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San Rafael Ranch Records and Addenda
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  • Overview of the Collection
  • Access
  • Administrative Information
  • Historical Note
  • Scope and Content
  • Arrangement
  • Indexing Terms

  • Overview of the Collection

    Title: San Rafael Ranch Company Records and Addenda
    Dates: Approximately 1871-1968
    Collection Number: mssSan Rafael Ranch
    Creator: San Rafael Ranch Company.
    Extent: 115 items in 5 boxes
    Repository: The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens Manuscripts Department
    The Huntington Library
    1151 Oxford Road
    San Marino, California 91108
    Phone: (626) 405-2203
    Fax: (626) 449-5720
    Email: reference@huntington.org
    URL: http://www.huntington.org
    Abstract: The collection consists of papers related chiefly to the business affairs of Conway S. Campbell-Johnston and A. Campbell-Johnston and the San Rafael Ranch Company in the Garvanza neighborhood near Pasadena, California, from the 1880s to the early 1900s. The papers include Ranch correspondence, business and real estate papers, Campbell-Johnson estate papers, account books, as well as maps, ephemera, and photographs related to the history of Southern California, and in particular the San Rafael Heights/Garvanza region.
    Language: English.


    Open to qualified researchers by prior application through the Reader Services Department. For more information, contact Reader Services.

    Administrative Information

    Publication Rights

    The Huntington Library does not require that researchers request permission to quote from or publish images of this material, nor does it charge fees for such activities. The responsibility for identifying the copyright holder, if there is one, and obtaining necessary permissions rests with the researcher.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item]. San Rafael Ranch Company Records and Addenda, The Huntington Library, San Marino, California.


    The collection was a gift of: Marguerite Bock on February 8, 1954; Lawrence Cook on February 8, 1955; and Nicholas Brandt on June 21, 1972.
    The addenda was a gift of Steve Brandt on July 1, 2000.

    Historical Note

    The San Rafael Ranch was created in 1883, when Mr. and Mrs. Alexander Robert Campbell-Johnston visited the small town of Garvanza, California (near present-day Pasadena), and purchased 2,000 acres of the former Rancho San Rafael from Victor Beaudry. They left the ranch in the hands of their sons and went back to England, but they returned in 1888. The ranch was used for cattle grazing and many buildings were constructed, including the Church of the Angels. The sons ran the ranch until about 1920, when the land was subdivided.

    Scope and Content

    The collection consists of letters, documents, and maps, including 14 bound volumes, related to the business affairs (1898-1923) of Conway S. Campbell-Johnson and A. Campbell-Johnson, the sons of Alexander Robert Campbell-Johnson. The collection includes property titles, cattle records, property annexation agreements with the city of Pasadena, right-of-way agreements with the Pacific Electric Railway Company, and records of the Church of the Angels in Highland Park, Calif.
    The addenda consists of estate papers related to the Campbell-Johnston family, including Conway Seymour Campbell-Johnston, R.A. Campbell-Johnston, A.R. Campbell-Johnston (through Louis Johnston), and Ida Campbell-Johnston; 2 maps of the San Rafael Heights area; programs, printed ephemera, and magazine clippings primarily related to the San Rafael area of Pasadena; miscellaneous newspapers and magazines on Southern California history; and 3 published books, including Progress and Economy by J. Platt (1882) and The dairy of the farm by James Long and J.C. Morton (1885). The addenda also includes 29 photographs of Southern California, including Eagle Rock, the Garvanza Hotel and miscellaneous images of Garvanza, the Mt. Lowe Railroad, the Webster’s Hotel dining room in Pasadena, the beach of Hotel Arcadia in Santa Monica, the Sierra Madre Villa Hotel, and the Sierra Madre Mountains.


    The collection is arranged in the following series:
    • Business and Property Papers (Box 1)
    • Abstracts of Title and Maps (Box 2)
    • Account Books (Box 3)
    • Addenda
      • Manuscripts, Printed Items, and Ephemera (Box 4)
      • Photographs (Box 5)
    The collection is arranged alphabetically and chronologically, as appropriate.

    Indexing Terms

    The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the Huntington Library's Online Catalog.  

    Corporate Names

    Church of the Angels (Highland Park, Calif.).
    Mount Lowe Railway.
    Pacific Electric Railway Company.
    San Rafael Ranch Company--Archives.


    Cattle--California, Southern.
    Land titles--California, Southern.
    Ranches--California--Los Angeles County.
    Ranching--California--Los Angeles County.
    Real property--California, Southern.

    Geographic Areas

    Garvanza (Calif.)--History--Sources.
    Highland Park (Los Angeles, Calif.)--History--Sources.
    Pasadena (Calif.)--History--Sources.


    Business records--California.
    Corporation records--California.
    Letters (correspondence)--California.

    Alternate Authors

    Campbell-Johnston, A.
    Campbell-Johnston, Conway.
    Long, James J., 1846-1931. Dairy of the farm.
    Norton, T. G., 1858-1885, photographer.
    Platt, James, 1831- Progress.
    Platt, James, 1831- Economy.
    Jarvis (Firm : Pasadena, Calif.), photographer.
    J.B. Blanchard & Co., photographer.