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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Administration Information
  • Biography
  • Scope and Content
  • Indexing Terms

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Los Angeles Times Records
    Dates: 1869 - 2002
    Collection Call Number: mssLAT
    Collector: Los Angeles Times (firm)
    Extent: 743 boxes 1067 linear feet
    Repository: The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens. Manuscripts Department
    The Huntington Library
    1151 Oxford Road
    San Marino, California 91108
    Phone: (626) 405-2203
    Fax: (626) 449-5720
    Email: manuscripts@huntington.org
    URL: http://www.huntington.org
    Abstract: Originally maintained as the Los Angeles Times History Center, the Los Angeles Times Records contains documents and objects related to the business life of the Los Angeles Times and its owners - both corporate and personal.
    Language of Material: The records are in English.

    Administration Information


    Collection is open to qualified researchers by prior application through the Reader Services Department. For more information, please go to following web site .

    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 Times Records, The Huntington Library, San Marino, California.

    Acquisition Information

    The collection was transferred by the Los Angeles Times in July 2003. The Huntington Library provides access to and stewardship of the collection, which is owned by the Los Angeles Times.


    The Los Angeles Times was first published on December 4, 1881, under the name Los Angeles Daily Times. When the original founders ran into financial problems the following year, the fledgling paper was inherited by its printer, the Mirror Printing Office and Book Bindery. The company hired as editor former military officer Harrison Gray Otis, who quickly turned the paper into a financial success. Otis and a partner purchased the entire Times and Mirror properties in 1884 and incorporated them as the Times-Mirror Company. Two years later, Otis purchased his partner's interest in the company. In October 1886, the word "Daily" was removed from the title and the newspaper became the Los Angeles Times.
    As the city grew, so did The Times. However, competition among local newspapers was fierce, and it was not until the mid-1940s that The Times became the leading newspaper in Los Angeles. During its growth, the Times was owned and published by members of Harrison Gray Otis's family, including his son-in-law, Harry Chandler (publisher, 1917-1944); his grandson, Norman Chandler (1944-1960); and his great-grandson Otis Chandler (1960-1980). The Chandler family continued to own The Times until June 2000, when Tribune Company acquired Times Mirror, former parent of the Los Angeles Times.
    In 2013, The Times was the largest metropolitan newspaper in the country, with a daily readership of 1.5 million and 2.6 million on Sunday, more than 23 million unique latimes.com visitors monthly, and a combined print and online local weekly audience of 4.1 million.

    Scope and Content

    Originally maintained as the Los Angeles Times History Center, the Los Angeles Times Records contains documents and objects related to the business life of the Los Angeles Times and its owners - both corporate and personal. Every attempt was made to retain the organization created by the History Center. The business material is roughly organized by Times department; research material collected by the History Center to document the Times and the Otis/Chandler families is organized by subject. The records include accounting forms, legal documents, correspondence, directories, memoranda, reprints of articles, supplements to the newspaper, manuscripts, oral history transcripts, ephemera, newspaper clippings, and objects. The collection does not contain a complete run of the employee magazine Among Ourselves, however, there may be scattered issues throughout employee files.
    The collection includes a significant amount of audio-visual material, including photographs, film, and audio tapes. There is also a small sampling of printed newspapers.
    A VERY detailed FileMaker database of each folder in the collection is available to researchers on-site.


    The collection is arranged into series and sub-series. Each series and sub-series follows its own arrangement, which is defined in the series description.
    Series List
    • Accounting Department
      • Alphabetical Files
      • Fourth Los Angeles Times Building Construction
      • Downing, H. E. Memoranda
      • Tax Returns
      • Times Mirror Company Tax Returns: Federal
      • Miscellaneous
      • Oversize
    • Advertising Department
      • Clark, Don Files
      • Stickell, Vance Files
      • Advertising Rate Cards and Correspondence
      • Miscellaneous Files
      • Daily Advertising Comparisons
      • Periodicals
      • Oversize
    • Business Department
      • Baum, Jacob Files
      • Board of Directors
      • Planning Reports
      • Annual Budgets
      • History Comparisons
      • Buildings
      • Information Systems
      • Presentations
      • Production
      • Studies and Reports
      • Special Information Services
    • Circulation Department
      • Correspondence and Records
      • Periodicals
      • Oversize
    • Employee Relations
      • Bell, Paul W. Files
      • Boswell, James Files
      • Simpson, James Files
      • Executive Rosters
      • Position Descriptions
      • Publications
      • Corporate Bulletins
      • Programs
      • Reports
      • Miscellaneous
    • Legal Department
    • Marketing Research
      • Handbooks
      • Reader Surveys
      • Publications
    • Promotions and Public Relations
      • Short, Jeannine Files
      • Speeches by Los Angeles Times Executives
      • Media Spot Scripts
      • Campaigns
      • Miscellaneous
      • Events
      • Publications
      • Oversize
    • Publishers
      • Otis, Harrison Gray
      • Chandler, Harry
      • Chandler, Norman
      • Chandler, Otis
      • Johnson, Tom
      • Laventhol, David
    • Editors
      • Ainsworth, Ed
      • Bassett, James
      • Bellows, James
      • Coffey, Shelby
      • Day, Anthony
      • Foley, John
      • Henry, Bill
      • Hoke, Fleeta
      • Palmer, Kyle
      • Taylor, Jean Sharley
      • Thomas, William F.
      • Williams, Nick B.
      • Editors' Reference File
    • Reprints and Publications
      • Editorials & Articles
      • Expressions
      • Network
      • Perspective
      • Student Outlook
      • Keeping Up With The Times
      • Permissions
      • Magazines and Supplements
      • Los Angeles Times The Mirror
      • Los Angeles Times Poll
      • Illustrations and Artwork
      • Style Guides
    • Awards
      • Internal
      • External
    • Olympics
      • 1932 Olympics
      • 1936 Olympics
      • 1948 Olympics
      • 1984 Olympics
      • Oversize
    • Otis/Chandler Family
    • Other Collections
      • Carr, Harry Collection
      • Colburn, Red Collection
      • Freiden, Jimmie & Bessie Collection
      • Straszer, George M. Collection
      • Times Mirror Press
      • Weegar, Ted Scrapbook
      • Renstrom, Mildred Scrapbook
      • Tennyson, Al Collection
    • Histories and Outside Publications
      • Dissertations and Papers
      • Books
      • The Life and Times of Los Angeles
      • Other Manuscripts
    • Reference Files
      • Los Angeles Times
      • Mirror
      • Mirror & Examiner
      • Times Mirror
      • Chandler, Dorothy
      • Conrad, Paul
      • Erburu, Robert F.
      • Laventhol, David
      • Murphy, Franklin D
      • Schlosberg, Richard T. III
      • Willes, Mark H
      • Pamphlet Collection
      • General
      • People
      • Oversize
    • Los Angeles Times History Center
    • Los Angeles Times Addenda
      • Annual Reports
      • Press Releases
      • Rosters and Guestbooks
      • Speeches
      • Oversize
    • Kitchen, Jo Ellen Addenda
    Cataloger's notes
    The folders of the collection are labeled "Los Angeles Times Company Records" but the name of the collection is "Los Angeles Times Records."
    Due to the symbiotic and at times complicated relationship between the Los Angeles Times and the Times Mirror Company, we have chosen not to separate the two. Items specifically from Times Mirror are labeled as such, as are items specifically from the Los Angeles Times. Also, in an attempt at consistency, we did not included the hyphen between Times and Mirror in Times Mirror Company. The hyphen was removed in the late 1960s.
    Some of the items in the collection are facsimiles, collected by the History Center staff in the course of their research. In most cases, these were retained. A few institutions requested we remove the facsimiles of items from their collection. Details about these institutions can be found in the description of the appropriate series. Remaining facsimiles may not be duplicated or published.
    Abbreviations used during cataloging have not been removed. The most common is LAT for "Los Angeles Times."
    Removed material
    Duplicate copies of printed matter.
    Material related to personnel matters, including resumés.
    A box of records related to the Pfaffinger Foundation was returned to the Pfaffinger Foundation in June 2013.

    Indexing Terms

    Personal Names

    Bassett, James E., 1912-1978
    Chandler, Dorothy, 1901-1997
    Chandler, Harry, 1864-1944
    Chandler, Norman, 1899-
    Chandler, Otis, 1927-2006
    Conrad, Paul, 1924-2010
    Johnson, W. Thomas, 1941-
    Otis, Harrison Gray, 1837-1917

    Corporate Names

    Los Angeles Times (firm)
    Los Angeles Times (firm). Marketing Research Department
    Times Mirror Company


    Newspaper publishing - California - Los Angeles
    Journalism - California - Los Angeles
    Demographic surveys--California--Los Angeles County
    Tourism - California - Los Angeles County
    Advertising departments
    Sales promotion
    Bombings--California--Los Angeles--History--20th century


    Publicity photographs
    Administrative reports