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Finding Aid of the B.L. Engineering, Inc. Archive 0504
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  • Preferred Citation
  • Conditions Governing Access
  • Conditions Governing Use
  • Historical Note
  • Scope and Content
  • Acquisition
  • Processing Information

  • Title: B.L. Engineering, Inc. Archive
    Collection number: 0504
    Contributing Institution: USC Libraries Special Collections
    Language of Material: English
    Physical Description: 42.0 Linear feet 42 boxes
    Date (inclusive): 1969-1998
    Abstract: The B.L. Engineering Inc. archive contains the papers of the civil engineering firm B.L. Engineering, Inc., including contracts, project files, financial records, plans and drawings. The firm, founded in 1969 and owned by the Cuban American Carlos Sebastian Lorente, worked on projects throughout Los Angeles and the region.
    creator: B.L. Engineering, Inc.

    Preferred Citation

    [Box/folder# or item name], B.L. Engineering Archive (Carlos Sebastian Lorente), Collection no. 0504, Boeckmann Center for Iberian and Latin American Studies, Special Collections, USC Libraries, University of Southern California

    Conditions Governing Access

    COLLECTION STORED OFF-SITE. Advance notice required for access.

    Conditions Governing Use

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

    Historical Note

    B.L. Engineering, Inc., was founded in 1969 by Carlos Sebastian Lorente (owner), and partners Thomas Buenafe and Walter Gregory. The firm was a civil engineering consulting firm that did work for a number of architectural firms, engineers and goverment agencies. In the 1970s, the firm did a significant amount of work for the Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA) of the City of Los Angeles. Many of their projects were for educational institutions, but they also consulted on the construction of churches, bus maintenance facilities, and civic centers. The firm was disolved after the death of Lorente in 1993.

    Scope and Content

    Collection contains the archives of the civil engineering firm B.L. Engineering, Inc. These files include project files, project specifications and standards, financial records, correspondence, bills and contracts. Also included in this collection are 32 boxes with oversized technical drawings and plans of many of the firm's projects.


    Donated to the Boeckmann Center by USC alumna Yolanda Lorente between 1995 and 2011.

    Processing Information

    The files in this collection retain their original titles but have been rehoused and rearranged.

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    B.L. Engineering, Inc. -- Archives
    Community Redevelopment Agency of the City of Los Angeles. -- Archives
    Lorente, Carlos S., (Carlos Sebastian), 1928-1993 -- Archives
    Architectural drawings (visual works)
    Civil engineering--California--Archival resources
    Cuban American business enterprises--California--Los Angeles--Archival resources
    Industrial management--Archival resources
    Los Angeles--History--Archival resources
    Minority-owned engineering firms--California--Los Angeles--Archival resources
    Regional planning--California, Southern--Archival resources