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Southern California Rapid Transit District records

Identifier: 0026

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.


  • 1966 - 1969


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 The copyright to unpublished materials belongs to the heirs of the writers.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

Historical Note

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.


2.25 Linear Feet (2 boxes)

Language of Materials



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.


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.
Finding aid of the Southern California Rapid Transit District records
Rebecca Hirsch
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Collection processing and creation of the finding aid was funded by the generous support of the National Historic Publications and Records Commission.

Repository Details

Part of the USC Libraries Special Collections Repository

Doheny Memorial Library 206
3550 Trousdale Parkway
Los Angeles California 90089-0189 United States