First Century Families records
Scope and Content
The collection contains records of the activities of the First Century Families, especially centered on the planning and implementation of the group's annual luncheon. Much of the material was preserved and collected by Christine Shirley, the organization's historian; there is also correspondence between Shirley and members of the organization. The collection contains general administrative files, including correspondence with members; programs, photographs, slides, and typescripts of presentations of, and planning documents for, many of the organization's annual luncheons; books, clippings, typescripts and other materials on the history of early Los Angeles families and aspects of Los Angeles history; and clippings documenting the organization's annual luncheons. The collection also includes 22.4 gigabytes of audio and video files.
- 1937 - 2009
- Modified: 2013
- Modified: 2015
- Modified: 2017 – 2018
- Shirley, Christine (Person)
- First Century Families of California (Los Angeles, Calif.) (Corporate Entity)
Conditions Governing Access
Advance notice required for access. Some of the materials described in this finding aid are digital computer files. The files are saved in the USC Digital Repository and are not publicly accessible online. Researchers wishing to request access should email email@example.com.
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.
The First Century Families is an organization with membership made up of descendants of Los Angelenos who arrived in the city during its first one hundred years (1781-1881). It holds annual luncheons for the purpose of recounting and recording the city's early days.
22.19 Linear Feet (20 boxes)
22.4 Gigabytes (71 computer files)
Language of Materials
The collection contains records of the activities of the First Century Families, especially centered on the planning and implementation of the group's annual luncheon. Considerable genealogical and biographical material is also contained herein. The collection also includes 22.4 gigabytes of audio and video files.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Physical collection material housed in boxes were donated by Missy Crahan on September 11, 2014.
Claude Zachary, University Archivist, began preserving the digital files in this collection in 2008. Description of the digital files in ArchivesSpace began in 2021.
The collection was rehoused and a preliminary inventory created by John Fowler in 2006. In 2012, Sue Luftschein organized the collection, rehoused and described the remainder of the collection, and produced this finding aid.
- First Century Families of California (Los Angeles, Calif.) -- Archives
- First Century Families of California (Los Angeles, Calif.) -- History
- History -- Societies, etc. -- Archival resources
- Los Angeles (Calif.) -- Genealogy -- Archival resources
- Los Angeles (Calif.) -- History -- Archival resources
- Moving images
- Pioneers -- California -- Los Angeles -- History -- Archival resources
- Programs (documents)
- Shirley, Christine -- Archives
- Social history -- Societies and clubs -- Social aspects -- Archival resources
- Sound recordings
- Finding Aid for the First Century Families records
- Sue Luftschein
- 2012 September
- Description rules
- Describing Archives: A Content Standard
- Language of description
- Script of description
- 2021 May: Finding aid updated by Lindsay Anderson and Bo Doub: described digital audio and video files added to the collection.
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