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Southern California Edison Collection of Negatives and Photographs
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Description
The Southern California Edison collection of negatives and photographs consists of roughly 80,000 images created and acquired by the company from approximately 1883-1980s, with the bulk of the collection covering 1910-1960. Formats include glass and film negatives, photo cards, loose photographs, photograph albums, lantern slides, and related materials. Most of the images were produced by Edison staff and contract photographers to document Edison facilities, products, operations, activities, and staff and for the purposes of education, advertising, training, and liability.
Background
Southern California Edison (SCE) is the largest electric utility in California, serving more than 14 million people in 15 counties of central, coastal and southern California. The company traces its origins to several regional light and power companies, including Holt and Knupp in Visalia, California, Santa Barbara Electric Light Company, and Riverside Water Company. West Side Lighting Company and Los Angeles Edison Electric Company merged in 1897 to form Edison Electric Company (EEC) of Los Angeles, with John Barnes Miller serving as general manager. Miller, called "The Great Amalgamator," bought 40 power companies over the next five years. In 1909, Miller renamed the expanded entity, Southern California Edison.
Extent
843 Linear Feet (822 boxes)