following are PDF versions of some of the more interesting documents
contained in the Los Encinos Archives. They are a mixed bag. Some
are "Primary Source" documents, others are studies performed
after the Rancho became a park, some are prepared to a high degree
of scholarly thoroughness while others are the work of amateur
historians. All, however, shed an interesting light on the history
of Los Encinos and the San Fernando Valley.
de La Ossa's Diary
is primarily a record of births, deaths and marriages
Brief History of Vincente De La Ossa and Family
This summarizes the De La Ossa Family history. It
is well documented, with extensive footnotes. The authorship, however,
of Los Encinos
A history of Los Encinos and the San Fernando Valley
written by Mary Stewart, who is largely responsible for saving the
park from developers. The first part contains extensive excerpts
from the records of the Portola expedition. The second has an anecdotal
history of the Rancho leading up to its rescue and preservation.
It was written in the early 1960s.
Timeline of Los Encinos
The dates and circumstances of the rancho changing
hands throughout its history. Authorship and sources are not clear,
though it appears to be well researched.
Map of Los Encinos 1868
|Topographical Sketch of the Los Angeles Plains and Vicinity - August 1849.
A military survey map of Los Angeles and San Diego as they were just after the American conquest. Los Encinos is listed as "Agua Caliente".
|State Survey Map of the San Fernando Valley - 1880
An extract from a manuscript map from the David Rumsay Collection
Encinos Archeaology Report, 1960
|Chemical Analysis of the Water of Los Encinos Hot Springs
An undated chemical analysis of the water of the hot springs. Early 20th Century. Smith Emery Chemists, which did the analysis and is still in business, was founded in 1910. The analysis states that the water is beneficial for those suffering from acidity of the blood.
Script for Los Encinos
script used by tour docents for the adobe and grounds before the
|1994 Northridge Earthquake: Case Study - Los Encinos State Historic Park Garnier Building
A paper presented by Thomas Winter, the State Architect, summarizing the restoration plan.
|An early 20th Century Catholic Devotion Card
from the De La Ossa Family collection. It says "Under the Cross" in Italian, German, English and Spanish. In French it says "N[otre] D[ame] des sept douleurs (Our lady of seven sorrows)
|Certificate of Good Conduct
from Santa Clara College SJ, to Mrs Vincente De La Ossa. Dated April 1856