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Long Beach City Manager Files
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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Access
  • Publication Rights
  • Preferred Citation
  • Acquisition Information
  • Biography/Administrative History
  • Scope and Content of Collection
  • Indexing Terms
  • Additional collection guides

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Long Beach City Manager Files
    Dates: 1922- c. 1953
    Collection Number: Various, see inventory
    Creator/Collector: Charles H. Windham Charles S. Henderson Henry S. Callahan G. L. Buck C. C. Lewis E. S. Dobbin R. M. Dorton J. W. Charleville Carl R. Erickson Herbert C. Legg Samuel E. Vickers Carl B. Wirsching City of Long Beach
    Extent: Approximately 148 Linear Feet (142 Boxes).
    Online items available
    Repository: Historical Society of Long Beach
    Long Beach, California 90807
    Abstract: This collection consists of over 5,000 files containing over 100,000 materials documenting the challenges and concerns of the city managers of Long Beach, California from 1922 to 1953. These materials are a unique repository of local history, exposing the workings of municipal government regarding local to national concerns.
    Language of Material: English

    Access

    There are no access restrictions; this collection is open to researchers with an appointment. Please allow HSLB staff 24 to 36 hours before your visit to retrieve the materials. Research and use fees apply.

    Publication Rights

    Collection is open for research. Permission to reproduce, quote from, or otherwise publish the materials in this collection needs to be be obtained from the Historical Society of Long Beach as the rights holder of the physical materials. The researcher is responsible for securing any other relevant rights. Contact a HSLB staff member for details.

    Preferred Citation

    Long Beach City Manager Files. Historical Society of Long Beach

    Acquisition Information

    The Historical Society of Long Beach (HSLB) acquired this collection from the City of Long Beach, California in 1998. In 2010, this collection was processed and cataloged into HSLB’s database by HSLB staff and volunteers overseen by Timothy Friden (MA in History), thanks to a generous grant from the Long Beach Navy Memorial Heritage Association. A finding aid for this collection was created and uploaded on the Online Archive of California (OAC) in 2020-2021.

    Biography/Administrative History

    Starting in April 1921 the city managers of Long Beach collected records and correspondence that documented the challenges that each faced in administrating the city. When each manager departed, they left behind the papers that they and other city administrators had accumulated. Initially, these files were located in the 1930s City Hall. Later they moved into the Loynes Garage (also known as the City Garage), a building that the Long Beach Redevelopment Agency (LBRDA) acquired while it was revitalizing downtown. When the City of Long Beach constructed a new administration building in 1976, the files in this collection remained in the City’s working automobile Garage until it was demolished in 1998. The files were then transferred on the advice of the City’s Neighborhood and Historic Preservation Officer, Ruthann Lehrer, to the Historical Society of Long Beach (HSLB), led by Executive Director, Julie Bartolotto. HSLB has attempted to preserve the files in the organization of each city manager.

    Scope and Content of Collection

    The over 5,000 files in this collection comprise over 100,000 pages of records from the city manager’s office of Long Beach. Long Beach was an early adopter of the city manager form of municipal government, where a professional official manages the day-to-day operations of the municipality with oversight, policy, and budget decisions made by an elected city council. This collection is not only locally but also nationally significant. The files begin in 1921 with the first city manager Charles E. Hewes, and continue into the early 1950s. These files document how a series of managers dealt with challenges such as building and maintaining the City’s infrastructure, the discovery of two oil fields in the city, annexations that doubled the city’s size, a major earthquake in 1933, the development of a world-class harbor, the Great Depression, the Second World War, and citizen concerns including racial issues. These files not only shed light on the city’s development; they also illustrate the United States Navy’s important role in that process. The types of files include correspondence, handwritten letters, departmental reports, legal documents, city resolutions, copies of defunct newspapers, state and federal legislation, maps, blueprints, photographs, and more. These materials detail the workings, concerns, and challenges of municipal government in Long Beach, California.

    Indexing Terms

    1933 Earthquake
    Accidents
    Adams Engine
    Advertising
    Aeroplanes
    Agriculture
    Airplanes
    Airport
    Alamitos Bay
    Alcohol
    Alleys
    Amusements
    Animals
    Annexations
    Applications
    Appointments
    Aquarium
    Architecture
    Art
    Assembly
    Audits
    Automobiles
    Aviation
    Beach
    Belmont Pier
    Belmont Shore
    Bids
    Bills
    Bixby
    Boats and Ships
    Bonds
    Bolder Dam
    Breakwater
    Bridges
    Budget
    Buildings
    Businesses
    California
    Camping
    Cemeteries
    Census and other Population Documents
    Chamber of Commerce
    Charity
    Churches
    Citizen Concerns
    City Charter
    City Council
    City Employees
    City Government
    City Hall
    City Manager(s)
    City Officials
    City Services
    Clippings
    Complaints
    Construction
    Contracts
    Correspondence
    Courts
    Crime
    Daugherty Field
    Defense
    Defense Industry
    Development
    Disasters
    Education
    Elections
    Electricity
    Emergency Services
    Employment
    Engineering Department
    Equipment and Supplies
    Events
    Extermination
    Finance
    Fire Department
    Floods
    Gas
    Gas Department
    Golf Courses
    Great Depression
    Harbor
    Health
    Highways
    Holidays
    Hospitals
    Housing
    Industry
    Infrastructure
    Insurance
    Inventories
    Judicial Department
    Labor
    Land Acquisitions
    Laws
    Lawsuits
    Leases
    Legal Cases
    Libraries
    Licenses
    Light
    Loans
    Long Beach
    Maps
    Medical Services
    Municipal Auditorium
    Municipal Employees
    Municipal Garage
    Municipal Government
    Naples
    Neighborhoods
    Newspapers
    North Long Beach
    Oil
    Oil Exploration
    Olympics
    Ordinances
    Organizations and Clubs
    Parades
    Parking
    Parks and Playgrounds
    Payments
    Payroll
    Permits
    Personnel Files
    Pests
    Petitions
    Piers
    Pike
    Plumbing
    Police Department
    Political Turmoil
    Port
    Power
    Prisoners
    Property
    Public Comment
    Public Services
    Public Transportation
    Public Works
    Purchases
    Racial Issues and Tensions
    Radio
    Railroad
    Receipts
    Recreation Department
    Recreation Park
    Relief
    Religion
    Rents
    Reports
    Requisitions
    Sanitation Department
    Schools
    Sewage
    Sewer
    Sidewalks
    Signal Hill
    Signs
    Social Services
    Social Welfare
    Southern California
    Sports
    Streets
    Taxes
    Traffic
    Transportation
    Trash
    Unemployment
    United States Air Force
    United States Army
    United States Military
    United States Navy
    Utilities
    Vegetation
    Vehicles
    Veterans Affairs
    Waste
    Water
    Water Department
    Works Progress Administration (W.P.A.)
    World War II
    Zoning

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