Los Angeles Railway Corporation Records mssLARailway

Gayle Richardson
The Huntington Library
June 2020
1151 Oxford Road
San Marino, California 91108

Contributing Institution: The Huntington Library
Title: Los Angeles Railway Corporation records
Creator: Lewis, Edwin L.
Identifier/Call Number: mssLARailway
Physical Description: 7 Linear Feet (4 boxes, 11 volumes, 5 oversize folders)
Date (inclusive): 1857-1954
Date (bulk): 1887-1954
Abstract: A group of material related to the Los Angeles Railway Corporation.
Language of Material: Materials are in English.

Conditions Governing Access

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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]. Los Angeles Railway Corporation records, The Huntington Library, San Marino, California.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gifts of Edwin L. Lewis, 1935-1939. Gift of Mrs. Collis H. Holliday, December 1981. One box: transferred from Huntington Library ephemera collections, February 2015.

Biographical / Historical

The Los Angeles Railway Corporation, formed in 1910, was the final result of various mergers and consolidations of the numerous local and interurban railways which developed in Los Angeles and adjacent communities. In that year Henry E. Huntington yielded his interests in the Pacific Electric Company to the Southern Pacific Railroad Company, which subsequently controlled the interurban lines while Huntington incorporated the Los Angeles Railway Corporation, which then operated the Los Angeles city lines. This material was collected by Edwin L. Lewis, who had begun working for the Los Angeles Cable Railway Company in 1888, and eventually became the manager of the Los Angeles Railway Building in 1921.

Scope and Contents

A collection of 221 items from 1857 to 1954, it consists of source material, mainly statistics, reports, and time schedules, related to the Los Angeles Railway Corporation; the material was collected by Edwin L. Lewis for his projected book on the railway systems of Los Angeles. The collection also includes letters, manuscripts, memorandum books, scrapbooks (with two indexes), and documents, including Edwin Lewis' two-volume typescript titled, "Street railway development in Los Angeles and environs, 1895-1938," related to Los Angeles area rail and transportation systems.

Processing Information

Processed by Huntington Library Staff, circa 1940-1981. In 2020, Gayle Richardson created the finding aid derived from a legacy summary report.


Arranged chronologically.

Related Materials

There is a related collection of approximately 1,200 photographs in the Photo Archives (photCL 58). Boxes 21 and 27 contain indexes with information related to the manuscripts.


Former call number: mssLos Angeles Railway records.

Subjects and Indexing Terms

Local transit -- California -- Los Angeles -- History
Street-railroads -- California -- Los Angeles -- History
Street-railroads -- California, Southern -- History
Business records -- California, Southern
Letters (correspondence) -- California, Southern
Manuscripts -- California, Southern
Maps -- California, Southern
Memorandums -- California, Southern
Reports -- California, Southern
Scrapbooks -- California, Southern
Los Angeles Railway

Box 1

Reports, schedules, statistics, expenses, ephemera 1857-1938

Box 2

Correspondence, memorandum, plans, budgets, historical information 1932-approximately 1941

Box 3

Card file of freight stations, etc.

Box 4


Volume 1-11

Scrapbooks, Index, Street Railway Development, Plan and Agreement of Change

Folder 1

Passenger data 1917-1918

Folder 2

Map of Property to be Sold at Auction by the Los Angeles Improvement Co. 1886 January 23

Folder 3

Memorandum books 1887-1912

Folder 4

Edwin L. Lewis. Essays on Los Angeles Street Railways 1931

Folder 5

Index to scrapbooks regarding Los Angeles Railway "Historical Data"