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Finding aid of the Milner family films, papers and photographs

Finding aid prepared by Rebecca Hirsch, Michael Hooks, and Lindsey Zea, 2012 September

The processing of this collection and the creation of this finding aid was funded by the generous support of the Council on Library and Information Resources.

Summary Information

Repository
USC Libraries Special Collections
Creator
Llewellyn Iron Works.
Creator
Milner family
Creator
Milner Oil Company.
Title
Milner family films, papers and photographs
Collection no.
0332
Date
1917-1928, 1949-1991
Extent
12.5 Linear feet, 2 banker's boxes, 41 flat film boxes, 2 film canisters, 1 partial map case drawer
Language
English
Abstract
The collection contains travel and home movies; cartoons and children's films; family recipes; monthly and annual reports; meeting minutes; financial records; family photographs; and a few miscellaneous items from the Milner Family.

Preferred Citation

[Box/folder# or item name], Milner family films, papers and photographs, Collection no. 0332, Regional History Collection, Special Collections, USC Libraries, University of Southern California

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Biographical Note

The partiarch of the Milner family was John Milner, whose wife was Anna, who lived in Los Angeles, CA. John and Anna had seven children: John, Mrs. J.W. Krause, Esther Rule, Clara McDonald, Mrs. Charles L. Michod, Louise Alton, and Henriette Straton. Milner was cashier of the Farmers' and Merchants' National Bank in Los Angeles.

The son, John Milner, was born in Los Angeles, CA, in 1887 and passed away on January 20, 1937, at the age of 50. He was married to Winifred Milner, and they had a son, Reese L. Milner, and a daughter, Gwendolyn Milner Hubbard. John was secretary of the Lewellyn Iron Works, which merged with Consolidated Steel Corporation in 1929, and was a director of Consolidated Steel. In addition to these activities, he was a director of the Union Bank and Trust Company, Pacific Indemnity Company, Discount Corporation, Francisco Building Company, Blue Diamond Company, and the Dominquez Land Corporation. He attended Harvard Military School and the University of California.

Reese Lewellyn Milner was the only son of John and Winifred Milner. Reese was born on April 15, 1916 and died in April 1986. Milner, who resided in Beverly Hills, CA, attended Stanford University. He was a financier, and owned Milner Oil Co., headquarted in Beverly Hills, and was active in real estate holdings.

The Milner family owned Rancho La Vista in Ojai, CA, north of Los Angeles, for about 100 years. The family subsequently sold the ranch.

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Scope and Content

The collection contains travel and home movies; cartoons and children's films; family recipes; monthly and annual reports; meeting minutes; financial records; family photographs; and a few miscellaneous items from the Milner Family.

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Organization

The collection is organized into six series: 1. Travel and Home Movies 2. Cartoons and Children's Films 3. Recipes 4. Business Papers 5. Photographs 6. Miscellaneous

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

USC Libraries Special Collections
2012 September
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.

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.

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Controlled Access Headings

Corporate Name(s)

  • Llewellyn Iron Works. -- Archives
  • Milner Oil Company. -- Archives

Genre(s)

  • Animated cartoons
  • Annual reports
  • Children's films
  • Financial records
  • Home movies
  • Menus
  • Minutes
  • Motion pictures (visual works)
  • Photographs
  • Recipes

Geographic Name(s)

  • California, Southern--History--Archival resources

Personal Name(s)

  • Milner family -- Archives

Subject(s)

  • Travel in motion pictures--Archival resources

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Technical Requirements

The collection contains over 40 reel-to-reel films in a variety of sizes, but primarily 16 mm films. They require a movie projector to view them.

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Collection Inventory

Series 1:  Travel and Home Movies 

Box

 Honolulu, 1959; Jackson, Wyo., 1958 - Elk and antelope hunt 

4

 Rolling Rigs - Wilshire Oil Co., 1950 

5

 Wild and free, 10/71 

6

 Safari Ya Tembo, 8/64 

7

 Powder Puff Safari, Part 1 8/68 

8

 Hong Kong - Ouzy and Harriet 

9

 Wild Wild Wild West 

10

 Boulder Dam 

11

 Report from Uganda, April 13, 1967 

12

 Texas - The big state 

13

 Milner family pictures 

14

 Europe 1949 - Original 

15

 Europe 1949 - New print or Ojai Ranch 

16

 Ranchero's visitadores, 5/54 (Hal Roach) 

17

 (Chop) Africa 

18

 Polar bears; tiger shoot, India 5/66 

19

 Pacific Mercury - San Simeon 

20

 Rancho La Vista 

21

 Come live in Texas 

22

 Parade/Indy car racing 

25

 Milner - Killarney, Johannesburg, Zambesi 2/8/63 

27

 San Simeon 49/51/53 

28

 Guyamo and Navajoa 2/58 

29

 Rancho La Vista 

30

 Jackson Hole, Wyo., 4/59; Selway, Idaho, 1955 

31

 Reese Milner - Safari Eckta - Original (2 copies) 

32

 Thirst for Adventure - Niagara Falls Edoc., 8/68 

33

 From snails to whales 

34

 "Ram on the Rock" - Iran safari 

35

 Lake Tahoe, 1957 

36

 Through the Grand Canyon by boat 

37

 Nixon rally - BH California; Nixon-Eisenhower film; (?) school 1959 (3 reels) 

42

 Colorado River; Children at RCV; Miscellaneous (3 reels) 

43

 Miscellaneous family films 

45

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Series 2:  Cartoons and Children's Films 

Box

 Tarzan and 3 Disney cartoons 

1

 Cowboy Mickey, Hollywood Film Enterprises 

2

 (Unknown), Hollywood Film Enterprises 

3

 Mouse Comes Home, Castle Films 

23

 The Great Adventure, Part 2 

24

 Three Bears, 2/8/63 

26

 The Most Wonderful Snow in the World, 1/59 

28

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Series 3:  Recipes 

Box Folder

 Milner Family Recipes undated 

44 1-3

 Milner Family Menus 1975-1991 

44 4-6

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Series 4:  Business Papers 

Box Folder

 Milner Oil Company Financial Records 1949-1966 

44 9-10

 Llewellyn Iron Works Minutes of Meetings 1917-1922 

44 11

 Llewellyn Iron Works Monthly Reports 1918-1928 

44 12-13

 Llewellyn Iron Works Annual Reports 1915-1918 

44 14

 Oil Income Records 1949-1976 

44 15
Box

 Ledger 1917-1921 

45

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Series 5:  Photographs 

Box Folder

 Trip from Canada to Alaska undated 

44 7

 Photographs undated 

44 8
Box

 Family photographs undated 

45
Map-case Drawer

 Matted photographs undated 

5 3

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Series 6:  Miscellaneous 

Box

 Unidentified film undated 

39-41

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