H. A. Barclay Papers mssBarclay

Brooke M. Black
The Huntington Library
May 2020
1151 Oxford Road
San Marino, California 91108

Contributing Institution: The Huntington Library
Title: H. A. Barclay papers
Creator: Barclay, H. A. (Henry Augustus), 1849-
Identifier/Call Number: mssBarclay
Physical Description: 5.85 Linear Feet (5 boxes)
Date (inclusive): 1867-1908
Abstract: Papers of 19th century Los Angeles lawyer Henry A. Barclay.
Language of Material: Materials are in English.

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Preferred Citation

[Identification of item]. H. A. Barclay papers, The Huntington Library, San Marino, California.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of George W. Beattie, May 1935.

Biographical / Historical

Henry A. Barclay, Los Angeles lawyer, was born in Pennsylvania, engaged in surveying work as a young man, and came to California in 1874. He began his practice of law in Los Angeles in 1875 and dealt mainly in land law, including Spanish and Mexican land grants.

Scope and Contents

The collection consists of letters, documents and maps related to the following areas with which Barclay was involved: coal, gold, and silver mining in California and Mexico; the Irvington Land and Water Company; San Bernardino; the Los Angeles Light and Water Company; and several Southern California ranchos (including Rancho Muscupiabe, Rancho San Bernardino, Rancho Sespe, and Rancho Tujunga).

Processing Information

Processed by Huntington Library Staff. In 2020, Brooke M. Black created a finding aid.


Organized in the following series: 1. Irvington Land and Water Company; 2. Mining - Mexico and California, coal - Mexico; 3. Ranchos - Tujunga, La Cienega, Sespe, San Rafael, and miscellaneous; 4. Rancho Muscupiabe; 5. Water - Los Angeles, Lytle Creek, Riverside, and miscellaneous.


Former call number: mssBarclay papers.

Subjects and Indexing Terms

Coal mines and mining -- California
Coal mines and mining -- Mexico
Gold mines and mining -- California
Gold mines and mining -- Mexico
Land titles -- California, Southern
Lawyers -- California -- Los Angeles -- Archives
Mines and mineral resources -- California
Mines and mineral resources -- Mexico
Ranches -- California, Southern -- History -- Sources
Silver mines and mining -- California
Silver mines and mining -- Mexico
California, Southern -- History -- 19th century -- Sources
Rancho Muscupiabe (Calif.)
Rancho San Bernardo (Calif.)
Sespe (Calif. : Ranch)
Rancho Tujunga (Calif.)
San Bernardino (Calif.) -- History -- 19th century -- Sources
Letters (correspondence) -- California, Southern
Manuscripts -- California, Southern
Maps -- California, Southern
Irvington Land and Water Company
Los Angeles Light and Water Company

Box 1

Irvington Land and Water Company 1908

Box 2

Mining - Mexico and California; Coal - Mexico 1898-1908

Box 3

Ranchos - Tujunga, La Cienega, Sespe, San Rafael, and miscellaneous 1868-1906

Box 4

Rancho Muscupiabe 1867-1909

Box 5

Water - Los Angeles, Lytle Creek, Riverside, and miscellaneous 1868-1897