Los Angeles Corral of the Westerners records Edit


Finding Aid Author
Rebecca Hirsch
Finding Aid Date
Description Rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Collection processing and creation of the finding aid was funded by the generous support of the National Historic Publications and Records Commission.


  • 1949 – 1999 (Creation)


  • 42.5 Linear Feet (Whole)
    25 boxes, 1 tube, 5 scrapbooks

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  • Historical Note

    The first Westerners Corral was established in Chicago in 1944 with the aim of promoting the study and understanding of Western history. The first formal meeting of the Los Angeles Corral of the Westerners was held on December 19, 1946. The Los Angeles Corral of the Westerners published a quarterly periodical, the Branding Iron, and an annual book, the Brand Book. In addition to its publication activities, the Corral also held a number of events ("round-ups") throughout the year that included both social activities and speakers on historical topics. When the Corral started, membership was all male, but it starting admitting women in 1995.

  • Arrangement

    Within series, records are arranged in chronological order.

  • Scope and Content

    This collection contains the records of the Los Angeles Corral of the Westerners, including correspondence pertaining to Westerner activities, membership and publications, financial records, the publication records of works published by the group, audiocassettes of Westerner programs, and scrapbooks of photographs of Westerner events. The publication records for the Branding Iron (a quarterly periodical), the Brand Book (an annual or bi-annual monograph length publication) and Keepsakes (irregular publications) include correspondence with authors, drafts of articles including art, floppy and zip disks, and proofs. Artifacts found in the collection include printing plates and a plaque.

  • 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 The copyright to unpublished materials belongs to the heirs of the writers.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.

  • Preferred Citation

    [Box/folder# or item name], Los Angeles Corral of the Westerners records, Collection no. 0117, Special Collections, USC Libraries, University of Southern California.

  • Acquisition

    The Los Angeles Corral of the Westerners records were donated to USC Special Collections by the Los Angeles Corral of the Westerners in 1985. Since the initial donation of records in 1985, multiple new accessions have also been received.

  • Abstract

    This collection contains correspondence, financial and publication records, scrapbooks and drafts of articles documenting the history of the Los Angeles Corral of the Westerners. The Los Angeles Corral was founded in 1946 and promotes the study and understanding of Western history through publications and events.