Papers of John Alexander Gray

Finding aid prepared by Eric Steiger.
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Descriptive Summary

Title: Papers of John Alexander Gray
Dates: 1961-1965
Collection Number: Consult repository.
Creator: Gray, John Alexander
Extent: 176 items 1 box
Repository: The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens Manuscripts Department
The Huntington Library
1151 Oxford Road
San Marino, California 91108
Phone: (626) 405-2203
Fax: (626) 449-5720
Email: manuscripts@huntington.org
URL: http://www.huntington.org
Abstract: The collection consists primarily of draft article manuscripts written by John Alexander Gray, a Los Angeles newswriter who drafted articles relating to the Bureau of Power and Light (later the Dept. of Water and Power) and of the history of the City of Los Angeles.
Language of Material: The records are in English.

Administration Information

Access

Collection is open to qualified researchers by prior application through the Reader Services Department. For more information, please go to following web site .

Publication Rights

In order to quote from, publish, or reproduce any of the manuscripts or visual materials, researchers must obtain formal permission from the office of the Library Director. In most instances, permission is given by the Huntington as owner of the physical property rights only, and researchers must also obtain permission from the holder of the literary rights. In some instances, the Huntington owns the literary rights, as well as the physical property rights. Researchers may contact the appropriate curator for further information.

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Papers of John Alexander Gray, The Huntington Library, San Marino, California.

Acquisition Information

Gift of James A. Linck, February 1968.

Biography

John Alexander Gray was a Los Angeles newswriter who drafted articles relating to the Bureau of Power and Light (later the Dept. of Water and Power) and of the history of the City of Los Angeles.

Scope and Content

The collection consists primarily of draft article manuscripts written by John Alexander Gray and relating to William Mulholland, Ezra Scattergood, William B. Matthews, and John B. Elliott, connected with the procurement of water and power from the Owens Valley (California) via the Los Angeles Aqueduct and from Boulder Dam for the city of Los Angeles. Other subjects of the articles include key institutions in Los Angeles and Southern California history including the Metropolitan Water District and the Southern California Edison Company. The correspondence includes letters responding to inquiries sent by Gray to deans and officials at several colleges, universities, and other cultural institutions in the Los Angeles area such as Disneyland, the California Institute of Technology, Wycliffe Bible Translators, California State College at Palos Verdes, San Fernando Valley State College, California State College, Los Angeles, University of Southern California, University of California, Los Angeles, and the Henry E. Huntington Library and Art Gallery.
Additionally, the collection includes a file of newspaper clippings that reflects Gray’s interest in Los Angeles’s air quality and educational environment and an ephemera section, which consists of some of John Alexander Gray’s personal financial documents, tax receipts, and membership cards for the Los Angeles Water & Power Defense League and the University of Southern California General Alumni Association.

Indexing Terms

Personal Names

Gray, John Alexander.
Mulholland, William, 1855-1935.
Scattergood, E. F. (Ezra Frederick), 1871-1947.

Corporate Names

Boulder Canyon Project (U.S.)
Colorado River Basin Project (U.S.)
Los Angeles (Calif.). Bureau of Power and Light.
Los Angeles (Calif.). Dept. of Water and Power -- History -- Sources.
Southern California Edison Company.

Subjects

Power resources -- California -- Los Angeles.
Water resources development -- California -- Los Angeles.
Water rights -- California -- Los Angeles.
Water-supply -- California -- Los Angeles.

Geographic Areas

Hoover Dam (Ariz. and Nev.) -- History.
Los Angeles (Calif.) -- History -- 20th century -- Sources.
Los Angeles Aqueduct (Calif.)
Metropolitan Water District of Southern California (Calif.)
Owens Valley (Calif.) -- History.

Genre

Articles California 20th century.
Clippings California 20th century.
Letters (correspondence) California 20th century.


 

Box 1

 

Bateman, Ivan L. “More Power for Los Angeles”: speech 1962, Feb. 26

 

Gray, John Alexander. “The Four Crusaders”: manuscript undated

 

Gray, John Alexander. “Frank Wiggins”: manuscript undated

 

Gray, John Alexander. “The Heroic Years”: manuscript undated

 

Gray, John Alexander. Miscellaneous Notes undated

 

Gray, John Alexander. “Mulholland”: manuscript undated

 

Gray, John Alexander. “Peculiar Happening”: manuscript undated

 

Gray, John Alexander. “Saga of John B. Elliott”: manuscript undated

 

Gray, John Alexander. “Scattergood”: manuscript undated

 

Gray, John Alexander. “The Three Club”: manuscript 1965

 

Correspondence 1963-1964

 

Correspondence 1965

 

Ephemera 1961-1965

 

Ephemera: clippings 1964-1965