Edmond Herrscher papers, ca. 1890s-1935, 1947-1982

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Title: Edmond Herrscher papers
Collection number: 1829
Contributing Institution: UCLA Library Special Collections
Language of Material: English
Physical Description: 1.45 linear ft. (3 boxes)
Date (inclusive): ca. 1890s-1935; 1947-1982
Abstract: Edmond Herrscher was an attorney and businessman in California who was involved in the early development of Century City. The collection consists of clippings, legal documents, photographs, and writings related to Herrscher's business and personal life.
Physical location: Stored off-site at SRLF. Advance notice is required for access to the collection. Please contact UCLA Library Special Collections for paging information.
Creator: Herrscher, Edmond

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Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Edmond Herrscher papers (Collection 1829). UCLA Library Special Collections, Charles E. Young Research Library, UCLA.

UCLA Catalog Record ID

UCLA Catalog Record ID: 6982037 


Edmond Herrscher was born in the 1890s in San Leandro, CA. He graduated from the University of California's Hastings Law School and practiced law in San Francisco until he retired in 1948. Over the years he was involved in various business ventures such as the Kaeleku Sugar Company and Mayfair Markets. In about 1957 he took the post of director of property development for 20th Century Fox Film Corporation under studio president Spyros Skouras. As such he is credited for his involvement with the early development of Century City and is sometimes referred to as "the father of Century City." Herrscher was married several times including to Erna Goldschmidt, Frances Howard, Mary Elizabeth Shaw Hubar, and Winnie Skouras. Herrscher died June 10, 1983 in Los Angeles, CA.

Scope and Content

The collection consists of materials related to the career of former lawyer and businessman Edmond Herrscher. Included in the collection are clippings, legal documents, photographs, and writings. The bulk of the clippings (both original and photocopies) document Herrscher's involvement in the early development of Century City. Of note is a scrapbook focused on Century City's development from ca. 1957-1963. The legal documents pertain to Herrscher's business practices as an attorney, notably his involvement with Julie Grinbaum and automobile tycoon Charles Howard and Frances Howard; Frances would eventually marry Herrscher. The photographs are primarily family photographs from the early part of Herrscher's life. The writings comprise a Century City Progress Report from Herrscher to Spyros Skouras and published article titled A Century is Born by Edmond Herrscher as told to Victoria Wolff.

Subjects and Indexing Terms

Herrscher, Edmond--Archives.
Century City (Los Angeles, Calif.)--Archival resources.

Box 3, Folder 3

Century City clippings. 1978-1982.

Box 2, Folder 6

Century City Market Survey and Appraisal. 1957 April.

Box 2, Folder 5

Century City Progress Report from Herrscher to Skouras. 1958 July 8.

Box 5

Century City scrapbook. ca. 1958-ca. 1963.

General note

Oversized, hardbound, and heavy.
Box 3, Folder 2

Herrscher clippings from San Francisco and L.A.. 1960s-1970s.

Box 2, Folder 4

Herrscher handwritten notes. ca. 1980.

Box 1, Folder 7

Herrscher photographs. early and mid 1900s.

Box 3, Folder 1

Herrscher re Grinbaum, Julie: first report and petition of Herrscher, Erna. no date.

Box 1, Folder 3

Herrscher v Howard Automobile Company of Los Angeles: affidavit of Edmond for Herrscher vs. Howard Automobile Company of Los Angeles. 1935 October.

General note

San Francisco Superior Court.
Box 1, Folder 4

Herrscher v. State Bar of California Disciplinary proceeding investigative file. ca. 1935.

General note

With published decision regarding Grinbaum v. California Superior Court.
Box 1, Folder 2

Herrscher's copy of Published decision of the California Supreme Court in re. Howard's Guardianship. no date.

General note

Photocopied pages from Pacific Reporter 2d.
Box 2, Folder 3

House on Nob Hill photocopied pictures and clippings. ca. 1977.

General note

Folder originally labeled Dennis Landman Publishers.
Box 1, Folder 8

House on Nob Hill photographs. no date.

Box 1, Folder 5

House on Nob Hill prospectus by Keith Monroe. no date.

General note

Typed manuscript pages.
Box 4

Ottillia Herrscher wedding invitation. 1894.

General note

Found in box with scrapbooks
Box 1, Folder 1

San Francisco Irish (The), 1850-1876 - book. 1979 May 22.

General note

With letter from Roger Lotchin to Edmond Herrscher.
Box 4, Folder 2

Scrapbook (not labeled). early-1900s, 1962, 1974.

General note

Family photographs and newspaper clippings.
Box 4, Folder 1

Scrapbook labeled Postals. ca. 1909-1912.

General note

Family photographs and postcards.
Box 2, Folder 1

Tape recordings by E. Herrscher (cassette tapes). no date.

Box 2, Folder 2

Transcript of tape recordings. no date.

Box 1, Folder 6

Victoria Wolff writings. ca. 1975.

General note

Photocopies of incomplete typed manuscript with added annotations and typed notes written by Herrscher. West Ways magazine (Sept 1978) with article regarding Herrscher (2 copies).