The Hurley/Wright Surveyors Map Collection is perhaps one of LMU’s most unknown hidden treasure with some maps being hand drawn and dating back to 19th century Los Angeles. This collection has very high research and historical value as the holdings contain maps recording ownership of californio ranchos from 1858 on and their subsequent divisions and development; old downtown Los Angeles; and creations of counties in Southern California. Of particular interest for the history of water in Los Angeles, maps directly and indirectly address the infrastructure of water.
The William H. Hannon Library is grateful for the support from the Metabolic Studio that made possible the digitization of this portion of the Hurley/Wright Surveyors Map Collection to commemorate the centennial of the construction of the Los Angeles Aqueduct.
Read more about the map collection in the collection’s research guide.