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Watts Towers Finding Aid (pdf)

 

1. BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION

 

1. Biographical Information

                        Rodia Social Security Card

                        Italy, 1972

                        Dickeyville Grotto, 1972

                        East Coast, 1973

                        Timeline, 1974

                        Obituary

                        Personal Memories

 

2. Interviews

                        Claire Biane, 1959

                        Jeanne Morgan, 1960

                        Kate Steinitz, 1961

                        Jody Farrell, 1961

                        Claudio Segre, 1962

                        Nickolas King, 1964

                        Jeanne Morgan, 1964

                        Jeanne Morgan, et al. 1964

                        Mae Babitz, 1972

                        Mae Babitz, 1973

                        “Sam Talks”, n.d.

                        Interviews/Visits

                                                           

            3. Personal & Family Records

                        Certificates, 1937-1979

                        Artwork, 1974

                        Tributes

                        Rodia Family Photographs

II. WATTS TOWERS

 

            1. Site as Art

                        Bibliography

                        Filmography/Photography

                       

                        Books, films, plays

                                    Scripts

                                    W. Hale film

                                    Artistic Projects, 1964

                                    Books, films, plays #7

                                    Books, films, plays #8

                                    Books, films, plays #9

                                    Bud Goldstone Book

                                    McGilvery

                                    Books, films, plays, 1981, n.d.

                                    Books, films, plays #12

                                    Artistic Projects, 1974, 1976

                                    Books, films, plays #14

                                    Books, films, plays #15

                                    “Spires to the Sun” 1979, 1983-84

                                    Artistic Projects, 1989

                                    Artistic Projects #2

                                    Books, films, plays, 1989

                                    DVD release, 2007

                                    Artistic Projects, 1990

                                    Books, films, plays #21

                                    Goldstone, 1997

                                    Books, films, plays #23

 

                        Articles and Newspaper Clippings

                                    1950s

                                    1960s

                                    1965 (Riot)

                                    1970s

                                   Commercial uses, 1970-1980

                                    1980s 

                                    1990s

                                   Rodia/Tower stamp, 1995

                                   2000s

                                   2010s

                                   Notification, towers historical cultural monument

                                   No Date

 

                        Events

                                    1960s

                                    1980s

                                    1990s

                                    2000 on

                                    Undated Events

           

                         Exhibits

                                    1962-1963 Los Angeles

                                    Travel, 1963

                                    Mead Library, NY, 1968

                                    1974

                                    1976

                                    1981

                                    1982

                                    1985

                                    1999

 

                        History

                        People Inspired, 1980s

                        Poems

                        State Monument

                        Tour Guide Script

                        A Guide to Art Resources in Los Angeles

 

                        PR Materials

                                    Tour of the Towers, 1986

                                    Website

                                    PR Materials, 1975

                                    Brochures/Booklets

 

                        CSRTW – PR & Petitions

                                    1960-1982

                                    Photographs

                                    Field Survey, 1984

 

                        Educational Programs

                                    Guestbook, 1965

                                    Guestbook, 1966

           

            2. Site as Property

                       Grant Deeds, 1959-1967

                       Lease, 1960

                       Social Services Dept. 1966, 1969

                       Insurance

                      Contract, Deeding Towers to City; Drafts, Correspondence (inc. Mayor Yorty, 1967)

                       Yorty, 1967

                       Agreement with City, 1968

                       Site Planning, 1963

                       Repairs

                       Land/Plot Ownership Documents 1921-1934, n.d.

                      Grand Oasis

                      Conservation, 2011

III. COMMITTEE OF SIMON RODIA’S TOWERS IN WATTS (CSRTW)

 

            1. Arts Center

                        Plan, 1963

                        Programs, 1965-1966

                        Loan Authorization, 1965

                        Fundraising, 1966-1968

                        Planning Committee, 1966

                        LA Department of City Planning, 1965

                        Legal – Cooperation Agreement, 1969

                        Financial / Legal

                        Proposal

                        Ephemera

 

            2. City of Los Angeles

                        Watts Towers Security, 1976-1977

                        National Register of Historic Places, 1976-1977

                        Advisory Committee – Watts Towers Arts Center, 1976-1977

                        Operating Agreements

                        Sister City

 

            3. Committee Meetings/Minutes

                        Minutes, 1959

                        Minutes, 1962, 1964

                        Minutes, 1965

                        Minutes, 1966

                        Minutes, 1967-1968

                        Minutes, 1969

                       Minutes, 1970-1977

                       Board Meetings, 1978

                       Minutes, 1979

                       Minutes, 1980

                       Minutes, 1981

                       Minutes, 1982

                       Minutes, 1983

                       Minutes, 1984

                       Minutes, 2000 –

                       Annual Membership Meetings, 1960-1984

 

            4. Committee Members

                        Board of Directors

                        Biographical Materials

                        Mae Babitz

                        Jeanne Morgan

                        Seymour Rosen

                        Kate Steinitz

                        Membership Lists, 1966, 1978

                        Executive Director

                        Seymour Rosen Correspondence

                        Miscellaneous Correspondence

                       

            5. Financial Records

                        Financial Reports, 1960-1965

                        Financial Reports, 1961

                        Financial Reports, 1961-1984

                        Paid Bills, 1961 – September 1964

                        Employer’s Taxes

                        Record of Checks Drawn, 1961-1962

                        Record of Checks Drawn, 1962-1963           

                        Record of Check Drawn, 1963-1964                       

                        Tax Information, 1960-1963

                        Tax Information, 7/1/62-6/30/63

                        Ledgers, 1964-1965

                        Paid Bills, 1964-1965

                        Simon Rodia’s Payroll Taxes, 1966-prior

                        Check Stubs

                        Paid Bills, 1966

                        Time Sheets (James Barrett), 1966

                        Paid Bills – Petty Cash, 1966

                        Receipted Deposit Slips, 7/1/66 – 6/30/67

                        Paid Bills, 1967

                        Paid Bills, K-O

                        Paid Bills, P-T

                       James Barrett Payroll, 1967

                        Payroll Records, 1967

                        Payroll and Disbursement Instructions, July 1, 1966 – June 30, 1967

                        Payroll Taxes 1967 – prior

                        Trial Balance/Bank Reconciliations – 1970-1971

                        Bank

                        Paid Bills U-Z, 1967

                        Correspondence, 1967

                        Bank Reconciliations, 7/1/66-6/30/67

                        Petty Cash (Office), 1967-1970

                        Building Fund Paid Bills, 1967

                        Finances„ 6/1/67 – 3/1/68

                        Paid Bills K-O, 7/1/67 – 6/30/68

                        Paid Bills P-T, 7/1/67 – 6/30/68

                        Deposits Posted – Operating A/C

                        Deposits Posted – Bldg/Fund/A/C

                        Bank Reconciliations, 7/1/67 – 6/30/68

                        Petty Cash Reimbursements, 1967/1968

                        Deposits, July 1968 to Dec. 1969

                        1968/1969 – Paid Bills – Bldg/Fund

                        Deposits Posted – Building Fund A/C, 1968-1969

                        Paid Bills – N-Z, 1968/1969

                        Paid Bills – A-M, 1968/1969

                        Bank Reconciliations, 1968-1969

                        Petty Cash Reimbursements, 1968-1969

                        Building Fund – Paid Bills, 1967-1968

                        Union Bank Statements, 1968

                        Union Bank Statements, 1969

                        Paid Bills – A-E, 7/1/67 – 6/30/68

                        Deposits Posted – Operations A/C

                        Finance Reports, 3/1/68 – 8/70

                        Union Bank Statements, 1970

                        Union Bank Statements, 1970-1971

                        Cash in Bank – Building Fund

                        Watts Towers Workshops building fund bank statements/cancelled checks

                        C/D & C/R – Bank Statements – “Special Fund A/C”, 1968-1971

                        Bills Paid

                        Deposits Posted, 7/70 – 6/71

                        Paid Bills, 1970-1971

                        First Western Bank Towers Account Statements and Checks to 6/71

                        Paid Bills, 1971-1972

                        1st Western, 1971-1972

                        To Computer, 1971-1972

                        Watts Towers Gate Receipts, May 1971 – June 1973

                        Union Bank Head Office Operating Account Statements and Checks

                        Union Bank B.H. Building Fund Bank Statements and Checks

                        Ledger

                        Union Bank – Operating Account Deposits, Bank Statements, Cancelled Checks, 7/1/71 – 6/30/72

                        Community Redevelopment Agency, Helfeld

                        Watts Towers Gate Receipts, July 1973 –

                        Inventory, Merchandise for Sale

                        Miller Loan

 

6. Fundraising / Grants

                        Moneymaking fundraising ideas

                        Committee fundraising

                        Grant, 1967

                        Fundraising grants/buttons

                        HUD, 1978

                        CAC

                        Christo 1980

                        Associates in Technology

                        Fundraising ideas, 1983

                        James Glass Fundraising Feasibility Study, 1984

                        Thank you cards

                        One Square Inch

                        One Square Inch, May 1968

                        One Square Inch Sales Stubs Box 1 and 2

 

7. Legal Papers

                        Bylaws

                        Articles of Incorporation

                        Exempt Application, 1960-62, 1979

                        Agreement of conveyance, 1975

                        Transfer of State

                        Modification transfer, 1977 

 

8. Committee Business

                        Notes, folder 1 and 2

                        Rodia Museum, 1979

                        Archive Project

                        Centennial Subcommittee

                        Committee History Office Locations

                        Information Requests

 

9. Newsletters

                        1961-1982

 

10. Publicity – Outreach

                        Dorothy Beftman

                        Promo Leaflet

                        Los Angeles Herald Press Release

 

11. Stationary / Forms

                        Committee Membership Cards

                        Stationary/Old CSRTW

                        CSRTW Information Packet

                        Stationary/Letterhead

                        Stationary #3

                        Stationary Envelopes

                        Stationary Form

 

IV. PRESERVATION / CONSERVATION

 

            1. City of Los Angeles

                        1958 Department of Buiding & Safety Report

                        City Demolition Hearings, 1959

                        Demolition Hearings, July 1959

                        Report, Hearing Examiner, 1959-60

                        Bureau of Public Buildings, 1978

                        Mollier’s Give it to State Documents, Nov. 1978

                        City Contract Cancellation City Council Motion, Dec. 1978

                        Materials & Methods Controversy after Sept. 1

                        Vaughn Contract

                        Vaughn - Reiner, LA City Controller, 1978

                        Contract Complaint

                        Ralph Vaughn ARA (Data)

                        “A” Tower Sculptures, Oct. 1992

                        Garden Spire, Jan. 1992

                        “B” Tower, Oct. 1993

                        Canopy, Nov. 1994

                        The Chimney, Feb. 1994

                        Vaughn Restoration Reports

                        Vaughn Restoration Reports

                        Vaughn Restoration Reports, 1978

                        The Preliminary Report, Vaughn

                        Complaint/Lawsuit, 1978-1979

                        Cultural Affairs Division

                        Preliminary Draft, 1982

                        City of Los Angeles, Bud Goldstone

                        City of L.A. Database System

                        Groundbreaking Ceremony, 1988

                        Reports, 1988/89, 1993-1999

                        Daily Log, 7/6-11/03 1992

                        Gazebo

                        House, April 1995

                        Tall Towers Analysis, June 1995

                        Tall Towers Inspection Report, April 1995

                        Tall Towers Inspection Report, May 1995 #2-15

                        Tall Towers 1995 Inspection Photograph Log

                        CCF, 1993

                        Northridge Earthquake, 1992

                        Northridge Earthquake Repair, July-August 1994

                        City Cultural Affairs, Correspondence

                        City of Los Angeles Goldstone Database

                        Cultural Affairs Department, Correspondence, 2000

                        Cultural Heritage Commission

                        City of Los Angeles Cultural Affair Dept. Correspondence, 2001

                        City of Los Angeles CRA

                        Municipal Arts Department

                        Los Angeles Perspective

                       

            2. Committee Records

                        Letters of Support, 1959

                        Structural Test, 1959

                        Structural Test, 1959 Goldstone Report, 1963

                        Legal Papers, settlement

                        Legal papers

                        Standards CSRTW

                        Applied Liquid Polymer Systems

                        Committee 1978, March 1978

                        Museum Advisory Group, May 1970

                        Tamas Tomey, Results of Investigation, May 1978

                        Goldstone/Vaughn, May/June 1978

                        Getty Management, July 1978

                        Green & Associates (Consultants to CSRTW), May-July 1978

                        Vaughn Work Crew, July ‘78

                        Vaughn starts the job, reports from the site prior to Sept. 1

                        Committee Declarations

                        Esthetic Damage

                        Getty Museum, 1978

                        Press Conference, Sept. 14, 1978

                        Goldstone/Observations, Septemeber 17, 1978

                        Damage Evaluation/Morgan, September 26, 1978

                        Current Job Status

                        Complaint for breach of contract, Ralph A. Vaughn lawsuit, State of CA

                        Lawsuit, 1978, exhibit 1-32

                        Lawsuit, Vaughn

                        Scaffolding & Calosha, Vaughn, 1978

                        Firschhein

                        Preservation Plans, 1978

                        Unlicensed contractor/other possibilities, Vaugh, 1978/79

                        Committee Updates, 1978/79

                        States of the Job

                        Letters of support

                       

            3. Non-governmental Agencies

                        Management Agencies

                        Watts Towers Community Trust

                        National Trust Grant, 1981

                        Caltrans Rail Link Relocations, 1981-82

                        Center for Law in the Public Interest Quarterly Report, Fall 1985

                        Ehrenkratz

 

            4. State / City

                        Letters from individuals, 1956-1958

                        SOHP, 1977-79

                        State of CA meeting with Hollier, give ok

                        Hollier Management, October 15, 1978

                        Vaughn Specs, OCT/Nov 1978

                        Preservaton Department

                        Restoration Projects Reports

                        RFP, 1981

                        State/City

                        Meeting, 2002

                        State Review, 2003

                        Los Angeles Perspective

 

            5. SPACES

                        SPACES

                        Watts Towers Grant Project (Archive)

 

V. IMAGES

 

            1. Prints

                        Dated

                        Undated

 

            2. Slides

                        Dated

                        Undated

 

            3. Negatives

                        Dated

                        Undated

 

            4. Proof Sheets

                        Dated

                        Undated

           

 







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