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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Access
  • Publication Rights
  • Preferred Citation
  • Acquisition Information
  • Custodial History
  • Workman Family Biography
  • Chronology
  • Collection Description
  • Arrangement
  • Indexing Terms
  • Bibliography
  • Related Material

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Workman Family Albums
    Dates: 1887-1989
    Collection number: 100
    Creator: Workman family members
    Collection Size: 1 archival document box, 3 oversize boxes
    Repository: Loyola Marymount University. Library. Department of Archives and Special Collections.
    Los Angeles, California 90045-2659
    Abstract: This collection consists of family albums, newspaper clippings, photographs, and ephemera related to the Workman family of Los Angeles, important players in the politics and development of Los Angeles in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Workman family members in this collection include William H. Workman, mayor of Los Angeles; and Boyle Workman, Los Angeles city councilman and city historian; and Mary Julia Workman, Roman Catholic social activist.
    Physical location: Collection is stored on-site. Advance notice required for research use.
    Languages: Languages represented in the collection: English


    Collection is open to research under the terms of use of the Department of Archives and Special Collections, Loyola Marymount University.

    Publication Rights

    Materials in the Department of Archives and Special Collections may be subject to copyright. Unless explicitly stated otherwise, Loyola Marymount University does not claim ownership of the copyright of any materials in its collections. The user or publisher must secure permission to publish from the copyright owner. Loyola Marymount University does not assume any responsibility for infringement of copyright or of publication rights held by the original author or artists or his/her heirs, assigns, or executors.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Series number, Box and Folder number, Workman Family Albums, Collection 100, Department of Archives and Special Collections, William H. Hannon Library, Loyola Marymount University.

    Acquisition Information

    Gift of the Loyola Marymount University Jesuit Community. Accession number: 2011.5.

    Custodial History

    Previously in possession of the Loyola Marymount University Jesuit Community.

    Workman Family Biography

    The albums partially document the lives of these important members of the Workman family:
    • William H. Workman (1839-1918), developer of Boyle Heights, mayor of Los Angeles(1887-1888), city councilmember, and city treasuer
    • Maria Elizabeth Workman (1847-1933), wife of William H. Workman; daughter of Andrew Boyle, founder of Boyle Heights
    • Boyle Workman (1868‐1942), son of William and Maria, and a Los Angeles City councilmember in the 1920s and Public Service Commissioner, and historian of Los Angeles
    • Mary Julia Workman (1871-1964), daughter of William and Maria, and social and political activist in Los Angeles


    1868 William H. Workman marries Elizabeth Maria Elizabeth Boyle, daughter of Andrew Boyle, original developer of Boyle Heights.
    1868 Andrew Boyle Workman born.
    1871 Death of Andrew Boyle. William H. and Maria Elizabeth Workman assume ownership and management of Boyle Heights.
    1872‐1874, 1885-1880 William H. Workman serves on the Los Angeles Common (City) Council.
    1886 William H. Workman elected mayor of Los Angeles.
    1901 Mary Julia Workman helps found the Brownson House, a major Roman Catholic settlement house in Los Angeles.
    1902-1907 William H. Workman serves as treasurer of the City of Los Angeles.
    1913-1917 Boyle Workman serves on the Los Angeles Public Service Commission.
    1918 William H. Workman dies.
    1919-1927 Boyle Workman serves on the Los Angeles City Council.
    1926 Mary Julia Workman awarded papal medal Pro Ecclesia et Pontifice for service to Roman Catholic Church.
    1927-1928 Mary Julia Workman serves on the Los Angeles City Civil Service Commission.
    1933 Maria Elizabeth Workman dies.
    1935 Boyle Workman publishes The City that Grew, his history of the city of Los Angeles.
    1938 Mary Julia Workman participates in the successful recall campaign of corrupt Los Angeles mayor Frank Shaw.
    1942 Boyle Workman dies.
    1964 Mary Julia Workman dies.

    Collection Description

    This collection consists of family albums, family ephemera, photographs, and newspaper clippings. The bulk of the collection is the family albums, which are scrapbooks with materials on Workman family history. Loose materials sometimes accompany the albums. Of particular interest are newspapers from Boyle Heights with much information on businesses, persons, and churches there. The newspaper clippings that the Workmans collected emphasize early Los Angeles history and the family’s contribution to this history.
    The collection also contains ephemera, some of which documents Los Angeles history. See for example, the program for the groundbreaking ceremony for the city hall in 1926 (Box 1, Folder 8).
    There is some material not related to the Workmans. This includes, for example, a photograph and bibliography of the works of Charles Lummis. One album concerns Frederick J. Seidenberg, S. J., of Detroit, a sociologist and Jesuit active in labor affairs and acquaintance of Mary Julia Workman and Charlotte Masson (neé Workman).


    The Workman Family Albums is arranged by individual album; loose materials that came with the album have been placed in individual folders. There were also loose materials not found with the albums that have been arranged in folders as well.

    Indexing Terms

    The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.
    Workman family
    Workman, Andrew Boyle, 1968-1942
    Workman, Mary Julia, 1871-1964
    Workman, William H., 1839-1918
    Workman, Maria Elizabeth, 1847-1933
    Workman family--Political activity--History--19th century--Sources
    Workman family--Political activity--History--20th century--Sources
    Women civic leaders--California--Los Angeles--History--20th century--Sources
    Civic leaders--California--History--20th century--Sources
    California--Politics and government--1850-1950--Sources
    California--Los Angeles--Boyle Heights


    For background information on the Workman family, consult the following works:
    Engh, Michael. Mary Julia Workman, the Catholic Conscience of Los Angeles. California History (1993): 2-19.
    Engh, Michael. Workman, Mary Julia (1871-1964). Encyclopedia of American Catholic History. Collegeville, Minnesota, 1997. Pp. 1517-1518.
    Newmark, Marco. The Workman Family in Los Angeles. Historical Society of Southern California Quarterly 32 (1950): 316-325.
    Rowland, Donald E. John Rowland and William Workman: Southern California Pioneers of 1841. Spokane: Arthur H. Clark Co.; Los Angeles: Historical Society of Southern California, 1999.
    Workman, Boyle. The City That Grew. Los Angeles: The Southland Publishing Co., 1935

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