B.L. Engineering, Inc. Archive Edit


Finding Aid Author
Rebecca Hirsch, Barbara Robinson and Vivian Yan
Finding Aid Date
2011 September
Description Rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
The processing of this collection and the creation of this finding aid was funded by the generous support of the National Historic Publications and Records Commission.


  • 1969 – 1998 (Creation)


  • 42 Linear Feet (Whole)
    42 boxes

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  • Abstract

    The B.L. Engineering Inc. archive contains the papers of the civil engineering firm B.L. Engineering, Inc., including contracts, project files, financial records, plans and drawings. The firm, founded in 1969 and owned by the Cuban American Carlos Sebastian Lorente, worked on projects throughout Los Angeles and the region.

  • Historical Note

    B.L. Engineering, Inc., was founded in 1969 by Carlos Sebastian Lorente (owner), and partners Thomas Buenafe and Walter Gregory. The firm was a civil engineering consulting firm that did work for a number of architectural firms, engineers and goverment agencies. In the 1970s, the firm did a significant amount of work for the Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA) of the City of Los Angeles. Many of their projects were for educational institutions, but they also consulted on the construction of churches, bus maintenance facilities, and civic centers. The firm was disolved after the death of Lorente in 1993.

  • Scope and Content

    Collection contains the archives of the civil engineering firm B.L. Engineering, Inc. These files include project files, project specifications and standards, financial records, correspondence, bills and contracts. Also included in this collection are 32 boxes with oversized technical drawings and plans of many of the firm's projects.

  • Preferred Citation

    [Box/folder# or item name], B.L. Engineering Archive (Carlos Sebastian Lorente), Collection no. 0504, Boeckmann Center for Iberian and Latin American Studies, Special Collections, USC Libraries, University of Southern California

  • Conditions Governing Access

    COLLECTION STORED OFF-SITE. Advance notice required for access.

  • Conditions Governing Use

    All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Boeckmann Center Librarian. Permission for publication is given on behalf of Special Collections as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained.

  • Acquisition

    Donated to the Boeckmann Center by USC alumna Yolanda Lorente between 1995 and 2011.

  • Processing Information

    The files in this collection retain their original titles but have been rehoused and rearranged.