Arthur L. Erb Papers

Finding aid prepared by Gina C Giang.
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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
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.

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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)


Box 1

Books, 1931-1938

  • Photobook related to Arthur Leslie Erb, undated.
  • Gillespie's Guide: Los Angeles, 1931.
  • American Armies and Battlefields in Europe, 1938.
Oversize folder 1

Printed material, 1931, 1935

  • Constitution of Beverly Hills Bar Association [printed], 1931.
  • Beverly Hills Citizen, volume XIII, number 10, 1935 August 22.
Oversize folder 2

Photographs, 1926-1944

  • Beverly Hills Police Department, 1944, undated.
  • Beverly Hills City Council, 1934.
  • Beverly Hills Hotel, 1926, 1940.
Volumes 1-3

Albums related to Arthur L. Erb and Beverly Hills, 1926-2013

Volume 4

Album of Philip Chandler's house, 1916-1922

Roll 1

Maps, undated

Section of Iverness Ave. and Hillhurst Avenue, Los Angeles.
Includes copy.