County of Los Angeles Land Use Survey Maps: Finding Aid

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Descriptive Summary

Title: County of Los Angeles Land Use Survey Maps
Dates (inclusive): 1936-1939
Collection Number: LACoPRC Maps
Creator: Los Angeles County (Calif.). Regional Planning Commission.
Extent: 16 volumes
Repository: The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens. Rare Books Department
1151 Oxford Road
San Marino, California 91108
Phone: (626) 405-2191
Email: reference@huntington.org
URL: http://www.huntington.org
Abstract: This collection contains 17 atlases 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.
Language: English.
Note:
Finding aid last updated on September 26, 2014.

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Preferred Citation

[Identification of item]. County of Los Angeles Land Use Survey Maps, The Huntington Library, San Marino, California.

Provenance

Gift of the Los Angeles Board of Supervisors in 1983.

Historical Note

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.

References

Los Angeles County (Calif.). Regional Planning Commission. Master Plan of Land Use Inventory: and Classification (Los Angeles, 1941).

Scope and Content

This collection contains 17 atlases (in 16 volumes) of land use survey 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.
Regions were grouped according to United States Census Tracts, and the maps survey the cities and tracts included in the statistical areas of Alhambra, Beverly Hills, Burbank, Compton, El Monte, Glendale/La Canada, Inglewood, Long Beach, North (Covina area), Puente Hills, Pomona, the San Gabriel Valley, Santa Monica, Southeast/Norwalk, Torrance/San Pedro, Vernon, and Whittier. The maps are colored to reflect different classifications of land uses including open land, farming, residence, commerce, industry, utility, institution, and recreation.

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Arrangement

The atlases are arranged numerically according to the book numbers written on the volume covers.

Indexing Terms

The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the Huntington Library's Online Catalog.  

Subjects

Land use -- California -- Los Angeles County -- Maps.
Regional planning -- California -- Los Angeles County -- Maps.
Zoning -- California -- Los Angeles County -- Maps.
Alhambra (Calif.) -- Maps.
Beverly Hills (Calif.) -- Maps.
Burbank (Los Angeles County, Calif.) -- Maps.
Compton (Calif.) -- Maps.
El Monte (Calif.) -- Maps.
Glendale (Calif.) -- Maps.
Inglewood (Calif.) -- Maps.
La Cañada (Calif.) -- Maps.
La Puente (Calif.) -- Maps.
Long Beach (Calif.) -- Maps.
Los Angeles County (Calif.) -- Maps.
Norwalk (Calif.) -- Maps.
Pomona (Calif.) -- Maps.
San Gabriel (Calif.) -- Maps.
San Pedro (Los Angeles, Calif.) -- Maps.
Santa Monica (Calif.) -- Maps.
Torrance (Calif.) -- Maps.
Vernon (Calif.) -- Maps.
Whittier (Calif.) -- Maps.

Forms/Genres

Maps.

Added Authors

Los Angeles County (Calif.). Board of Supervisors, donor.
United States. Work Projects Administration.


Collection Contents

 

Atlases

Volume  01

Whittier, 1936

A volume of land use maps focused on the area around Whittier. There is a key, two inserts, and thirty-six leaves of maps.
Volume  02

North (Covina area), 1936

A volume of land use maps focused on the area around Covina, West Covina, Azusa, and Glendora. There are two inserts, a key, and forty-two leaves of maps.
Volume  03

Pomona, 1936

A volume of land use maps focused on the area around Pomona, Claremont, and La Verne. There are four inserts, a key, and twenty-four leaves of maps.
Volume  04

Southeast / Norwalk, 1936

A volume of land use maps focused on the area around Artesia, Norwalk, and Santa Fe Springs. There are two inserts, a key, and twenty-six leaves of maps.
Volume  05

Compton, 1936

A volume of land use maps focused on the area around Compton and Watts. There are two inserts, a key, and thirty-six leaves of maps.
Volume  06

El Monte, 1936

A volume of land use maps focused on the area around El Monte and Arcadia. There are two inserts, a key, and thirty-seven leaves of maps.
Volume  07

Vernon, 1936-1937

A volume of land use maps focused on the area around Vernon, Southgate, Huntington Park, Bell, Montebello, and Maywood. There are two inserts, a key, and thirty-two leaves of maps.
Volume  08

Inglewood, 1936-1937

A volume of land use maps focused on the area around Inglewood, Hawthorne, El Segundo, Gardena, Manhattan Beach, Hermosa Beach, Redondo Beach, and Torrance. There are two inserts, a key, and thirty-nine leaves of maps.
Volume  09

Torrance / San Pedro, 1936-1937, 1939

A volume of land use maps focused on the area around San Pedro (Los Angeles), Wilmington, Harbor City, the Palos Verdes Peninsula, Torrance, and Redondo Beach. There are two inserts, a key, and fifty-six leaves of maps.
Volume  10

Long Beach, 1936-1937

A volume of land use maps focused on the area around Long Beach and Signal Hill. There are two inserts, a key, and thirty-eight leaves of maps.
Volume  11

Puente Hills area, 1936-1937

A volume of land use maps focused on the Puente Hills area. There are two inserts, a key, and thirty-six leaves of maps.
Volume  12

Santa Monica, 1937-1939

A volume of land use maps focused on the area around Santa Monica. There are two inserts, a key, and thirty-six leaves of maps.
Volume  13

Beverly Hills, 1937 ; 1939

A volume of land use maps focused on the areas around Beverly Hills, Culver City, Inglewood, and a large part of the city of Los Angeles, including Hollywood, La Brea, Los Felis (or Feliz), central and south central Los Angeles, and part of downtown. There are five inserts, a key, and thirty-six leaves of maps.
Volume  14

Alhambra, 1936-1937

A volume of land use maps focused on the areas around Alhambra, Monterey Park, South Pasadena, San Marino, Pasadena, Glendale, and several neighborhoods in the city of Los Angeles. There are five inserts, a key, and twenty-one leaves of maps.
Volume  17

San Gabriel Valley, 1936-1939

Bound into the front of volume 18. Title supplied by cataloger.
Volume  18

Glendale / La Cañada area, 1939

11 sheets from volume 17 bound between cover and sheet 01. A volume of land use maps focused on the areas around Glendale, La Cañada Flintridge, Altadena, and Pasadena. There are thirty leaves of maps.
Volume  19

Burbank, 1939

A volume of land use maps focused on the areas around Burbank, Los Angeles, North Hollywood, and Glendale. There are twenty leaves of maps.