Scope and Content
Title: Uplifters Club Records
Date (inclusive): 1909-1976
Collection number: 2062
Creator: Uplifters Club.
Extent: 4 boxes (2 linear ft.) 3 oversize boxes.
Abstract: The Uplifters Club was founded in Dec. 1913 at the Los Angeles Athletic Club by Harry Marston Haldeman and a small group of
business and professional men; acquired a country home in Rustic Canyon; activities included monthly dinner meetings, polo
games, annual outings, and organized entertainment at which stage and screen celebrities performed; the Club ended in 1947.
Includes minute books, miscellaneous financial, real estate, and other records, photographs, copy photographs, clippings,
and ephemera relating to Rustic Canyon.
University of California, Los Angeles. Library.
Department of Special Collections.
Los Angeles, California 90095-1575
Physical location: Stored off-site at SRLF. Advance notice is required for access to the collection. Please contact the UCLA Library, Department
of Special Collections Reference Desk for paging information.
The Uplifters Club derived from the dinner meetings of a group of Los Angeles Athletic Club members, prominent amongst whom
was Harry Marston Haldeman. Their first official dinner as Uplifters was held on December 10, 1913 and their purpose was to
"uplift art, promote good fellowship and build a closer aquaintance," among members. Social traditions that were established
in addition to the dinner meetings included Annual Outings and Poets' Dinners, and High Jinx. L. Frank Baum was a founder
member and wrote the official song, "Haldeman."
During the twenties, the Uplifters acquired a country home in Rustic Canyon, Santa Monica, which was incorporated in 1920,
after which the history of the management of Country Home and the Uplifters Social Club are intertwined. A Club house was
built and dedicated in 1923 and other facilities added included a polo field. Social events continued through the thirties
and, gradually dwindling in number, into the forties. The Club ended in 1947.
The records in this collection were brought together by Mrs. Betty Lou Young and her son Thomas in the course of research
for their (Box 2, folder 12) which contains a chapter entitled, "The Story of the Uplifters. In search of the Land of Oz,"
Scope and Content
Collection consists of minute books, miscellaneous financial, real estate, and other records, photographs, copy photographs,
clippings, and ephemera. Includes an historical account of the Club, a photograph album of members, photographs of the Will
Rogers Ranch, sheet music and song books, a copy of the articles of incorporation, and ephemera relating to Rustic Canyon.
The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.
Uplifters Club --Archives.
Genres and Forms of Material