Finding Aid for the Hobart Johnstone Whitley Papers, ca. 1889-1946

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UCLA Library Special Collections
Room A1713, Charles E. Young Research Library
Box 951575
Los Angeles, CA 90095-1575
Email: spec-coll@library.ucla.edu
URL: http://www.library.ucla.edu/libraries/special/scweb/
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The Regents of the University of California. All rights reserved.

Finding Aid for the Hobart Johnstone Whitley Papers, ca. 1889-1946

Collection number: 744

UCLA Library Special Collections



Los Angeles, CA

Contact Information

  • UCLA Library Special Collections
  • Room A1713, Charles E. Young Research Library
  • Box 951575
  • Los Angeles, CA 90095-1575
  • Telephone: 310/825-4988 (10:00 a.m. - 4:45 p.m., Pacific Time)
  • Email: spec-coll@library.ucla.edu
  • URL: http://www.library.ucla.edu/libraries/special/scweb/
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Manuscripts Division staff
Revised by:
Dydia DeLyser, November 1988
Encoded by:
Alight Tsai
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Caroline Cubé
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Online finding aid edited by:
Josh Fiala, May 2003
© 2003 The Regents of the University of California. All rights reserved.

Descriptive Summary

Title: Hobart Johnstone Whitley Papers,
Date (inclusive): ca. 1889-1946
Collection number: 744
Creator: Whitley, Hobart Johnstone
Extent: 30 boxes (15.0 linear ft.) 5 oversize boxes 2 oversize folders
Repository: University of California, Los Angeles. Library Special Collections.
Los Angeles, California 90095-1575
Abstract: Hobart Johnstone Whitley was a Southern California real estate developer, and head of the H.J. Whitley land syndicate. The collection consists of about 2000 pieces of correspondence, and deeds, accounts, journals, ledgers, minutes of stockholders' meetings, maps of Southern California real estate, clippings, photographs, and pictures relating to Whitley's land syndicate, as well as some personal papers of his family. Papers relate to real estate development in Paso Robles, San Luis Obispo Company, Corcoran in Kings County, Los Angeles, Hollywood, Westwood, Van Nuys, and the San Fernando Valley.
Physical location: Stored off-site at SRLF. Advance notice is required for access to the collection. Please contact UCLA Library Special Collections Reference Desk for paging information.
Language: English.

Administrative Information

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Restrictions on Access

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

Provenance/Source of Acquisition

Gift of Mrs. Ross Whitley, 1952.

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Hobart Johnstone Whitley Papers (Collection 744). Library Special Collections, Charles E. Young Research Library, University of California, Los Angeles.

Biography

Whitley was a Southern California real estate developer, and head of the H.J. Whitley land syndicate.

Scope and Content

Collection consists of about 2000 pieces of correspondence, and deeds, accounts, journals, ledgers, minutes of stockholders' meetings, maps of Southern California real estate, clippings, photographs, and pictures relating to Whitley's land syndicate, as well as some personal papers of his family. Includes about 3500 bills, deeds, and legal papers, and 65 volumes of minute books and various account books for the Van Nuys Water Company, Owensmouth Water Company, Suburban Homes Company, Security Land and Loan Company, Corcoran Land Company, Corcoran Realty Company, Waukena Development Company, Los Angeles Suburban Home Company, Angiola Development Company, and H.J. Whitley Land Company, and records relating to Rancho Los Feliz. Papers relate to real estate development in Paso Robles, San Luis Obispo Company, Corcoran in Kings County, Los Angeles, Hollywood, Westwood, Van Nuys, and the San Fernando Valley. Also includes a manuscript biography of Whitley by his wife.

Indexing Terms

The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.
Whitley, Hobart Johnstone--Archives.
Real estate developers--California, Southern--Archival resources.


Container List

Box 1

Contracts, deeds, and insurance papers (Mostly San Fernando Valley area).

Box 2

Scrapbook made by Mrs. Whitley on H.J. Whitley's career.

Box 2

Insurance on H.J. Whitley property.

Box 3

Manuscript of Autobiography by Mrs. Whitley.

Box 4

Deeds, contracts, trusts, title certificates, and insurance statements on various Whitley properties in the Los Angeles area.

Box 5

Sales book of Suburban Homes Company.

Box 5

Dark and Light Magazine.

Box 5

Abstract of title to Los Feliz Ranch.

Box 6

Ledgers, journals and stock book of Van Nuys and Owensmouth Water Companies.

Box 7

Stock Journal of Security Land and Loan Company (Corcoran, California).

Box 8

Ledger book of Security Land and Loan Company (Corcoran, California).

Box 9

Minute book, 2 journals, and ledger of Corcoran Land Company.

Box 10

Plats and prices of Westwood Village (Los Angeles).

Box 10

Non-Los Angeles land holdings in California (1920s and 1930s).

Box 11

Minute book, 2 stock books, and 1 ledger of Corcoran Realty Company

Box 12

3 journals and 1 ledger of the Security Land and Loan Company (Corcoran, California).

Box 13

Waukena Development Company journal and stock books (near Corcoran, California).

Box 14

Lot books of Los Angeles Suburban Home Company.

Box 15

Minute Book no.1 (of 2) of the Los Angeles Suburban Home Company.

Box 16

Minute Book no.2 (of 2) of the Los Angeles Suburban Home Company.

Box 17

2 minute books of the Security Land and Loan Company, 1907-1910. (Kings County, California).

Box 17

Check book and stock book of the Security Land and Loan Company.

Box 18

2 stock books, 1 journal of the Angiola Development Company, 1907-1908. (Corcoran area).

Box 19

Minutes of the H.J. Whitley Land Company. (Estrella Ranch, San Luis Obispo County).

Box 20

Miscellaneous correspondence.

Box 20

Articles by Mrs. Whitley.

Box 21

Correspondence of Whitley and sons during 1930s.

Box 21

Materials about his property in Paso Robles.

Box 21

Correspondence with Title Insurance and Trust Company regarding his properties.

Box 22

Legal notes.

Box 22

Suburban Homes Company small ledger.

Box 22

Ross Whitley's check book.

Box 23

Suburban Homes Company 2 sales books.

Box 23

Minute book of Whitley Syndicate.

Box 24

Typescript copies of newspaper articles on Whitley and building progress in Hollywood and vicinity.

Box 24

Lot maps.

Box 24

Ledger, October 1, 1913 to July 1, 1917.

Box 24

Two photographs of an interior of a canning plant.

Box 24

Handwritten reminiscences by Mrs. Whitley.

Box 25

Journal, July 1915 to January 1918.

Box 25

Journal November 1912 to July 1915.

Box 25

Journal, August 1922 to March 1923.

Box 25

Ledger, 1909-1910.

Box 25

Journal 1910-1912.

Box 26

Receipt book, June 24-August 19, 1922.

Box 26

Miscellaneous receipts.

Box 26

Deeds, contracts, insurance papers, legal notes etc.

Box 27

Legal papers re Rancho Los Feliz.

Note

Missing, as of 1/30/2014.
Box 27

Ledger - Los Angeles Surburban Homes Company. 1910-11; 1912-13; 1913-14.

Box 28

Journals - Los Angeles Surburban Homes Company. December 1909-January 1917.

Box 28

List of owners of Van Nuys-Lankershim Lands.

Boxes 29-30

Deeds, leases, agreements etc.

Box 31

2 Volumes containing maps of various tracks only Hollywood also lists of owners - indexed.

Box 32

Ledger - Corcoran Land Company. 1906-1908; Journal Security Land Company. 1905-1908.

Box 33

Journal March 1923-September 1924; Ledger 1926-1927; Journal 1928-1929.

Box 34

Corcoran Townsite Lot Book; Scrapbook containing newsclippings relating to Whitley's businesses.

Box 35

Journals.

Scope and Content Note

1. January 1917-September 1918
2. 1908-1910
3. July 1, 1915-December 31, 1918
4. March 1921-June 1922
5. October 1918-February 1921

Note

11/88
Box 36

Soil map of the Los Angeles Suburban Homes Company's Lands.

Box 36

Westwood Village map - Tracts no.9650, 9768, 10600, 10690.

Box 36

Owensmouth tract map bordered by Linden Ave., Sherman Way, De Soto Ave.

Box 36

Whitley Park bordering Ventura Blvd. and Mulholland Way.

Physical Description: (5 items).
Box 36

Beverly Hills Commercial District bordering Maple Way, Benton Drive, Santa Monica Blvd.

Box 36

Map of Seventh Street Business District.

Box 36

Los Altos Park. Tract office bordered by Mulholland Drive and Pacific Drive.

Box 36

Van Nuys - Lankershim Lands.

Physical Description: (2 items).
Box 37

Camino de la Cumbre Tract.

Physical Description: (3 items).
Box 37

Whitley Land.

Physical Description: (4 items).
Box 37

Tract map no.9386 - Camino de la Cumbre.

Physical Description: (6 items).
Box 37

Unidentified tract maps.

Physical Description: (6 items).