The Catherine Mulholland Collection documents Catherine Mulholland's personal and professional life, chronicles the life of her grandfather, William Mulholland, Chief Engineer of the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power, and provides a unique perspective for considering the early social, political, and economic history of the greater Los Angeles area. Most significantly, materials contained in this collection document the many complex issues involved in Los Angeles water history, as well as the significant roles played by politicians, political movements, private business and industry, civic organizations, and various governmental agencies in the quest to provide water to Los Angeles' ever-expanding population. Notable individuals and corporate entities represented in the collection include Hobart J. Whitley, Harrison Gray Otis, Moses Hazeltine Sherman, Harry Chandler, Otto F. Brant, Frederick Eaton, H.E. Huntington, J.B. Lippincott, Ben F. Porter, George K. Porter, Ezra Scattergood, Harvey Van Norman, the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power, the Metropolitan Water District, the Los Angeles Suburban Homes Company, and the San Fernando Valley Water Company. Highlights in the collection include Catherine's unpublished and virtually unknown plays and short stories, William Mulholland's professional office files and speeches, and Mulholland Family and Mulholland Orchard Ranch photographs. The collection is arranged in four series: Professional Writings (1956-2006), Research Files (1812-2010), Personal Files (1904-2010), and Family Files (1817-2010).
Series I, Professional Writings, documents Catherine Mulholland's publications. It has been divided into three subseries: Monographs (1976-2000), Speeches, Presentations, and Public Appearances (1977-2006), and Plays, Articles, Essays, Short Fiction, and Poetry (1956-2005). Monographs documents late-nineteenth and twentieth century San Fernando Valley and Los Angeles history with a focus on agriculture and ranching, urban and suburban development and commercial investments, the evolution of public transportation systems, the acquisition of water from the Owens Valley, as well as Mulholland family history, and the career and personal life of William Mulholland. It consists of manuscript drafts, galley proofs, research, work notes, and electronic text files related to Catherine's four published books. Speeches, Presentations, and Public Appearances documents Catherine's public and private life including childhood memories, family history, collective regional history, the women's club movement, local economic history, local political development, the construction of the Owens Valley Aqueduct system, the 1928 St. Francis Dam Disaster, and some of the prevailing myths and legends surrounding the life of William Mulholland. It includes speech and presentation text, correspondence, newspaper clippings, research notes, newsletters, announcements, invitations, brochures, maps, flyers, programs, audio and video recordings, and electronic text files related to events, and is organized alphabetically by sponsoring organization name. Plays, Articles, Essays, Short Fiction, and Poetry documents Catherine's authorship of numerous short works of fiction and nonfiction. It includes notes, drafts, completed works, submission correspondence, and electronic text files, and is arranged alphabetically by the title of the work.
Series II, Research Files, documents Catherine Mulholland's personal and professional research. It has been divided into two subseries, Los Angeles Department of Water and Power Press Clippings and Other Newspapers (1898-1956) and Subject Files (1812-2010). Los Angeles Department of Water and Power Press Clippings and Other Newspapers documents local and out-of-area news reports with a focus on California water issues. This subseries has been divided into four subseries, Local Publications, Multiple Titles (1904-1941), Local Publications, Individual Titles, (1877-1948), Out-of-Area Publications, Multiple Titles (1919-1956), and Out–of-Area Publications, Individual Titles (1898-1925). Multiple titles are arranged chronologically and individual titles are arranged by the name of the publication. Subject Files documents a wide range of research topics including art, music, literature, regional history, state history, public utilities, San Fernando Valley secession, environmental concerns, and water issues with a focus on the controversies surrounding the Los Angeles Aqueduct. It consists of newspaper and magazine clippings, excerpts, brochures, newsletters, reports, correspondence, research notes, audio and video recordings, and electronic text files, and is arranged alphabetically by subject.
Series III, Personal Files, documents the many facets of Catherine Mulholland's personal life. This series is divided into six subseries: Career, Legal, and Financial Records (1949-2010), Correspondence (1929-2009), Education (1931-1953), Music, Theater, and Event Programs (1924-2005), Journals, Notes, and Memorabilia (1904-2008), and Scrapbooks, Albums, and Photographic Material (1920-2006). Career, Legal, and Financial Records documents Catherine's affiliations with civic organizations, educational institutions, and municipal government, as well as her relationships with publishers and financial institutions. It includes brochures, pamphlets, memoranda, minutes, agendas, newsletters, bulletins, correspondence, reports, and contracts, and is arranged alphabetically by subject or name of organization. Correspondence consists of handwritten and typescript letters, printed email, postcards, greeting cards, invitations, and announcements, either to or from Catherine Mulholland, and is arranged alphabetically by the last name of the sender. Education documents Catherine's formal schooling from primary school through post-graduate work. It includes assignments, exams, papers, class notes, projects, drawings, grade reports, and diplomas, and is arranged by education level and alphabetically by course subject. Music, Theater, and Event Programs documents Catherine's long-held interest in performance art. It includes programs, playbills, flyers, and booklets for public performances, and is arranged alphabetically by the title of the event. Journals, Notes, and Memorabilia documents Catherine's relationships with friends and family, hobbies and pastimes, and her personal writings. This subseries includes diaries, notes, mementoes, collectibles, and sheet music. It is arranged alphabetically by subject. Scrapbooks, Albums, and Photographic Material documents Catherine's public and private life, especially awards, dedications, professional conferences, publication parties and publicity, research, personal travel, visits with friends, and significant individual and family events. It includes scrapbooks, photographic albums, loose photographic prints, studio portraits, proof sheets, photographic slides, negatives, and digital images. Scrapbooks and Albums are arranged chronologically. All other photographic material is arranged alphabetically by subject.
Series IV, Family Files, documents the business concerns and personal lives of Catherine Mulholland's family members. It is divided into three subseries: Mulholland Orchard Company Records (1915-1969), Family Member Files (1817-2010), and Scrapbooks, Albums, and Photographic Material (1856-2007). Mulholland Orchard Company Records documents the formation of the corporation, daily operations, and financial history of the Mulholland Orchard Company, and includes articles of incorporation and bylaws, legal records pertinent to the sales and transfers of real property, accounts payable and receivable, tax records, property surveys and maps, and office equipment used by Perry and Addie Mulholland. This subseries is arranged alphabetically by subject. Family Member Files documents the personal and professional lives of individual family members, and includes legal and financial records, academic records, newspaper and magazine clippings, announcements, invitations, and programs, personal and business writings and correspondence, and academic records. It is arranged alphabetically by the last name of the family member. Scrapbooks, Albums, and Photographic Material documents the personal and public lives of individuals and groups in the Mulholland family and includes scrapbooks, photograph albums, loose photographs, studio portraits, cabinet photographs, slides, negatives, tintypes, and digital images. It is arranged alphabetically by the last name of the individual, the family group, or subject.