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Santa Susana Mountain Park Association Collection

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Abstract

Biographical Note

Scope and Contents

Administrative Information

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SSMPA Administrative Records

Civic, Cultural, and Social Organizations

Government and Public Agencies

Historical Research Files



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Collection Overview

Title: Santa Susana Mountain Park Association Collection, 1804-1986Save to your list.

Predominant Dates:1970-1986

ID: URB/SSMPA

Primary Creator: Santa Susana Mountain Park Association (1971-)

Extent: 8.92 Linear Feet

Arrangement:

Series I: SSMPA Administrative Records, 1968-1979

Series II: Civic, Cultural, and Social Organizations, 1963-1981

Series III: Government and Public Agenices, 1966-1982

Series IV: Historical Research Files, 1804-1978

Date Acquired: 10/13/1986

Subjects: Santa Susana Mountains (Calif.) - History

Forms of Material: Paper records, Photographic material, Publications

Languages: English

Abstract

The Santa Susana Mountain Park Association (SSMPA) was formed as a non-profit group in 1971 to preserve the Santa Susana Mountains and the Simi Valley Hills as open space during the rapid urban development of the Santa Clarita, Santa Clara, Simi, and San Fernando valleys. The SSMPA has acted as a citizens' lobbying group to obtain state and federal legislation, local governmental support, and favorable public policy to conserve wilderness areas. The collection consists of administrative records, annual reports, event calendars, environmental impact reports, feasibility studies, legal and legislative documents, maps, meeting minutes, newsletters, photographs, summaries of court proceedings and governmental hearings, and related organizational records.

Biographical Note

The Santa Susana Mountain Park Association (SSMPA) was formed as a non-profit group in 1971 to preserve the Santa Susana Mountains and the Simi Valley Hills as open space during the rapid urban development of the Santa Clarita, Santa Clara, Simi, and San Fernando valleys.  SSMPA was also concerned with the protection of plant and animal life, geologic formations and sites of historical significance. The organization has acted as a citizens' lobbying group to obtain state and federal legislation and local governmental support, and to impact public policy favoring the conservation of wilderness areas.

The group sponsors hikes, fairs, fundraisers, educational programs and related activities to keep the public aware of conservation and preservation issues. They have also supported cooperative ventures with other conservation groups, such as the Santa Monica Mountain Conservancy, Sierra Club, local chambers of commerce, neighborhood homeowners associations, and county-wide governmental agencies.

Scope and Contents of the Materials

The Santa Susana Mountain Park Association Collection consists of administrative records, annual reports, event calendars, environmental impact reports, feasibility studies, legal and legislative documents, maps, meeting minutes, newsletters, photographs, summaries of court proceedings and governmental hearings, and related organizational records. The collection documents SSMPA's work in lobbying to protect wilderness areas in the Simi Valley Hills, as well as the history of the stagecoach station and stagecoach trail at the foot of the Santa Susana Mountains. Copies of archaeological site reports, letters, family histories, interviews and the diary of Fabricio de la Osa (Ossa) an early resident of the San Fernando Valley are also included in the collection. The collection is divided into four major series: SSMPA Administrative Records (1968-1979), Civic, Cultural, and Social Organizations (1963-1981), Government and Public Agencies (1966-1982), and Historical Research Files (1804-1978).

Series I, SSMPA Administrative Records, consists of the administrative record of the SSMPA. The series includes agendas, correspondence, event flyers, maps, membership forms, newsletters, and organizational documents. The files are arranged alphabetically and chronologically within each subject.

Series II, Civic, Cultural, and Social Organizations, contains records relating to SSMPA's dealings with various civic, cultural, and social organizations. Documents include bulletins, correspondence, reports, membership lists, proposals and grant applications, newsletters, and project notes. The files are arranged alphabetically and chronologically within each subject.

Series III, Government and Public Agencies, documents SSMPA's work with various agencies from Los Angeles and Ventura counties, as well as several State of California departments and councils, including Parks and Recreation, the Joint Committee on Open Space Lands, and the Resources Agency. Federal agencies documented include the Department of Agriculture and the Department of the Interior. The series consists of concept reports, correspondence, court filings, environmental impact reports, legislative bills, meeting notes, notes from public hearings, petitions, and related documents. Public figures including presidents, senators, and representatives are identified within the series and generally have their own file. The files are arranged in alphabetical order under the name of branch of government and chronologically within each file.

Series IV, Historical Research Files, contains research papers and related documentation which provides evidence to establish the historical and geological significance of the Santa Susana Mountain Park Area. Accounts of early stagecoach routes and relay stations, records of early mail routes, and archaeological reports support the SSMPA's efforts to conserve this area. Documents in this series include fact sheets, landmark brochures, planning reports and proposals, and legal testimony.

Subject/Index Terms

Santa Susana Mountains (Calif.) - History

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: Santa Susana Mountain Park Association

Original/Copies Note: Digital reproductions of selected items in this collection are available electronically as a part of the San Fernando Valley History Digital Library. For more information please see https://digital-library.csun.edu/.

Related Materials:

Dorothy Boberg Collection

Northridge Civic Association Papers

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

Processing Information: Charla Bench and Neil Bethke

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


Box and Folder Listing


Browse by Series:

[Series I: SSMPA Administrative Records, 1968-1979]
[Series II: Civic, Cultural, and Social Organizations, 1963-1981]
[Series III: Government and Public Agencies, 1966-1982]
[Series IV: Historical Research Files, 1804-1978],
[All]

Series IV: Historical Research Files, 1804-1978Save to your list.
Box 19Save to your list.
Folder 6: A Child's History of Chatsworth, by Watson, Virginia: photocopy of book, 1967Save to your list.
Folder 7: A Guide to Historic Plans in Los Angeles County: book, 1978Save to your list.
Folder 8: Adlum, Daniel:  "An Open Space Proposal For The San Fernando Valley" position paperSave to your list.
Folder 9: Andreas, Pico: bibliographic article [photocopy]Save to your list.
Folder 10: Bessom, Robert: correspondenceSave to your list.
Folder 11: Bessom, Robert: "Santa Susana Mountains Magnetic North Bearing Survey and Notes;" map included, 1971Save to your list.
Folder 12: Bessom, Robert: Stagecoach Trail correspondence; research, 1971Save to your list.
Folder 13: Bibliography of the Old Stagecoach Trail and related events: listSave to your list.
Folder 14: "The Butterfield Overland Mail:" photocopies of journal articlesSave to your list.
Folder 15: California State Parks Foundation: correspondence, 1973Save to your list.
Folder 16: California State University Northridge: Northridge Area Research Center, "Southern California Ancient Sites," reportSave to your list.
Folder 17: Cameron: Simi Grows Up [photocopy pages 7-8; 29]Save to your list.
Folder 18: Canoga Park: DirectoriesSave to your list.
Folder 19: Chatsworth Chamber of Commerce: Fact Book, 1974-1975Save to your list.
Folder 20: Chatsworth, Derbyshire, Great Britain: brochures, 1973Save to your list.
Folder 21: Chatsworth Historical Society: information sheet for Santa Susana Mountain Park, 1970Save to your list.
Folder 22: Chatsworth Park South: agenda; notes; notices, 1977Save to your list.
Folder 23: Chatsworth Park South: newsclippings, 1977-1978Save to your list.
Folder 24: Chatsworth Plan: Devonshire Estates Property Owners Association Testimony; Andora Ave.; map; worksheet, 1973Save to your list.
Folder 25: Chatsworth-Porter Ranch: Citizen's Advisory membership list, 1971Save to your list.
Folder 26: Coldspring Tavern: "History of Cold Spring," Santa Barbara Stagecoach StopSave to your list.
Folder 27: Concord Stagecoach: photocopy of unknown textSave to your list.
Folder 28: Conkling, R & M: The Butterfield Overland Mail 1857-1869; photocopy of mapSave to your list.
Folder 29: de Guillen, Eulalia Perez: "Will;" "Very Illustrious Senor;" " Don Miguel White;" translated by Rene-Munoz; family group sheet of Jose Vicente de los Reyes de la Osa (Ossa), 1873, 1885Save to your list.
Folder 30: de Thompson, Manuela: photocopy of letter to her husband James Thompson, 1864Save to your list.
Folder 31: de al Ossa, Fabricio: photocopy of original diary, ca. 1885-1989Save to your list.
Folder 32: de la Ossa, Fabricio: translation of original diarySave to your list.
Folder 33: de la Ossa, Florecinda: "Very Illustrious Senor" translation by Rene MunozSave to your list.
Folder 34: de la Ossa, Vicente: photocopy of deed, 1858Save to your list.
Folder 35: de la Ossa, Vicente: family group sheet, 1974Save to your list.
Folder 36: Dines, Glen: Overland Stage: The Story of the Famous Overland Stagecoaches of the 1860's, photocopy, ca. 1961Save to your list.
Folder 37: Excavation Report: "4 LAN-357 A Report on Excavation for Anthropology 7", 1972Save to your list.
Box 20Save to your list.
Folder 1: Glassow, Mike: "Chatsworth Archaeological Site, LAN-357;" summary, 1971Save to your list.
Folder 2: Goldman, Leslie, "A Short History of Stagecoaching in L.A.:" draft versionSave to your list.
Folder 3: Goldman, Leslie, "A Short History of Stagecoaching in L.A.:" photocopy of articleSave to your list.
Folder 4: Goldman, Leslie: "History of Stage Relay Station at Devil's Slide," photocopy of articleSave to your list.
Folder 5: Goldman, Leslie: "Once an Idylic Place" photocopy of revised draft, 1979Save to your list.
Folder 6: "Grand Design for Open Space:" Cry California, reprint of article, 1966Save to your list.
Folder 7: Harrington: "Early Days in Simi Valley" photocopy of articleSave to your list.
Folder 8: Hendler, Frank; Smith, Graham; Tysen, Frank: "Open Space for Los Angeles" report and summary, 1971Save to your list.
Folder 9: Hike-In, Jan 16 & 23: correspondence; flyers; information map, 1972Save to your list.
Folder 10: Hinkston, Jan: Joseph Bannon oral history, 1974Save to your list.
Folder 11: Historic Sites on the Stagecoach Trail: information sheet, 1972Save to your list.
Folder 12: "History of the San Fernando Valley:" photocopy of unknown text [pp. 42-45; 90-93]Save to your list.
Folder 13: Historical Maps available from National Archives: list, 1971Save to your list.
Folder 14: Historical Society of Southern California: "The Old Highways of Los Angeles" photocopy of journal articleSave to your list.
Folder 15: Historical Society of Southern California: "Transportation in California, Before the Railroad," photocopy of journal articleSave to your list.
Folder 16: "How to Build a California Adobe," photocopy of articleSave to your list.
Folder 17: Hutchinson, W.H., "Quick Trip to Santa Barbara:" photocopy of articleSave to your list.
Folder 18: Knowland: California, A Landmark History, "Santa Susana Pass" [photocopy of page 220]Save to your list.
Folder 19: Los Angeles County Museum of Natural History: "The History of Transportation" bookletSave to your list.
Folder 20: Los Angeles Times: "Prehistoric Southern California" articleSave to your list.
Folder 21: Land Use: "Indians and later groups" bibliography; 4th grade levelSave to your list.
Folder 22: Larsen, C.M., "Artifacts Found in the Area of the Santa Susana Pass, 1972"Save to your list.
Folder 23: Local Landmark brochuresSave to your list.
Folder 24: "Mail Service in Early Los Angeles:" photocopy of articleSave to your list.
Folder 25: "My Playyard was a Concord Coach:" photocopy [page 386]Save to your list.
Folder 26: Nelson, Zorka G.: "Portrait of Susana" press release, 1972Save to your list.
Folder 27: Nelson, Zorka G.: "Wild Onions in Bloom - Queen Anne's Lace and Minnie", March 1972Save to your list.
Folder 28: Northtrop, Marie: "Searching for the Birthday of Eulalia Guillen de Marine," The Historical of Southern California Quarterly, Vol. XL, No. 2, June 1958Save to your list.
Folder 29: "The Overland Stage," Wells Fargo Bank: bookletSave to your list.
Folder 30: O.,J.,:  Chatsworth Park South position paper, draft, 1977Save to your list.
Folder 31: Open Space Issues: general, ca. 1971-1973Save to your list.
Folder 32: Oswald, Elinor: "Speed Sighting Local Landmarks," photocopy of article, Los Angeles magazineSave to your list.
Folder 33: Photographs: Carlo MayesSave to your list.
Folder 34: Photographs: Chatsworth, 1925Save to your list.
Folder 35: Photographs of Chatsworth: photocopiesSave to your list.
Folder 36: "Prehistory of Chatsworth," report; AnonSave to your list.
Folder 37: Robinson, W.W.: "Fabulous San Fernando Valley" bookletSave to your list.
Folder 38: Robinson, W.W.: "The Story of San Fernando Valley" booklet, 1967Save to your list.
Folder 39: Santa Susana Mountains Historical Significance StatementSave to your list.
Folder 40: Santa Susana Mountain Park: L.A. Times et al, photocopies of newsclippings, 1972Save to your list.
Folder 41: "Santa Susana Pass Roads," Early Days in Simi Valley: by Robert E. Harrington, photocopy of pp. 109-111Save to your list.
Folder 42: Smith, Wally: "The Heyday of Old 251," The Ventura Country Free Press, 1971 September 5Save to your list.
Folder 43: Stagecoach: general, ca. 1972Save to your list.
Folder 44: Stagecoach History: articles; notes; research, circa 1971Save to your list.
Folder 45: "Stagecoach History, Part 2:" research report, AnonSave to your list.
Folder 46: Stagecoach Maps: photocopiesSave to your list.
Box 21Save to your list.
Folder 1: Stagecoach newsclippings: Enterprise Sun & News, 1975Save to your list.
Folder 2: Stagecoach Timetables from Bancroft's, photocopies, 1869, 1871Save to your list.
Folder 3: Stagecoach Trail Description, "Letters of Jose Senan, O.F.M.:" photocopies; 1962 translation, 1804Save to your list.
Folder 4: Stagecoach Summary: Santa Monica Mountain Parks Association reportSave to your list.
Folder 5: Stagecoach Trail: bibliographySave to your list.
Folder 6: Stagecoach Trail Area Research: general, 1970-1974Save to your list.
Folder 7: Stagecoach, Warner Stage Station: photocopies of correspondence between Banning Chamber of Commerce and Warner Springs Lion's Club, 1972Save to your list.
Folder 8: Status of the Stagecoach Trail: SSMPA report, 1971Save to your list.
Folder 9: Thompson, James: copy of records available at Los Angeles Hall of Records; obituary notes, 1858-1895Save to your list.
Folder 10: "Tips for Stagecoach Travelers:" SSMPA flyerSave to your list.
Folder 11: Title Insurance and Trust Corporation: freeway and stagecoach roads; map of San Fernando ValleySave to your list.
Folder 12: "Transportation to San Francisco:" photocopy of unknown thesis, [pp. 4; 322-29; 66-74; 106]Save to your list.
Folder 13: "The Valley of San Fernando:" photocopy of journal articleSave to your list.
Folder 14: Webster, Florence: "The Third Chest of Gold" (buried treasure legend)Save to your list.
Folder 15: Wells Fargo Bank History: correspondence; report, 1970Save to your list.
Folder 16: White, Don Miguel: obituary [copy], 1885Save to your list.
Flat File Cabinet 2Save to your list.
Folder 5Save to your list.
Item 1: Stagecoach newsclippings, Los Angeles Times; National Observer, 1973 May 5, 1975 February 1Save to your list.
Item 2: Valley Federal Savings and Loan: "Historical Map of San Fernando Valley," mapSave to your list.

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[Series I: SSMPA Administrative Records, 1968-1979]
[Series II: Civic, Cultural, and Social Organizations, 1963-1981]
[Series III: Government and Public Agencies, 1966-1982]
[Series IV: Historical Research Files, 1804-1978],
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