Finding Aid for the Dorothy Chandler Papers, 1942-1980

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Finding Aid for the Dorothy Chandler Papers, 1942-1980

Collection number: 1421

UCLA Library Special Collections

UCLA Library Special Collections staff



Los Angeles, CA
Processed by:
UCLA Library Special Collections staff
Encoded by:
Caroline Cubé
Online finding aid edited by:
Josh Fiala, February 2004
© 2004 The Regents of the University of California. All rights reserved.

Descriptive Summary

Title: Dorothy Chandler Papers,
Date (inclusive): 1942-1980
Collection number: 1421
Creator: Chandler, Dorothy, 1901-1997
Extent: 21 boxes (10.5 linear ft.)
Repository: University of California, Los Angeles. Library Special Collections.
Los Angeles, California 90095-1575
Abstract: Dorothy Buffum Chandler (1901-1997) married Norman Chandler, the son of Los Angeles Times owner Harry Chandler, in 1922. She was a member of the UC Board of Regents (1954-68), helped restructure the Times-Mirror Corporation (1950s-60s), spearheaded the fundraising drive to establish the Los Angeles Music Center (1954-64), was a honorary life chair of the Los Angeles Philharmonic Association, and a recipient of numerous honorary degrees. The collection consists of correspondence and papers related to Dorothy Chandler's involvement with the Los Angeles Music Center, the Southern California Symphony Association, Center Theater Group of Los Angeles, and the Hollywood Bowl Association.
Physical location: Stored off-site at SRLF. Advance notice is required for access to the collection. Please contact the UCLA Library Special Collections Reference Desk for paging information.
Language: English.

Administrative Information

Restrictions on Use and Reproduction

Copyright to portions of this collection has been assigned to the UCLA Library Special Collections. The library can grant permission to publish for materials to which it holds the copyright. All requests for permission to publish or quote must be submitted in writing to the Manuscripts Librarian, UCLA Library Special Collections. Credit shall be given as follows: © The Regents of the University of California on behalf of the UCLA Library Special Collections.

Restrictions on Access

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

Provenance/Source of Acquisition

Gift of Otis Chandler and Camilla Chandler Frost, 1985.

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Dorothy Chandler Papers (Collection 1421). UCLA Library Special Collections, Charles E. Young Research Library.

UCLA Catalog Record ID

UCLA Catalog Record ID: 964178 

Biography

Dorothy Buffum Chandler was born in Lafayette, Illinois, on May 19, 1901; her parents moved to Long Beach, California, when she was one year old and her father opened a store, the forerunner of Buffum's department store chain; attended Stanford, 1919-22; married Norman Chandler, son of Los Angeles Times owner Harry Chandler, in 1922; member of UC Board of Regents, 1954-68; assumed a leadership role alongside her husband during the restructuring of the Times-Mirror Corporation, 1950s-60s; spearheaded the fundraising drive to establish the Los Angeles Music Center, 1954-64; honorary life chair, Los Angeles Philharmonic Association; recipient of numerous honorary degrees; died July 6, 1997.

Scope and Content

Collection consists of correspondence and papers related to Dorothy Chandler's involvement with the Los Angeles Music Center, the Southern California Symphony Association, Center Theater Group of Los Angeles, and the Hollywood Bowl Association. Also includes related magazines, memorabilia, and ephemera.

Indexing Terms

The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.
Chandler, Dorothy, 1901-1997.
Music Center of Los Angeles County.
Center Theatre Group of Los Angeles.
Southern California Symphony Association (Los Angeles, Calif.).
Hollywood Bowl Association (Los Angeles, Calif.).
Women civic leaders--California--Los Angeles--Archival resources.


Container List

Box 1

Historical background, Music Center.

Box 1

[Los Angeles Civic] Auditorium, 1955.

Box 1

Civic Auditorium - minutes of meetings; membership, 1956.

Box 2

Civic Auditorium - correspondence, 1957.

Box 2

Southern California Symphony, 1956.

Box 3

Southern California Symphony, 1957-1959.

Box 3

Auditorium, 1958.

Box 4

Southern California Symphony - correspondence, 1959-1960.

Box 4

Music Center, 1960 - fund raising and management.

Box 5

Southern California Symphony, 1961.

Box 5

[Sir Georg] Solti, 1961.

Box 5

Music Center - correspondence and site dedication.

Box 6

Southern California Symphony, 1961-1962.

Box 6

Music Center, 1962-1965: Arts Committee, Operating Company; party, December 6, 1964.

Box 7

Southern California Symphony, 1963-1964.

Box 8

Mark Taper Forum, 1964-1966.

Box 8

Music Center - correspondence, Operating Company, 1965.

Box 8

Southern California Symphony, 1965-1966.

Box 8

Symphony-Bowl Merger.

Box 9

Music Center, 1966-1967: correspondence and operating board.

Box 9

Theater Group of Los Angeles, 1966-1967.

Box 9

Lipschitz lithographs.

Box 10

Opera, 1966-1968.

Box 10

DBC's resignation as Chair of the Performing Arts Council, July 1981.

Box 10

Southern California Symphony, Hollywood Bowl Association Financial Status, 1966.

Box 11

Music Center - correspondence and background, 1962-1964.

Box 12

Music Center, 1963-1965 - correspondence, Coordinating Committee.

Box 13

Music Center, 1961-1963 - Financing, litigation, terminology, base company, operating company.

Box 14

Music Center - dedication and clippings.

Box 14

Festival opening, 1964.

Box 14

Dedication - Taper/Ahmanson, April 9-15, 1967.

Box 15

Music Center Twentieth Anniversary.

Box 15

Music Center - contributions.

Box 15

Women Fore the Music Center.

Box 16

Magazines.

Box 17

Ephemera.

Scope and Content Note

Includes a set of five Pavillion Magazines in a box labeled “Pavillion.”
Boxes 18-19

DBC Memorabilia.

Boxes 20-21

Music Center - various support groups, 1963-1973.