This collection contains 17 atlases (in
16 volumes) of land use maps for areas in Los Angeles County, California, made between 1936
and 1939. The maps were created by the Regional Planning Commission of the County of Los
Angeles in conjunction with the Work Projects Administration (WPA) for use in preparing the
County's Master Plan of Land Use.
The Los Angeles County Regional Planning Commission was formed in 1922 to advise the Board
of Supervisors on all planning issues. In January 1936, the Federal Work Projects
Administration, under the sponsorship of the Regional Planning Commission, began conducting
a survey of natural land types and existing land cover and use in the Los Angeles
metropolitan area, to facilitate the creation of a Master Plan of Land Use, as required by
the 1937 California Planning Act. The survey was completed in July 1940 and culminated in
volumes of colored maps, charts, and tables, and land use reports and recommendations.
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