The Finding Aid of the Nan and Elmer Carlson Collection of the Malibou Lake Mountain Club 0168

Reilly Saint Amand
Pepperdine University. Special Collections and University Archives.
April 2019
24255 Pacific Coast Highway
Malibu 90263-4786
specialcollections@pepperdine.edu


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.

Arrangement

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
Brochures
By-laws
Correspondence
Financial records
Maps
Newsletters
Newspapers
Photographs
Photograph albums
Sailing -- California -- Malibu
Santa Monica Mountains (Calif.)
Reports

box 1

Series 1: Chronological Files 1922-2011

Scope and Contents

This series contains materials pertaining to the history of the Malibou Lake Mountain Club. Earlier folders largely only contain issues of the bulletin. From the 1960s onward, folders contain president's reports, board meeting minutes, and other various documents in addition to bulletins. The Carlsons moved to Malibou Lake in the late 1970s, and Elmer Carlson served on the Board of Directors through the early 1980s, so these years contain the most dense amount of materials pertaining to club leadership. The 1980s onward additionally feature flyers promoting various club events. Some of the information found in this series might replicate or supplement information found in the Subject Files.

Arrangement

This series is arranged chronologically by year. Within each file, bulletins have been grouped together separately from other materials. Original order has been maintained, although oversize items have been separated for preservation concerns.
box 25

1922-1926

box 1, folder 1

1923

box 1, folder 2

1924

box 1, folder 3

1925

box 1, folder 4

1926

box 1, folder 5

1927

box 1, folder 6

1932

box 1, folder 7

1933

box 1, folder 8

1934

box 1, folder 9

1935

box 1, folder 10

1936

box 1, folder 11

1937

box 1, folder 12

1938

box 1, folder 13

1939

box 1, folder 14

1940

box 1, folder 15

1941

box 1, folder 16

1942

box 1, folder 17

1943

box 1, folder 18

1944

box 2, folder 1

1945

box 2, folder 2

1946

box 2, folder 3

1947

box 2, folder 4

1948

box 2, folder 5

1949

box 2, folder 6

1950

box 2, folder 7

1951

box 21, folder 4

1952-1954 (Oversize Bulletins)

box 2, folder 8

1952

box 2, folder 9

1953

box 2, folder 10

1954

box 2, folder 11

1955

box 2, folder 12

1956

box 2, folder 13

1957

box 2, folder 14

1958

box 2, folder 15-16

1959

box 3, folder 1

1960

box 3, folder 2

1961

box 3, folder 3

1962

box 3, folder 4

1963

box 3, folder 5

1964

box 3, folder 6-7

1965

box 3, folder 8-10

1966

box 4, folder 1-3

1967

box 4, folder 4

1968

box 4, folder 5

1969

box 4, folder 6

1970

box 4, folder 7

1971

box 5, folder 1

1972

box 5, folder 2

1973

box 5, folder 3

1974

box 5, folder 4

1975

box 5, folder 5

1976

box 5, folder 6

1977

box 5, folder 7

1978

box 5, folder 8

1979

box 6, folder 1-3

1980

box 6, folder 4-6

1981

box 6, folder 7-9

1982

box 7, folder 1

1978-1982 (Elmer's Presidential Files)

box 7, folder 2-3

1983

box 7, folder 4-6

1984

box 7, folder 7

1985

box 7, folder 8

1986

box 7, folder 9

1987

box 8, folder 1

1988

box 8, folder 2

1989

box 8, folder 3-4

1990

box 8, folder 5

1991

box 8, folder 6-7

1992

box 8, folder 8

1993

box 9, folder 1

1994

box 9, folder 2

1995

box 9, folder 3-4

1996

box 9, folder 5, box 10, folder 1-2

1997

box 10, folder 3-4

1998

box 10, folder 5-6

1999

box 10, folder 7-8

2000

box 11, folder 1-3

2001

box 11, folder 4

2002

box 11, folder 5-6

2003

box 11, folder 7, box 12, folder 1

2004

box 12, folder 2

2005

box 12, folder 3-4

2006

box 12, folder 5

2007

box 12, folder 6, box 13, folder 1

2008

box 13, folder 2-3

2009

box 13, folder 4

2010

box 13, folder 5

2011

 

Series 2: Subject Files

Scope and Contents

This series contains folders for subject areas of Nan Carlson's interest, mostly concerning Malibou Lake Mountain Club history. Most are named according to Carlson's own folder names, but some were artificially created by the processing archivist. Materials include official club publications such as by-laws, member directories and brochures, maps, memorabilia, newspaper clippings, Nan's research and hand-written notes on Club history, and materials related to Elmer Carlson's four years on the club's Board of Directors. Some of the information contained in this series may replicate or supplement information found in the Chronological Files.

Arrangement

This series is arranged alphabetically.
box 13, folder 6

60th Anniversary Booklet 1982

box 13, folder 7

85th Anniversary Event 2006 December - 2007 March

box 26

Aerial Maps 1974 February

box 13, folder 8

Ahmanson Land Brochure 2001

box 13, folder 9

Amity Charitable Estates 1974 March - 1980 July

box 13, folder 10

Anniversary Bulletin 1925 November

box 21, folder 5

Anniversary Bulletin Negatives 1925

box 26

Assessor's Map Books (2063-4462) 1960 - 1980s

box 26

Assessor's Map Books (4464-4465) 1980s

box 13, folder 11

Board Meeting Minutes 2010 March- 2011 February

box 14, folder 1

Bowers Cabin (Tract A) 1996 May

box 14, folder 2

Burgess, Liz (newspaper articles) 1957 January - 1973 July

box 14, folder 3

By-Laws, 1949-1959 1949 March - 1959 February

box 14, folder 4

By-Laws, 1960 1960 April 2

box 14, folder 5

By-Laws, 1968 1968 January

box 14, folder 6

By-Laws, 1972 1972 January - 1972 June

box 14, folder 7

By-Laws, 1981 1981 January - 1989 November

box 14, folder 8

By-Laws, 1990 1990 December 13

box 14, folder 9

By-Laws, 1991 1991 January - 1991 September

box 14, folder 10

By-Laws, 1992 1992 January - 1993 January

box 14, folder 11

By-Laws, 1994 1994 February

box 14, folder 12

By-Laws, 1995 1995 March

box 14, folder 13

By-Laws, 1996 1996 May

box 14, folder 14

By-Laws, 2002 2002 January

box 14, folder 15

By-Laws, 2004 2004

box 14, folder 16

By-Laws, 2006 2006

box 14, folder 17

By-Laws, 2008 2008

box 14, folder 18

By-Laws, 2011 2011

box 14, folder 19

By-Laws & Club Rules, Undated 1950s-1960s

box 15, folder 1-3

Carlson, Elmer - Board of Directors Materials 1979 December - 1984 December

box 15, folder 4

Carlson, Elmer - Projects 1970s - 1990s

box 15, folder 5

Chambers, Harold (manager) 1980 January - 1982 December

box 15, folder 6

Club Brochures 1920s - 2000s

box 15, folder 7

Club Conservation 1960s - 1970s

box 16, folder 1

Club Correspondence - Easements, etc. 1997 April - 1997 May

box 16, folder 2-3, box 21, folder 6

Club Member Directories 1944 May - 2011

box 16, folder 4

Club Member Obituaries 1960s - 2009 September

box 16, folder 5

Club Members in the News 1970s - 2011 June

box 16, folder 6

Club Memorabilia 1922 - 2005

box 16, folder 7

Club Organization Manual 1949 March 20

box 16, folder 8

Club President's Report 1929 March

box 16, folder 9

Club Rules, 1970s 1970 September - 1979 April

box 16, folder 10

Club Rules, 1980s 1980 August - 1985 May

box 16, folder 11

Club Rules, 1990s 1991 April - 1994 September

box 16, folder 12

Club Rules, 2007 2007 April

box 16, folder 13

Clubhouse Bookings 1980 February - 1981 December

box 16, folder 14

Cornell Preservation Organization 2000 January - 2003 April

box 16, folder 15

Correspondence about Malibou Lake Mountain Club History 1978 May - 2002 April

box 16, folder 16

County Property Tax Theft 1996 August 3

map-case 6

Dayton Canyon Fire Map 1982 October 9

box 16, folder 17

DeLuca, Tract C, Lot 19 1995 November - 1995 December

box 16, folder 18

Dues Ledgers 1922 - 1931

box 17, folder 1

Exelby, Dr. P. B. (Tract C, Lot 50) 1923 December - 1945 March

box 17, folder 2

Easement, Lot 42-43 1956 April - 1993 July

box 17, folder 3

Fabridam 1967 November - 1970

box 17, folder 4

FEMA 1998

box 26

Files of Pat Allen 1980s

box 17, folder 5

Filming at Malibou Lake 1931 - January 1964

box 17, folder 6

Flood Insurance 1990s

box 17, folder 7

Guiberson's Stock 1975 November - 1999 May

box 17, folder 8

Kellogg, Arthur, cabin (now E-38) 1930 February - 1930 June

box 17, folder 9

Bertram Lackey's Letter 1927

box 17, folder 10

Lake Management 1980 June - 2009 August

box 17, folder 11

Las Virgenes Unified School District Citizens Advisory Committee on Business Practices 1974 January 10

box 17, folder 12

Leaf Lot Access, Tract E, 28-30 1943 October - 1995 August

box 17, folder 13

Libraries 1983 June - 2001 August

box 17, folder 14

Malibou Lake Homeowners Group 1975 October - 1997 June

box 26

Malibou Lake Mountain Club Maps 1944

map-case 6

Malibou Lake Mountain Club Map with Code of Old Block Numbers 1940s

box 26

Malibou Lake Mountain Club Map with list of Members & Lots 1950s

box 17, folder 15

Malibu State Park 1980s - 2000s

box 17, folder 16

Martin, Strother 1980 August - 1981 April

box 18, folder 1

McCarty, Jeannette 1985 January - 2012 January

box 18, folder 2

Mike Murphy's Letter to Members 2008

box 18, folder 3

Mining Permit - Los Angeles County 1988 September

box 26

Miscellaneous Maps

box 18, folder 4

Mulholland Scenic Corridor Citizen's Advisory Committee Report 1975 May

box 18, folder 5

Mystery of the Black Canon 1899

box 18, folder 6

Nan Carlson's Research - Board of Directors 1926 - 1983

box 18, folder 7-8

Nan Carlson's Research - Bulletins 1980s - 2000s

box 18, folder 9

Nan Carlson's Research - Corporation History 1960s - 1980s

box 18, folder 10

Nan Carlson's Research - Lots 1980s - 1990s

box 18, folder 11, box 19, folder 1-2

Nan Carlson's Research - Lot Transfers 1980s - 2000s

box 19, folder 3

Nan Carlson's Research - Malibou Lake Mountain Club History 1980s - 1990s

box 19, folder 4

Nan Carlson's Research - Notes from 2010-2011 2010 - 2011

box 19, folder 5

Nan Carlson's Research - Santa Monica Mountains 1970s - 2009

box 21, folder 7

Nan Carlson's Research - Stocks 1950s - 2004

box 19, folder 6

New Member Welcome Brochure 2000 May

box 19, folder 7

Newspaper Clippings - Fire 1993 September - 2008 October

box 19, folder 8-9

Newspaper Clippings - Malibou Lake 1923 July - 2010 January

box 20, folder 1

Newspaper Clippings - Real Estate 1993 - 2011

box 20, folder 2

Newspaper Clippings -Santa Monica Mountains 1982 December - 2011 June

box 20, folder 3

Paramount Ranch Special Use Permit (Dredge Removal) 1983

box 20, folder 4

Parties - 1920s Theme 1980 September - 1980 December

box 20, folder 5

Parties - Club 1980 January - 1999 April

box 26

Partition of the Rancho Las Virgenes 1950s

box 26

Photocopies of Surveyor's Maps 1920s

map-case 6

Proposed Triunfo Basins Map 1980 March 27

box 20, folder 6-7

Rand Lawsuit 1980 December - 1991 September

box 20, folder 8

Real Estate Committee 1960s

box 20, folder 9-10

Sailing Club 1947 - 1994

box 20, folder 11

Sewer - E/One 1990s

box 20, folder 12

Silt Removal 1992 November

box 20, folder 13

Spring Valley Road Retaining Walls - Structural Calculations 1988 September 13

box 26

Surveyor's Map of Rancho Las Virgenes

box 20, folder 14

Ron Swearinger's Letter 1981 November - 1998 September

box 20, folder 15

Tax Assessment Roll Los Angeles County 1986 July 17

box 21, folder 8

Trust Deed - Letter to Stockholders 1948 June 23

box 21, folder 1

Unsignalized Intersections Report (Highway Capacity Manual) 1985

box 21, folder 2

Water 1970s - 2002

box 21, folder 3

Water System Report 1964 February 6

 

Series 3: Photographs

box 22, folder 1

1920s Photographs and Negatives 1920s

box 22, folder 2

1920s Photographs - Proof Sheets and Prints 1920s

box 22, folder 3

1970s Photographs 1970s

box 22, folder 4

1981 Photographs 1981

box 22, folder 5

2000s Photographs 2000s

box 22, folder 6

Aerial Photographs 1965 - 1998

box 22, folder 7

Cabins 1946 - 1976

box 25

Carlson Family Photograph Cases

box 22, folder 8, box 25

Clubhouse 1930s - 2003

box 22, folder 9

Club Members and Other Individuals 1930s - 1992

box 22, folder 10

Club Parties and Events 1924 - 1970s

box 22, folder 11

Film Sets at Malibou Lake 1920s - 1940s

box 23, folder 1

Flood Photographs 1970s

box 23, folder 2

Frank Benson's Photographs 1923 - 1940s

box 25

Halloween Dance 1924 November 1

box 23, folder 3

Hathaway Family 1923 - 1985

box 23, folder 4

Holiday Floats 1940s

box 23, folder 5

Las Virgenes Library Photocopies 1990s

box 23, folder 6

Les Ingham's Photographs 1930s - 1960s

box 23, folder 7-8

Jack and Louise Jackson's Album 1920s - 1970s

box 23, folder 9

Malibou Lake and Creeks 1946 - 1996

box 25

Malibou Lake Dam 1930s - 1940s

box 23, folder 10

Malibou Lake Panoramic Photographs 1930s

box 25

Malibou Lake Panoramic Photographs (Oversize) 1920s - 1930s

box 23, folder 11, box 25

Malibu Lakeside Homesites 1920s

box 23, folder 12

Negatives 1970s - 2000s

box 23, folder 13

Photos of Photos - Lake and Club Grounds 1930s

box 25

Photocopies with Nan Carlson's Notes

box 24, folder 1

Proof Sheets and Negatives (Photos of Photos of Malibou Lake) 1980s

box 24, folder 2, box 25

Sailing Club 1950s - 1970s

box 24, folder 3

Sailing Club Album #1 1970s

box 24, folder 4

Sailing Club Album #2 1970s

box 24, folder 5

Santa Monica Mountains Area 1950s - 1980s

box 25

Santa Monica Mountains Area (Oversize) 1963 - 1976

box 24, folder 6

Starbird Photographs 1940s - 1950s

box 24, box 7

Tract E Lot (Rohan's Empty Lot) 1940s - 1950s

box 24, box 8

Trees 1970s - 2000s

box 24, folder 9-10

Tree Report by Nan Carlson 1979

box 21, folder 9

Views of Malibou Lake 1920s