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Arthur L. Erb Papers
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  • Administrative Information
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  • Indexing Terms

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Arthur L. Erb papers
    Inclusive Dates: 1926-2013
    Collection Number: mssErb
    Collector: Erb, Arthur Leslie, 1923-1983
    Extent: 1 box, 4 albums, 2 oversize folders, and 1 roll (3.33 linear feet)
    Repository: The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens
    1151 Oxford Road
    San Marino, California 91108
    Phone: (626) 405-2191
    Fax: (626) 449-5720
    Email: reference@huntington.org
    URL: http://www.huntington.org
    Abstract: The Arthur L. Erb papers consist primarily of material related to Arthur Leslie Erb and his career in Beverly Hills, California from 1926-2013.
    Language of Material: The material is in English.

    Administrative Information


    The collection is open to qualified researchers by prior application through the Reader Services Department. For more information, please go to following web site .

    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] Arthur L. Erb papers. The Huntington Library, San Marino, California.

    Acquisition Information

    Gift of Eunice Erb Goodan, December 2015.


    Arthur Leslie Erb (1923-1983) was an American judge, lawyer, and mayor. He married Eunice Highland Reeder in October 1924; their daughter Eunice Erb Goodan was married to Douglas “Doug” Goodan, grandson of Harry Chandler. Erb was appointed as the first judge of the then newly established Beverly Hills city court in June 1932. He also started the first law office in Beverly Hills and was the first president of the Beverly Hills Bar Association. From the 1930s-1940s, he served as a councilman and mayor in Beverly Hills, and stepped down as mayor in 1945.

    Scope and Content

    This papers consist primarily of material related to Arthur Leslie Erb and his career in Beverly Hills, California, from 1926-2013. Box 1 includes a photobook related to Erb; Gillespie’s Guide: Los Angeles (1931); and American Armies and Battlefields in Europe (1938). Oversize folder 1 includes a copy of the Constitution of Beverly Hills Bar Association and The Beverly Hills Citizen newspaper volume XIII, number 10. Oversize folder 2 includes photographs of the following: Beverly Hills Police Department; Beverly Hills City Council; and events at the Beverly Hills Hotel. Albums 1-3 contain certificates, clippings, letters, programs, and letters related to Erb’s career and Beverly Hills from 1926-2013. Album 4 contains photographs related to the construction and completion of Philip Chandler’s house in Pasadena from 1916-1922. The undated map, along with a copy, shows a section of Inverness Ave and Hillhurst Avenue in Los Angeles.

    Indexing Terms

    Personal Names

    Erb, Arthur Leslie, 1923-1983

    Corporate Names

    Beverly Hills Bar Association


    Municipal government -- California -- Beverly Hills

    Geographic Areas

    Beverly Hills (Calif.) -- History
    Beverly Hills (Calif.) -- Politics and government


    Albums (books)
    Clippings (information artifacts)
    Letters (correspondence)
    Maps (documents)