Finding aid prepared by Jennifer Allan Goldman
California State University, Dominguez Hills
Archives & Special Collections
University Library, Room G-145
1000 E. Victoria Street
Carson, California 90747
Phone: (310) 243-3895

Descriptive Summary

Title: Watson Land Company Collection
Dates: 1927-2005
Collection Number: Consult repository.
Creator: Watson Land Company
Extent: 1 box .5 linear ft.
Repository: California State University, Dominguez Hills Archives and Special Collections
Archives & Special Collection
University Library, Room G-145
1000 E. Victoria Street
Carson, California 90747
Phone: (310) 243-3013
Abstract: A small collection of materials from the Watson Land Company, including articles of incorporation, financial statements, correspondence, newsletters, and reports.
Language: Collection material is in English

Administration Information


There are no access restrictions on this collection.

Publication Rights

All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Director of Archives and Special Collections. Permission for publication is given on behalf of Special Collections as the owner of the physical materials and not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained.

Preferred Citation

[Title of item], Watson Land Company Collection, Courtesy of the Department of Archives and Special Collections. University Library. California State University, Dominguez Hills

Project Information

This finding aid was created as part of Early Los Angeles/Rancho San Pedro Manuscript Cataloging Project, a CSU Dominguez Hills Library project funded by the National Historical Publications and Records Commission. The project started in 2005. Project Director was Greg Williams. Project Archivists were Thomas Philo and Jennifer Allan Goldman.


The Watson Estate Company was incorporated in 1912 to help protect the interests of Dolores Simona Dominguez de Watson. While the Watson Estate Company made a steady, albeit relatively small, income from leasing land, it broke with other Rancho-based companies in regularly selling off small pieces of property. The company was reincorporated as the Watson Land Company in 1927, largely as a way to have lands assessed according to richer 1920s valuations, rather than the 1913 valuation that had been used. Under reincorporation, land sales and leases gave the Watson Land Company a sounder financial foundation. As with other Rancho-based concerns, the Watson Land Company realized profits from sales and leases to oil companies; throughout its history, though, the directors of the Watson Land Company focused on the agricultural and industrial development of the land. The success of this practice grew throughout the century, and the Watson Land Company remains one of the most successful in Southern California. (From the Rancho San Pedro Collection Finding Aid)

Scope and Content

Items include “Watson in the News” company newsletters; corporate profiles and reports; brochures and articles about the company; financial statements; land reports; correspondence; and the company articles of incorporation.

Indexing Terms


Office buildings
Industrial buildings

Geographic Areas

Carson (Calif.)
Rancho Dominguez (Calif.)

Corporate Names

Watson Land Company

Related Material

Rancho San Pedro Collection
Rancho San Pedro Reference Collection

Folder 1

"Watson In the News" publications, monthly/seasonal newsletter with pieces on tenants, Waston Land Company employees, and construction progress 1968, 1976-1978, 1982, 1985, 1986, 1990, 2005

Folder 2

Corporate profile brochures (cover removed) and letter to Judson Grenier in reference to photos used in brochure 1987, 1966

Folder 3

Industrial Center brochures, including for the Watson Office Plaza and the Watson/Carson Business Park, all circa late-1970s, early-1980s 1977, 1981

Folder 4

Reprinted and photocopied articles about the Watson Industrial Center, reprint of report by "Industrial Development," correspondence from Brown Keefe Marine/Bowes regarding news releases 1964-1965, 1978, 1982

Folder 5

Articles of Incorporation, certificate from state of California, and correspondence 1927

Folder 6

Report on land sales by W.H. Daum and Staff, including correspondence to and from Hugh Arnold and a map noting the properties for possible sale 1935, 1940

Folder 7

Balance sheets, financial statements, audit reports, and other financial documents 1927, 1933, 1938, 1949-1950, 1966-1967

Folder 8

Correspondence with oil companies and other Dominguez companies, financial statements, clippings, freeway map, Copy of Watson Energy Systems, Inc. appeal to Air Pollution Control District 1927, 1930, 1934, 1939, 1944, 1966, 1976, 1986

Folder 9

Pasadena Research Institute report, "Economic Impact of Watson Industrial Center" 1980