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Blanche Ebert and Frank R. Seaver Papers and James L. Lovell Papers Ready for Research

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This post was written by our graduate student assistant, Jessica Geiser.

Two more finding aids from Special Collections and University Archives are now available for research and can be found on the Online Archive of California!  The Blanche Ebert and Frank R. Seaver papers, and the James L. Lovell papers, both processed as a part of the NHPRC project, are briefly described below.

Blanche Ebert and Frank R. Seaver were prominent philanthropists in the Los Angeles area, thanks to Frank’s successful career in the oil industry.  The Seaver family proved influential in Pepperdine’s growth as a university through their generous donations, which was reflected in the decision to name Seaver College after Frank, as well as the appointment of Blanche as a Life Regent at Pepperdine.  Materials in the collection range from 1882 to 1996 and document Blanche’s involvement with Pepperdine; Frank’s business, the Hydril Company (an early oil company in Los Angeles; materials also include many pictures of oil equipment and workers); Blanche’s former career as a composer and musician; and their personal lives.  Click here to view the finding aid.

James L. Lovell, most often known as Jimmie, was a prominent member of the Churches of Christ, prolific author and editor of religious publications, and a member of Pepperdine University’s Board of Trustees for 35 years.  Materials in the collection span from 1932 to 1999, and contain correspondence, articles, minutes, notes, reports, photographs, and slides documenting Lovell’s relationship with Pepperdine and its administrators, his involvement in the Churches of Christ and individual churches, and his personal life including his career in the construction industry.  Also included in the collection are copies of publications produced by Lovell throughout his life, most notably West Coast Christian and California ChristianClick here to view the finding aid.

For more information about the collections, or to set up an appointment to use the collections, please email specialcollections@pepperdine.edu.

Mr. and Mrs. Seaver in Mexico in the 1950s.  (Click the image to view it larger.)

M. Norvel Young assisting Mrs. Seaver (right) in breaking ground on Pepperdine’s Malibu Campus (late 1960s).  Mrs. Pepperdine is in the blue on the left.  (Click the image to view it larger.)


Jimmie Lovell on the cover of a special issue of America’s Builders in 1966 celebrating his 70th birthday.  America’s Builders, a magazine for the construction industry published at Pepperdine, was one of the many publications founded by Lovell during his lifetime.  (Click the image to view it larger.)

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