Lugo Family Papers: Finding Aid mssLugo

Finding aid prepared by Gina C Giang.
The Huntington Library
1151 Oxford Road
San Marino, California 91108
Business Number: (626) 405-2191


Finding aid last updated on May 24, 2022, by Maggie Hughes.

Contributing Institution: The Huntington Library
Title: Lugo family papers
Creator: Lugo family
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.


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RESTRICTED: Box 10 is closed because the two photographs are in fragile condition. This box may not be viewed without prior approval from Preservation.

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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").


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

Existence and Location of Copies

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

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

Box 1

Application forms - Newsletters

Box 1, Folder 1

Application forms -- United States. War Department 1943 January 3

Scope and Contents

Vincent P. Lugo's application for family allowances.
Box 1, Folder 2

Brochures -- McGroarty Cultural Art Center (Tujunga, Calif.) undated

Scope and Contents

Prepared by Francis Muir Pomeroy and Starr von Fluss and Presented to the McGroarty Cultural Art Center by Them and by the Little Landers Historical Society.
Box 1, Folder 3

Brochures -- Miscellaneous 2006

Scope and Contents

Included: Tournament of Roses and Wrigley Gardens Walking Tour and Bank of America El Pueblo de Los Angeles Branch.
Box 1, Folder 4

Brochures -- Mission San Gabriel Arcangel (San Gabriel, Calif.) and San Gabriel (Calif.) 1971-1977

Scope and Contents

San Gabriel City Walk; Welcome to Mission San Gabriel; and San Gabriel Civic Auditorium Golden Anniversary.
Box 1, Folder 5

Brochures -- Ramona Pageant Association 1988

Box 1, Folder 6

Booklets -- Miscellaneous 1938-1992

Scope and Contents

Included: California Native American Tribes: Gabrielino Tribe by Mary Null Boule and The Story of Your Land by Title Guarantee and Trust Company.
Box 1, Folder 7

Business cards undated

Scope and Contents

Rosita Lugo and Charles E. Pressley.
Box 1, Folder 8

Certificates -- Andres Lugo 1963

Box 1, Folder 9

Certificates -- Rosita Lugo 1982-2004

Box 1, Folder 10

Certificates -- Vincent Lugo 1944-1987

Scope and Contents

Included: Wolf Scout; San Gabriel (Calif.); United States. Armed Forces; United States. Selective Service System; and Los Angeles County (Calif.). Health Department.
Box 1, Folder 11

Clippings -- Lugo family 1946-2001

Scope and Contents

Related to Lugo family and landmarks.
Box 1, Folder 12

Clippings -- Rosita and Vincent Lugo 1947-1983

Scope and Contents

Related to Rosita and Vincent's participation in the Mission Play; Vincent Lugo's career as park supervisor of the San Gabriel Parks and Recreation; and Rosita Lugo's career at the Automobile Club of Southern California.
Box 1, Folder 13

Clippings -- Tiburcio Vasquez, 1835-1875 undated

Box 1, Folder 14

Contracts -- Old Spanish Days in Santa Barbara, Inc. 1947 August

Scope and Contents

Between Sam J. Stanwood…Charles E. Pressley and Vicente & Rosita Dancers.
Box 1, Folder 15

Correspondence 1943-1995

Box 1, Folder 16

Dedications -- Lugo family 1988

Scope and Contents

First document begins, "Thank You one and all for sharing these last moments with our most Precious Vincente. He loved all of you and San Gabriel was his home…" (3 copies); Second document begins, "The best riders an art, Don Antonio enjoyed the…of being the best horseman in all of California in his day…"; Third document begins, "The suit belonged to Don Vicente Lugo whose Town house was located opposite the Plaza Church…;" and the fourth document begins, "Tribute for a gentleman. Plaque and tree is being dedicated in memory of Vincent P. Lugo…"
Box 1, Folder 17

Fliers -- Miscellaneous 2005

Scope and Contents

Included: Parks and Recreation Department (San Gabriel, Calif.) presents Molto Italy!; San Gabriel & Los Angeles: Sharing a "Living History;" and Cudahy's 25th Anniversary Celebration.
Box 1, Folder 18

Greeting cards 1951

Scope and Contents

Included: Card from St. Luke Hospital, Pasadena and Bruce M. McGills.
Box 1, Folder 19

Journals -- Infantry Journal: Overseas Edition for Armed Forces 1944 November

Box 1, Folder 20

Local histories -- Cudahy (Los Angeles County, Calif.) 1983

Scope and Contents

Box 1, Folder 21

Legal documents -- Estate of John Hernandez, Deceased 1999

Box 1, Folder 22

Local histories -- San Gabriel (Calif.) and Mission San Gabriel Arcangel (San Gabriel, Calif.) undated

Scope and Contents

Included: A San Gabriel Chamber of Commerce Factbook; Historical Sketch of the San Gabriel Mission; and a map.
Box 1, Folder 23

Local histories -- Short History of San Antonio and Del Chino Ranchos with an insight into Antonio Maria's Side of the Lugo Family by Dorothy M. Guest 1935 May 31

Box 1, Folder 24

Magazines -- Miscellaneous 1966-1991

Scope and Contents

Westways: In Two Parts: Part 1, 1966 and LIFE: In Time of War, 1991 March.
Box 1, Folder 25

Newsletters -- National Timberwolf Association. Timberwolf Howl 2010 June

Box 2

Newspapers - Prayer books

Box 2, Folder 1

Newspapers -- Cudahy Review, vol. 1, no. 16 1985 November 2

Box 2, Folder 2

Newspapers -- National Timberwolf Association. Timberwolf Howl 1945-2006

Box 2, Folder 3

Newspapers -- News Digest undated

Box 2, Folder 4

Newspapers -- San Gabriel Sun 1987 April 1

Box 2, Folder 5

Newspapers -- San Gabriel Valley Tribune 1999 August 13

Scope and Contents

Performing Arts section only.
Box 2, Folder 6

Notebooks after 1922

Scope and Contents

Contents include birthdates and signatures.
Box 2, Folder 7

Notes -- Miscellaneous undated

Scope and Contents

Related to the history of the Mission Play and Mission San Gabriel Arcangel (San Gabriel, Calif.).
Box 2, Folder 8

Objects -- Miscellaneous undated

Scope and Contents

Junipero Serra pins (3); Rosie Lugo pin; and a fabric book cover.
Box 2, Folder 9

Patches -- Miscellaneous undated

Scope and Contents

Included: San Gabriel (Calif.); Los Ambassadores; Escort Rosie Lugo; and Vince.
Box 2, Folder 10

Petitions -- Renaming Municipal Park Vincent Lugo Park 1988

Scope and Contents

Note: The petitions are photocopies.
Included: Correspondence and printed ephemera.
Box 2, Folder 11

Postage stamps 1982-1997

Box 2, Folder 12

Postcards -- Mission San Gabriel Arcangel (San Gabriel, Calif.) undated

Box 2, Folder 13

Prayer books 1951

Scope and Contents

Two books.
Box 3

Prayers - Surveys

Box 3, Folder 1

Prayers -- Prayer of the War Time Lonely 1940s

Box 3, Folder 2

Printed ephemera -- Miscellaneous 1976-1983

Scope and Contents

Included: Bicentennial / Historical Medallion from the City of Bell Gardens, California (medallion not included, only the card); Auto Club Employees Federal Credit Union 7th Annual Credit Union Meeting registration notice; The Prince of Peace is Born, Alleluia bookmark; and Jesus print.
Box 3, Folder 3

Printed ephemera -- Mission San Gabriel Arcangel (San Gabriel, Calif.) 1996

Scope and Contents

San Gabriel Mission 225th Anniversary.
Box 3, Folder 4

Programs -- Bells of San Gabriel 1946

Box 3, Folder 5

Programs -- Casa del Rancho San Antonio (Bell Gardens, Calif.) 1990 November 25

Scope and Contents

Dedication ceremony.
Box 3, Folder 6

Programs -- McGroarty Cultural Art Center (Tujunga, Calif.) after 1974

Box 3, Folder 7

Programs -- Miscellaneous 1977-2004

Scope and Contents

Ramona, 1990; Thirteenth Annual Awards Dinner Dance, 1997; The Ramona Pageant, 1998; and Calvin Coolidge Elementary PTA Founder's Day, 2004.
Box 3, Folder 8

Programs -- The Mission Play by John Steven McGoarty, 1862-1944 1920-1947

Box 3, Folder 9

Programs -- Vincent Lugo Park (San Gabriel, Calif.) 1985-2004

Scope and Contents

Related to dedications and recognitions.
Included: Negatives.
Box 3, Folder 10

Sheet music undated

Box 3, Folder 11

Souvenir programs -- Miscellaneous 1939-1949

Scope and Contents

Included: Tournament of Roses, 1939; Old Spanish Days in San Gabriel, 1940; La Fiesta San Gabriel, 1946; For Moore Centennial, 1948; and Prayer of the Padre, 1949.
Box 3, Folder 12

Subpoenas -- California. Superior Court (Los Angeles County) 1977

Scope and Contents

In the Matter of Reserve Class #44.
Box 3, Folder 13

Surveys -- San Gabriel (Calif.). Excursion Survey undated

Scope and Contents

Blank forms.
Box 4


Box 4, Folder 1

Photographs -- La Casa del Rancho San Antonio (Bell Gardens, Calif.) 1911-1927

Scope and Contents

Events: Ranch life; rodeos; horse arenas; horse shows; and Earl Warren Showgrounds
Pictured: Earl Chapman; Vincent Lugo; Laurita [Loretta] Lugo Hills; and Erolinda Valdes Lugo.
Horses: Easter and Lamparito
Box 4, Folder 2

Photographs -- Miscellaneous 1944-1970

Scope and Contents

Included: "Ovens – Dad's Division Paraded by Gen. Eisenhower, Gen Terry Allen, circa 1944," King Cortez, a factory, and a garden.
Box 4, Folder 3

Photographs -- Morongo home 1973 August

Box 4, Folder 4

Photographs -- Rosita Lugo 1938-1960

Box 5


Box 5, Folder 1

Photographs -- Rosita Lugo's family 1920s

Scope and Contents

Pictured: Rosita's mother and father, Maria and Narcisco; Rosita's aunt and uncle, Melquades Aleman and Agustina Ponce; and Alvino and Mary Hernandez.
A few of the photographs are unidentified.
Box 5, Folder 2

Photographs -- Rosita and Vincent Lugo 1943-1967

Box 5, Folder 3

Photographs -- Rosita and Vincent Lugo's events 1929-1981

Scope and Contents

Events: The Mission Play; The Ramona Pageant; Jose Arias Music Troup; San Gabriel Fiesta; Santa Barbara Fiesta; Casa de Rancho San Antonio dedication; and El Pueblo de la Reina de los Angeles dedication.
Locations: Mission San Gabriel Arcangel (San Gabriel, Calif.); Santa Catalina Island (Calif.); Hotel Steller; San Gabriel Mission Playhouse; Colorado Springs (Colo.); and Panchito's Kitchen (San Gabriel, Calif.).
Pictured: Rosita and Vincent Lugo; and Andrew Lugo.
Most of the photographs are unidentified.
Included: Two slides.
Box 6


Box 6, Folder 1

Photographs -- Rosita and Vincent Lugo's family and friends 1941-1990

Scope and Contents

Pictured: Rosita and Vincent Lugo; Vincent Lugo, Jr.; Laurita Lugo Hill; Rosabella Braun; Tillie Mendibles; Reyner Aguirre; Erolinda Lugo; George Pryor; Carla Parkinson; Carolina Lugo; and Esperanza Valadez.
Box 6, Folder 2

Photographs -- Rosita and Vincent Lugo's wedding 1920s

Scope and Contents

Location: Mission San Gabriel Arcangel (San Gabriel, Calif.).
Box 6, Folder 3

Photographs -- San Gabriel Mission Elementary School 1920s

Scope and Contents

Pictured: Rosita Lugo.
Included: Unidentified photograph of school children.
Box 7


Box 7, Folder 1

Photographs -- Souvenirs undated

Scope and Contents

Miscellaneous locations in the United States.
Box 7, Folder 2

Photographs -- Vincent Lugo 1943-1948

Scope and Contents

Included: Negatives.
Box 7, Folder 3

Photographs -- Vincent Lugo Park (San Gabriel, Calif.) 1980s

Scope and Contents

Pictured: Rosita and Vincent Lugo.
Box 7, Folder 4

Photographs -- Weddings 1950s

Scope and Contents

Pictured: Tillie Hernandez and George Mendibles; and Esperanza Valadez.
Most of the photographs are unidentified.
Box 8

Photographs and printed ephemera 1943-1988

Scope and Contents

Rudy and Frances wedding portrait; Tillie Hernandez and George Mendibles wedding portrait; Lugo family history printed document; and photograph album cover.
Box 9

Scrapbooks 1941-1953

Scope and Contents

Primarily newspaper clippings related to Rosita and Vincent Lugo in The Mission Play.
Removed from album.
Box 10

Photographs 1910s-1943

Online items

CLOSED: Due to the fragile condition of the photographs, this box may not be viewed without prior approval from Preservation. Please view digital surrogate for one of the photographs.
Folder Oversize 1

Photographs 1910s

Scope and Contents

Panoramic photograph of La Casa del Rancho Antonio (Bell Gardens, Calif.).