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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Access
  • Publication Rights
  • Preferred Citation
  • Acquisition Information
  • Fritz Burns Biography
  • Chronology
  • Collection Description
  • Arrangement
  • Indexing Terms
  • Bibliography
  • Related Collections

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Fritz Burns papers
    Bulk Dates: 1939-1972
    Collection number: CSLA-2
    Creator: Burns, Fritz
    Creator: Marlow, F. W.
    Collection Size: 21.5 linear feet
    Repository: Loyola Marymount University. Library. Department of Archives and Special Collections.
    Los Angeles, California 90045-2659
    Abstract: The collection contains business files from Fritz Burns's association with Fred W. Marlow. There is also biograpical information about Burns and photographs of Burns, his wife Gladys, son F. Patrick, and others. Many photographs show Hawaiian hotels in which Burns had a business interest along with Henry J. Kaiser and Conrad Hilton.
    Physical location: Collection stored offsite. Research use requires both an advance notice of intent to use the collection and an appointment. To schedule an appointment, please contact the Department of Archives and Special Collection, William H. Hannon Library, Loyola Marymount University: 310-338-2780, 310-338-5357.
    Languages: Languages represented in the collection:English


    The Fritz Burns Papers are part of the Thomas and Dorothy Leavey Center for the Study of Los Angeles Research Collection, a program of the Thomas and Dorothy Leavey Center for the Study of Los Angeles, Loyola Marymount University. The Department of Archives and Special Collections, Loyola Marymount University, administers the Research Collection. Collection is open to research under the terms of use of the Department of Archives and Special Collections, William H. Hannon Library, 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, Fritz Burns papers, CSLA-2, Department of Archives and Special Collections, William H. Hannon Library, Loyola Marymount University.

    Acquisition Information

    The Fritz B. Burns Foundation donated this collection to LMU in 1996 (Accession Number: 1996.26).

    Fritz Burns Biography

    Fritz Bernard Burns (1899-1979), born in Minneapolis, Minnesota, was a powerful real estate developer in Southern California. As vice-president of Dickenson & Gillepsie real estate firm in Los Angeles in the 1920s, he oversaw the development of Palisades Del Rey (now Play Del Rey). With partner F. W. Marlow, he was involved in the development of Westchester, Windsor Hills, Panorama City, parts of North Hollywood and other areas in Los Angeles. Such projects made him a prominent developer in Los Angeles and a leader in the development of mass-produced housing, resulting in community development and the notion of middle class ownership of homes as a way of life. He was, consequently, a leading civic figure in the city. Burns was also a major philanthropic benefactor to Roman Catholic institutions, including Loyola Marymount University and Aquinas College. Burns was President of the Home Builders Association of Los Angeles in 1942 and of the National Association of Home Builders in 1945.
    1899 Born Fritz Bernard Burns, Minneapolis, Minnesota
    1916-1932 Salesman, sales manager, and executive vice president, Dickinson & Gillespie Corporation. Responsible for the development of Palisades del Rey, a beachfront area of Los Angeles County.
    1924 Marries Lucille Robinson, whom he divorced in 1927. The couple has one son, Fritz Patrick Burns (1925-1980).
    1937-1944 General partner with F. W. Marlow in Marlow-Burns Development Company, which develops Windsor Hills, Toluca Wood, Westchester, and parts of West Los Angeles.
    1940 Marries Gladys Carson Scheller (1897-1985).
    1945 With Henry J. Kaiser forms Kaiser Community Homes. Best known development is Panorama City. Also the two partners develop properties in Hawaii.
    1955 Burns receives "Man of Achievement" award from the Los Angeles Chamber of Commerce.
    1960-1979 CEO, Fritz B. Burns and Associates. Partner in development of hotels and shopping centers in the Los Angeles area.
    1979 Death of Fritz B. Burns.

    Collection Description

    The Fritz Burns Papers (CSLA-2)consist of textual and non-textual materials that provide excellent coverage of the development of Los Angeles in in the 1940s and 1950s. The holdings cover the following partnerships of Burns: Marlow-Burns Development Co.; Murphy-Baker-Burns; Marlow-Burns Investment Co.; Marlow & Co.; Marlow-Burns and Co. The holdings in these areas include information on properties owned by Burns with these various partners. There are partnership agreements, leases, mortgage and tax information, internal office memos, real estate brochures and maps, and other materials pertaining to property ownership.
    In addition there are newspaper clippings and scrapbooks with articles related to Burns's real estate developments. Filling out the collection are photographs of Fritz Burns, Burns and his business associates, Burns and his family, and some of his developments. Finally there is memorabilia consisting of the many awards that Burns received for his philanthropy and professional achievements.


    The Fritz Burns Papers (CSLA-2) are arranged in five series:
    • Series One: Business Files, 1939-1985
    • Series Two: Biographical Files, 1922-1982
    • Series Three: Scrapbooks and Clippings, 1939-1966
    • Series Four: Photographs, 1922-probably 1973
    • Series Five: Awards and Honors, 1918-1979

    Indexing Terms

    The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.
    Burns, Fritz
    Marlow, F. W. (Fred W.)
    Marlow-Burns Development Company -- Archives
    Real estate developers -- California, Southern -- Biography -- Sources
    Real estate development -- California, Southern -- History -- Sources
    Los Angeles (Calif.) -- History -- 20th century -- Sources
    Philanthropists -- California -- Los Angeles -- Biography -- Sources


    Keane, James Thomas. Fritz B. Burns and the Development of Los Angeles. Los Angeles, 2001