Loyola Marymount University’s (LMU) Thomas and Dorothy Leavey Center for the Study of Los Angeles has been named the sole distributor of the just released two-volume, 1,040-page reference work, The Development of Los Angeles City Government: An Institutional History 1850-2000.
Published by the Los Angeles City Historical Society with a grant from the John Randolph Haynes and Dora Haynes Foundation, and support from others, including LMU’s Bellarmine College, the work was undertaken to fill a gap in the historical record of urban development in the United States by examining all aspects of Los Angeles city government from 1850 to 2000, LMU officials said.
The work, written by more than 30 scholars, educators and administrators, includes how councils, commissions, departments and divisions came into being, and how factors such as population changes, intergovernmental relations and global influences have impacted Los Angeles city government.
“This work is a one-of-a-kind comprehensive history in this country because it covers a 150-year time period of a large, major city government,” said Hynda L. Rudd, project director and retired Los Angeles city archivist. “By using records from the Los Angeles City Archives, the authors were able to trace the development and growth of our city from a pueblo setting to a major megalopolis.”
The historical society and the work’s board of editors chose the Leavey Center at LMU as the sole distributor because of its historical relationship with Los Angeles, according to the two groups.
“We were sure that they would carry out the spirit of the work in practice,” said Doyce B. Nunis, Jr., member of the board of editors.
“This project strikes at the core of The Leavey Center’s mission — to educate our students as community and leaders for action.” said Fernando J. Guerra, Ph.D., director of The Leavey Center and associate professor of political science and Chicana/o Studies at LMU.
“We are honored to have been selected as the sole distributor of this great work,” said Jennifer L. Magnabosco, Ph.D., Leavey Center associate director and senior research associate.
“We will maintain the spirit upon which it was conceived by using all revenues from its sale to establish The Los Angeles City Historical Society Scholarship Fund at The Leavey Center for the Study of Los Angeles.”