This collection consists primarily of the personal and professional papers of lawyer, philanthropist, and book collector Homer
D. Crotty and his wife, Ida Hull Lloyd Crotty.
Homer D. Crotty (March 15, 1899 – March 29, 1972) was an American lawyer based in Los Angeles, California. Born and raised
in Oakland, California, by Daniel and Mary Frances Crotty, Homer was the older of two children. After graduating from Oakland’s
public school system, Homer received his B.A. (1920) and J.D. (1922) from the University of California and LL.M. from Harvard
Law School (1923). Later in life he was awarded honorary degrees from Trinity College, Dublin (LL.D. in 1960) and California
Western University (L.H.D. in 1964). In 1922 he was admitted into the State Bar of California. In August 1923, Homer was hired
as an associate attorney by Gibson, Dunn and Crutcher in Los Angeles. He became a senior partner of the firm in 1931 and handled
a number of important assignments, including the Richfield Oil Corporation Receivership during the Great Depression era. Homer
was also an active member of the State Bar of California, serving as a member and chairman of the Committee of Bar Examiners
from 1942-1947, member of the Board of Governors from 1948-1951, and as President of the State Bar from 1950-1951. Other organizations
he was involved in were the American Bar Association (Chairman of the Section on Legal Education), the American Law Institute,
Los Angeles County Bar Association, the American Judicature Society, the Selden Society, the American Society of International
Law, the International Bar Association, the Chancery Club, and the American Bar Foundation. In addition to his legal duties,
Homer was known for his interests in civic affairs and book collecting. He was a charter member of the Friends (1939-1957)
and chairman of the Board of Trustees (1957-1972) of the Huntington Library, director of the California Historical Society,
trustee of the Claremont Colleges (1941-1972), president of Southwest Museum (1945-1971), director of Lloyd Corporation (1953-1971),
and member of the California, Jonathan, Sunset, Grolier, and Zamorano clubs.
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 curator of this
collection for further information.