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  • Conditions Governing Access
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  • Immediate Source of Acquisition
  • Biographical / Historical
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  • Contributing Institution: The Huntington Library
    Title: Theodore Parker Lukens papers
    Creator: Lukens, Theodore Parker, 1848-1918
    Identifier/Call Number: mssLukens
    Physical Description: 5.5 Linear Feet (8 boxes)
    Date (inclusive): 1869-1942
    Abstract: A collection of professional and personal papers of Theodore Parker Lukens, Southern California conservationist, real estate investor, and community leader.
    Language of Material: Materials are in English.

    Conditions Governing Access

    Open for use by qualified researchers and by appointment. Please contact Reader Services at the Huntington Library for more information.

    Conditions Governing Use

    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]. Theodore Parker Lukens papers, The Huntington Library, San Marino, California.

    Immediate Source of Acquisition

    Purchased from Mrs. Helen Lukens Gaut, January 1954.

    Biographical / Historical

    Theodore Parker Lukens (1848-1918) was a conservationist, real estate investor, and pioneer community leader in Pasadena, California. Born in Ohio, he came to California with his wife in 1880. He became active in business and municipal affairs, serving as mayor of Pasadena from 1890 to 1892 and from 1894 to 1895. Lukens was a friend of John Muir and promoted many conservation causes. He served as supervisor of the Angeles National Forest in the San Gabriel Mountains from 1905 to 1907 and throughout his career held various positions in private and government forestry organizations. Lukens remained prominent in civic affairs in Pasadena until his death in 1918.

    Scope and Contents

    A collection of 3,600 items from 1869 to 1942, it consists of letters, diaries, manuscripts, photographs, and clippings related to Lukens's business affairs; conservation; the study of local forests; commercial tree farming; and the establishment of the Mount Wilson Observatory. Correspondents in the collection include: Thomas Robert Bard, George Ellery Hale, Abbot Kinney, John Muir, Harrison Gray Otis, and Gifford Pinchot. The collection also includes personal papers, biographical material, diaries, and correspondence.

    Processing Information

    Processed by Huntington Library Staff, circa 1960. In 2020, Gayle Richardson created the finding aid derived from a legacy summary report.


    Organized in the following series: 1. Family papers; 2. Correspondence; 3. Diaries; 4. Manuscripts; 5. Miscellaneous; 6. Photographs.


    Former call number: mssLukens papers.

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    Conservation of natural resources -- California
    Forest reserves -- California
    Forests and forestry -- California
    National parks and reserves -- Caifornia
    Natural resources -- California
    Pasadena (Calif.) -- History -- Sources
    San Gabriel Mountains (Calif.)
    Wilson, Mount (Calif. : Mountain)
    Business papers -- California, Southern
    Diaries -- California, Southern
    Ephemera -- California, Southern
    Letters (correspondence) -- California, Southern
    Photographs -- California, Southern
    Bard, Thomas Robert, 1841-1915
    Hale, George Ellery, 1868-1938
    Kinney, Abbot, 1850-1920
    Muir, John, 1838-1914
    Otis, Harrison Gray, 1837-1917
    Pinchot, Gifford, 1865-1946