Finding aid of the Southern California Rapid Transit District records
Finding aid prepared by Rebecca Hirsch
Collection processing and creation of the 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: Southern California Rapid Transit District records
Collection number: 0026
USC Libraries Special Collections
Language of Material:
2.25 Linear feet
Date (inclusive): 1966-1969
This collection contains the files kept by Dr. Norman Topping for part of the time he served on the Board of Directors of
the Southern California Rapid Transit District. Topping was the president of USC from 1958-1970. His files on the SCRTD include
correspondence, publications, minutes, and maps documenting the agency's operations in the second half of the 1960s.
Topping, Norman, 1908-
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The collection contains published articles; researchers are reminded of the copyright restrictions imposed by publishers on
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quote, or reproduce must be secured from the repository and the copyright holder.
[Box/folder# or item name], Southern California Rapid Transit District records, Collection no. 0026, Regional History Collections,
Special Collections, USC Libraries, University of Southern California.
This collection is arranged in reverse chronological order based on the date on the "received" stamp on the documents. The
Preliminary Report, dated October 1967, and the Final Report, dated May 1968, are either at the end of the last box of the
collection or in a flat file. See the collection inventory for further location information.
The Southern California Rapid Transit District (SCRTD) was formed in 1964 by the California State Legislature. Its mandate
was to plan, construct, operate, and otherwise provide most of the public transportation for Los Angeles County (excluding
the Antelope Valley, most of the Angeles National Forest, and the offshore islands). The SCRTD was governed by a Board of
Directors that had eleven members.
Dr. Norman Topping, the president of USC from 1958-1970, served on the board of the SCRTD and was its president for a number
of terms. The papers in this collection are his records from the years 1966-1969, which saw the preparation of the District's
first report regarding the construction and operation of a system of mass transit in Los Angeles County.
Scope and Content
This collection contains the records kept by Dr. Norman Topping that pertain to his activities as a member of the Southern
California Rapid Transit District's Board of Directors. These records include correspondence, publications, financial records,
meeting minutes, and agendas and maps and architectural renderings of proposed and actual transportation infrastructure.
Subjects and Indexing Terms
Southern California Rapid Transit District. -- Archives
Topping, Norman, 1908- -- Archives
Agendas (administrative records)
California, Southern--History--Archival resources
Highway planning--California, Southern--Archival resources
Local transit--California, Southern--Archival resources
Transportation--California, Southern--Planning--Archival resources
Map-case 5, Drawer 4