Rancho Los Amigos Hospital records Edit

Summary

Identifier
0407
Finding Aid Author
John Howard Fowler
Finding Aid Date
2002
Description Rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard

Dates

  • ca. 1887-1999 (Creation)

Extents

  • 30 Linear Feet (Whole)
    50 cartons

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  • Abstract

    The Rancho Los Amigos Hospital began in the late 1880's as the Los Angeles County Poor Farm. For over a century, the Rancho's mission has evolved, first as a hospital for indigents and then as a center for rehabilitation for chronic diseases. The papers in this collection chronical this development. Included are administrative and financial records, internal and external publications generated by Rancho staff, retrospective and historical accounts, oral history tapes, blueprints, plans, and similar material. The collection includes large numbers of photographs, both of staff members and therapeutic techniques. Likewise, there are many films and audio-recordings on issues involving.physical therapy and rehabilitation.

  • Physical location

    Stored off-site. Advance notice is required for access to the collection. Please contact for paging information.

  • Scope and Content

    The Rancho Los Amigos Hospital began in the late 1880's as the Los Angeles County Poor Farm. For over a century, the Rancho's mission has evolved, first as a hospital for indigents and then as a center for rehabilitation for chronic diseases. The papers in this collection chronical this development. Included are administrative and financial records, internal and external publictions generated by Rancho staff, retrospective and historical accounts, oral history tapes, blueprints, plans, and similar material. The collection includes large numbers of photographs, both of staff members and therapeutic techniques. Likewise, there are many films and audio-recordings on issues involving physical therapy and rehabilitation.

  • Access

    Open for use by appointment only.

  • Publication Rights

    Copyright has not been assigned to the the California Social Welfare Archives. All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the appropriate agency or person.

  • Preferred Citation

    Rancho Los Amigos Hospital records, Collection no. 0407, California Social Welfare Archives, Special Collections, USC Libraries, University of Southern California

  • Acquisition Information

    The material was acquired directly from personnel at Rancho Los Amigos Hospital with the approval of the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors.

  • Processing Note

    The Rancho Los Amigos Hospital records were gathered from a variety of sources within the hospital itself. In many cases, records had been "mined" for other purposes. Many items show evidence of having been moved from one scrapbook to another, for instance. In addition, some of the most valuable records were used for public display purposes and then stored away in offices or series that had little to do with their original provenance.

    The most thorough-going disruption of the records appears to have occurred during the writing of the Centennial history in 1985-1988 by Colleen Adair Fliedner, RANCHO: Centennial, Rancho Los Amigos Medical Center, 1888-1988 published by the Rancho Los Amigos Hospital Medical Center, 1988. [LC number 90-061927; ISBN: 09267156-0-3]. Many of the records that appear in that book are no longer to be found in the collection. The book itself does, however, stand as a reasonable compendium of Rancho history, and the researcher is encouraged to use this source before tackling the records in this collection.

    Part of the same process of preparation for the Centennial celebration involved a conscientious attempt to create photographic archives of some of the earliest Rancho records. Some of the most useful records in this collection are proof-sheets and negatives from that effort. The great bulk of the material in this collection is photographic or cinematic. Annual group photos of every department make up the bulk of the photos, but there are many unidentified photos and photo series that were clarly intended for internal staff instruction. The provenance and use of many of these photos is open to question. Most of the film and audiotape collection also appears to be for internal instruction. The provenance of these films is open to severe question. Unlike the rest of the collection, the films were not weeded to eliminate redundancy, since multiple copies might well be necessary for future preservation efforts.

    Given the condition of the fond, then, it was thought best to create a wide set of topically based series, maintaining original order whenever possible, but recognizing that for the most part, precise provenance is not attainable.

  • Historical Note

    1888

    County Farm

    1932

    Los Amigos Rancho

    Rancho Los Amigos

    1955

    Rancho Los Amigos Hospital

    1984

    Rancho Los Amigos Medical Center

    1889

    Thomas Borden

    B. V. Dougall

    1889-1901

    Edwin L. Burdick

    1901-1903

    Thomas F. Simpson

    1903-1907

    George S. Clarke

    1907

    Donald S. Chick

    1907-1911

    Andrew F. Wade

    1911-1915

    Charles C. Manning

    1915

    Carl P. Talle

    1915-1931

    William R. Harriman

    1931-1933

    Everett Gray

    11933-1952

    William R. Hariman

    11952-1956

    Robert J. Thomas

    1956-1976

    Eugene R. Erickson

    1976-1980

    Edward J. Foley

    1980-after 1988

    Armando Lopez, Jr

    1921-1924

    William A. Kristensen

    1924-1927

    James Houloose

    c. 1917-c. 1930

    Homer R. Keys

    c. 1930-1937

    F. Malcolm Hebard

    1937-1956

    Dougls W. Ritchie

    1957-1964

    John E. Affeldt

    1964-1970

    Vernon L. Nickel

    1970-1977

    Harold Mazur

    1976-1977

    Alan T. Webb

    1977-1981

    Robert L. Spears

    1981-1988

    Matthew O. Locks

    after 1988

    Robet L. Waters

  • Organization

    This collection is organized into the following series: 1. Administration; 2. Accounting; 3. Buildings and Plans; 4. Departments; 5. Publications; 6. Employees; 7. Professional Staff Association; 8. Staff Publications; 9. Public Affairs; 10. Fundraising; 11. Descriptive and retrospective; 12. Inmate Life; 13. Individuals; 14. Oral History

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