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L.D. Taylor family fonds

  • AM1477
  • Fonds
  • 1827-1932

Fonds consists of records of the Taylor and Pierce families. The fonds has been divided into three sousfonds according to the three dominant creators: L.D. Taylor sousfonds (1873-1946), Ted Taylor sousfonds (1919-1959), and the O.J. Pierce (1831 -1939) sousfonds. The fonds includes records relating to the professional activities of family members, including L.D. Taylor's mayoral career and newspaper and mining business interests; Ted Taylor's career as a journalist and Hollywood press agent; Ken Taylor's career as a journalist and his service in the Second World War; and O.J. Pierce's career as an architect and his American Civil War service. Records also document the relationships between family members, their financial affairs and property ownership, education, and activities in general. Records documenting the civic administration and development of Vancouver, 1896 to 1946, may be found in the L.D. Taylor sousfonds and in the Correspondence series of the Ted Taylor and Osborne J. Pierce sousfonds. Some records in the Ted Taylor sousfonds pertain to Mary Louise Taylor, and the Pierce, Beaton and Werbel families. The O.J. Pierce sousfonds includes some records created by Annie, Winifred and Caroline Pierce. Document types include correspondence, photographs, newspapers and clippings, notebooks, financial and legal records, business records, publications, reports, ephemera, architectural drawings, paintings and sketches, poetic works, book drafts, drama scripts, political cartoons, date books, note books, stock certificates and artifacts.

Taylor family, Louis Denison

1842

File contains a piece of prose by Osborne J. Pierce titled "Early Recollections."

Pierce family, Osborne J.

Letterhead

File consists of letterhead for Osborne J. Pierce's office at 539 Chamber of Commerce Building in Los Angeles and for the South Hollywood Improvement Association, of which Pierce was an Executive Committee member.

Pierce family, Osborne J.

Osborne J. Pierce photographs

Series consists of photographs taken by Osborne J. Pierce. Includes some self-portraits and a photograph album containing scenic cyanotype and silver gelatin photographs taken in Maine, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Niagara Falls and Chicago, Illinois. Includes photographs of the Pierce family homestead in Albion, Maine.

Pierce family, Osborne J.

Correspondence and subject files

Series consists of Ted Taylor correspondence and other records arranged by Ted into chronological and subject files. Records pertain to Ted s personal and professional activities, and concern his relationships with family members, his marriages, friendships, involvement with various associations, and his career as a Hollywood publicist and journalist, including his work at Metro Pictures, Goldwyn Pictures and Universal Pictures studios. The series also includes several subject files pertaining to L.D. Taylor. Although the majority of records in the series were created or received by Ted Taylor, the series also includes some records of Caroline Little Pierce, Annie Louise Taylor, Octavia Beaton, Mary Louise Taylor and Osborne J. Pierce. In addition to correspondence, the series includes photographs, notes, legal documents, financial records, agreements, journals, articles, press releases, notebooks, appointment books, address books, drawings, paintings, scripts, newspaper clippings, newsletters and other publications, studio passes, programs, cards, ephemera and objects.

Taylor, Theodore Pierce

1913 TT [Ted Taylor]

File consists of programs, newspaper clippings and other records relating to Theodore (Ted) Taylor's participation in plays and other events at Los Angeles High School; a sheet of prose by Osborne J. Pierce; and a letter from Pierce to his sister Almira, in which he discusses the living arrangements and activities of L.D., Annie Louise, and Theodore Taylor.

1915

File consists of a newspaper clipping and three photographs relating to Theodore (Ted) Taylor's participation in a parade of Los Angeles school children, as well as two other photographs.

1921 - News service

File consists of incoming and outgoing correspondence of Ted Taylor and related newspaper clippings, pertaining to both his professional and personal lives. Includes correspondence with John M. Beckwith, William R. Kane, Harry Brand, Theodore C. Detrich and George Rosener.

1922 - GROPING - bureau and other possibilities

File consists of correspondence, notes and other records relating to Ted Taylor's publicity work in Hollywood, his activities as Editor of the motion picture industry publication "CAMERA!," and the establishment of the Los Angeles Press Service.

1922 - Loose threads

File consists of miscellaneous incoming and outgoing correspondence of Theodore Taylor, including correspondence concerning the Studio Publicists' Association's publication of the "Mouth Organ."

1923 Dec.

File consists of correspondence and a newspaper clipping relating to Taylor's editorial activities at the "Los Angeles Record," including correspondence from director William P.S. Earle; correspondence between Ted Taylor and Ruth Wing; incoming correspondence of Caroline Little Pierce and Annie Louise Taylor; and correspondence from Kate Cooley concerning L.D. Taylor. File also contains Christmas cards and greetings from actors Victor Potel and Raymond Cannon, actress Lillian Rich, producers John M. Stahl and Fanchon Royer, writers Al Cohn, Edith M. Ryan, Doris Anderson, and director D.W. Griffith.

[Ted Taylor sitting at his desk in his office]

A duplicate copy of this photograph has the following inscription on the verso: "The other side of the room at 231 S. Spring (this is upstairs over a tough athletic club - and a real saloon) But that didn't interfere with work!"

1934 TT [Ted Taylor]

File consists of Ted Taylor's incoming and outgoing correspondence, including correspondence with family and friends, financial records, studio passes, cards, newspaper clippings, publicity and other notes, notices, postcards, one photograph and other material. File contains letters to and from L.D. Taylor, including wires relating to L.D.'s running for mayor in 1934 and a letter expressing his political and social views, as well as newspaper clippings concerning L.D. File also contains correspondence between Ted Taylor and the American Newspaper Guild concerning the possiblity of creating a Los Angeles guild, a report on an organization conference for a newspaper guild, and a copy of the Constitution of the Newspaper Guild of Los Angeles County. Also included in the file are cards and greetings from Tom Mix, the Hallam Cooley Agency, Thelma Hart, John Rohlfs, Reginald Owen, RKO Studios, Paramount Pictures and 20th Century Pictures.
Items within the file have been divided up into sections by Ted Taylor according to month of creation.

1935 TT [Ted Taylor]

File consists of Ted Taylor's personal and professional correspondence, cards, studio passes, publicity and other notes, four photographs on postcards, newspaper clippings and a program. Professional correspondence includes correspondence relating to Taylor's work on the "Hollywood Reporter," and letters from Larry Blochman and Ted Le Berthon. Personal correspondence consists of letters to and from family and friends. File contains correspondence to and from L.D. Taylor and related notes and newspaper clippings. This includes a letter from L.D. describing his daily routine and the situation in Vancouver under the current mayor, correspondence from Ted to L.D. concerning Ted and Ken's visit to Vancouver, Ted's notes regarding L.D.'s family history and notable events in his life, and notes concerning Ted and Ken's activities during their visit to Vancouver. The file also contains records relating to Octavia Beaton's health, correspondence of Octavia, and a report card for Mary Taylor. The file also contains several cards and greetings to Ted Taylor from members of the motion picture industry, including Pinky Tomlin, Ben Jackson, Menifee Johnstone, Nat Levine, Carl Laemmle Jr., Al Martin, Francis Lederer, John Rohlf and Bill (William) Pine.
Items within the file have been divided up into sections by Ted Taylor according to month of creation.

1943 TT [Ted Taylor]

File consists of Ted Taylor personal and professional correspondence, financial records, draft of writings, clippings, leaflets, notes, address book pages, a postcard, cards and other material. It contains correspondence with L.D. Taylor, including a letter in which L.D. discusses his view of provincial and federal politics. Ted's letters discuss his work for the Screen Publicists Guild and family activities, including the marriage of Mary Louise Taylor. File also contains invoices for Ted's Screen Publicists Guild work.
Items within the file have been divided up into sections by Ted Taylor according to month of creation.

1946 TT [Ted Taylor]

File consists of Ted Taylor personal and professional correspondence and notes, newspaper articles, a record book, cards, a photograph and other material. Includes correspondence with L.D. Taylor with Ken Taylor. Outgoing correspondence discusses Ted's work, family activities, and the death of Octavia Beaton. File also includes newspaper articles concerning L.D. and Ted Taylor, and records pertaining to L.D.'s death and Ted and Ken's trip to Vancouver to settle the estate. File also contains a Conference of Studio Unions press release, a photograph of Sam Simpkin and a card from the Screen Actors Guild.
Items within the file have been divided up into sections by Ted Taylor according to month of creation, as well as the following sections: LDT 1946 & TT; 1946.

Indian mission village near Douglas Lodge

Postcard was included in a letter from L.D. Taylor to Octavia Beaton, dated August 3, 1933. Postcard was never sent, but there is a handwritten message from Katherine Federici to her brother Joe on the verso of the postcard.

Jr-Jl [January-July 19]39 TT [Ted Taylor]

File consists of Ted Taylor correspondence, as well as employment records, financial records, pages from Ted Taylor's appointment calendar, publicity and other notes, notices, newspaper clippings, articles, a postcard, a photograph of an unidentified woman and other material. The file also contains correspondence of Octavia Beaton and Mary Louise Taylor. Ted Taylor correspondence includes letters to and from L.D. Taylor, including correspondence regarding his visit to Los Angeles and a series of articles on his life printed in "The Province" newspaper. The file also contains a newspaper clipping concerning "The Left-Handed Dictionary," as well as correspondence from the Lightbearers of Los Angeles, Motion Picture Democratic Committee, 'First Year Club', Los Angeles Newspaper Guild and Screen Publicists Guild.
Items within the file have been divided up into sections by Ted Taylor according to month of creation.

Jr-My [January-May] 1944 TT [Ted Taylor]

File consists of Ted Taylor's personal and professional correspondence, financial records, two photographs, drafts of writings, notes, minutes, newspaper clippings, cards and other records. File includes several letters to L.D. Taylor and from L.D. to Ted and Ken Taylor. Some letters include newspaper clippings pertaining to L.D. L.D.'s letters also include some discussion of provincial politics, his plans for the development of northern British Columbia, his desire to travel to the Peace River area, and the potential annexation of part of Canada to the U.S. Ted's letters discuss work, family activities and the birth of Mary Louise Taylor's son Peter. File also includes some Octavia Beaton correspondence.
File additionally contains minutes, contitution and bylaws of the People's Education Centre, as well as correspondence, leaflets, invitations and other material from groups such as the National Citizens' Committee for Winifred Lynn, Technocracy, Anti-Fascist Refugee Committee, Screen Cartoonists Guild and the United States Civil Service Commission.
Items within the file have been divided up into sections by Ted Taylor according to month of creation.

L.D.T. [L.D. Taylor] - Vancouver - Police - 1928

File consists of newspaper clipplings pertaining to the 1928 Lennie inquiry in which L.D. Taylor was implicated as mayor. File also contains a letter and two wires from L.D. to Ted Taylor in 1935 and 1936 and a letter from Ted to L.D. notifying him of the death of Caroline Little Pierce in 1936.

Oc-Dc [October-December] 1937 TT [Ted Taylor]

File consists of correspondence, financial and employment records, studio passes, an agreement, publicity and other notes, cards and three photographs. Includes cards and greetings from Albert S. Rogell, Ralph and Buddy Welles, Tom Mix, Marge Decker and Sophie Tucker.
Items within the file have been divided up into sections by Ted Taylor according to month of creation.

Oct - Nv 1932 TT [Ted Taylor]

File consists of Ted Taylor correspondence with L.D. Taylor, Britann (Bill) Laymon and Ken Taylor, as well as some ephemeral material.
Items within the file have been divided up into sections by Ted Taylor according to month of creation.

Sp [September] 1933 TT [Ted Taylor]

File contains correspondence and notes of Ted Taylor. Includes correspondence from family and friends and a letter to L.D. Taylor, which discusses, in part, the visit of L.D.'s nurse, Katherine Federici, to Los Angeles.

Sp-Dc [September-December]1940 TT [Ted Taylor]

File consists of Ted Taylor correspondence, financial records, appointment book pages, newspaper clippings, articles, postcards, and other material. Includes several letters to and from L.D. Taylor, including letters regarding Ted's employment situation and his new publication "Hollywood Movies," as well as L.D.'s view of world events and Gerald (Gerry) McGeer's campaign for a seat in the House of Commons.
Items within the file have been divided up into sections by Ted Taylor according to month of creation, as well as the following sections: Dc '40 MLT; 1940 Accts.
The following notes appeared on the original file folder: "CLP estate - formal discharge KT admiss."

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