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Los Angeles Railway Corporation Legal Records and Correspondence
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  • Conditions Governing Access
  • Terms Governing Use and Reproduction
  • Preferred Citation
  • Immediate Source of Acquisition
  • Custodial History
  • Processing Information
  • Biography / Administrative History
  • Scope and Contents
  • Arrangement

  • Language of Material: English
    Contributing Institution: Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority Library and Archives
    Title: Los Angeles Railway Corporation legal records and correspondence
    Creator: Los Angeles Railway Corporation
    Identifier/Call Number: 73-DPGTL
    Physical Description: 14.6 linear feet, 53 boxes
    Date (inclusive): 1890-1944
    Date (bulk): 1891-1899
    Abstract: Legal documents and correspondence generated in the operations of Los Angeles Railway Corporation, the company that operated local streetcar transit from 1895-1945.
    Physical Location: LACMTA Research Library and Archive

    Conditions Governing Access

    Open for research. Digital copies of some photographs available online. Advance notice required for physical access to collection. Contact LACMTA Research Library and Archive to make an appointment.

    Terms Governing Use and Reproduction

    For permission to reproduce or publish, please contact the LACMTA Research Library and Archive. Permission for reproduction or publication is given on behalf of the LACMTA Research Library and Archive as the owner of the physical items. The researcher assumes all responsibility for possible infringement that may arise from reproduction or publication of materials from the LACMTA Research Library and Archive collections.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Los Angeles Railway Corporation Legal Records and Correspondence, 73-DPGTL. Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority Research Library and Archive.

    Immediate Source of Acquisition

    Southern California Rapid Transit District material was passed on to the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (LACMTA) after LACMTA was created by the California State Legislature through a merger of the Los Angeles County Transportation Commission and the Southern California Rapid Transit District

    Custodial History

    Material from the Los Angeles Railway library became part of the library established by SCRTD in 1971. SCRTD's library and its materials were retained by LACMTA after the 1993 merger.

    Processing Information

    Processed by Denise Villegas, May 2013.

    Biography / Administrative History

    Los Angeles Railway Corporation (LARy) operated local streetcar transit in downtown Los Angeles from 1895-1945. LARy was also known as the Yellow Cars of Los Angeles, distinguished from the farther-reaching Pacific Electric Railway Company's "red car" interurban streetcars by vehicle color.
    During its operation, LARy expanded service by merging with the Main Street & Agricultural Park Street Railroad. Henry E. Huntington became owner of LARy in 1898, and the controlling interest remained part of the Huntington estate until 1945 when the Fitzgerald Brothers purchased those shares.
    LARy became part of the National City Lines, was renamed the Los Angeles Transit Lines, and eventually the streetcars were phased out, replaced by motor buses.

    Scope and Contents

    This collection is comprised of documents generated by the operation of Los Angeles Railway Corporation. This includes drafts and final copies of trust deeds/mortgages, contracts made with stockholders, banks, and other corporations such as the Southern California Power Company. Also included are check stubs, correspondence, accounting documents, and handwritten notes.


    This collection is arranged in the 15 series listed below. Arrangement within each series is chronological, with unknown dates at the front.
    1. Board of Directors and Stockholders, 1895 – 1899
    2. Contracts, Decrees, Deeds, and Agreements, 1890 – 1943
    3. Construction, 1898
    4. Corporate Culture, 1898 – 1942
    5. Correspondence, September 1894 – January 1899
    6. Divisions, Yards, and Shops, undated
    7. Equipment, 1939 – 1940
    8. Female Employees, 1942 – 1945
    9. Financial Records, 1895 – 1943
    10. Maps and Routes, 1932 – 1945
    11. Public Relations, 1921 – 1944
    12. Reports, 1930 – 1946
    13. Tickets and Transfers, 1940 – 1941
    14. Two Bells, 1920 – 1944
    15. Miscellaneous, 1890 – 1898

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    Local transit -- California -- Los Angeles County
    Los Angeles (Calif.) -- 1880-1890
    Los Angeles Railway Corporation