Overview of the Collection
Scope and Content
Overview of the Collection
Title: Los Angeles County Department of Health Services Collection
Dates (inclusive): 1930-1932
Collection Number: photCL 396
Los Angeles County (Calif.). Dept. of Health Services
457 photographs in seven volumes (4 boxes) : gelatin silver prints.
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Abstract: This collection consists of seven photograph albums documenting a range of departmental
activities of the Los Angeles County Department of Health from approximately 1930 through 1932.
The photographs depict such things as housing, schools, sewage disposal plants, diary farms and milk plants,
garbage and refuse disposal, and general sanitation in areas across Los Angeles County. The collection notably
includes a volume documenting temporary encampments known as "Hoover Towns," which sprang up during the Great Depression,
well as a volume showcasing the "state-of-the-art" housing for Olympic athletes during the 1932 Olympics held in Los Angeles.
Finding aid last updated on November 16, 2015.
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[Identification of item]. Los Angeles County Department of Health Services Collection, The Huntington Library, San Marino,
Gift of the Los Angeles County Health Administration/Management and Health Systems Agency Libraries, June 1996.
Each volume has had some conservation treatment with the level of treatment varying from
minimal to extensive. A brief account of the action taken follows:
- photCL 396 vol 1:
- Photographs were originally attached to black papers pages and album covers were missing. Images and text were removed from
backing and original order maintained.
- photCL 396 vol. 2-vol. 3:
- Photographs and typewritten captions were removed from black paper pages and put into mylar sleeves. Original order maintained.
- photCL 396 vol4:
- Album pages were xeroxed showing photographs with text to serve as reference copies for researchers. Photographs were removed
from album corners and stored separately in non-buffered sleeves. Retained original album pages and text which is stored in
- photCL 396 vol. 5:
- Transcribed captions accompanying each photograph which were glued onto black pages. Removed photographs and other text from
original album. Discarded original photographic album with paper captions due to dust and dirt from black paper. Map of Olympic
Village was flattened and encapsulated in mylar.
- photCL 396 vol. 6:
- All images uncaptioned. Removed black pages from album and trimmed. Interleaved with unbuffered paper and put in acid free
Scope and Content
This collection consists of seven photograph albums documenting a range of departmental
activities of the Los Angeles County Department of Health, from approximately 1930 through 1932.
The volumes include photographs of the following subjects:
- The Habitations of Unemployed in Los Angeles County, 1932 (volume 1)
- Activities of the Bureau of Inspection, 1932 (volume 2)
- Sewage Disposal Methods in Los Angeles County (volume 3)
- Picture Story of Milk in Los Angeles County (volume 4)
- Olympic Village, Los Angeles, 1932 (volume 5)
- Miscellaneous Scenes of Los Angeles County Department of Health Activities and Buildings (volumes 6-7)
The Bureau of Housing and the Bureau of
Inspection are two of the divisions represented in the collection. The photographs depict
such things as housing, schools, water supply, swimming pools, sewage disposal, dairy
farms and milk plants, garbage and refuse disposal, and general sanitation to name but a
few topics. Of particular interest is the volume documenting the "Hoover Towns" which
sprang up throughout Los Angeles during the Great Depression (Volume 1). In contrast is the volume
showcasing the "state-of-the-art" housing for Olympic athletes who were in Los Angeles
for the Tenth Olympiad in 1932 (Volume 2)
The photographers represented in these volumes are unidentified except for an instance
where initials are provided. Volume 4 was compiled by Richard A. Koch and volume 5 was compiled by C. G. Kahlert. The majority
of the images are accompanied by lengthy
captions and they are transcribed in the finding aid where practical.
Alternative Form of Materials Available
The collection includes volumes one through seven.
photograph has a unique number.
Los Angeles County (Calif.). Health Department -- Photographs.
Olympic Games (10th : 1932 : Los Angeles, Calif.) -- Photographs.
Depressions -- 1930-1932 -- California -- Los Angeles County -- Photographs.
Dairying -- California -- Los Angeles -- Photographs.
Refuse and refuse disposal -- California -- Los Angeles County -- Photographs.
Sewage disposal plants -- California -- Los Angeles County -- Photographs.
United States -- History -- 1930-1933.
Koch, Richard A., compiler.
Kahlert, C. G., compiler.