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Finding Aid for the Joseph Mesmer Papers, 1860-1914
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Description
Al Mesmer (1855-1947) was the president of the North Los Angeles Development Company, served as a member of the Freeholder's Charter Commission to frame a city charter for Los Angeles, and served as Los Angeles park commissioner. The collection consists of notes gathered by Joseph Mesmer for a projected history of Los Angeles.
Background
Mesmer was born on November 3, 1855 at Tippecanoe City, Ohio; moved to Los Angeles with his parents in 1859; attended the College of Strasburg, Germany; returned to Los Angeles, opening the Queen Shoe Store in 1878, which he sold in 1896; became president of the St. Louis Fire Brick and Clay Company, president of the N.E.W. Commercial and Improvement Association, and president of the North Los Angeles Development Company; served as a member of the Freeholder's Charter Commission to frame a city charter for Los Angeles, and also as Los Angeles park commissioner.
Extent
7 boxes (3.5 linear ft.)
Restrictions
Property rights to the physical object belong to the UCLA Library, Department of Special Collections. Literary rights, including copyright, are retained by the creators and their heirs. It is the responsibility of the researcher to determine who holds the copyright and pursue the copyright owner or his or her heir for permission to publish where The UC Regents do not hold the copyright.
Availability
COLLECTION STORED OFF-SITE AT SRLF: Advance notice required for access.