The Reginaldo F. del Valle papers and portraits (MS/MSP 2230) contain a wonderful assortment of manuscripts, ephemera, scrapbooks, and photographs documenting the political career of this Mexican American lawyer, California state assemblyman and senator, and Los Angeles water commissioner. Born after the American conquest of California to Californio parents, del Valle was instrumental in the construction of Los Angeles' water system, presiding over the Board of Water and Power Commissioners during the contentious years of the 1920s. With his friend Charles Lummis, del Valle was also committed to preserving early California history and its landmarks, including his family's Rancho Camulos in Ventura County.
We hope you enjoy these selections from the del Valle papers and portraits. More are available on Flickr Commons, along with other portraits of Californios and Mexican Americans in California.
|Franklin D. Roosevelt telegram to Reginaldo del Valle, Reginaldo F. del Valle papers, MS 2230, courtesy, California Historical Society, MS2230_002.jpg.|
|[Reginaldo F. del Valle with his wife and daughter Lucretia], Portraits from the Reginaldo F. del Valle papers, MSP 2230, courtesy, California Historical Society, MSP2300_002.jpg.|
|[Del Valle family picnic, Rancho Camulos, Ventura County], Portraits from the Reginaldo F. del Valle papers, MSP 2230, courtesy, California Historical Society, MSP2300_008.jpg.|
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