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Carlson (Nan and Elmer) Collection of the Malibou Lake Mountain Club
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  • Conditions Governing Access
  • Immediate Source of Acquisition
  • Biographical / Historical
  • Preferred Citation
  • Processing Information
  • Scope and Contents
  • Conditions Governing Use
  • Related Materials
  • Arrangement

  • Language of Material: English
    Contributing Institution: Pepperdine University. Special Collections and University Archives.
    Title: Nan and Elmer Carlson Collection of the Malibou Lake Mountain Club
    Identifier/Call Number: 0168
    Physical Description: 15 Linear Feet
    Date (inclusive): 1922-2011
    Abstract: This resource contains the collection of Nan and Elmer Carlson, long-time residents of Malibou Lake Mountain Club. The collection focuses on the history of the club and its surrounding region, the Santa Monica Mountains. Materials include bulletins, newspaper clippings, official club publications, reports, memorabilia, maps, and photographs, as well as Nan's notes and research on various topics of club history.

    Conditions Governing Access

    Advanced notice required for access.

    Immediate Source of Acquisition

    This collection was donated to Pepperdine University Special Collections and University Archives by Sande Alessi Craft, a family friend of the Carlsons who currently lives in their former home at Malibou Lake.

    Biographical / Historical

    The Malibou Lake Mountain Club is a private, member-owned community founded in 1922 and located in the Santa Monica Mountains. Nan and Elmer Carlson moved to Malibou Lake in 1970, and quickly became active members in the community. Elmer joined the Board of Directors in 1972, and served two terms as Board President from 1981-1983. The Carlsons and their children were also enthusiastic members of the Malibou Lake Sailing Club. Nan developed an interest in the history of Malibou Lake, and what started as curiosity about the history of the Carlsons' cabin (one of the first built in the 1920s) grew to encompass both the Malibou Lake Mountain Club and its surrounding region. As Nan researched and collected materials from the club's past, she became the club's semi-official historian, serving as chair of the History Committee, and creating a booklet to celebrate the club's 60th anniversary. Nan reached out to other members, both current and former, asking for their stories and related materials. She collected newspaper clippings, bulletins, president's reports, memorabilia, photographs, and anything else she considered relevant. Perhaps most importantly, Nan sought to dispel some of the myths that had spread about the club's origin, specifically that it had been founded by Cecil B. DeMille and other Hollywood celebrities. Nan continued to collect club materials until she moved from Malibou Lake in 2011. Her collection complements and provides social context for the more business-related documents found in the Malibou Lake Mountain Club Records.

    Preferred Citation

    [Box/folder# or item name], Nan and Elmer Carlson Collection of the Malibou Lake Mountain Club, Collection no. 0168, Malibu Historical Collection, Special Collections and University Archives, University Libraries, Pepperdine University.

    Processing Information

    This collection was arranged and described by Reilly Saint Amand, April 2019.

    Scope and Contents

    This collection contains materials collected by Nan and Elmer Carlson related to the Malibou Lake Mountain Club, including bulletins, by-laws, club rules, presidents' reports, financial reports, legal documents, maps, promotional material, newspaper clippings, memorabilia and board meeting minutes. Also included are Nan's notes and research into club history, on topics such as cabin and lot transfers, stock transfers, natural disasters, and Santa Monica Mountains history. This collection also contains many photographs, including large panoramic prints of the club grounds, event photos from the 1920s through 1980s, Sailing Club albums, flood aftermath photos, and various images depicting club members, the clubhouse and grounds, and Malibou Lake.

    Conditions Governing Use

    Permission to publish, quote, or reproduce must be secured from the repository and the copyright holder.

    Related Materials

    Malibou Lake Mountain Club Records, Collection no. 0158, Malibu Historical Collection, Special Collections and University Archives, University Libraries, Pepperdine University.


    This collection is arranged in the following three series: 1. Chronological Files, 2. Subject Files, 3. Photographs.

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    Black-and-white photography
    Financial records
    Photograph albums
    Sailing -- California -- Malibu
    Santa Monica Mountains (Calif.)