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Draft of United States Census, City and County of Los Angeles, 1850.

Identifier: MS-642

Scope and contents

This collection consists of census data documents and correspondence relating to the 1849-1850 census of Los Angeles, California. A majority of census data documents was used for the publication Census of the City and County of Los Angeles, California for the year 1850. This collection also includes correspondence between Hector Alliot and Cecille B. DeMille, 1917 July-August and a memo from the Harris Newmark Company to the Southwest Museum dated 1928 May 2. The memo states that the Southwest Museum received the original census for publication and was signed by Maurice H. Newmark.


  • 1850-1928



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0.2 Linear Feet (1 box, 1 oversized box)

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Custodial history

This is an original draft of the United States census of Los Angeles County for the year 1850. The census was discovered in 1915 by Cecil B. DeMille in a San Fernando Valley ranch he was leasing. Per DeMille's account, the documents were being readied for a bonfire when he discovered it and removed it from the pile to be burned. DeMille gave the census as a gift to the Southwest Museum, 1917 June 23.


Gift to the Southwest Museum from Cecil B. DeMille, 1917 June 23.

Publication note

Census of the city and county of Los Angeles, California, for the year 1850 : together with an analysis and an appendix by Maurice H. Newmark and Marco R. Newmark. Los Angeles : The Times-mirror press, 1929


Finding Aid to the Draft of United States Census, City and County of Los Angeles, 1850
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Repository Details

Part of the Braun Research Library Collection Repository

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Los Angeles CA 90065-5030 USA US