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Finding Aid of the Los Angeles Corral of the Westerners records

Finding aid prepared by Rebecca Hirsch, 2010

Collection processing and creation of the finding aid was funded by the generous support of the National Historic Publications and Records Commission.

Summary Information

Repository
USC Libraries Special Collections
Creator
Westerners. Los Angeles Corral.
Title
Los Angeles Corral of the Westerners records
Collection no.
0117
Date [inclusive]
1949-1999
Extent
42.5 Linear feet, 25 boxes, 1 tube, 5 scrapbooks
Language
English
Abstract
This collection contains correspondence, financial and publication records, scrapbooks and drafts of articles documenting the history of the Los Angeles Corral of the Westerners. The Los Angeles Corral was founded in 1946 and promotes the study and understanding of Western history through publications and events.

Preferred Citation

[Box/folder# or item name], Los Angeles Corral of the Westerners records, Collection no. 0117, Special Collections, USC Libraries, University of Southern California.

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Historical Note

The first Westerners Corral was established in Chicago in 1944 with the aim of promoting the study and understanding of Western history. The first formal meeting of the Los Angeles Corral of the Westerners was held on December 19, 1946. The Los Angeles Corral of the Westerners published a quarterly periodical, the Branding Iron, and an annual book, the Brand Book. In addition to its publication activities, the Corral also held a number of events ("round-ups") throughout the year that included both social activities and speakers on historical topics. When the Corral started, membership was all male, but it starting admitting women in 1995.

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Scope and Content

This collection contains the records of the Los Angeles Corral of the Westerners, including correspondence pertaining to Westerner activities, membership and publications, financial records, the publication records of works published by the group, audiocassettes of Westerner programs, and scrapbooks of photographs of Westerner events. The publication records for the Branding Iron (a quarterly periodical), the Brand Book (an annual or bi-annual monograph length publication) and Keepsakes (irregular publications) include correspondence with authors, drafts of articles including art, floppy and zip disks, and proofs. Artifacts found in the collection include printing plates and a plaque.

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Arrangement

Within series, records are arranged in chronological order.

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

USC Libraries Special Collections
2010
Doheny Memorial Library 206
3550 Trousdale Parkway
Los Angeles, California, 90089-0189
213-740-5900
specol@usc.edu

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.

Acquisition

The Los Angeles Corral of the Westerners records were donated to USC Special Collections by the Los Angeles Corral of the Westerners in 1985. Since the initial donation of records in 1985, multiple new accessions have also been received.

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Controlled Access Headings

Corporate Name(s)

  • Westerners. Los Angeles Corral.

Title(s)

  • Branding Iron

Genre(s)

  • Audiocassettes
  • Correspondence
  • Ephemera
  • Page proofs
  • Photographs
  • Scrapbooks

Geographic Name(s)

  • California--History--Archival resources
  • Los Angeles (Calif.)--History--Archival resources
  • Los Angeles (Calif.)--History--Periodicals

Subject(s)

  • Private clubs--California--Los Angeles--Archival resources
  • Social history--Societies and clubs--Social aspects--Archival resources
  • West (U.S.)--History--Archival resources

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Collection Inventory

Series 1:  Correspondence and Administrative Records 

Box
1-4
Box
11-14

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Series 2:  Financial Records 

Box
4
Box
25-26

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Series 3:  Brand Book Publication Records 

Box
11
Box
15
Box
21-22
Box
23
Box
5-8

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Series 4:  Branding Iron Publication Records 

Box
9-11

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Series 5:  Keepsake Publication Records 

Box
10-11

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Series 6:  Artifacts 

Box
12

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Series 7:  Audiocassettes 

Box
16-20

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Series 8:  Scrapbooks 

Box
24
Volume
1-5

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