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Finding Aid of the Citizens Committee to Save Elysian Park records

Finding aid prepared by Jacqueline Morin, 2010

Processing of this collection was funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, and administered by the Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR), Cataloging Hidden Special Collections and Archives program.

Summary Information

USC Libraries Special Collections
Citizens Committee to Save Elysian Park (Los Angeles, Calif.).
Simons, Grace E.
Citizens Committee to Save Elysian Park records
Collection no.
11.0 linear ft., 11 boxes
The Citizens Committee to Save Elysian Park was founded in 1965 to organize public and official awareness and to raise support to preserve the park land as public open space, and to develop it for recreational activities. The mission and efforts of this vibrant "grass roots" organization are ongoing, and the Committee will continue to add materials which document its activities. The collection consists of nine boxes of records dating back to the Committee's early history in the 1960s. It was donated by the 2004 Board of Directors of the Committee.

Preferred Citation

[Box/folder# or item name], Citizens Committee to Save Elysian Park records, Collection no. 0320, Regional History Collection, Special Collections, USC Libraries, University of Southern California

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Biographical Note

This collection chronicles the life of Grace E. Simons almost as much as it does the Committee which she established--at least the last twenty years of her life. Without Simons' vision and foresight, Elysian Park might look very different today--much less "park-like."

Grace E. Simons was a journalist who worked for a French news agency in China where she met her husband, Frank Glass, who was an organizer for the Communist Party. They came to Los Angeles in 1939 where Grace worked as a reporter and editor for the California Eagle, an African-American newspaper that finally folded in the early 1960s. During an interview for the Eagle, Simons met Malcolm X who was impressed by Simons' sharp questioning of him concerning his attitude towards women's rights.

It was in the mid-1960s that Simons first became involved in protecting the historic park when the city threatened to take 63 acres for what has become the Convention Center on Figureroa Street. Seeing what had happened with Dodger Stadium, Simons and a few neighbors banded together to become the Citizens Committee to Save Elysian Park (CCSEP). Serving as President of the Committee for many years, Simons led the fight in a series of battles that it won against proposals for an airport, oil drilling by Occidental Petroleum, an Asian Cultural Center, a child care facility, a restaurant and parking lot on Radio Hill, and several condominium projects.

The committee experienced its share of losses, among them a move to expand the Los Angeles Police Academy.

In 1979 the Sol Feinstone Environmental Award was conferred upon Simons--one of only five persons to receive the award nationally.

Grace Simons passed away in 1985 at Barlow Hospital, right next to Elysian Park. Her husband, Frank Glass, passed away in 1987. A memorial sculpture to Simons and Glass designed by ceramicist and sculptor Peter Shire was dedicated in 1994 and is located at Angel's Point in Elysian Park.

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Historical Background

Elysian Park is Los Angeles's first and oldest park. It was part of the original 1781 land grant to the pueblo of Los Angeles from King Carlos III from Spain. The initial 550 acres of Elysian Park were, "...forever dedicated to the public..." in 1886, and by 1937 had grown to a little over 600 acres. The park is the site of the first Botanical Garden in Southern California. In the 1880s about 37,000 eucalyptus trees were planted on park land, and in the 1890s the Los Angeles Horticultural Society began planting many specimens of rare trees including the double row of wild date palms north of Stadium Way. About 67 species remain of the original plantings.

Elysian Park serves as an enormous backyard for the families who live in nearby neighborhoods such as Echo Park, Boyle Heights, Lincoln Heights, and Elysian Heights. Notable sites and buildings at or near Elysian Park include the Portola/ Fremont Gate, Victory Memorial Grove, the Chavez Ravine Arboretum, the Avenue of the Palms, the rock garden at the Police Academy, the Recreation Center in the Solano Canyon section of the park, Barlow Hospital, tunnels on the Pasadena Freeway, Arroyo Seco Parkway, and the Buena Vista Reservoir. Trees are regularly purchased and planted in Elysian Park by CCSEP members and friends as loving memorials to the living and the dead.

Before the Citizens Committee to Save Elysian Park was formed in 1965, the Pasadena Freeway had already split the park and Dodger Stadium had been built on part of Chavez Ravine and Elysian Park. When a group of promoters presented a plan to take the Avenue of the Palms for the Los Angeles Convention Center, the committee organized itself with Grace E. Simons as its first president. They successfully stopped the development and continued to fight many more battles over the years in an effort to preserve Elysian Park as a public park and an oasis in the heart of Los Angeles. The CCSEP felt that Elysian Park was essentially Los Angeles's Central Park or Golden Gate Park, but had historically not been given the same status or protection as its more famous parks. It was their opinion that the greatest danger to park survival was combined public indifference and special interest pressures to take park land for non-park purposes. All of the Citizens Committee's volunteer energies were aimed at arousing public and official awareness of the value of saving public park land and in preserving the section of the Los Angeles City Charter which reads, "All lands heretofore or hereafter set apart or dedicated as a public park shall forever remain to the use of the public inviolate..."

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Scope and Content

The collection documents the activities of the Citizens' Committee to Save Elysian Park from the mid-1960s through the early 2000s. Throughout almost four decades the organization's history, the Committee preserved the records that were generated through its efforts to preserve Elysian Park. The nine boxes of materials include court transcripts, environmental impact reports, photographs, correspondence with political figures, media notices, articles, and ephemera related to the topics championed by the Committee. Subjects included in the records are court cases pertaining to the Police Academy, opposition to the widening of the Pasadena Freeway, the Department of Water and Power's proposal to take over part of the Buena Vista Reservoir for a pumping station, the battle to prevent a convention center from being built at the park, issues with Dodger Stadium, etc.

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

USC Libraries Special Collections
Doheny Memorial Library 206
3550 Trousdale Parkway
Los Angeles, California, 90089-0189

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.

Processing Note

Processing of the Citizens Committee to Save Elysian Park records was generously funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, and administered by the Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR). USC Libraries was awarded a Cataloging Hidden Special Collections and Archives grant from 2010-2012, "Uncovering California's Environmental Collections," in collaboration with eight additional special collections and archival repositories throughout the state and the California Digital Library (CDL). Grant objectives included processing of over 33 hidden collections related to the state's environment and environmental history. The collections document an array of important sub-topics such as irrigation, mining, forestry, agriculture, industry, land use, activism, and research. Together they form a multifaceted picture of the natural world and the way it was probed, altered, exploited and protected in California over the twentieth century. Finding aids are made available through the Online Archive of California (OAC).

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Controlled Access Headings

Corporate Name(s)

  • California. Dept. of Transportation. -- Archives
  • Citizens Committee to Save Elysian Park (Los Angeles, Calif.). -- Archives
  • Dodger Stadium (Los Angeles, Calif.). -- Archives
  • Los Angeles (Calif.). Dept. of Water and Power. -- Archives
  • Los Angeles Convention Center. -- Archives
  • Los Angeles Police Academy. -- Archives


  • Uncovering California's Environmental Collections Project


  • Clippings
  • Correspondence
  • Ephemera
  • Maps
  • Photographs
  • Reports

Geographic Name(s)

  • Chávez Ravine (Los Angeles, Calif.)--Archival resources
  • Echo Park (Los Angeles, Calif.)--Archival resources
  • Elysian Park (Los Angeles, Calif.)--Archival resources

Personal Name(s)

  • Neubauer, Sallie -- Archives
  • Simons, Grace E. -- Archives
  • Yorty, Sam, 1909-1998 -- Archives


  • Parks--California--Los Angeles
  • Roads--California--Los Angeles--Archival resources
  • Tule elk

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Collection Inventory

Series 1:  Police Academy 

Scope and Content

The Los Angeles Police Department established a Police Academy in Elysian Park in the mid 1920s. What began as a private shooting range for officers evolved into the LAPD's main training campus. Since the late 1960s, the CCSEP has been involved in several battles to preserve the Park from the physical expansion of the Police Academy as well as related activities such as terminating the illegal use of Elysian Park for the training of police helicopter pilots, challenging in court the building of a police firing simulator range in the park, challenging the building of police classrooms adjacent to the park, etc. This series contains court transcripts, information on propositions and bonds, environmental impact reports, and ephemera related to the Committee's involvement with the Police Academy and the LAPD.

 Propositions and Bonds 

Box Folder

 General 1967-1974 

1 1-2

 Proposition U, Proposition BB 1972, 1976 

1 3

 No on Proposition U 1972 

1 4

 Proposition U -Miscellaneous 1971-1972 

1 5-6

 Proposition 2 1989 

1 7

 Proposed Charter Amendment 1972 

1 8

 Court Cases 

Box Folder

 C 38034 -Charter Amendment 1972 

1 9

 Relocation of Police Academy 1972 

1 10

 Firearms Training Simulator 1976 

1 11

 Firearms Training Simulator -Appeal 1976 

1 12

 Firearms Training Simulator Building (CPC 8404) 1975-1976 

1 13

 Grand Jury Final Report 1992-1993 

1 14

 C 44053 -Reporter's Transcript on Appeal 1975 

1 15

 C 44053 -Clerk's Transcript, Vol. I 1976 

1 16

 C 44053 (Nullify Proposition U) 1972-1976 

1 17

 C 55571 1975 

1 18

 C 55571, CPC 8404 -Appeals Against 1973 

1 19

 C 136378 1975 

1 20

 2nd Civil 48044 (C 44053) 1976 

1 21-22

 2nd Civil 43747 

1 23

 2nd Civil No. 49516 

2 1

 2nd Civil C 217020 1978 

2 2

 2nd Civil 55574 (C 217020) 1979 

2 3

 CPC 8404 1977 

2 4-5

 City Plan Case #8404 + C 55571 

2 6

 CPC 8404 -C 1976 

2 7

 CPC 8404 1976-1977 

2 8

 CPC 24046 (Conditional Use Permit) 1972 

2 9-11

 CPC 25626 (Conditional Use Permit) -Transcript 1977 

2 12

 CPC 29725 (Explosives Stored Near Park) 1981 

2 13

 Notes and Clippings 1972-1976 

2 14

 Chief Administrative Officer (CAO) Reports 

Box Folder

 Police Training Facility 1972 

2 15

 Gift for Relocatable Police Training Facility 1973 

2 16


Box Folder

 Bond Program 1992 

2 17

 Combined LAPD & LACSD Training Facility 

2 18-19

 Expansion 1987-1991 

2 20-24

 Miscellaneous Documents 

2 25

 New Construction 1991-1994 

2 26

 Police Brutality 

2 27

 Police Facilities Study 1996 

2 28

 Traffic and Parking Study -Draft 1992 

3 1

 Training Academy Summary of Resources 1991 

3 2-3

 Property Ownership 

3 4

 Editorials and Articles 

3 5

 Environmental Impact Reports 

Box Folder

 Revised Proposal 1991 

3 6

 Notes and Ephemera 1992 

3 7

 Police Bond Program - Draft 1992 

3 8

 Police Bond Program - Police Training Academy - Draft 1992 

3 9-10

 Police Bond Program - Police Training Academy - Final 1993 

3 11-13

 Noise Impact Assessment 1992 

3 14

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Series 2:  Roads and Highways 

Scope and Content

This series chiefly concerns CCSEP's objection to a proposal to take away parkland for the widening of the Pasadena Freeway between the Golden State Freeway and Hill Street. The plan would require demolition of natural landscape as well as an eight-foot wide walkway which runs parallel to the freeway with several stairways. The series contains petitions, court documents, correspondence, and ephemera regarding the freeway-widening proposal and tree-planting issues.

Box Folder

 Industrial Freeway 1966-1971 

3 15

 Caltrans 110 Freeway Widening Project 1994-1999 

3 16-21

 Caltrans 110 Freeway Widening Project 1999 

4 1-5

 Route 2 (Beverly Hills Freeway) 1972 

4 6

 Stadium Way Extension 1966 - 1978 

4 7

 Stadium Way Extension 1966 -1978 

4 8

 Stadium Way Extension 1966 - 1967 

4 9

 Stadium Way Extension 1966 -1969 

4 10

 Stadium Way Extension 1966 -1998 

4 11

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Series 3:  Dept. of Water and Power 

Scope and Content

Beginning in the 1980s, the CCSEP began a decades-long battle with the Department of Water and Power (DWP) over several issues documented in this series. One was the DWP's proposal to cover up the 55-million gallon Elysian Reservoir with an aluminum roof as part of a water quality improvement project. The series consists of environmental impact reports, petitions, and court documents related to the reservoir roof project, as well as documents concerning the DWP's proposal to take over a portion of the former Buena Vista reservoir site for a pumping and chlorination station.

 Buena Vista Pumping Station 

Box Folder

 Project Background 1972-1984 

4 12

 Project Report 1981 

4 13

 Environmental Impact Report - Notice of preparation 1981 -1982 

4 14

 Environmental Impact Report - Draft 1983 

4 15

 Environmental Impact Report - Final 1983 

4 16-18

 Articles and Letters 1985 

4 19

 G.G. Baumen Law Offices 1984 

4 20

 Correspondence 1980-1984 

4 21

 Petitions 1984 

4 22

 Phase II 1989 -1991 

4 23

 Miscellaneous 1977-1981 

4 24

 Miscellaneous 1980-1984 

5 1-5
Box Folder

 Reservior Roof Project 1983-1990 

5 6-8

 Solano Canyon Redevelopment 1985 

5 9

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Series 4:  Oil Lease 

Scope and Content

While the CCSEP was challenging the building of a convention center in Elysian Park, they were also opposing the leasing of 77 acres of park land for oil exploration by Occidental Petroleum. In a 1965 petition to City Council (Box 5), Grace E. Simons (for CCSEP) compared the plight of Elysian Park to that of other parks which had suffered from recent development such as Hancock Park with the erection of L.A. County's art museum. A copy of the oil lease is also in this box along with the Superior Court document of the lawsuit between Grace E. Simons et al, and the City of Los Angeles, Occidental Petroleum, and a host of individuals and government entities. The result of the litigation process was that Occidental Petroleum cancelled its plans to drill for oil in the park. The four folders in this series consist of the court documents, correspondence, and ephemera related to this case.

Box Folder

 Correspondence 1965 - 1966 

5 10

 Lawsuits 1965 

5 11

 Oil wells 1965 

5 12

 Documents 1965 

5 13

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Series 5:  Convention Center and Oil Lease 

Scope and Content

In 1965 and 1966, the Citizens Committee to Save Elysian Park were fighting two battles simultaneously: the city's proposal to build a convention center on park land, and the plans by Occidental Petroleum to drill for oil. This series contains ephemera, newsletters, and signed petitions regarding both issues at the same time.

Box Folder

 Petitions 1966 

5 14

 Proposal Material 1965 

5 15

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Series 6:  Convention Center 

Scope and Content

This series documents the newly-formed CCSEP's efforts to block the City Council's proposal to build a new Los Angeles Convention Center in the heart of Elysian Park near the corner of Stadium Way and Scott Avenue. The plan, backed by then-Mayor Sam Yorty, would have cost $10 million dollars and taken away 63 acres of the park-- in addition to contributing to the noise and congestion already supplied by nearby Dodger Stadium. The CCSEP rallied public support by mailing letters to City Hall, publicizing the plight of the park in the media, and receivng a visit from Supreme Court Justice William Douglas who urged his support for retaining the site for recreation. In August of 1966, the CCSEP claimed victory, and the City selected 31 acres at Pico and Figueroa as the convention center's new home. Contained in this series are sixteen folders of letters, legal documents, petitions, press clippings, and other papers related to the proposed building of the convention center in Elysian Park. There is some overlap of issues and types of materials with the preceding series which also deals with the oil lease battle.

Box Folder

 Diane Schroerwke's Letter to City Council Members 1965 

5 16

 Documents 1965 

5 17-24

 Editorials 1965 - 1966 

5 25

 Form Letters 1965 -1966 

5 26

 Legal Issues 1965 

5 27

 Letters Of Appeal 1965-1966 

5 28

 Speaker Statements and Resolutions 1965 

5 29

 Summary Report on Proposal 1965 

5 30

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Series 7:  Charter Amendment 

Scope and Content

The five files in this series document the Committee's battle to defeat several amendments between 1969 and 1977 that would revise L.A.'s city charter and centralize power in the City Council. Beginning in 1969, the CCSEP opposed a ballot measure that would (1) place independent city departments under the control of the Council and the Mayor; and (2) reduce the commissions from policy-making to advisory bodies. The fear was that Elysian Park and other parks and recreation areas would no longer be protected by the charter and would be demoted to the status of "surplus land." The series contains correspondence, clippings, ephemera on various ballot measures ("no on 4," no on "U," "no on 1," etc.), and articles.

Box Folder

 Miscellaneous 1968-1970 

6 1-5

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Series 8:  Chavez Ravine 

Scope and Content

The two folders in this series contain information on the Chavez Ravine Arboretum and the proposal for the Chavez Ravine Memorial project. The folder on the arboretum has information on the trees in Elysian Park as well as a short history of the arboretum. The folder on the proposed memorial has a color print-out of Stephen Farley's proposed memorial and a videotape sent to Sallie Neubauer (2000) from Sherilyn Mentes regarding a similar memorial wall in Tucson.

Box Folder


6 6

 Memorial Proposal 

6 7

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Series 9:  Day Care Center 

Scope and Content

The three folders that comprise this series contain information regarding the proposed plan to convert the Elysian Park Recreation Center into a child care center administered by the Board of Education. The CCSEP asked that the Board rescind its decision to make available the Center as a day care center for children of City employees, inasmuch as neighborhood children--many of whom having working mothers and are members of minority races-- would be excluded. The materials in this series consist of much correspondence between Grace E. Simons and city council members and other relevant entities, articles, and newsletters.

Box Folder

 Miscellaneous 1971 - 1972 

6 8-10

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Series 10:  Dodger Stadium 

Scope and Content

This series consists of agreements, payment schedules, and memorandums between the Los Angeles Dodgers and the city of Los Angeles regarding the transfer of 300 acres of park land for the stadium in 1959, and subsequent agreements related to a 40-acre parcel adjacent to Dodger Stadium which the Dodgers later turned into a parking lot.

Box Folder

 Payments 1970 - 1980 

6 11

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Series 11:  Irrigation 

Scope and Content

This series concerns the topic of an irrigation system in Elysian Park and the necessity of budgeting funds for it. Much of the material in this series consists of correspondence between Grace E. Simons and various local officials and councilmen, newsletters, articles, and newspaper clippings of fires in the area.

Box Folder

 Petitions 1984 

6 12

 Documents 1969-1970 

6 13-14

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Series 12:  Stolport 1969 

Scope and Content

This series documents the Committee's successful efforts to prevent a STOLport (Short-Takeoff-and-Landing) from being built at or near Elysian Park. Materials include correspondence among and between CCSEP and the organizations involved in the proposal of the STOLport including the Federal Aviation Administration, the 13th district Councilman, then-councilman Thomas Bradley, the Board of Recreation and Parks commissioners, the Los Angeles Police Department, and an acoustical engineer. This series also documents a related topic from around the same time period: the LAPD's plans for a heliport for the training of police helicopter pilots. In their research into both of these projects, the CCSEP kept a large file of correspondence and articles just on noise pollution, also part of this series.

Box Folder

 Miscellaneous 1969 

6 15-17

 Noise Pollution 

6 18

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Series 13:  Proposition A Funding 1988-1993 

Scope and Content

This small series concerns Proposition A, the Safe Neighborhood Park Acts of 1992 for the acquisition of various properties and grants to non-profit organizations throughout Los Angeles County. The CCSEP was in support of the Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy's efforts to apply for funding for several different projects including enhancing land along the Los Angeles River. Part of the funds would go towards developing a connecting trail between the historic Pueblo de Los Angeles, Elysian, and Griffith Parks-- a route that most likely was traced by explorers Portola and de Anza. Materials include correspondence, memorandums, articles, and a proposal coordinated by the National Park Service titled, "The Juan Bautista de Anza National Historic Trail." Original letters of support include those of County Board of Supervisors Yvonne Brathwaite Burke, Gloria Molina, and Michael D. Antonovich.

Box Folder

 De Anza Trail 1988 - 1989 

6 19

 De Anza Trail 1988 - 1989 

6 20

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Series 14:  Tule Elk 

Scope and Content

The two folders of this series contain newsletters, correspondence, and ephemera concerning the tule elk, including correspondence from the Committee for the Preservation of the Tule Elk. There is a good deal of information conerning a joint resolution to establish the Tule Elk National Wildlife Refuge. The goal was to raise the number of Tule Elk in the Owens Valley to 2000 (from around 300) and to "enhance the recreational opportunities of the area which are compatible with pure water and watershed protection." Materials consist of correspondence, articles, reports, and ephemera.

Box Folder

 Miscellaneous 1967-1973 

6 21-22

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Series 15:  Elysian Park Centennial 1986 

Scope and Content

The four files in this series document the activities surrounding Elysian Park's centennial celebration in 1986. A Centennial Committee was formed in 1984; its minutes, correspondence, and notes of proposed activities were saved and comprise the first folder. Other materials in this series consist of publicity materials, historical articles on Elysian Park, correspondence with the artist of the brochures, and samples of the brochure, and information on the 1986 Firecracker 10K Run through Chinatown.

Box Folder

 Centennial Committee 1986 

7 1

 Publicity and Brochures 1986 

7 2

 Firecracker 10K Run (Chinatown) 1986 

7 3

 Miscellaneous 1986 

7 4

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Series 16:  Public Events 

Scope and Content

This series consists of ephemera related to various CCSEP events, such as the annual Tree Dedication and Planting. Each fall, CCSEP members and friends, in cooperation with the Los Angeles City Recreation and Parks Department, purchase and plant trees as memorials to the living and dead. Photographs of the events are in the Photographs series.

Box Folder

 That Was the Park That Was 1966 

7 5

 Tree Plantings and Dedications 

7 6


7 7

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Series 17:  Miscellaneous 

Scope and Content

This series consists of specific topics for which CCSEP kept individual files such as the Firecracker 10K run through Chinatown (for Chinese New Year), the Soledad Canyon Sculpture Garden Project, a file on Elysian Park history, the Grace E. Simons Lodge, etc. Series is arranged alphabetically by folder title.

Box Folder

 Asian Cultural Center 

7 8

 Bishops Canyon 

7 9

 Community Planning Flow Chart 

7 10

 Elysian Park History and Maps 

7 11

 Firecracker 10K Run (Chinatown) 

7 12

 Frank Glass (Will) 1989 

7 13

 Grace E. Simons Lodge 

7 14

 Grace E. Simons Memorial Service and Eulogies 

7 15

 Peter Shire Memorial to Grace E. Simons and Frank Glass, Angel's Point 

7 16

 Housing Project 

7 17

 Los Angeles County Drainage Area Project 1993 

7 18

 Los Angeles Public Library 

7 19

 Radio Hill 

7 20

 Soland Canyon Sculpture Garden Project 1999 

7 21

 Treasure Hunting History 

7 22

 Century City West 

7 23

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Series 18:  Publicity 

Box Folder

 Sunset Lane Magazine Article 1965 

7 23

 Speeches 1965 

7 24-25

 General Articles 

7 26

 KNX / KNXT Editorials 1965 - 1966 

7 27

 Newspaper Articles - Photocopies 1965 - 1972 

7 28

 Newsletters 1965-2002 

7 29

 Press Clippings - Mostly Convention Center 

7 30

 Press Clippings 1965 

7 31-32

 Press Releases 1965-1966 

Scope and Content

The eleven folders in this series contain newspaper clippings, press releases, speeches, newsletters, and ephemera publicizing the concerns and activities of the CCSEP. Though the CCSEP Newsletter is represented all the way to 2002, the bulk of these materials date to the 1960s and 1970s. The CCSEP Newsletter is possibly the best overall instrument in the collection for studying the history of the CCSEP over time, as there is a fairly complete run of it from the mid-1960s to 2002 and it is all together in one folder, in chronological order. Another file of interest is that of the KNX and KNXT editorials-- copies of the broadcasts primarily from 1965 and 1966 when there was much public debate regarding the erection of a convention center in Elysian Park.

7 33

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Series 19:  Clippings 

Scope and Content

This series consists solely of newspaper clippings, primarily on two different topics. One folder--and the bulk of the series--contains dozens of newspaper clippings from the Los Angeles Times having to do with the 1965 Los Angeles riots in Watts. It is not clear why this particular file was saved with the CCSEP records, except that the topic evidently was of much interest to Grace Simons, who was the keeper of all the Committee's records until her death.

The other major topic represented in the clippings is the two fires that consumed approximately 300 acres of Elysian Park in the Buena Vista Reservoir area in 1981. There is only one newspaper story included in the file, along with a typed report of the fire prepared by Richard Ginevan, Chief Park Maintenance Supervisor, and a photostat of a "fire progress report" from September of that year. Because these items were kept together in their own folder, separate from other clippings, they were left that way in the processing of the collection.

The clippings file from the 1970s contains a few articles on issues very relevant to the concerns of the CCSEP: the Police Academy's presence in the Park, Mayor Sam Yorty vetoing a ban on oil drilling, etc.

The one clipping in the 1990s file is a "letter to the editor" (Los Angeles Times) from Sallie Neubauer, president of CCSEP at the time, concerning the issue of building an NFL stadium in Elysian Park.

Box Folder

 Fire 1981 

8 1

 Watts Riots 1965 

8 2

 Various September-October, 1965 

8 3-4

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Series 20:  Correspondence 

Scope and Content

This series contains correspondence, chiefly from the 1960s, but also including up to 2000.

There is a folder of correspondence to and from Paul Bruce Dowling, executive director of the America the Beautiful Fund (1969).

The bulk of the series consists of correspondence between the CCSEP and other indiduals, organizations, and government entities on a variety of issues including fund-raising, the convention center proposal, membership, etc.

Box Folder

 Master Plan 1969 

8 5

 Miscellaneous 1965 

8 6-8

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Series 21:  Publications 

Scope and Content

This series consists of 23 folders of published materials-- magazines, serials, annual reports, booklets, and small flyers and leaflets. Several items are directly related to Elysian Park, such as the Sunset magazine from September 1965 with its article,  "The Forgotten Forest Retreat Right in Central L.A. " or the  California History Magazine's  "Where the Brake Fern Grows-- L.A.'s Elysian Park" . Other publications are related to issues concerning the Park and the CCSEP such as  Quality on Tap, a customer publication put out by the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power.

Box Folder


8 9

 Annual Report - Board of Park Commissioners, City of Los Angeles 1931 

8 10

 Annual Report - Board of Park Commissioners, City of Los Angeles 1933 

8 11

 California History, The Magazine of the California Historical Society Fall 1983 

8 12

 Cornell, Bridgers, and Troller A.S.L.A 

8 13

 Cry California - The Journal of California Tomorrow Winter 1965 - 1966 

8 14

 Cry California - The Journal of California Tomorrow Winter 1965 -1966 

8 15

 Cry California - The Journal of California Tomorrow Summer 1967 

8 16

 Cry California - The Journal of California Tomorrow Spring 1970 

8 17

 Elysian Park Memorial Tree Plantings 

8 18

 Elysian Park Must Be Saved For the People 

8 19

 Geology of the Elysian Park - Repetto Hills Area, L.A. County, California 1970 

8 20

 The Park That Was Preserved 1967 

8 21

 Proposed Public Ownership Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area May 1979 

8 22

 Quality on Tap  1989 

8 23

 Recreation and Parks, City of Los Angeles, Annual Report 1963 - 1964 

8 24

 Recreation and Parks in Los Angeles March, 1966 

8 25

 Safeguarding a Vital Asset  

8 26

 Sunset Magazine September, 1965 

8 27

 Water for Los Angeles  1988 

8 28

 Water, Power, and the Growth of Los Angeles 1988 

8 29

 Flyers, Leaflets, and Pamphlets 

8 30-31

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Series 22:  Awards 

Scope and Content

This series is comprised of actual awards and certificates as well as press coverage and other papers regarding the awards. One of the awards conferred upon Grace E. Simons in 1979 was the Sol Feinstone Environmental Award, presented annually by the State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry. Other awards which Simons received which are included in the collection are the Governor's Design Award of Exceptional Distinction (1966), a certificate of recognition from the Echo Park Community Coordinating Council (1983), a community leadership award from KABC-TV (undated), and an Honor Award from the California Conservation Council (1969).

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 Feinstone 1979 

8 32

 Governor's Award 1966 

8 33

 Certificates 1966 - 1983 

8 34

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Series 23:  Administration of CCSEP 

Scope and Content

This series is comprised of the files kept by the Citizens Committee to Save Elysian Park, including financial records, membership lists, meeting minutes, etc. See collection inventory for more comprehensive list of types of materials kept.

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8 35

 Sallie Neubauer 

8 36

 Correspondence 1965 

8 37

 Financial 1965 - 1970 

8 38-41

 Financial (Ledgers) 1965 - 1976 

8 42

 Meetings and Hearings, Telephone Lists 1965 

9 1

 Address Lists 

9 2-3

 Agendas 1965 - 1970 

9 4-5

 Committee Correspondence 

9 6

 Meeting Minutes 1973 - 1982 

9 7-8

 Steering Committee Minutes 1979 - 1998 

9 9-10

 Master Plan 1971, 1986 

9 11

 Park Plans 

9 12


9 13

 City Council Members 

9 14

 Prototype Stationery 

9 15

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Series 24:  Photographs 

Scope and Content

The Photographs series consists of a few professional photographs, but chiefly candid snapshots of Elysian Park activities, events, and people. Most of the photographs are undated and unlabeled, though some attempt was made to group "like" photos together based on location or estimated age of photo. There are a few slides and negatives included at the end of the series.

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 1965 Protest 1965 

9 16

 Buena Vista Pumping Station 

9 17-18

 Buena Vista Resevoir 1974 

9 19

 Caltrans 110 Freeway Expansion Lawsuit 

9 20-21

 Citizens Committee 1970s 

9 22-26

 Dedication of Grace E. Simons Lodge 

9 27

 DWP Illegal Slurry BV Meadows 

9 28

 Elysian Park Centennial 1986 

9 29

 Event 1965 

9 30


9 31-36

 Little League Field 

9 37

 Memorial Service 1985 

9 38

 Photo Journalism by Joe Stermer 

9 39

 Police Academy (Open House) 1973 

9 40

 Police Academy (Little League) 1974 

9 41

 Swim Lake 

9 42

 Tree Planting 1987 

9 43


9 44


9 45

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Series 25:  Maps 


 Elysian Park Lodge Drawings 1978 

Scope and Content

Four architectural drawings for the new Elysian Park lodge (later named Grace E. Simons Lodge), by Abrahamian & Pagliassotti.


 Project Description of Lodge 1978 

Scope and Content

One-page project description of the new lodge described on stationery of Abrahamian & Pagliassotti.


 Memorandum 1978 

Scope and Content

Memorandum to Grace [E. Simons] from Allen Habicht regarding schematic plans for the new lodge.


 Stone Quarry Hills Maps 1868 

Scope and Content

Photocopy of 1868 map of Stone Quarry Hills, stamped by the city clerk in 1918. Also, the photocopy from which this photocopy was made-- by taping together several 8 1/2 x 11 sheets of paper, as the map was copied in sections.


 Los Angeles Map 1887 

Scope and Content

Photocopy of a map of Los Angeles, showing Elysian Park.



Scope and Content

Photocopy of an 1886 ordinance dedicating Elysian Park as a public park.


 Park in Quarry Hills 1886 

Scope and Content

Photocopy of a recommendation by the Committee on Parks that the park in Quarry Hills be known as Elysian Park and that $200 be spent on plowing and planting of trees.


 Season's Greetings Drawings 1973-1975 

Scope and Content

Two large drawings with the caption of "Season's Greetings"-- one for 1973-1974 and one for 1974-1975. One is a drawing of a church and canal in Leningrad; the other is described as "Imrpression Manaznillo, Mexico." Both say, "From A. Quincy Jones, FAIA, & Associates, Architects."


 Elysian Park Map 1917 

Scope and Content

Large photocopy of a map of Elysian Park, 1917.


 Elysian Park Map 1931 

Scope and Content

Photocopy of a map of Elysian Park, 1931.


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