controlled the interurban
lines, and he incorporated the Los Angeles Railway Company and other railway interests to form the Los Angeles Railway Corporation,
which operated the Los Angeles city lines.
1261 photographs and negatives + ephemera and paper files in 28 boxes
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