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Barnett (Joseph) Real Estate Brochure Collection
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  • Language of Material: English
    Contributing Institution: Palos Verdes Library District, Peninsula Center Library. Local History Center.
    Title: Joseph Barnett real estate brochure collection
    Creator: Barnett, Joseph
    Source: Barnett, Thomas
    Identifier/Call Number: 009
    Physical Description: 2.1 Cubic Feet 3 legal-sized document boxes, 1 oversize document box.
    Date (bulk): ca. 1961-1997
    Abstract: Collection includes real estate brochures and plot plans for housing developments throughout the Palos Verdes Peninsula, compiled by long time Palos Verdes Estates resident and real estate broker Joseph Barnett. The collection documents a signficant period in the development of the Palos Verdes Peninsula.
    Physical Location: Local History Center

    Biographical / Historical

    Joseph Barnett (1922-2015) was born in Mebane, North Carolina and moved to the City of Palos Verdes Estates in 1958. After working as an engineer for Douglas Aircraft, Barnett became a real estate broker in 1962 and stayed involved in real estate until his passing in 2015. Barnett was a former president of the Palos Verdes Estates Board of Realtors and also served as director of both the California Association of Realtors and the National Association of Realtors.
    Joseph Barnett was also very involved in city government. He served on the City Council for the City of Palos Verdes Estates from 1966 to 1978 and was mayor from 1968 to 1976. He served on numerous committees for the city, most notable the Planning Commission where he served for 18 years. Barnett was instrumental in the establishment of the Palos Verdes Peninsula Shoreline Preserve and in the creation of the city's Neighborhood Compatibility Ordinance.

    Conditions Governing Use

    The collection is open for research use.


    Arranged alphabetically by folder title; thereunder chronologically, with dated materials followed by undated materials.

    Scope and Contents

    The Joseph Barnett Real Estate Brochure Collection includes brochures, plot plans, floor plans and price lists for housing developments on the the Palos Verdes Peninsula and neighboring areas. Some folders include business cards of sales agents, reprints of newspaper articles, and copies of official subdivision reports. Developers and realtors represented in this collection include Ray Watt, William Polkinghorn, and William C. Kulow.
    In addition to the files on housing developments, the collection also includes bulletins from Kahlo Realty; a membership roster from the Palos Verdes Estates Board of Realtors; a Palos Verdes Peninsula Center Population Report; graphs and a newspaper article on Peninsula growth statistics; highway maps issued by the California Division of Highways and brochures for the Rolling Hills Country Club and South Shores Racquet Club.

    Immediate Source of Acquisition

    This collection is a gift from Thomas Barnett, son of Joseph Barnett. The processing of this collection was funded in part by a grant from the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act, administered by the California State Librarian.

    Processing Information

    Initial rehousing and stabilization of materials by Local History Center volunteers Alex Dan and Hiroko Yanigiharo, 2015. Final arrangement and description by Sabrina Ponce.

    Related Materials

    Oral history transcript and recording / Joseph Barnett, interviewee, 2007, Oral History Program. Palos Verdes Library District, Local History Center.
    Collection of Multiple Listing Service publications (ca 1968-1990) for the Palos Verdes Peninsula. Palos Verdes Library District, Local History Center.

    Preferred Citation

    [Name of item], Joseph Barnett real estate brochure collection (Collection 009). Local History Center, Peninsula Center Library, Palos Verdes Library District, Rolling Hills Estates, CA.

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    Real estate development -- California -- Palos Verdes Estates.
    Developers, Housing
    Floor-plan drawings
    Real estate development
    Barnett, Joseph
    Barnett, Thomas