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  • Biographical / Historical
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  • Conditions Governing Use
  • Rights Statement for Archival Description
  • Immediate Source of Acquisition
  • Preferred Citation
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  • Contributing Institution: USC Libraries Special Collections
    Title: Leonis-Malburg City of Vernon records
    Creator: Leonis, John B.
    Creator: Malburg, Leonis C.
    Identifier/Call Number: 5349
    Identifier/Call Number: /repositories/3/resources/3043
    Physical Description: 107.625 Linear Feet 89 boxes
    Date (inclusive): 1907-2015
    Abstract: The Leonis-Malburg City of Vernon records document John B. Leonis'--along with Leonis' grandson, Leonis Malburg's--businesses and stewardship of Vernon from its founding in 1905 until the turn of the 21st century.
    Language of Material: English.
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    Biographical / Historical

    John B. Leonis was the City of Vernon's founding father and led the city through his position as mayor and as president of First National Bank of Vernon. Leonis also owned significant land holdings in the area.
    Leonis Malburg (1929-2017) was an American politician and grandson of John B. Leonis, who served as Mayor of Vernon, California from his election in 1974 until his resignation in 2009. He started on the Vernon City Council in 1956. Malburg and his wife were convicted of conspiracy, perjury, and voter fraud in 2009, leading to his resignation.

    Scope and Contents

    The Leonis-Malburg City of Vernon records document John B. Leonis'--along with Leonis' grandson, Leonis C. Malburg's--businesses and stewardship of Vernon from its founding in 1905 until the turn of the 21st century.
    Components of the collection include:
    1. Source material for Richard Nordin's biography, The Iron Fist: The Immigrant Journey of J. B. Leonis to Riches and Power in Southern California (4 large plastic storage containers).
    2. Material from Leonis Malburg's time as a mayor and city councilman of Vernon (4 file drawers).
    3. Files, Vernon site plans and escrow papers from 1924 to 1959 (4 drawers).
    4. Business records of J. B. Leonis from 1920 to the 1950s including correspondence, checks and other business records (17 drawers plus 21 ledgers).
    5. Records on the Leonis property in Hancock Park at 247 South Hudson Ave, including invoices and other papers from the 1926 purchase and construction.

    Conditions Governing Access

    Advance notice required for access.

    Conditions Governing Use

    All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Manuscripts Librarian. Permission for publication is given on behalf of Special Collections as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained.

    Rights Statement for Archival Description

    Finding aid description and metadata are licensed under an Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0) license.

    Immediate Source of Acquisition

    Gift of the Leonis Malburg estate, March 2018.

    Preferred Citation

    [Box/folder no. or item name], Leonis-Malburg City of Vernon records, Collection no. 5349, Regional History Collection, Special Collections, USC Libraries, University of Southern California

    Processing Information

    The collection is unprocessed. The collection number does not currently reflect the numbering scheme for regional history collections. The collection number will change during future processing.

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    Architectural documents
    Business records
    California, Southern -- History -- Archival resources
    City planning -- California -- Los Angeles -- History -- 20th century -- Archival resources
    Financial records
    Industrial management -- Archival resources
    Site plans
    Vernon (Calif.) -- History -- 20th century -- Archival resources
    Leonis, John B. -- Archives
    Malburg, Leonis C. -- Archives