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Los Angeles County Medical Association's Coroner's Committee campaign records
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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Administration Information
  • Biographical Note
  • Arrangement
  • Scope and Content
  • Indexing Terms

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Los Angeles County Medical Association's Coroner's Committee campaign records
    Inclusive Dates: 1950-1956
    Collection Number: mssLACMA coroner committee
    Creator OR Collector: Los Angeles County Medical Association. Coroner’s Committee
    Extent: 152 items in two boxes.
    Repository: The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens. Manuscripts Department
    1151 Oxford Road
    San Marino, California 91108
    Phone: (626) 405-2191
    Email: reference@huntington.org
    URL: http://www.huntington.org
    Abstract: Records from the Los Angeles County Medical Association's campaign to find a new coroner for Los Angeles County.
    Language of Material: The records are in English.

    Administration Information


    Open to qualified researchers by prior application through the Reader Services Department. For more information, contact Reader Services.

    Publication Rights

    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], Los Angeles County Medical Association's Coroner's Committee campaign records, The Huntington Library, San Marino, California.

    Acquisition Information

    On long-term loan from the Los Angeles County Medical Association, 1992.

    Biographical Note

    In 1956, the Coroner's Committee of the Los Angeles County Medical Association ran a campaign to hire a new coroner for Los Angeles County and bring in a medical doctor to fill the position (medical examiner). In order to do this, the Coroner's Committee had to get a Los Angeles County Charter Amendment passed that stated that the Coroner shall be a physician who is a certified pathologist (LA County Charter Amendment "D"). The amendment also separated the office of the Coroner from the Public Administrator. The committee also wanted to change some policies regarding the Coroner's role and responsibilities in autopsies.


    The collection is in the original arrangement done by LACMA.

    Scope and Content

    The collection contains the material the committee used in running the campaign to get County Charter "D" passed in Los Angeles County. The collection includes campaign reports, correspondence (chiefly by committee chairman Lewis T. Bullock), committee minutes, printed materials, publicity information, applications, and memoranda. There is also material used in the search for the first coroner which includes correspondence between the committee and Theodore J. Curphey, who was eventually hired and became the first Coroner of Los Angeles County in March 1957. There are also manuscripts by Los Angeles County Deputy Coroner Ben H. Brown and Dr. R. B. H. Gradwhol regarding the professional role of a coroner.

    Indexing Terms

    Personal Names

    Brown, Ben H.
    Bullock, Lewis, T., 1906-1983
    Curphey, Theodore J.
    Gradwohl, R. B. H. (Rutherford Birchard Hayes), 1877-1959

    Corporate Names

    Los Angeles County Medical Association


    Autopsy -- Law and legislation
    Coroners -- California -- Los Angeles County
    Forensic pathologists -- California -- Los Angeles County
    Medical examiners (Law) -- California -- Los Angeles County
    Physicians -- California -- Correspondence

    Geographic Areas

    California, Southern -- History --20th century -- Sources
    Los Angeles County (Calif.) -- Poliics and government


    Letters (correspondence) -- California -- 20th century
    Report -- California -- 20th century
    Manuscripts -- California -- 20th century