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Zobelein family collection

 Collection
Identifier: 7009

Scope and Contents

The Zobelein family collection consists of photographs, maps, clippings, ephemera, and realia that documents the history of the Zobelein family and the brewing industry in Los Angeles in the late 19th and 20th centuries. The collection includes images of the Zobelein family house and descriptions of the real estate tracts owned by the Zobeleins; publications, photographs and ephemera documenting the Zobelein family business, the Los Angeles Brewing Company; and recollections and reports about the family and its brewing history by descendants of George Zobelein.

Dates

  • 1856-2006

Conditions Governing Access

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

The Zobelein family has a long association with the city of Los Angeles. The patriarch, George Zobelein Sr., was the son of a German brewer. After establishing a grocery business, first in northern California and then in Los Angeles, George married Brigida Graff, widow of John Graff, and assumed control of the large tracts of land Brigida and John had acquired. George became a partner in the Philadelphia Brewery (with Joseph Maier) in 1874, and in 1907 purchased the controlling interest in the Los Angeles Brewing Company, which became famous for its Eastside Beer (so named because the brewery was on the east side of the Los Angeles River). The company was sold to the Pabst Brewing Company in 1948.

The Zobelein family lived on a 5 acre tract of land at Figueroa and Fortieth Street, in a large Victorian house surrounded by a large garden filled with large and majestic trees, rare and exotic foliage, and many flowers. When Flower Street was extended in the early 1930s, the house was moved to Flower and 38th Streets; it was razed a few years later.

In the early 1900s, George and his son subdivided the property and began to sell tracts, creating a large real estate venture. After the house was razed, John erected two Mediterranean style apartment complexes on the house's second site. These complexes are still there, located at 3738-3770 South Flower Street.

Extent

1.48 Linear Feet (1 box)

Language of Materials

English

Overview

The Zobelein family collection consists of photographs, maps, clippings, ephemera, and realia that documents the history of the Zobelein family and the brewing industry in Los Angeles in the late 19th and 20th centuries. The collection includes images of the Zobelein family house and descriptions of the real estate tracts owned by the Zobeleins; publications, photographs and ephemera documenting the Zobelein family business, the Los Angeles Brewing Company; and recollections and reports about the family and its brewing history by descendants of George Zobelein. The Zobelein family has a long association with the city of Los Angeles. The patriarch, George Zobelein Sr., was the proprietor of the Los Angeles Brewing Company, makers of Eastside beer, and also owned a large tract of land in what is now Exposition Park.
Title
Finding aid for the Zobelein family collection
Status
Completed
Author
Sue Luftschein
Date
2017 June
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
English
Script of description
Latin

Repository Details

Part of the USC Libraries Special Collections Repository

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