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  • Overview of the Collection
  • Access
  • Administrative Information
  • Biographical Note of Homer D. Crotty
  • Biographical Note of Ida Hull Lloyd Crotty
  • Scope and Content
  • Arrangement
  • Indexing Terms

  • Overview of the Collection

    Title: Homer D. Crotty Papers and Addenda
    Dates (inclusive): 1859-2011
    Collection Number: mssCrotty papers and addenda
    Creator: Crotty, Homer D., Crotty, Homer D., Mrs.
    Extent: 22,236 pieces in 183 boxes.
    Repository: The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens. Manuscripts Department
    1151 Oxford Road
    San Marino, California 91108
    Phone: (626) 405-2129
    Email: reference@huntington.org
    URL: http://www.huntington.org
    Abstract: This collection contains the personal and professional papers of California lawyer, philanthropist, and book collector Homer D. Crotty (1899-1972) and his wife, Ida Hull Lloyd Crotty (1910-2000).
    Language: English.


    Open to qualified researchers by prior application through the Reader Services Department. For more information, contact Reader Services.

    Administrative Information

    Publication Rights

    The Huntington Library does not require that researchers request permission to quote from or publish images of this material, nor does it charge fees for such activities. The responsibility for identifying the copyright holder, if there is one, and obtaining necessary permissions rests with the researcher.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item]. Homer D. Crotty Papers and Addenda, The Huntington Library, San Marino, California.


    Gift of Ida Hull Lloyd Crotty, December 1990. The addenda was added in November 2006, May 2008, and May 2011.

    Biographical Note of Homer D. Crotty

    Homer D. Crotty (March 15, 1899 – March 29, 1972) was an American lawyer based in Los Angeles, California. Born and raised in Oakland, California, by Daniel and Mary Frances Crotty, Homer was the older of two children. After graduating from Oakland’s public school system, Homer received his B.A. (1920) and J.D. (1922) from the University of California and LL.M. from Harvard Law School (1923). Later in life he was awarded honorary degrees from Trinity College, Dublin (LL.D. in 1960) and California Western University (L.H.D. in 1964). In 1922 he was admitted into the State Bar of California. In August 1923, Homer was hired as an associate attorney by Gibson, Dunn and Crutcher in Los Angeles. He became a senior partner of the firm in 1931 and handled a number of important assignments, including the Richfield Oil Corporation Receivership during the Great Depression era. Homer was also an active member of the State Bar of California, serving as a member and chairman of the Committee of Bar Examiners from 1942-1947, member of the Board of Governors from 1948-1951, and as President of the State Bar from 1950-1951. Other organizations he was involved in were the American Bar Association (Chairman of the Section on Legal Education), the American Law Institute, Los Angeles County Bar Association, the American Judicature Society, the Selden Society, the American Society of International Law, the International Bar Association, the Chancery Club, and the American Bar Foundation. In addition to his legal duties, Homer was known for his interests in civic affairs and book collecting. He was a charter member of the Friends (1939-1957) and chairman of the Board of Trustees (1957-1972) of the Huntington Library, director of the California Historical Society, trustee of the Claremont Colleges (1941-1972), president of Southwest Museum (1945-1971), director of Lloyd Corporation (1953-1971), and member of the California, Jonathan, Sunset, Grolier, and Zamorano clubs.

    Biographical Note of Ida Hull Lloyd Crotty

    Ida Hull Lloyd Crotty (November 7, 1910 – September 3, 2000) was the wife of Homer D. Crotty. Born in Portland, Oregon, Ida was the youngest of four daughters of Ralph B. Lloyd and Lulu Nettie Hull Lloyd. She attended Marlborough School in Los Angeles and received her B.Ed. in Art from UCLA in 1933. She and Homer were married in 1934, and they had two daughters (Anne and Mary) and two sons (Daniel and Peter). Throughout her lifetime Ida Hull was actively engaged in various philanthropic and civic works. She has made monetary donations to the Caltech Seismological Laboratory for earthquake studies, construction of the Lloyd House (a Caltech student dormitory), endowment of the Concert Master’s Chair at the Pasadena Symphony Association, and numerous financial and book donations to the Huntington Library and other cultural and charitable institutions. She has served as a board member of the Honnold Library at Claremont Colleges, member of the Board of Trustees of the Huntington Library, founding member of the Los Angeles Music Center, and trustee of the Ralph B. Lloyd Foundation.

    Scope and Content

    The Homer D. Crotty papers and addenda are one unified collection of papers with two separate organizational schemes.
    The Homer D. Crotty papers were organized in accordance to the original order as received by The Huntington Library and without any series designations. The papers consists primarily of Homer D. Crotty’s business and organization papers, including agreements, bylaws, clippings, correspondence, financial records, insurance records, invitations, lists, memorandums, minutes, notes, pamphlets, photos, programs, receipts, reports, speeches, tax records, time sheets, typescripts, and writings. The papers also include a small amount of education and personal records.
    The addenda is organized into three series: 1) Personal papers 2)Organizations 3)Oversize
    Personal papers include records related to the personal lives of Homer and Ida Crotty, such as correspondence, book catalogs, birth certificates, death certificates, diaries, passports, photos, notebooks, speeches, travel ephemeral, and writings. This series is arranged alphabetically by genre.
    Organization records document the creators’ participation in various clubs, charities, legal associations, and nonprofit organizations. This series is arranged alphabetically by organization name.
    Oversize items include architectural drawings, lecture notes, letter books (correspondence), photos, prints, and textbooks. This series is arranged by item size.


    The collection is arranged in the following series:
    • Papers
    • Addenda--personal papers
    • Addenda--organizations
    • Addenda--oversize

    Indexing Terms

    The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the Huntington Library's Online Catalog.  

    Personal and Corporate Names

    Crotty, Homer D.
    Crotty, Ida Hull Lloyd
    Ackerman, Page, d. 2006
    Adams, Thomas Randolph, 1921-2008
    American Bar Association.
    American Bar Association. Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar
    American Bar Center. Fellows of the American Bar Foundation
    American Bar Foundation
    American Judicature Society
    American Law Institute.
    American Society for Legal History
    American Society of International Law.
    Anderson, J. N. D. (James Norman Dalrymple), Sir, 1908-
    Andrews, Fletcher R. (Fletcher Reed)
    Angell, Homer D.
    Aspey, Stacy H.
    Assistance League of Southern California
    Association of Independent California Colleges and Universities
    Atlantic Richfield Co.
    Avery, R. Stanton, 1907-
    Avery Products Corporation
    Ayer, Charles Fanning, 1865-1956.
    Baker, North, 1912-1991
    Baldwin, Hanson Weightman, 1903-1991
    Ballantine, Henry Winthrop, 1880-1951
    Barnum, Cyrus P., 1914-
    Barr, Richard L. (Richard Lewis), 1956-
    Barrett, Clifton Waller, 1901-
    Barwick, Garfield, Sir, 1903-
    Bator, Paul
    Baughman, Roland Orvil, 1902-1967
    Bechtel, Edwin DeTurck, 1880-1957
    Bender, J. Terry (John Terry)
    Benson, George C. S. (George Charles Sumner), 1908-1999
    Bentley, Gerald Eades, 1901-1994
    Bibliographical Society of America
    Biggs, Donald C. (Donald Clair), 1927-
    Bliss, Carey S.
    Blodgett, Peter J. (Peter John), 1954-
    Blum, Virgil C.
    Bond, W. H. (William Henry), 1915-2005
    Borgeson, Earl C.
    Boyd, Julian P. (Julian Parks), 1903-1980
    Bradway, John S. (John Saeger), 1890-1985
    Brand, George E.
    Brandt, Karl, 1899-1975
    Brashear, Ronald, 1954-
    Breitel, Charles D.
    British Institute of International and Comparative Law.
    Brucker, Wilber Marion, 1894-1968
    Bureau for Intercultural Education (U.S.)
    Burgess, Kenneth Farwell, b. 1887
    Burke, Louis H., 1905-
    Burke, Martin J.
    Cahill, Arthur James, 1878-1970
    California. Disaster Office
    California. Division of Corporations
    California. Franchise Tax Board
    California. Legislature. Assembly
    California. Office of Civil Defense
    California. Secretary of State
    California. Superior Court (Los Angeles County)
    California Alumni Association
    California Arboretum Foundation
    California Club (Los Angeles, Calif.)
    California Code Commission
    California Historical Society
    California Institute of Technology.
    California State University, Fullerton. University Library. Special Collections Section
    California State University, San Bernardino
    California Student Bar Association
    Carrington, Paul
    Case, Lee O. (Lee Owen), 1895-
    Casner, A. James (Andrew James), 1907-1990
    Catholic Church. Archdiocese of Los Angeles (Calif.)
    Chapel, Charles Edward, 1904-1967
    Chappell, R. Harvey (Robert Harvey), 1926-
    Cheatham, Elliott Evans, 1888-1972
    Christianson, Gale E.
    Christol, Carl Quimby, 1913-
    Claremont Campus Corporation
    Claremont Colleges
    Claremont Graduate School
    Claremont McKenna College
    Clifford, Henry H.
    Cockerill, Orville P. (Orville Porter), b. 1875
    Coffman, Lynn Dale, 1905-
    Cohen, George W.
    Cole, Arthur Harrison, 1889-1974
    Committee for the Defense of the Constitution
    Coons, Arthur Gardiner, 1900-1968
    Corwin, Edward Samuel, 1878-1963
    Council on Foreign Relations.
    Countryman, Vern
    Crotty, Anne L.
    Crotty, Daniel L.
    Crowther, Geoffrey, Sir, 1907-
    Currie, Brainerd
    Cutter, R. Ammi (Richard Ammi), b. 1902
    Darrell, Norris
    Davidson, Alexander, Jr.
    Davies, David William, 1908-
    Davies, Godfrey, 1892-1957
    Davis, Edna Elizabeth Lloyd
    Dawson, Ernest, 1881-1947
    Dawson, Glen, 1912-
    Dean, Arthur H.
    Decker, Charles L. (Charles Lowman), 1906-1983
    Dentzel, Carl S.
    Dimock, E. J. (Edward Jordan), b. 1890
    Dougan, Robert O.
    Drinan, Robert F.
    DuBridge, Lee A. (Lee Alvin), 1901-1994.
    Dumke, Glenn S.
    Duschnes, Philip C.
    Earl Warren Legal Institute
    Earle, Homer P.
    Edgerton, Henry White, 1888-1970
    Elliott, Shelden D. (Shelden Douglass), 1906-
    Ely, Northcutt, 1903-
    Erburu, Robert F.
    Evans, Herbert M. (Herbert McLean), 1882-1971
    Evans, Orrin B., 1910-
    Federal Reserve Bank of New York
    Fisher, Harold H. (Harold Henry), 1890-
    Fisk, Helen G. (Helen Graves), 1895-1986
    Ford, Leland M.
    Fordham, Jefferson Barnes
    Forkosch, Morris D.
    Frankfurter, Felix, 1882-1965
    Fuller, Lon L. (Lon Luvois), 1902-1978
    Gambrell, E. Smythe (Enoch Smythe), 1896-1986
    Gellhorn, Walter, 1906-1995
    George Harding's Bookshop
    Gibson, Dunn and Crutcher
    Gimbel Brothers
    Goodrich, Herbert F. (Herbert Funk), 1889-1962
    Goodspeed's Book Shop (Boston, Mass.)
    Greater Los Angeles Zoo Association
    Griswold, Erwin N. (Erwin Nathaniel), 1904-1994
    Grolier Club
    Hackworth, Green Haywood, 1883-1973
    Hagedorn, Hermann, 1882-1964.
    Hale, William G. (William Green), b. 1881
    Hall, Livingston, 1903-
    Harmon, Reginald Carl, 1900-1992
    Harmsen, Tyrus G.
    Harno, Albert James, 1889-1966
    Harnwell, G. P. (Gaylord Probasco), 1903-1982
    Harper, Lawrence A. (Lawrence Averell), 1901-
    Hart, James D. (James David), 1911-1990
    Harvard Law Review Association
    Harvard Law School.
    Harvey Mudd College
    Hastings, Robert P. (Robert Pusey), 1910-1996
    Havighurst, Harold Canfield, 1897-
    Hazard, Geoffrey C.
    Heiskell, Charles L.
    Henry E. Huntington Library and Art Gallery.
    Hereford, Rockwell, 1902-
    Herring, Hubert Clinton, 1889-1967
    Hertzberger, Menno
    Hervey, John G. (John Gaines), 1900-1975
    Heuston, R. F. V.
    Hickman, George W. (George Washington), 1904-1993
    Hillings, Patrick J., 1923-
    Hogan, John C. (John Charles)
    Holbrook, James G., 1900-1972
    Holt, J. (Joseph)
    Honnold Library for the Associated Colleges
    Hoover, Herbert, 1874-1964.
    Hopkins, Bert Earl, 1902-1989
    Horack, Frank E. (Frank Edward), 1907-
    Horn, Andrew H. (Andrew Harlis), 1914-1983
    Horton, Barbara Curtis, 1917-
    Howell, Warren R.
    Hubble, Edwin Powell, 1889-1953
    Hubble, Grace Burke, d. 1980
    Hudson, Manley O. (Manley Ottmer), 1886-1960
    Hull, Suzanne W., 1921-
    Humboldt State University
    Humphrey, Hubert H. (Hubert Horatio), 1911-1978.
    Huxley, Aldous, 1894-1963
    Hyde, Laurance M. (Laurance Mastick), 1892-1978
    Inter-American Bar Association.
    International Association of Law Libraries
    International Bar Association
    J. Walter Thompson Company
    Jacobstein, J. Myron
    Jameson, William James, 1898-
    Jenner, Albert E.
    Jessup, Philip C. (Philip Caryl), 1897-1986
    John Grant Booksellers
    John Howell Books (San Francisco, Calif.)
    Johnson, Gardiner
    Johnston, Joseph F.
    Joiner, Charles W. (Charles Wycliffe), 1916-
    Joint Committee on Continuing Legal Education (U.S.)
    Jonathan Club
    Jones, Edgar A. (Edgar Allan), 1921-
    Jordan, Frank M. (Frank Morrill), 1888-1970
    Jorgensen, Albert N. (Albert Nels), 1899-1978
    Junior League of Pasadena
    Jutzi, Alan H., 1945-
    Kaiser, Edgar F. (Edgar Fosburgh), 1908-1981
    Karlen, Delmar
    Keeney, Barnaby C. (Barnaby Conrad), 1914-1980
    Kelly, Patrick D., 1924-
    Kilpatrick, Vernon
    Kingsley, Robert, 1903-
    Kuchel, Thomas H.
    Kurutz, Gary F.
    Lane, Clayton, 1895-
    Largent, David L.
    Lattimore, Owen, 1900-1989
    Latty, Elvin R. (Elvin Remus), 1903-
    Laws, Bolitha J.
    Lea, Clarence Frederick, 1874-1964
    Leaphart, C. W. (Charles W.), 1883-1978
    Leary, John C.
    Leflar, Robert A. (Robert Allen), 1901-1997
    Lehmann-Haupt, Hellmut, 1903-
    Levi, Edward H. (Edward Hirsch), 1911-2000
    Lindstrom, Ralph G. (Ralph Godfrey), 1891-
    Little, Herbert S. (Herbert Satterthwaite), 1902-1972
    Lloyd, Ralph B.
    Lloyd Corporation
    Lockhart, William B.
    Loeb, John Langeloth, 1930-
    Logan, James K.
    Los Angeles Bar Association
    Los Angeles County Law Library (Calif.)
    Los Angeles County Museum
    Los Angeles World Affairs Council
    Lovett, Hobart M.
    Lyman, Richard W.
    Lyons, F. S. L. (Francis Stewart Leland), 1923-
    MacChesney, Brunson, 1909-
    MacMurray College, Jacksonville, Ill.
    Maggs, Douglas Blount, 1899-1962
    Maggs Bros.
    Malone, Ross L. (Ross Lynn), 1910-1974
    Marlborough School (Los Angeles, Calif.)
    Mason, Edward S. (Edward Sagendorph), 1899-1992
    Mathews, Robert E. (Robert Elden), b. 1894
    Maw, Carlyle E.
    McClean, Harry J.
    McCoy, Philbrick, b. 1897
    McIntyre, Donald M.
    McKay, George L. (George Leslie), 1895-1976
    McKnight, Joseph Webb
    McManus, Martin J.
    McQuillen, K.
    Mechem, Philip, 1892-1969
    Merker, K. K., 1932-
    Middlekauff, Robert
    Miller, Robert N.
    Miller, Vernon X.
    Milliken, William Mathewson, 1889-1978
    Mitchell, Thomas N., 1939-
    Moffett, William A.
    Moore, T. C. Kingsmill
    Morgan, Henry S. (Henry Sturgis), 1900-1982
    Morgan, Junius Spencer
    Mosk, Stanley, 1912-2001
    Mount Wilson Observatory
    Mulder, John E., 1904-1966
    Muse, William T. (William Taylor), 1906-
    Music Center of Los Angeles County
    Nevins, Allan, 1890-1971
    Newman, Frank C.
    Nygren, Edward J.
    O'Gara, Gerald J., 1902-1989
    O'Melveny and Myers
    O'Melveny, John
    O’Meara, Joseph, 1898-
    P. and D. Colnaghi and Co.
    Page, James Rathwell, 1884-1962
    Papantonio, Michael
    Pasadena Museum Association
    Pasadena Museum of Art
    Pasadena Symphony Orchestra
    Patterson, Giles J. (Giles Jared), b. 1885
    Paul, Hastings, Janofsky and Walker
    Peck, H. Austin (Henry Austin)
    Pepper, George Wharton, 1867-1961
    Phleger, Herman, 1890-1984
    Pierpont Morgan Library
    Platt, Joseph B., 1915-
    Pollard, William G. (William Grosvenor), 1911-1989.
    Pomerene, Atlee, 1863-1937
    Pomeroy, Elizabeth W.
    Pomfret, John E. (John Edwin), 1898-1981
    Portland Art Museum (Or.)
    Pound, Roscoe, 1870-1964
    Proehl, Paul O.
    Prosser, William L. (William Lloyd), 1898-1972
    Rarick, Joseph F.
    Re, Edward Domenic, 1920-
    Rhodes, Kenneth O., 1912-2005
    Rhyne, Charles S., 1912-2003
    Ribble, F. D. G. (Frederick Deane Goodwin), 1898-1970
    Rice, David E.
    Rix, Carl B. (Carl Barnett), 1878-1963
    Roalfe, William R.
    Rochester, George W.
    Rogers, William P. (William Pierce), 1913-2001
    Rose, Nelson Peabody, 1909-1985
    Rothwell, Charles Easton, 1902-
    Sacks, Howard R.
    San Marino (Calif.). Mayor
    San Marino Citizens Recreation Committee
    San Pasqual Press
    Schad, Robert O. (Robert Oliver), 1900-
    Schnader, William A. (William Abraham), 1886-1968
    Schwebel, Stephen M. (Stephen Myron), 1929-
    Schweppe, Alfred John, 1895-1988
    Scripps College
    Segal, Bernard G. (Bernard Gerard), 1907-1997
    Seitz, Reynolds C. (Reynolds Charles), 1909-
    Selden Society
    Seven Gables Bookshop
    Seward, George C., 1910-
    Shaffer, Ellen, 1904-
    Shafroth, Will, b. 1894
    Shumate, Albert
    Skotheim, Robert Allen
    Sloog, Maurice
    Smith, G. Herbert (George Herbert), 1904-
    Smith, Reginald Heber, 1889-1966
    Smith, Sylvester C. (Sylvester Comstock), b. 1894.
    Smith, Thomas Vernor, 1890-1964.
    Smith, William French, 1917-
    Smith, Wm. Bradford (William Bradford)
    Social Science Research Council (U.S.). Committee on Research in Economic History
    Southern California Council of Inter-American Affairs
    Southwest Museum (Los Angeles, Calif.)
    Spalding, Keith, 1913-
    Sproul, Robert Gordon, 1891-1975
    Stason, E. Blythe (Edwin Blythe), 1891-1972
    State Bar of California
    State Bar of California. Board of Governors
    State Bar of California. Committee of Bar Examiners
    Sterling, J. E. Wallace (John Ewart Wallace), 1906-1985
    Stern, William B. (William Bernhard), 1910-1972
    Stevenson, John R.
    Storey, Robert G. (Robert Gerald), 1893-1981
    Strong, Frank R.
    Stumpf, Felix F.
    Sunset Club (Los Angeles, Calif.)
    Surrency, Erwin C.
    Sutherland, William A. (William Anderson), b. 1896
    Texas Gulf Sulphur Company, inc.
    Thacher School (Ojai, Calif.)
    Thorpe, James Ernest, 1915-
    Times Mirror Company
    Tinkham, Richard P.
    Tinnelly, Joseph T. (Joseph Thomas)
    Tondel, Lyman M.
    Town Club (Pasadena, Calif.)
    Trinity College (Dublin, Ireland)
    Tunkel, Victor
    Tunks, Lehan Kent, 1915-1987
    Turlington, Edgar, 1891-1959
    Tweed, Harrison, 1885-1969
    United States. Dept. of Justice.
    United States. Selective Service System
    University of California, Berkeley.
    University of California, Berkeley. School of Jurisprudence
    University of California, Los Angeles. Alumni Association
    Vanderbilt, Arthur T., 1888-1957
    Ventura Land and Water Company
    Vick, Godfrey Russell
    Von Hagen, Lulu May Lloyd
    Von Hagen, Richard R.
    Wagner, Carolyn Ditte, 1950-
    Wark, Robert R.
    Warren, Earl, 1891-1974
    Waters, Laughlin E.
    Webb, Thompson, 1887-1975
    Wechsler, Herbert, 1909-2000
    Weinberger, Caspar W.
    Welfare Federation of Los Angeles Area
    Wheat, Frank, 1921-
    Willis, Arthur B.
    Winters, Glenn R.
    Wolkin, Paul A.
    Wolman, Leo, 1890-1961.
    Woodward, D. H. (Daniel Holt), 1931-2007
    Wright, Louis B. (Louis Booker), 1899-1984
    Wright, Wyllis E. (Wyllis Eaton), 1903-1979
    Yager, Thomas C., 1918-
    Zeitlin, Jake, 1902-1987
    Zoeckler, Linda Kay Davies


    Acquisitions (Libraries)
    Admission to the bar--California.
    Admission to the bar--United States.
    Bar examinations--California.
    Benefactors--United States.
    Book collecting--United States
    Book collectors--United States
    Book selection.
    Booksellers and bookselling--United States--Correspondence.
    Charity organization.
    Civil defense--California.
    Colorado River (Colo.-Mexico)--Water rights.
    Consolidation and merger of corporations--Law and legislation--United States.
    Corporate reorganizations--California.
    Corporation law--California.
    Foreign trade regulation--United States.
    Fund raising
    Inheritance and transfer tax--Law and legislation--United States.
    Interstate commerce--Law and legislation--United States.
    Law--Study and teaching--California.
    Law libraries--California
    Law schools--California.
    Lawyers--California--Los Angele--Archives
    Lawyers--Specialties and specialists--United States.
    Lawyers--United States.
    Library benefactors
    Library trustees--United States.
    Oil fields--California--Ventura County.
    Oil wells--California--Ventura County.
    Petroleum industry and trade--California
    Rare books.
    Securities industry--Law and legislation--California.
    Shopping malls--Design and construction.
    United States. Constitution--Study and teaching.
    War and emergency legislation--California.

    Geographic Areas

    California--History--20th century--Sources.
    Los Angeles (Calif.)
    Portland (Or.)
    San Marino (Calif.)


    Letters (correspondence)--United States
    Personal papers--United States--20th century.
    Photographs--20th century.
    Professional papers--United States--20th century.