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  • Conditions Governing Access
  • Conditions Governing Use
  • Preferred Citation
  • Immediate Source of Acquisition
  • Biographical note
  • Scope and Content
  • Arrangement
  • Related Archival Materials
  • Processing Information note

  • Language of Material: English
    Contributing Institution: Pepperdine University. Special Collections and University Archives.
    Title: Lani Netter Collection of Malibu Photographs
    Identifier/Call Number: 0118
    Physical Description: 0.42 Linear Feet (1 box)
    Date (inclusive): 1890-1990
    Abstract: The collection comprises the photographs of a then and now style photo album of Malibu, California, compiled by longtime Malibu resident Lani Netter in 1974. Content includes historical prints, ranging from 1890 to 1958, and Netter's own photographs from 1974 (bulk) and about 1990, which together depict various people, events, and locations from Malibu's history.

    Conditions Governing Access

    Advance notice required for access. Pepperdine also has digital copies of the items in this collection. The file name for each of the items within the collection is located following the item's title in parentheses. The contents of the collection are available through Pepperdine Digital Collections: http://pepperdine.contentdm.oclc.org/cdm/search/collection/p15730coll8/searchterm/nettercoll/order/nosort

    Conditions Governing Use

    Permission to publish, quote, or reproduce must be secured from the repository and the copyright holder.

    Preferred Citation

    [Box/folder# or item name], Lani Netter Collection of Malibu Photographs, Collection no. 0118, Malibu Historical Collection, Special Collections and University Archives, University Libraries, Pepperdine University.

    Immediate Source of Acquisition

    The collection was given to Pepperdine University by Lani Netter on March 29, 2013.

    Biographical note

    Lani Netter is a film producer who lives with her family in Malibu, California. She was born and raised in Malibu on Latigo Shore Drive, attending the Marlborough School in Los Angeles and then Pepperdine University. Netter is the President of Lani Netter Productions, self-described as a values-based production company that reflects her deep commitment to Christianity. She is also involved with several charities and is the founder of the Simon Hero Foundation, an educational initiative based on the oral history of Holocaust survivors. She is married to film producer Gil Netter and they have two children.

    Scope and Content

    Lani Netter assembled this photograph album as a class project while a senior in high school in the spring of 1974. Inspired by a box of historical photographs received from the Malibu Times newspaper, she took her own color photographs, often depicting the same view or scene. In the album, she interspersed the historical photographs (1890 to 1958) with her own photographs (1974 and circa 1990), grouping them by themes such as landmarks, wildfires, and car accidents. In addition to these topics, the collection includes photographs of the Rindge Railroad, Pacific Coast Highway (and its predecessors), the Adamson House, Malibu Pier, the Malibu Remuda (horse show), and Serra Retreat. She included some captions and labels.


    The collection is arranged chronologically. The original order and arrangement of the photographs is preserved in the hardcopy printout of the original photo album, which was scanned before being dismantled for preservation purposes.

    Related Archival Materials

    Malibu Times Photographs, Collection no. 0112, Malibu Historical Collection, Special Collections and University Archives, University Libraries, Pepperdine University.
    Rindge and Adamson Family Papers, Collection no. 34, Malibu Historical Collection, Special Collections and University Archives, University Libraries, Pepperdine University.

    Processing Information note

    The collection was arranged and described by Kevin C. Miller in November, 2013.

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    Beaches -- California, Southern
    Railroads -- California, Southern -- Design and construction
    Pacific Coast Highway
    Traffic accidents -- California -- Los Angeles County
    Wildfires -- California, Southern
    Malibu (Calif.) -- History
    Netter, Lani
    Southern Pacific Railroad Company
    Rindge, Rhoda May
    Rindge family