Photograph of Harrison Gray Otis, Ellen Beach Yaw, and William Mulholland at the Los Angeles Aqueduct opening day and dedication ceremonies, November 5 1913.

Thank-you card from Diana, a Santa Isabel Elementary School student, to the Mothers of East Los Angeles for a donation of books. Juana Beatriz Gutiérrez Mothers of East Los Angeles (MELA) Collection. Latino Archives.

This weekly Spanish-language publication of the Los Angeles Times, La Opinión Para Tí, features an article on Juana Beatriz Gutiérrez and the Mothers of East Los Angeles (MELA). MELA started in 1985 when a group of women organized to fight a proposal for the construction of a new state prison in their neighborhood. Juana Beatriz Gutiérrez Mothers of East Los Angeles (MELA) Collection. Latino Cultural Heritage Digital Archives.

1900s Reutlinger Photo of Ellen Beach Yaw by redpoulaine on Etsy, $14.00

Typewritten letter from J. B. Lippincott to William Mulholland, regarding obtaining water supply for the city of Los Angeles from the Owens Valley, 1 June 1905. Catherine Mulholland Collection. Water Works - Documenting Water History in Los Angeles Digital Collection.

"Nava de Nava 26," 1980. In April, 1980 Julian Nava became the first Mexican-American appointed U.S. Ambassador to Mexico. Born and raised in East Los Angeles, Nava went on to have a distinguished career as professor of history at California State University, Northridge and member of the Los Angeles Board of Education. Julian Nava Collection. Latino Cultural Heritage Archives.

Building the Los Angeles Aqueduct - Framework - Photos and Video - Visual Storytelling from the Los Angeles Times

Weighing Our State's Water Development on the Scale of Common Sense, ca. 1958. A graphic repesentation of water waste and state budget allocations vs. water need for Southern California. Feather River Project Association Collection. Water Works - Documenting Water History in Los Angeles.

"Free the Nine" anti-Parker Protest, C.O.R.E protest against police brutality, Los Angeles City Hall. Image published in the California Eagle, July 12, 1962. Harry Adams Collection. Tom & Ethel Bradley Center Photographs.

Weighing Our State's Water Development on the Scale of Common Sense, ca. 1958. Graphic repesentation of water waste and state budget allocations vs. water need for Southern California. Feather River Project Association Collection. Water Works - Documenting Water History in Los Angeles.

Poster from Culture Clash's "The Mission" at the Los Angeles Theater Center. Ric Salinas Culture Clash Collection.

Photograph of a pack of mules hauling bags of cement for construction of the Los Angeles Aqueduct. Caption on reverse reads "hauling cement to mixer north end Deadman syphen [sic]." Catherine Mulholland Collection. Water Works - Documenting Water History in Los Angeles.

“Ellen Beach Yaw, world’s greatest coloratura soprano, and Ernest K. Kaai. Grand joint concert tonight with Frank Moss at the piano. Mission Memorial Hall” Ellen Beach Yaw Honolulu star-bulletin., December 07, 1917, 3:30 Edition, Page FIVE, Image 5 http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn82014682/1917-12-07/ed-2/seq-5/ Hawaii Digital Newspaper Project http://hdnpblog.wordpress.com/

Photograph of William Mulholland in 1924

Ellen Beach Yaw as Sultana Zubedyah in The Rose of Persia

Photograph of the "North Port Crew," workmen digging a tunnel for construction of the Los Angeles Aqueduct, ca. 1908. Catherine Mulholland Collection. San Fernando Valley History Digital Library.

"The Rose of Persia," Ellen Beach Yaw as Sultana Zubedyah, 1899, original production.

It is estimated that over 30,000 people showed up at the opening of the Los Angeles Aqueduct on November 5, 1913. They came to watch the Owens Valley water cascade into the resevoir. The caption of this picture was that the automobile was "here to stay" in the San Fernando Valley. You can make out some horse and buggies to the rear of the image. San Fernando Valley History Digital Library.

Between The Acts cigarette card of American soprano Ellen Beach Yaw, who originated the role of The Sultana in the original DOC production of "The Rose of Persia" in 1899 and was famously fired two weeks after the production opened.

Ellen Beach Yaw singing to Captain.