Wally G. Shidler collection of Southern California ephemera
Scope and Contents
The Wally G. Shidler collection of Southern California ephemera consists of pamphlets, maps, postcards, theater programs, city directories, electric railway time tables, and transit passes from the Los Angeles City, County, and adjacent areas. Pacific Electric and Los Angeles Railway materials as well as theater programs from most of the major theaters in the Los Angeles area comprise a significant portion of the collection. The Shidler collection contains most of the Huntington Park and Walnut Park City Directory's beginning in 1914. Also included are all of the Huntington Park Union High School (1911-1932) and Huntington Park High School (1932-1959) El Recuerdo yearbooks as well as a large quantity of the school newspapers, The Bulletin and Spartan Shield. Lastly, the collection contains a small collection of postcards organized alphabetically by geographical location or by theme.
- 1900 - 2005
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 Manuscripts 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.
Biographical / Historical
Wally G. Shidler has been amassing his collection of Southern California ephemera through years of foraging at swap meets, trade shows, and used book stores since he was a teenager. Shidler is a third generation Angeleno and his interest in history was piqued by his grandmother, who used to take him downtown to revel on the historic buildings that lined the streets. Wally’s long-time commitment to government and local groups is another testament to his dedication to the development and preservation of history. Shidler spent most of his working life as a motion picture engineer residing in Los Angeles' Walnut Park neighborhood.
Adapted from "L.A. as Subject Honors Wally Shidler" and "On Paper, He's Quite the Collector" (see External Documents links).
44.63 Linear Feet (43 boxes and 1 oversize folder)
Language of Materials
The Wally G. Shidler collection of Southern California ephemera consists of pamphlets, maps, postcards, theater programs, city directories, electric railway time tables, and transit passes from the Los Angeles City, County, and adjacent areas collected by former motion picture engineer, Wally G. Shidler. Pacific Electric and Los Angeles Railway materials as well as theater programs from most of the major theaters in the Los Angeles area comprise a significant portion of the collection.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Gift of Wally G. Shidler, April 5, 2019.
Existence and Location of Copies
Digital surrogates of many of the Pacific Electric and Los Angeles Railway transit passes from the collection and the book, As We See 'Em, a Volume of Cartoons and Caricatures of Los Angeles Citizens by Antony E. Anderson can be accessed via the USC Digital Library (see link under "Digital Material").
The collection is unprocessed.
- Los Angeles (Calif.) -- Directories
- Los Angeles Railway -- Archives
- Pacific Electric Railway Company -- Archives
- Printed ephemera
- Railroads -- California, Southern -- Archival resources
- Shidler, Wally G. -- Archives
- Theater programs
- Theaters -- California -- Los Angeles -- Archival resources
- Finding aid for the Wally G. Shidler collection of Southern California ephemera
- Bo Doub
- 2019 April
- Description rules
- Describing Archives: A Content Standard
- Language of description
- Script of description
- Language of description note
- 2021 August: Finding aid updated by Bo Doub: added description for material accessioned separately (housed in box nos. 35-44)
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