Finding aid of the Milner family films, papers and photographs 0332

Finding aid prepared by Rebecca Hirsch, Michael Hooks, and Lindsey Zea
The processing of this collection and the creation of this finding aid was funded by the generous support of the Council on Library and Information Resources.
USC Libraries Special Collections
Doheny Memorial Library 206
3550 Trousdale Parkway
Los Angeles, California, 90089-0189
2012 September

Title: Milner family films, papers and photographs
Collection number: 0332
Contributing Institution: USC Libraries Special Collections
Language of Material: English
Physical Description: 12.5 Linear feet 2 banker's boxes, 41 flat film boxes, 2 film canisters, 1 partial map case drawer
Date: 1917-1928, 1949-1991
Abstract: The collection contains travel and home movies; cartoons and children's films; family recipes; monthly and annual reports; meeting minutes; financial records; family photographs; and a few miscellaneous items from the Milner Family.
creator: Llewellyn Iron Works.
creator: Milner family
creator: Milner Oil Company.

Preferred Citation

[Box/folder# or item name], Milner family films, papers and photographs, Collection no. 0332, Regional History Collection, Special Collections, USC Libraries, University of Southern California


The collection is organized into six series: 1. Travel and Home Movies 2. Cartoons and Children's Films 3. Recipes 4. Business Papers 5. Photographs 6. Miscellaneous

Conditions Governing Access

COLLECTION STORED OFF-SITE. Advance notice required for access.

Conditions Governing Use

All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Manuscripts Librarian. Permission for publication is given on behalf of Special Collections as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained.

Technical Requirements

The collection contains over 40 reel-to-reel films in a variety of sizes, but primarily 16 mm films. They require a movie projector to view them.

Scope and Content

The collection contains travel and home movies; cartoons and children's films; family recipes; monthly and annual reports; meeting minutes; financial records; family photographs; and a few miscellaneous items from the Milner Family.

Biographical Note

The partiarch of the Milner family was John Milner, whose wife was Anna, who lived in Los Angeles, CA. John and Anna had seven children: John, Mrs. J.W. Krause, Esther Rule, Clara McDonald, Mrs. Charles L. Michod, Louise Alton, and Henriette Straton. Milner was cashier of the Farmers' and Merchants' National Bank in Los Angeles.
The son, John Milner, was born in Los Angeles, CA, in 1887 and passed away on January 20, 1937, at the age of 50. He was married to Winifred Milner, and they had a son, Reese L. Milner, and a daughter, Gwendolyn Milner Hubbard. John was secretary of the Lewellyn Iron Works, which merged with Consolidated Steel Corporation in 1929, and was a director of Consolidated Steel. In addition to these activities, he was a director of the Union Bank and Trust Company, Pacific Indemnity Company, Discount Corporation, Francisco Building Company, Blue Diamond Company, and the Dominquez Land Corporation. He attended Harvard Military School and the University of California.
Reese Lewellyn Milner was the only son of John and Winifred Milner. Reese was born on April 15, 1916 and died in April 1986. Milner, who resided in Beverly Hills, CA, attended Stanford University. He was a financier, and owned Milner Oil Co., headquarted in Beverly Hills, and was active in real estate holdings.
The Milner family owned Rancho La Vista in Ojai, CA, north of Los Angeles, for about 100 years. The family subsequently sold the ranch.

Subjects and Indexing Terms

Llewellyn Iron Works. -- Archives
Milner family -- Archives
Milner Oil Company. -- Archives
Animated cartoons
Annual reports
California, Southern--History--Archival resources
Children's films
Financial records
Home movies
Motion pictures (visual works)
Travel in motion pictures--Archival resources


Travel and Home Movies

Box 4

Honolulu, 1959; Jackson, Wyo., 1958 - Elk and antelope hunt

Box 5

Rolling Rigs - Wilshire Oil Co., 1950

Box 6

Wild and free, 10/71

Box 7

Safari Ya Tembo, 8/64

Box 8

Powder Puff Safari, Part 1 8/68

Box 9

Hong Kong - Ouzy and Harriet

Box 10

Wild Wild Wild West

Box 11

Boulder Dam

Box 12

Report from Uganda, April 13, 1967

Box 13

Texas - The big state

Box 14

Milner family pictures

Box 15

Europe 1949 - Original

Box 16

Europe 1949 - New print or Ojai Ranch

Box 17

Ranchero's visitadores, 5/54 (Hal Roach)

Box 18

(Chop) Africa

Box 19

Polar bears; tiger shoot, India 5/66

Box 20

Pacific Mercury - San Simeon

Box 21

Rancho La Vista

Box 22

Come live in Texas

Box 25

Parade/Indy car racing

Box 27

Milner - Killarney, Johannesburg, Zambesi 2/8/63

Box 28

San Simeon 49/51/53

Box 29

Guyamo and Navajoa 2/58

Box 30

Rancho La Vista

Box 31

Jackson Hole, Wyo., 4/59; Selway, Idaho, 1955

Box 32

Reese Milner - Safari Eckta - Original (2 copies)

Box 33

Thirst for Adventure - Niagara Falls Edoc., 8/68

Box 34

From snails to whales

Box 35

"Ram on the Rock" - Iran safari

Box 36

Lake Tahoe, 1957

Box 37

Through the Grand Canyon by boat

Box 42

Nixon rally - BH California; Nixon-Eisenhower film; (?) school 1959 (3 reels)

Box 43

Colorado River; Children at RCV; Miscellaneous (3 reels)

Box 45

Miscellaneous family films


Cartoons and Children's Films

Box 1

Tarzan and 3 Disney cartoons

Box 2

Cowboy Mickey, Hollywood Film Enterprises

Box 3

(Unknown), Hollywood Film Enterprises

Box 23

Mouse Comes Home, Castle Films

Box 24

The Great Adventure, Part 2

Box 26

Three Bears, 2/8/63

Box 28

The Most Wonderful Snow in the World, 1/59



Box 44, Folder 1-3

Milner Family Recipes undated

Box 44, Folder 4-6

Milner Family Menus 1975-1991


Business Papers

Box 44, Folder 9-10

Milner Oil Company Financial Records 1949-1966

Box 44, Folder 11

Llewellyn Iron Works Minutes of Meetings 1917-1922

Box 44, Folder 12-13

Llewellyn Iron Works Monthly Reports 1918-1928

Box 44, Folder 14

Llewellyn Iron Works Annual Reports 1915-1918

Box 44, Folder 15

Oil Income Records 1949-1976

Box 45

Ledger 1917-1921



Box 44, Folder 7

Trip from Canada to Alaska undated

Box 44, Folder 8

Photographs undated

Box 45

Family photographs undated

Map-case 5, Drawer 3

Matted photographs undated



Box 39-41

Unidentified film undated