Finding Aid for the Uplifters Club Records, 1909-1976

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UCLA Library, Department of Special Collections
Manuscripts Division
Room A1713, Charles E. Young Research Library
Box 951575
Los Angeles, CA 90095-1575
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Descriptive Summary

Title: Uplifters Club Records
Date (inclusive): 1909-1976
Collection number: 2062
Creator: Uplifters Club.
Extent: 4 boxes (2 linear ft.) 3 oversize boxes.
Abstract: The Uplifters Club was founded in Dec. 1913 at the Los Angeles Athletic Club by Harry Marston Haldeman and a small group of business and professional men; acquired a country home in Rustic Canyon; activities included monthly dinner meetings, polo games, annual outings, and organized entertainment at which stage and screen celebrities performed; the Club ended in 1947. Includes minute books, miscellaneous financial, real estate, and other records, photographs, copy photographs, clippings, and ephemera relating to Rustic Canyon.
Repository: University of California, Los Angeles. Library. Department of Special Collections.
Los Angeles, California 90095-1575
Physical location: Stored off-site at SRLF. Advance notice is required for access to the collection. Please contact the UCLA Library, Department of Special Collections Reference Desk for paging information.

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Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Uplifters Club Records (Collection 2062). Department of Special Collections, Charles E. Young Research Library, UCLA.

UCLA Catalog Record ID

UCLA Catalog Record ID: 4233915 


The Uplifters Club derived from the dinner meetings of a group of Los Angeles Athletic Club members, prominent amongst whom was Harry Marston Haldeman. Their first official dinner as Uplifters was held on December 10, 1913 and their purpose was to "uplift art, promote good fellowship and build a closer aquaintance," among members. Social traditions that were established in addition to the dinner meetings included Annual Outings and Poets' Dinners, and High Jinx. L. Frank Baum was a founder member and wrote the official song, "Haldeman."
During the twenties, the Uplifters acquired a country home in Rustic Canyon, Santa Monica, which was incorporated in 1920, after which the history of the management of Country Home and the Uplifters Social Club are intertwined. A Club house was built and dedicated in 1923 and other facilities added included a polo field. Social events continued through the thirties and, gradually dwindling in number, into the forties. The Club ended in 1947.
The records in this collection were brought together by Mrs. Betty Lou Young and her son Thomas in the course of research for their (Box 2, folder 12) which contains a chapter entitled, "The Story of the Uplifters. In search of the Land of Oz," pages 53-86.

Scope and Content

Collection consists of minute books, miscellaneous financial, real estate, and other records, photographs, copy photographs, clippings, and ephemera. Includes an historical account of the Club, a photograph album of members, photographs of the Will Rogers Ranch, sheet music and song books, a copy of the articles of incorporation, and ephemera relating to Rustic Canyon.

Indexing Terms

The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.


Uplifters Club --Archives.

Genres and Forms of Material


Container List


Minute Books

Box 1

Uplifters Country Home 1920-1929

Physical Description: 1 bound volume.

Scope and Content Note

Includes copy articles of incorporation of Home, and by-laws, 1920.
Box 1

Directors of the Uplifters 1923-1929

Physical Description: 2 bound volumes.

Scope and Content Note

Volume 2 includes by-laws.

Various Records

Box 2, Folder 1

Uplifters hymnals 1916, 1929, 1933, 1938

Physical Description: 4 items.
Box 2, Folder 2

Certificate of incorporation of the Uplifters 1920 November 18

Physical Description: 3 items.

Scope and Content Note

Includes related items, 1920.
Box 2, Folder 3

Deeds for Uplifter property 1921

Physical Description: 11 items.
Box 2, Folder 4

Miscellaneous financial records 1921-1939

Box 2, Folder 5

Guarantee of title 1923 October 9

Box 2, Folder 5

Agreement between Santa Monica Bay Telephone Company and the Uplifters Club [1927 November 8?]

Box 2, Folder 5

Confidential report on an employee 1942 November 2

Box 2, Folder 5

Postcard, "Concert in Bohemian Grove, Russian River, California."

Box 2, Folder 6

Historical account, "High spots in the history of the Uplifters from October 1913 to May 1923" ca. 1923

Creator/Collector: [by Harry M. Haldeman]
Physical Description: 8 leaves typed (carbon copy).
Box 2, Folder 7

Uplifters Country Home, rules and regulations adopted 1930 November 4

Physical Description: 13 leaves typed (carbon copy)
Box 2, Folder 8

Account book 1931

Physical Description: 1 bound volume
Box 2, Folder 9

Notes payable to the Bank of America by the Uplifters Country Home 1932-1936

Box 2, Folder 10

Escrow statements re. Uplifters Country Home 1936-1938

Box 2, Folder 11

Transcripts, "the story of the Uplifters, 1936-1938 as carried in the Mercury Magazine" 1974-1976

Creator/Collector: prepared by Betty Lou Young
Physical Description: 1 binder, typed.
Box 2, Folder 12

Book, "Rustic Canyon and the story of the Uplifters" 1975

Creator/Collector: by Betty Lou Young. Santa Monica, Casa Veija Press.

Copy Photographic Prints of Various Original Photographs, Clippings and Ephemera

Scope and Content Note

The items contained in boxed 3-5 were made in the course of research for the book, Rustic Canyon and the story of the Uplifters, (box 1 folder 12) by Thomas R. Young.


An asterisk (*) after folder title indicated additional material about that subject is to be found in Box 5.
Box 3, Folders 1-2

Canyon homes.*

Physical Description: [folder 1: 8 items; folder 2: 33 items.]
Box 3, Folder 3

Huntington Hartford Foundation.

Physical Description: 3 items.
Box 3, Folder 4

Josepho Ranch.

Physical Description: 32 items.
Box 3, Folder 5

Josepho Ranch, camp.*

Physical Description: 14 items.
Box 3, Folder 6


Physical Description: 4 items.
Box 3, Folder 7

Murphy Ranch.*

Physical Description: 2 items.
Box 3, Folder 8

Polo field, players.*

Physical Description: 15 items.
Box 4, Folder 1

Uplifters Club. Emblems, etc.

Physical Description: 4 items.
Box 4, Folder 2

Uplifters Club. Clubhouse.*

Physical Description: 14 items.
Box 4, Folder 3

Uplifters Club. Members - cartoons and drawings.*

Physical Description: 23 items.
Box 4, Folder 4

Uplifters Club. Members - photographs.*

Physical Description: 28 items.
Box 4, Folder 5

Uplifters Club. Miscellaneous social events.

Physical Description: 4 items.
Box 4, Folder 6

Uplifters Club. Outings, high jinx.*

Physical Description: 18 items.
Box 4, Folder 7

Will Rogers. Portraits, including some family groups

Physical Description: 19 items.
Box 4, Folder 8

Will Rogers Ranch. Exteriors.*

Physical Description: 16 items.
Box 4, Folder 9

Will Rogers Ranch. Grounds, polo gield, etc.*

Physical Description: 14 items.
Box 4, Folder 10

Will Rogers Ranch. Interiors.*

Physical Description: 11 items.
Box 4, Folder 11

Will Rogers Ranch. Miscellaneous.*

Physical Description: 7 items.
Box 4, Folder 12

Peter Robert Gadd, Jr., 1921-2003. Family remembrances and program for memorial service.

Box 5

Portrait of Gene Smith / Snowy Baker.


Photograph not by Thomas R. Young.
Box 5

Photograph of clubhouse?


Photograph not by Thomas R. Young.
Box 5

Sheet music and songbooks 1909-1913

Physical Description: 6 items.

Scope and Content Note

  1. By Charles Wakefield Cadman (composer)
    • "Four American Indian Songs"
    • "From the land of sky-blue water"
    • "I hear a thrush at eve"
    • "The morning of the year. A song cycle for four solo voices"
  2. By Ernest R. Ball (composer), lyric by Chauncey Olcott and Geo. Graft, Jr.
    • "When Irish eyes are smiling" (2 items)
Box 6

Album containing portrait photographs of the Uplifters Club members.

Box 7

Photograph of Valley elevation

Box 7

Cartoon: The Uplifter's "Movie Dinner" 1916 August 30

Super Oversize Folder 1

Panoramic view of Rustic Canyon 1920s

Physical Description: Photograph.