This collection contains the business records of the Los Angeles Paving Company,
an important business enterprise in 20th century Southern California. The collection chiefly dates from the 1910s to the 1960s
and includes business and project files,
correspondence, photographs, and some ephemera and additional files of the Werdin family, who owned and managed the company.
The papers provide a unique perspective of 20th century California history and American business history and more specifically,
a view of business practices in Los Angeles.
The Los Angeles Paving Company, owned and managed by the Werdin family, was an
important business enterprise in 20th century Southern California. Ernest R. Werdin
was born in 1869 in Minnesota and moved to Los Angeles in 1886. In 1902, he was
elected Superintendent of Streets of the City of Los Angeles, which probably gave
him opportunities to establish extensive connections for his future paving business.
In 1912, he started the Los Angeles Paving Company. After his death in 1932, his son
E. Russell Werdin inherited and continued the business. Over the decades, the Los
Angeles Company expanded and it accomplished paving tasks for many families,
businesses, and governmental agencies in the region. The company paved many of the
streets in Southern California, including Los Angeles' famous Sunset Boulevard.
8,477 items. 15 boxes plus one
rolled item and 38 volumes.
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