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  • Access
  • Conditions Governing Use
  • Preferred Citation
  • Immediate Source of Acquisition
  • Processing Information
  • Biographical / Historical
  • Scope and Contents
  • Existence and Location of Copies
  • Arrangement

  • Contributing Institution: The Huntington Library
    Title: Lugo family papers
    Identifier/Call Number: mssLugo
    Physical Description: 8.25 Linear Feet (10 boxes, 1 oversize folder)
    Date (inclusive): 1911-2004
    Abstract: The Lugo family papers consist of printed ephemera and photographs related to the Lugo family and local events primarily in San Gabriel, California.
    Language of Material: The material is in English.


    Open for use by qualified researchers and by appointment. Please contact Reader Services at the Huntington Library for more information.
    RESTRICTED: Box 10 is closed because the two photographs are in fragile condition. This box may not be viewed without prior approval from Preservation.

    Conditions Governing Use

    The Huntington Library does not require that researchers request permission to quote from or publish images of this material, nor does it charge fees for such activities. The responsibility for identifying the copyright holder, if there is one, and obtaining necessary permissions rests with the researcher.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item]. Lugo family papers, The Huntington Library, San Marino, California.

    Immediate Source of Acquisition

    Gift of Vincent W. Lugo, April 2017 and Vincent and Maria De Los Angeles Lugo, May 2019. The majority of the collection was donated in 2017, 5 additional photographs were donated in 2019.

    Processing Information

    Collection was processed by Gina C Giang in April 2017. In June 2019, 5 photographs were added to the collection and the finding aid updated by Giang. The 5 additional photographs were interfiled with the photographs, specifically Box 4 (1), Box 4 (4), Box 5 (3), and Box 7 (2), in June 2019.

    Biographical / Historical

    The Lugo family is one of California's oldest families. The original Lugo land grant, Rancho San Antonio, was received by Don Antonio Maria Lugo in 1810 and was located near the present-day city of Compton. Antonio Maria Lugo served as Alcalde (mayor) of Los Angeles from 1816-1819 and the Lugo family remained prominent landowners throughout California's Spanish and Mexican eras. Antonio Maria Lugo's grandson Andres Lugo, and his wife Erolinda, had four children, including Vincent Lugo, who was park supervisor for the city of San Gabriel for more than 30 years. Vincent Lugo and his wife Rosita had one son, Vincent W. Lugo.

    Scope and Contents

    This collection contains brochures, clippings, local histories, newspapers, photographs, and programs related to local events in San Gabriel, California and nearby cities. There are many clippings and photographs of Rosita and Vincent Lugo, who were featured dancers in the "Valse Romantico" fiesta scene in The Mission Play by John S. McGroarty. Also included are photographs of La Casa del Rancho San Antonio showcasing rodeos, ranch life, and men posing on horses wearing cowboy-like outfits in the early 1900s. There are also numerous photographs and ephemera related to Lugo's military service during World War II, where he served in the United States Army Infantry Regiment 115th, Company N ("Timberwolves").

    Existence and Location of Copies

    Selected items from this collection have been digitized. Digital reproductions are available in the Huntington Digital Library. 


    Arranged alphabetically by genre with the photographs and oversize material housed at the end of the collection.

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    Horse arenas -- California -- Santa Barbara
    Horse shows
    La Casa del Rancho San Antonio
    Ranch life
    Riding clubs
    Show riding
    Bell Gardens (Calif.)
    Los Angeles (Calif.)
    San Gabriel (Calif.)
    Clippings (information artifacts)
    Programs (documents)
    Lugo family
    Lugo, Rosita Hernandez
    Lugo, Vincent Pedro
    Serra, Junipero, Saint, 1713-1784 -- Drama
    Mission San Gabriel Arcangel (San Gabriel, Calif.)
    United States. Army. Infantry Regiment, 115th. Company N