Finding Aid of The Scribes records 0022

Finding aid prepared by Rebecca Hirsch
The processing of this collection and the creation of this finding aid was funded by the generous support of the National Historic Publications and Records Commission.
USC Libraries Special Collections
Doheny Memorial Library 206
3550 Trousdale Parkway
Los Angeles, California, 90089-0189

Title: The Scribes records
Collection number: 0022
Contributing Institution: USC Libraries Special Collections
Language of Material: English
Container: 1
Physical Description: 1.25 Linear feet 1 box
Date (bulk): Bulk, 1935-1960
Date (inclusive): 1900-1969
Abstract: This collection contains records pertaining to the operations of the The Scribes club, which was founded in 1897 and met every other Tuesday evening in Los Angeles. Club records include correspondence, membership rosters, bylaws, minutes of meetings, and clippings files on club members.
creator: Chase, Ralph A.

Historical Note

The Scribes was a club founded in 1897 by the newspapermen Dr. Harry E. Brook, George A. Dobinson, and R.H. Chapman. The club met every other Tuesday evening, and meetings generally consisted of a speaker followed by a discussion on the presentation of the speaker. The club's membership was strictly limited to 27 active members at any time. While the club's composition was initially comprised of newspapermen, it grew to include a number of other professionals, including lawyers, doctors and university professors. Many of the members held positions of prominence in the Los Angeles area, including: Gaylord Wilshire; John C. Austin, architect of a number of buildings at UCLA; Ford A. Carpenter, manager of the Department of Meteorology and Aeronautics at the Los Angeles Chamber of Commerce; Edward Dickson, President of Western Federal Savings; John Randolph Haynes, president of the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power; Vierling Kersey, superintendent of the Los Angeles City schools; and Dr. George H. Kress, Dean of the Los Angeles Department of the College of Medicine of the University of California.

Scope and Content

The collection contains records pertaining to The Scribes club. Records include printed and typed membership rosters, club bylaws, minutes of club meetings, and reminders of meetings. Also included are files containing members' correspondence and publications and clippings about the club's members. Most of the correspondence pertains to the reasons members will not be attending club meetings.

Conditions Governing Access

COLLECTION STORED OFF-SITE. Advance notice required for access. Consult finding aid for additional information.

Conditions Governing Use

The collection contains published articles; researchers are reminded of the copyright restrictions imposed by publishers on reusing their articles and parts of books. It is the responsibility of researchers to acquire permission from publishers when reusing such materials. The copyright to unpublished materials belongs to the heirs of the writers. Permission to publish, quote, or reproduce must be secured from the repository and the copyright holder.


The Scribes records were donated to the University of Southern California by Ralph A. Chase, a Los Angeles lawyer who had been a member of the club since 1942, in 1969.

Preferred Citation

[Box/folder# or name], The Scribes records, Collection no. 0022, Special Collections, USC Libraries, University of Southern California.

Subjects and Indexing Terms

Chase, Ralph A. -- Archives
Haynes, John Randolph, b. 1853
Kress, George H.
Scribes (Organization : Los Angeles, Calif.). -- Archives
Los Angeles (Calif.)--History--Archival resources
Private clubs--California--Los Angeles--Archival resources