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Los Feliz Improvement Association Records

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Collection Overview

Title: Los Feliz Improvement Association Records, 1922-2002Save to your list.

ID: URB/LFIA

Primary Creator: Los Feliz Improvement Association

Extent: 12.13 Linear Feet

Arrangement:

Series I: Administrative Files, 1922-2002

    Subseries A: General Administrative Files, 1927-2002

    Subseries B: Minutes, 1922-1999

Series II: Correspondence, 1932-1999

    Subseries A: General Correspondence, 1932-1999

    Subseries B: Ruth Ney (Corresponding Secretary), 1981-1989

Series III: Special Project Files, 1929-2002

    Subseries A: Los Feliz Historical Survey, 2001

    Subseries B: Los Feliz Improvement Association Special Projects, 1929-2002

Date Acquired: 00/00/2003

Subjects: Committees -- History, Emergency management -- Maps, Los Feliz (Los Angeles, Calif.) -- History, Los Feliz Improvement Association, Zoning - California - Los Angeles

Forms of Material: Paper records, Photographic material

Languages: English

Abstract

The Los Feliz Improvement Association was formed in 1922 to represent the homeowners of the Los Feliz area of Los Angeles. The association worked to protect historic trees and homes, and to prevent developments they felt would harm the upscale residential feel of the neighborhood. Much of the collection deals with fights against zoning changes that would have allowed construction of unsightly walls or that would have allowed commercial development.

Biographical Note

Founded in 1916, the Vermont Canyon Improvement Club was later reorganized and changed its name to the Los Feliz Improvement Association on July 7, 1922. The organization played a significant role in the development of the neighborhood, located just east of Hollywood, for nearly a century. A central area in the neighborhood continues to be Griffith Park, willed to the city of Los Angeles by Col. Griffith J. Griffith in 1919 with specific instructions to maintain the area as a public space. Griffith Park’s approximately 4,000 acres includes: the Greek Theater, the Los Angeles Zoo, and the Griffith Observatory, as well as the William Mulholland Memorial Fountain and the Gene Autry Museum of Western Heritage. The Los Feliz Improvement Association played an important role in determining the locations of all the attractions in Griffith Park. In addition, any future maintenance of the Park and its surrounding neighborhood would be the organization’s responsibility.

In the 1930s, the Association oversaw the building and opening of John Marshall High School. The Los Feliz Improvement Association played a vital role in maintaining the neighborhood’s residential character and integrity as well, and fought rigorously over the years to prevent zoning changes on Los Feliz Boulevard that would have allowed commercial real estate development and to save 100-year-old trees.

Scope and Contents of the Materials

The Los Feliz Improvement Association Records include board minutes, general correspondence, by-laws, president’s reports, newsletters, newspaper clippings, and membership lists from 1922 to 2002. In addition, the collection contains a descriptive historical survey of all the homes located in the Los Feliz neighborhood. The collection details the role the organization played in the development of the Los Feliz neighborhood, and has been arranged in three series: Administrative Files (1922-2002), Correspondence (1932-1999), and Special Project Files (1929-2002).

Series I, Administrative Files, contains general records regarding board membership and committee memberships, as well as minutes of the board’s monthly meetings and have been divided into two subseries: General Administrative Files (1927-2002) and Minutes (1922-1999). These materials are filed alphabetically by committee.

Series II, Correspondence, contains correspondence to and from the association. This correspondence covers a multitude of subjects, from printing the association directory to concerns about zoning changes, membership issues, and restrictions on residential development. This series has been divided into two subseries: General Correspondence (1932-1999) and Ruth Ney (Corresponding Secretary) (1981-1989). Documents are filed chronologically.

Series III, Special Project Files, includes files and photographs for projects undertaken by the association. These include an historical home survey, an effort to save historic avocado trees, efforts to coordinate with the Hollywood community redevelopment project, a push to save the Frank Lloyd Wright-designed Ennis-Brown house, beautification efforts in the neighborhood and in Griffith Park. Materials have been divided into two subseries: Los Feliz Historical Survey (2001) and LFIA Special Projects (1929-2002), and are filed alphabetically by subject.

Subject/Index Terms

Committees -- History
Emergency management -- Maps
Los Feliz (Los Angeles, Calif.) -- History
Los Feliz Improvement Association
Zoning - California - Los Angeles

Administrative Information

Repository: Special Collections & Archives

Access Restrictions: The collection is open for research use.

Use Restrictions: Copyright for unpublished materials authored or otherwise produced by the creator(s) of this collection has not been transferred to California State University, Northridge. Copyright status for other materials is unknown. Transmission or reproduction of materials protected by U.S. Copyright Law (Title 17, U.S.C.) beyond that allowed by fair use requires the written permission of the copyright owners. Works not in the public domain cannot be commercially exploited without permission of the copyright owners. Responsibility for any use rests exclusively with the user.

Acquisition Source: Los Feliz Improvement Association

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Tarzana Property Owners Association

Preferred Citation: For information about citing items in this collection consult the appropriate style manual, or see the Citing Archival Materials guide.

Processing Information: Haig Avakian, Katherine Gould, 2011-2012

Finding Aid Revision History: Special Collections and Archives staff, 2012


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[Series I: Administrative Files, 1922-2002]
[Series II: Correspondence, 1932-1999]
[Series III: Special Project Files, 1929-2002],
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Series III: Special Project Files, 1929-2002Save to your list.
Subseries A: Los Feliz Historical Survey, 2001Save to your list.
Box 15Save to your list.
Folder 11: Los Feliz Improvement Association Historical Survey (Vol. 1): report, Aberdeen Ave. - Ambrose Ave., 2001Save to your list.
Folder 12: Los Feliz Improvement Association Historical Survey (Vol. 1): report, Ambrose Terr. - Avocado St., 2001Save to your list.
Folder 13: Los Feliz Improvement Association Historical Survey (Vol. 1): report, Ben Lomond Dr. - Briarcliff Rd., 2001Save to your list.
Box 16Save to your list.
Folder 1: Los Feliz Improvement Association Historical Survey (Vol. 1): report, Bronson Hill Dr. - Canyon Dr., 2001Save to your list.
Folder 2: Los Feliz Improvement Association Historical Survey (Vol. 1): report, Canyon Oak Dr. - Cheswic Ln., 2001Save to your list.
Folder 3: Los Feliz Improvement Association Historical Survey (Vol. 2): report, Chiselhurst Dr. - Commonwealth Ave., 2001Save to your list.
Folder 4: Los Feliz Improvement Association Historical Survey (Vol. 2): report, Cromwell Dr. - Dundee Ave., 2001Save to your list.
Folder 5: Los Feliz Improvement Association Historical Survey (Vol. 2): report, Dundee Pl. - Foothill Dr., 2001Save to your list.
Folder 6: Los Feliz Improvement Association Historical Survey (Vol. 2): report, Franklin Ave. - Gramercy Pl., 2001Save to your list.
Folder 7: Los Feliz Improvement Association Historical Survey (Vol. 2): report, Green Oak Dr. - Griffith Park Blvd., 2001Save to your list.
Folder 8: Los Feliz Improvement Association Historical Survey (Vol. 3): report, Hazel Kirk Dr. - Hoover St., 2001Save to your list.
Folder 9: Los Feliz Improvement Association Historical Survey (Vol. 3): report, Hazel Kirk Dr. - Hoover St., 2001Save to your list.
Folder 10: Los Feliz Improvement Association Historical Survey (Vol. 3): report, Hyperion Ave. - Live Oak Dr., 2001Save to your list.
Folder 11: Los Feliz Improvement Association Historical Survey (Vol. 3): report, Los Feliz Blvd. - Lyric Ave., 2001Save to your list.
Folder 12: Los Feliz Improvement Association Historical Survey (Vol. 3): report, Mariposa Ave. - New Hampshire Ave., 2001Save to your list.
Box 17Save to your list.
Folder 1: Los Feliz Improvement Association Historical Survey (Vol. 3): report, Newdale Dr. - Observatory Ave., 2001Save to your list.
Folder 2: Los Feliz Improvement Association Historical Survey (Vol. 4): report, Oxford Ave. - Price St., 2001Save to your list.
Folder 3: Los Feliz Improvement Association Historical Survey (Vol. 4): report, Red Oak Dr. - Spreading Oak Dr., 2001Save to your list.
Folder 4: Los Feliz Improvement Association Historical Survey (Vol. 4): report, Spring Oak Dr. - Tica Dr., 2001Save to your list.
Folder 5: Los Feliz Improvement Association Historical Survey (Vol.4): report, Tracy St. - Vermont Ave., 2001Save to your list.
Folder 6: Los Feliz Improvement Association Historical Survey (Vol. 4): report, Wanda Dr. - Wood Terr., 2001Save to your list.
Subseries B: Los Feliz Improvement Association Special Projects, 1929-2002Save to your list.
Box 17Save to your list.
Folder 7: Angeles Pipeline: correspondence; newspaper clippings; pamphlet; project summary, 1985 - 1987Save to your list.
Folder 8: Avocado Street Widening/Subdivision: newspaper clippings; public hearing notice; report on historic trees, 1987 - 1989Save to your list.
Folder 9: Beautification: correspondence; newsletters; permits, 1992, 1993Save to your list.
Folder 10: Beverly Hills Historic Resources Survey, Final Report; Guide to the 1985 - 1986 Beverly Hills Historic Resources Survey; Beverly Hills Historic Resources Survey Research Guide, 1985 - 1986Save to your list.
Folder 11: Chandler Estate of Los Feliz: real estate brochure; notes; postcardsSave to your list.
Folder 12: Community Redevelopment Agency: agenda for Hollywood Action Forum; correspondence; newspaper clippings, 1987 - 1989Save to your list.
Folder 13: Earthquake and Disaster Preparedness: information sheets; forms; newsletter; newspaper clippings; notes, 1989Save to your list.
Folder 14: Earthquake and Disaster Preparedness: information sheets; forms; newsletters; newspaper clippings; notes, 1989Save to your list.
Folder 15: Earthquake and Disaster: information sheets; forms; newsletters; newspaper clippings; notes, 1989Save to your list.
Box 18Save to your list.
Folder 1: Ennis-Brown House: correspondence; newspaper clippings; notes; tax form, 1980-1989Save to your list.
Folder 2: Ennis-Brown House: correspondence; newspaper clippings; notes; tax form, 1980-1989Save to your list.
Folder 3: Fixing up the Neighborhood: report, 1989 March 3-7Save to your list.
Folder 4: Franciscan Pottery Site: correspondence; maps; newspaper clippings, 1988Save to your list.
Folder 5: Franciscan Project: correspondence; newspaper clippings; newsletter; notes, 1995-1996Save to your list.
Folder 6: Franklin/La Brea Affordable Housing Project E.I.R.: report, September 1988Save to your list.
Folder 7: Franklin/La Brea Affordable Housing Project E.I.R.: report, September 1988Save to your list.
Folder 8: Fundraiser: correspondence; invitations; pamphlets; roster, 1995, 1997, 1999Save to your list.
Folder 9: General Meetings: correspondence; notes; press releases, 1960-1965Save to your list.
Folder 10: Goals Program (Los Angeles): publication; questionnaire; Concepts for Los Angeles: brochure, 1967Save to your list.
Folder 11: Graffiti: correspondence; newsletters; newspaper clippings; notes, 1985-1989Save to your list.
Folder 12: Graffiti: correspondence; notes; ordinance; statement, 1986-1988Save to your list.
Folder 13: Graffiti: fact sheets; newsletter; pamphlet, 1993-1994Save to your list.
Folder 14: Graffiti: address lists; notes; press release, 1986-1987Save to your list.
Folder 15: Griffith Observatory: bookletSave to your list.
Folder 16: Griffith Park Master Plan: reportSave to your list.
Box 19Save to your list.
Folder 1: Historic Neighborhoods in Los Feliz: correspondence; financial statement; newsletters; notes; Proposed Los Angeles River Greenbelt Corridor Feasibility Study: report, 1989, 1992-1996Save to your list.
Folder 2: History-LFIA: booklet, 1941Save to your list.
Folder 3: History of the Los Feliz Improvement Association 1916 - 1985: report by association secretary; news clipping, 1985Save to your list.
Folder 4: History-Los Feliz: Life in Los Feliz: booklet; correspondence; program; booklet, 1983-1984, 1990-1995Save to your list.
Folder 5: Hollywood Blvd, District Urban Design Plan: report, October 1988Save to your list.
Folder 6: Hollywood Blvd, District Urban Design Plan: report, October 1988Save to your list.
Folder 7: Hollywood Community Plan: correspondence; report with revisions, 1972 July 28Save to your list.
Folder 8: Hollywood Community Plan: correspondence; draft plan, 1987Save to your list.
Folder 9: Housing Plan: background report; plan; staff report, 1972Save to your list.
Folder 10: Huizenga Wall (4915 Los Feliz): correspondence; notes; staff report, 1990Save to your list.
Folder 11: L.A. Sparkle: booklets; newsletters; pamphlets, 1988Save to your list.
Folder 12: LFIA: correspondence; maps; newspaper article, 1985-1988Save to your list.
Folder 13: LFIA: minutes; newspaper clippings, 1930, 1962-1964, 1989Save to your list.
Folder 14: LFIA: newspaper clippings, 1961-1969Save to your list.
Folder 15: LFIA: newspaper clippings, 1961-1969Save to your list.
Box 20Save to your list.
Folder 1: LFIA (History Committee): correspondence; notes; report, 1989Save to your list.
Folder 2: LFIA (History Committee): correspondence; newspaper clippings; survey, 1988, 1990, 1991Save to your list.
Folder 3: LFIA (History Committee): correspondence; notes; survey, 1988, 1989Save to your list.
Folder 4: LFIA (History Committee): correspondence; notes; survey, 1988, 1989Save to your list.
Folder 5: Lichtig Wall (4751 Los Feliz Blvd.): correspondence; notes; report, 1987Save to your list.
Folder 6: Los Angeles City Board of Education: correspondence; reports, 1988-1989Save to your list.
Folder 7: Los Angeles City Planning/Zoning: correspondence; notices of public meetings and hearings; proposed ordinances; reports, 1987Save to your list.
Folder 8: Los Angeles City Planning/Zoning: correspondence; notices of public meetings and hearings; proposed ordinances; reports, 1988Save to your list.
Folder 9: Los Angeles City Planning/Zoning: correspondence; notices of public meetings and hearings; proposed ordinances; reports, 1988Save to your list.
Folder 10: Los Angeles City Planning/Zoning: correspondence; notices of public meetings and hearings; proposed ordinances; reports, 1988Save to your list.
Folder 11: Los Angeles City Planning/Zoning: correspondence; notices of public meetings and hearings; proposed ordinances; reports, 1989Save to your list.
Folder 12: Los Angeles City Planning/Zoning: correspondence; notices of public meetings and hearings; proposed ordinances; reports, 1989Save to your list.
Box 21Save to your list.
Folder 1: Los Angeles City Planning Department: bookletSave to your list.
Folder 2: "Los Angeles Comes of Age": magazine article, January 1988Save to your list.
Folder 3: Los Angeles Secession: newsletter; pamphlet, 2002Save to your list.
Folder 4: Los Feliz Blvd. (apartment building at 4155 Los Feliz Blvd.): correspondence; newspaper clippings, March 1987-March 1988Save to your list.
Folder 5: Los Feliz Blvd. (subdivision at 4721 Los Feliz Blvd.): correspondence; newspaper clippings, November 1987-April 1988Save to your list.
Folder 6: Los Feliz Blvd. Parkways: preliminary report by Theodore Payne, 1928 November 27Save to your list.
Folder 7: Los Feliz Clean-Up: correspondence; newspaper clippings; notes, 1985-1988Save to your list.
Folder 8: Los Feliz Improvement/Design Action Planning Team: correspondence; newspaper clippings; notes, 1989Save to your list.
Folder 9: Los Feliz Improvement/Clean-Up: correspondence; flyers; newspaper clippings, 1990-1994Save to your list.
Folder 10: Los Feliz Estates Street Closures: correspondence; map; reports, 1982-1989Save to your list.
Folder 11: Los Feliz Library: correspondence; newspaper clippings; reports, 1991-1997Save to your list.
Folder 12: Merchants Associations: booklet; newspaper clippings; pamphlets, 1994Save to your list.
Folder 13: Metro Rail: correspondence; newspaper clippings; report, 1991-1993Save to your list.
Folder 14: Other Neighborhood Associations: newsletters, 1986-1988Save to your list.
Folder 15: Parks and Beautification Committee: correspondence; newspaper clippings; reports, 1986-1988, 1994Save to your list.
Folder 16: Parks and Beautification Committee: correspondence; newspaper clippings; reports, 1986-1988, 1994Save to your list.
Folder 17: Planning and Environment Committee: report, 1980Save to your list.
Folder 18: Police: correspondence; newspaper clippings; reports, 1992-1997Save to your list.
Folder 19: Post Office: application; notice; receipts, 1991-1988Save to your list.
Folder 20: Recreation and Parks (L.A./Pasadena): booklets, 1989Save to your list.
Folder 21: Reservoirs: booklet; correspondence; map; notes, 1992-1993Save to your list.
Box 22Save to your list.
Folder 1: Reservoir Preservation: correspondence; newspaper clippings; The Other Side of the Covers: report, 1988-1990Save to your list.
Folder 2: Schools and Libraries: newspaper clippings, 1987-1988Save to your list.
Folder 3: Traffic and Police: correspondence; newspaper clippings; reports, 1986-1988Save to your list.
Folder 4: Tree Planting: correspondence; maps; notes, 1985Save to your list.
Folder 5: Vermont Ave. (2200 N. Vermont Ave.): notes; notice, 1987Save to your list.
Folder 6: "What is Right with America?": report, 1975Save to your list.
Folder 7: Zoning: correspondence; guide; memorandum; reports, 1992-1995, 1998Save to your list.
Folder 8: Zoning: correspondence; guide; memorandum; reports, 1992-1995, 1998Save to your list.
Folder 9: Zoning: letter, 1939Save to your list.
Folder 10: Zoning (Los Feliz Blvd.): petition, 1929Save to your list.
Box 23Save to your list.
Item 1: Photo album "Historic Avocado Trees": background; drawings, letter, newspaper articles, petition, photos 01 - 32 regarding the successful effort to have seven avocado trees on Avocado Street declared a Historical-Cultural Monument, November 1987-March 1988Save to your list.
Box 24Save to your list.
Folder 27: "Seedling News": newsletter, January-February 1993Save to your list.
Folder 28: Chandler Estate of Los Feliz: newspaper clippings, 1978Save to your list.
Folder 29: Earthquake Preparedness - Los Angeles Times Special Report: essay; map; newspaper, 1935 October 8, 1989 November 5Save to your list.
Folder 30: Ennis-Brown House: booklet, 1988Save to your list.
Folder 31: Barnsdall Park Gateway Plaza: diagramSave to your list.
Folder 32: Los Feliz Observer: newsletter; Page-Wingate Realtors Focus: newsletter, November 1987, Fall 1987Save to your list.
Folder 33: Historic Inventory Map; Land Use Plan Proposed, October 1988Save to your list.
Folder 34: "Do Fence Her In": news articleSave to your list.
Folder 35: "Railroaded": news article, 1993 August 6Save to your list.
Folder 36: Reservoirs: map; brochureSave to your list.
Box 25Save to your list.
Folder 1: Vermont/Aberdeen intersection: photographsSave to your list.
Folder 2: Graffiti: photographsSave to your list.
Folder 3: Hiuzenga Wall: photographs with notes, 1990Save to your list.
Folder 4: Lichtig Wall: photographsSave to your list.
Folder 5: Wanda Wall/Los Feliz Blvd. Petitions: photographs, 1990Save to your list.
Folder 6: Avocado Street: photographsSave to your list.
Folder 7: Portraits; Meeting: photographs, 1988 October 24Save to your list.
Folder 8: Graffiti: photographSave to your list.
Box 26Save to your list.
Folder 1: Hillhurst Village Gardens: plans, 1989 June 20Save to your list.
Folder 2: Hollywood Community Plan: maps, 1970-1973Save to your list.
Folder 3: Los Angeles Area: mapSave to your list.
Folder 4: Los Angeles City Planning Commission - general plan, 1964Save to your list.
Folder 5: Los Feliz Blvd.: blue printsSave to your list.
Folder 6: Street Lighting - Vermont Ave./Hillhurst Ave. - Griffith Park to Los Feliz Blvd.: plans, 1989 November 3Save to your list.
Folder 7: Committees - Public Relations: newsletter "You and I Make Los Angeles Beautiful", 1989Save to your list.
Flat File Cabinet 3Save to your list.
Folder 1: Hillhurst Village Gardens: Plans, 1989 June 20Save to your list.
Folder 3: Los Angeles Area: mapSave to your list.
Folder 4: Los Angeles City Planning Commission - general plan, 1964Save to your list.
Flat File Cabinet 4Save to your list.
Folder 2: Hollywood Community Plan: Maps, 1970-1973Save to your list.
Folder 5: Los Feliz Blvd: BlueprintsSave to your list.

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