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Frank F. Latta Collection: Miller & Lux Records: Finding Aid
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  • Overview of the Collection
  • Access
  • Administrative Information
  • Historical Note
  • Scope and Content
  • Arrangement
  • Related Materials
  • Indexing Terms

  • Overview of the Collection

    Title: Frank F. Latta Collection: Miller & Lux Records
    Dates (inclusive): 1858-1939
    Collection Number: mssLatta Miller and Lux
    Creator: Miller & Lux.
    Extent: Approximately 280 boxes + 150 volumes, and maps.
    Repository: The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens. Manuscripts Department
    1151 Oxford Road
    San Marino, California 91108
    Phone: (626) 405-2191
    Email: reference@huntington.org
    URL: http://www.huntington.org
    Abstract: This collection contains business records and correspondence of Miller & Lux, the largest producer of cattle in California and one of the largest landowners in the American West, with materials dating from the company's founding in 1858 to the 1930s. The materials were collected by Kern County Museum director Frank F. Latta (1892-1983).
    Language: English.

    Access

    Open to qualified researchers by prior application through the Reader Services Department. For more information, contact Reader Services.

    Administrative Information

    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]. Frank F. Latta Collection: Miller & Lux Records, The Huntington Library, San Marino, California.

    Provenance

    Purchased from Latta Family Trust, October 1987.

    Historical Note

    Henry Miller (1827-1916) and Charles Lux (1823-1887), both German immigrants, partnered in 1858 and created the Miller & Lux Company, headquartered in Los Banos in the San Joaquin Valley. The company was one of the creators of agribusiness in California. Miller & Lux became the largest producer of cattle in California and one of the largest landowners in the United States, owning land in California, Nevada, and Oregon. The company also operated meatpacking plants in San Francisco. Following Miller's death in 1916, the company declined; by the 1930s most of its property had been sold. Miller & Lux formally dissolved in 1964.

    Scope and Content

    This collection contains the business records and correspondence belonging to Miller & Lux. It consists of letters, both incoming and outgoing, financial and business records (cash books, journals, ledgers, etc.) and maps all related to Miller and Lux, their businesses, and their land. The materials were collected by Kern County Museum director Frank F. Latta (1892-1983), who spent five decades researching the history and development of California's San Joaquin Valley and Miller & Lux
    Several hundred boxes of materials are uncataloged. For more information, please contact Reader Services.
    • Boxes
    • Maps
    • Volumes
    • Uncataloged materials

    Related Materials

    Indexing Terms

    The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the Huntington Library's Online Catalog.  

    Subjects

    Latta, Frank F., 1892-1983.
    Lux, Charles, 1823-1887.
    Miller, Henry, 1827-1916.
    Miller & Lux.
    Pacific Live Stock Co.
    San Joaquin and King's River Canal and Irrigation Company.
    Agriculture -- California.
    Cattle -- California.
    Cattle trade -- West (U.S) -- History -- Sources.
    Farmers -- California.
    Ranchers -- California -- Archives.
    Ranches -- California.
    Real property -- California.
    Bakersfield (Calif.)
    California -- History -- 19th century -- Sources.
    California -- History -- 20th century -- Sources.
    Fresno (Calif.)
    Kern County (Calif.)
    Los Banos (Calif.)
    Merced (Calif.)
    San Francisco (Calif.)
    San Joaquin Valley (Calif.) -- Description and travel.

    Forms/Genres

    Business records -- California.
    Financial records -- California.
    Letters (correspondence) -- California.
    Maps (documents) -- California.

    Additional Contributors

    Latta, Frank F., 1892-1983, collector.
    Lux, Charles, 1823-1887.
    Miller, Henry, 1827-1916.
    Pacific Live Stock Co.
    San Joaquin and King's River Canal and Irrigation Company.