Joseph Scott Collection

Clay Stalls
William H. Hannon Library
Loyola Marymount University
One LMU Drive, MS 8200
Los Angeles, CA 90045-8200
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Joseph Scott Collection

Collection number: CSLA-10

William H. Hannon Library

Loyola Marymount University

Los Angeles, California
Processed by:
Clay Stalls
Date Completed:
circa 2003 or 2004 and 2016
Encoded by:
Clay Stalls
© 2013 Loyola Marymount University. All rights reserved.

Descriptive Summary

Title: Joseph Scott collection
Dates: 1909-1951
Collection number: CSLA-10
Collector: Scott, Alfonso, Father
Collection Size: 8 flat oversized boxes, 1 archival document box, 1 oversize folder
Repository: Loyola Marymount University. Library. Department of Archives and Special Collections.
Los Angeles, California 90045-2659
Abstract: The Joseph Scott Collection consists of his scrapbooks on such issues as Irish independence and materials related to honors and testimonials that this well-known Los Angeles personage received.
Languages: Languages represented in the collection: English


Collection is open to research under the terms of use of the Department of Archives and Special Collections, Loyola Marymount University.

Publication Rights

Materials in the Department of Archives and Special Collections may be subject to copyright. Unless explicitly stated otherwise, Loyola Marymount University does not claim ownership of the copyright of any materials in its collections. The user or publisher must secure permission to publish from the copyright owner. Loyola Marymount University does not assume any responsibility for infringement of copyright or of publication rights held by the original author or artists or his/her heirs, assigns, or executors.

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Box and Folder number, CSLA-10, Joseph Scott Collection, Department of Archives and Special Collections, William H. Hannon Library, Loyola Marymount University.

Acquisition Information

Father Alfonso Scott donated the recording of the testimonial dinner and the transparency in 2003. Accession number: 2003.60.
The Loyola Law School donated the scrapbooks to the Department of Archives and Special Collections at unknown date.

Processing History

Clay Stalls processed the recording of the Joseph Scott dinner and the transparency (in either 2003 or 2004) and the 1957 testimonial dinner and happy birthday scroll (2016). An unknown library staff member processed the scrapbooks at unknown date.


Joseph Scott (1867-1958) was a Los Angeles attorney, writer, orator and prominent Catholic layman, who served many years on the Los Angeles Board of Education, and as president of the Los Angeles Chamber of Commerce from 1910-1911.

Description of the Joseph Scott Collection

This collection consists of scrapbooks, an audio recording of a dinner given for Joseph Scott, a transparency of a photograph of the man, and a happy birthday scroll and program from a testimonial dinner. The scrapbooks contain newspaper articles with reports of Scott's speeches on education, Americanism and patriotism, Catholicism, and other topics, from 1909 to 1939. Some articles are about the Knights of Columbus; Scott's legal cases (including his role as defense attorney in the McNamara bombing case); his support for Republican politicians such as presidential candidates Charles Evans and Herbert Hoover and California gubernatorial candidate Buron Fitts. There is some personal information in the articles, sometimes in the form of brief biographical sketches and other times in the form of articles about family members (such as the one about Scott's son's 1909 death from rabies). One scrapbook (1919-1921) is titled "Irish clippings" and contains articles about topics relating to British rule in Ireland, Irish Republic's president Eamon de Valera's 1919 U.S. visit. There are also reprints of speeches on related topics by Scott and others.
As mentioned above, this collection contains a transparency of a photograph of Joseph Scott and an audiocassette that records a dinner given in 1951 to honor Joseph Scott on his 84th birthday. Roger Jessup, chair of the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors, was chiefly responsible for the organization of the dinner, with aid from such persons as Oscar A. Trippett. The dinner includes a talk by Joseph Scott in which he reflects on his life and his adopted country, the United States of America.
The collection contains other fetes in honor of Joseph Scott: a program for a testimonial dinner in 1957 and happy birthday scroll signed by dignitaries.
In 2003 Father Alonso Scott donated the recording of the dinner honoring Joseph Scott and the transparency. The Loyola Law School donated the scrapbooks to the Department of Archives and Special Collections at unknown date. The program for the 1957 testimonal dinner and the happy birthday scroll came from dpartmental materials of William S. Rosecrans III. They were added to this collection for better access.


There are no series in this collection. The scrapbooks are arranged chronologically in oversize boxes.

Indexing Terms

The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.
Scott, Joseph. 1867-1958

Box:Folder 1:1

Dinner for Joseph Scott. 2 audiocassette tapes. 110 minutes. 1951

Box:Folder 1:2

Transparency of photograph of Joseph Scott. undated

Box 1ov

1909 - 1910.

Box 2ov

1910 - 1914.

Box 3ov

1916 - 1917.

Box 4ov

1917 - 1918 (unbound).

Box 5ov

1919 - 1921 Irish clippings.

Box 6ov

1919 - 1923.

Box 7ov

1926 - 1932.

Box 8ov

1938 - 1939.

Map case 5

Program for Joseph Scott testimonial luncheon. 1957

Map case 5

"Happy Birthday" scroll for Joseph Scott, with signatures of dignitaries. undated