Estelle "Dodi" Burkhart Scrapbook Collection 048

Palos Verdes Library District, Peninsula Center Library. Local History Center.
701 Silver Spur Road
Rolling Hills Estates, California 90274

Language of Material: English
Contributing Institution: Palos Verdes Library District, Peninsula Center Library. Local History Center.
Title: Estelle "Dodi" Burkhart Scrapbook Collection
Creator: Burkhart, Estelle "Dodi", 1899-1981
Identifier/Call Number: 048
Physical Description: 3 Cubic Feet 6 oversize storage boxes
Date (bulk): 1962-1963;1972-1979 (with gaps)
Abstract: This collection documents the early efforts to incorporate the City of Rancho Palos Verdes, and the early years of the City from its incorporation in 1973 to 1979. Also included are materials covering the proposal for a Peninsula Park and Recreation District prior to incorporation, developers and development of residential areas on the Peninsula, the landfill, Marineland, and the Peninsula's Bicentennial Celebration activities in 1976.

Content Description

Includes six scrapbooks created by Estelle "Dodi" Burkhart, with newspaper clippings, photographs, letters, brochures, timelines and agendas. Newspapers include Palos Verdes Peninsula News, Daily Breeze, Los Angeles Times and other area papers. Scrapbooks numbered Book 3, Book 4, Book 6, Book 7, Book 8, and one untitled book covering 1962-1963. Photographs include those taken from the Burkhart home (30423 Vía Cambron, Rancho Palos Verdes) overlooking Palos Verdes Drive West and roughly Calle Entradero and city events.

Biographical / Historical

Estelle "Dodi" Burkhart was a nineteen year resident of the Palos Verdes Peninsula, moving to the area in 1961. Ms. Burkhart was instrumental in the efforts to incorporate the City of Rancho Palos Verdes, first as an organizing member of the Palos Verdes Peninsula Advisory Council, and then with the Save Our Coastline and Fourth City Campaign Committee movements which ultimately lead to city incorporation in 1973. She was an unofficial historian and collected newspaper articles, photographs, brochures documenting the early years of the City of Rancho Palos Verdes and the Palos Verdes Peninsula. She was a founding member of the Rancho De Los Palos Verdes Historical Society and served on the Bicentennial Committee for the City of Rancho Palos Verdes, collecting oral histories and materials related to the City.


Arranged chronologically, with loose materials filed separately.

Preferred Citation

[Name of item], Estelle "Dodi" Burkhart Scrapbook Collection (Collection 048). Local History Center, Peninsula Center Library, Palos Verdes Library District, Rolling Hills Estates, CA.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated to the Local History Center by the City of Rancho Palos Verdes.

Processing Information

Loose photos and/or photos attached with clips removed and filed separately. Cross reference copy added at place of removal. Final arrangement and description by Monique Sugimoto, April 27, 2021.

Subjects and Indexing Terms

Rancho Palos Verdes (Calif.)
Palos Verdes Peninsula (Calif.)

Box 1

[Loose photos]

Scope and Contents

Includes loose photos found in scrapbooks. Cross reference sheet inserted in scrapbook where applicable.
Box 1

Copies of addresses to the Local Agency Formation Commission ca 1971

Scope and Contents

Includes addresses by Thomas R. McCartin, President of the Palos Verdes Peninsula Advisory Council, Dorothy Le Conte, Co-Chairman of Save Our Coastline, and Joseph T. Barnett, Mayor of the City of Palos Verdes Estates. Addresses ask approval for of the incorporation request.
Box 1

Staff report for the Los Angeles County Local Agency Formation Commission 1971-08-18

Scope and Contents

Includes items for a special meeting held August 18, 1971 to discuss proposals for San Pedro Hills Incorporatin, Rancho Palos Verdes Incorporation, Rolling Hills Estates, Annexation 1971-1, and Rolling Hills, Flying Triangle Extension.
Box 1

[1962-1963] Scrapbook 1962-1963


Scrapbook cover unattached.

Scope and Contents

Includes photographs on page labeled "Ft. MacArthur Officers". Back of one photo has handwritten note, "Editorial 3/22/1962 Shrubbery Project #2859". Second photograph has stamped credits to the Army's Signal Section, Photographic Laboratory Branch, Pasadena Area Support Center. Also includes 1951 brochure entitled, "Palos Verdes College Presents Second Annual Peninsula Homes Tour".
Box 2

Book 3 1972-05-07-1973-05-23

Scope and Contents

Includes brochure entitled, The History of the 4th City Campaign, printed Spring 1972 by the Palos Verdes Peninsula Advisory Council, Save Our Coastline and the Steering Committee and Special Projects.
Box 3

Book 4 1973

Scope and Contents

Includes three page document called History noting historical dates and events starting in 1939 with the incorporation of the City of Palos Verdes Estates to May 1973 noting election day for the City of Rancho Palos Verdes set for August.
Box 4

Book 6 1975

Scope and Contents

Includes articles and photographs of move to former Nike Missile site, first City agenda (dated September 9, 1973), Bicentennial celebration, articles on farming and a memorial card for Fred W. Hesse.
Box 5

Book 7 1976


Scrapbook backcover missing.

Scope and Contents

Includes Bicentennial celebration program, articles and photos of the Fred Hesse Park dedication, and articles featuring early residents, Edna Roessler, Harry Phillips, Dorothy Le Conte, John Vanderlip, Ralph Jester, August Peukert, Walter Reese, Grace Armstrong, Lillian Throne, Harry Benedict, Annie Ishibash and Don Gales.
Box 6

Book 8 1977-1978

Scope and Contents

Includes articles on the formation of the Rancho De Los Palos Verdes Historical Society, photographs of the fourth anniversary celebration of the City of Rancho Palos Verdes, and remarks by Ralph Jester at the dedication of La Venta Inn.